This four-book series is great. The character development, the drama surrounding the romance, the relationships the main character has outside of the poly group, the world building and the various factions in play in the overall plot . . . It's so cleverly interwoven and detailed.
Plot and Romance
The romance is strong with this one. Daisy is a takes-no-shit kinda girl, and the guys are a never-gonna-give-up kinda group. And yes, it makes for one epic bullying romance. The bullying is light and ends quite quickly, so we're looking at something like CM Stunich's Adamson Academy rather than her HAVOC series, in terms of a comparative vibe. I personally enjoy both, but there's something about a girl who fights back and never lets the bullying break her that really speaks to me. The strength that comes through those pages is beautiful.
Daisy is a Norm (someone with no powers) who is sent to an Idol school surrounded by Idols (someone with powers). She needs to have her mask up 24/7, and boy does she snark back to her bullies. It kind of reminds me of the Eighth Transgressor by Ashley Amy, in that sense. Daisy is doing this for Rosie, her little sister, so she can have a better life than Daisy did. When their parents were killed by Idols when Daisy was just 10 (Rosie was 7), she took full responsibility for her sister's wellbeing. She worked, fought, and stayed strong. But things get complicated quickly at the Idol school, and soon Daisy finds herself in a deep pile of shit with no way out. Well, no way other than banding together with her bullies and figuring it out together.
The sex in this is light, not particularly detailed, and pretty disappointing. That being said, the plot and the romance make this series worth it. The steam is there, and the sex is on the page with detail, but it's lacking for a reverse harem. This was the only disappointing feature of this book for me.
Daisy is awesome. She gives zero shits about who she offends, whether Norm, Idol, or Fringe (someone with minimal powers). She stands up for herself, which is rare in the Norm world, who usually cower in fear of the monstrous Idols.
Rosie is a little bit of a whiner, but she is only 14, so she's very immature and teenage-like. Which does make sense. She bothers me a lot in book three, but I do love the drama. Morpheous is a dark character with a giant soft spot for Daisy. His powers allow him to control shadows and fear. He can make anyone terrified and relive their worst nightmare. However, he's also failing at school, and Daisy ends up tutoring him in Math.
Rufio is a hothead with anger issues. Though it's mostly because of his powers. He can destroy anything or anyone he desires. Poof. Totally combusted. And he might be rough around the edges, but his love for Daisy is admirable. Easily frustrated, but easy to love.
Bryant is Rufio's older brother, and a level seventeen Idol (out of a total of eighteen). He's the strongest student in the school and has a reverent reputation because of it. But he's not the menace people assume him to be. He keeps is powers in check, is a responsible eighteen-year-old Idol who doesn't view Norms as weak things that get in the way. He's the nicest of the group. Phoenix is a giant flirt. His powers allow him to give people illusions, share their dreams, and otherwise be a giant incubus-like Idol. And yes, I loved reading about it. He's also got the most tragic backstory of any character I've read about in quite some time. He's in-depth and more complicated than he seems at the start, and I really enjoyed the way he developed over the series.
Eeeeek! This world is awesome. High Fantasy, I believe (or a weird alternate version of Earth). This world is split into Idols, Fringes, and Norms. But Norms far outnumber the others. And they're at war with Idols. It's more of a political war, though. Norms live in poverty, mostly, with Idols taking all the control and power. Norms hate Idols because they're afraid of them and Idols hate Norms because they're pompous assholes. Fringes differ depending on what kind of person they are, but Norms are weary around them.
This is written well. I didn't notice any glaring errors. The style in invisible, so it's easy to slip into the story and forget you're reading. It is multiple POV, so there were times where I forgot whose POV we were in, but it was mostly fluid and not too troublesome. First person present tense, which I love. So you really inside the story.