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Miss Mabel's School for Girls (The Network Series)

Miss Mabel's School for Girls (The Network Series) [Kindle Edition]

Katie Cross

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Never underestimate the power of a determined witch.

Letum Wood is a forest of fog and deadfall, home to the quietly famous Miss Mabel’s School for Girls, a place where young witches learn the art of magic.
Sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe has inherited a deadly curse.

Determined to break free before it kills her, she enrolls in the respected school to confront the cunning witch who cast the curse: Miss Mabel.
Bianca finds herself faced with dark magic she didn’t expect, with lessons more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Will Bianca have the courage to save herself from the curse, or will Miss Mabel’s sinister plan be too powerful?

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls is the first novel in The Network Series, an exciting new fantasy collection. A gripping tale about the struggle to survive, it will take you to a new place and time, one you’ll never want to leave.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 623 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991531906
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J6AF12C
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Katie Cross grew up in the mountains of Idaho, where she still loves to play when she gets the chance. If she's not writing, you can find her traveling, working as a pediatric nurse, trail running with her husband and two dogs, or curled up with a book and a cup of chai.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best books I have read so far this year!!! 26 Mar 2014
By Kirstin - Published on
This is one of the best books I have read so far this year, and I can't wait to tell you why.

Where should I start singing the praises... let's start with the characters. Katie Cross must not believe in wimps, because this book is littered with strong female characters. From the heroine Bianca Monroe, to Miss Mabel, the High Priestess, and even some of the side characters. Strength, intelligence, and determination are praised and highlighted as positive attributes.

At a very basic level, Bianca Monroe is a girl who struggles with a curse. Where most people would lay down and accept it, she does not. She fights for another option. If only Miss Mabel felt the same way. Miss Mabel is a deliciously evil character. Hints are given throughout the books, but when the truth behind her actions becomes evident, you will find yourself hissing at the page. Every book needs a clear antagonist to hate, and this book has one. To even out the story, there are sweet, misunderstood, and awkward students and teachers that help drive the story, and even out the main characters.

And even though you'll be drawn in by the characters, the action will keep you going. There are so many twists and turns, and new directions that this story takes, that I don;t want to give any of it up. I can only say that Miss Mabel's School for Girls will be for witches what Hogwarts is for wizards...

Every author tries to put their own spin on being original. Create their own world specifics. I say every author tries, but this one succeeds! From the quaint terms (merry meet), to competitions, and educational and political tiers and struggles. This author takes the foundation of some of our favorite fantasy pieces and sprinkles her own magic dust on them.

This book is original, refreshing, and an utter joy. I am impressed by the author, and how she struck it out of the park in her debut novel. Creating complex and vulnerable characters, relationships, and struggles.

My praises do not stop there... besides the excellence that it proves on all other aspects, it is a book that transcends the ages with mass appeal. It is a clean read for the upper middle grade crowd, with enough darkness and angst for the tweens and teens.

All in all, I am superbly impressed, and anxiously awaiting the sequel! 5 stars!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Mabel's School for Girls offers a clean and enchanting read for lover's of the Young Adult Fantasy genre. 17 Aug 2014
By Ginny - Gin's Book Notes - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
No errors, great formatting, beautiful cover, and a fantastic story!

Strong and determined girls- The main character is Bianca Monroe. A girl determined to reverse a family curse. She is a wonderful heroine. She cares about her family, has integrity, is humble, clever, and believes in working towards a goal. She isn't waiting around for a prince to save her. No way. She is taking matters into her own hands and saving herself and her family.

The characters and the plot are well done. The writing enables the reader to easily envision the amazing world and characters that Katie Cross has created. The pacing is good, the plot is tight, and the world and characters are fully developed. "The Network" is being threatened by those seeking power, the time clock on Bianca's curse is ticking down, and in the mist of it all there are spells to learn and tests to pass.

I enjoyed every word of my reading journey, from the dark and unwelcoming Letum Woods to the magic of Chatham castle, the vivid descriptions made me wish I could attend school with Bianca.

My recommendation: If you are looking for something that offers a little more in the YA witch goes off to boarding school story line then read Miss Mabel's School for Girls. I think you will be impressed with the strong female characters that Katie Cross has written and the quality of her writing. This is a well thought out and edited book.Miss Mabel's School for Girls offers a clean and enchanting read for lover's of the Young Adult Fantasy genre. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in THE NETWORK SERIES.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, honest YA fare from a talented new voice. 18 May 2014
By Andy Jennsen - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First, the technicals. I bought this book through the Amazon Kindle store and the formatting, presentation and use of the ebook file was flawless. The book was exceptionally well edited and I personally really loved the cover. A great way to set the tone.

I loved the story, going through the book in less than a day. It is a wonderful YA story focused on the story of a young witch attempting to undo a family curse through her wits against a fully formed, believable enemy. I know comparisons to Harry Potter have been made but I got a much more significant feel of some earlier generation YA writers, specifically Zilpha Keatley Snyder. That being said, this book did feel like a wholly original adventure and did not feel derivative.

The world building was excellent, and helped to fully form the book around the heroine. The author's wit was clearly present throughout most of the interactions in the book and it was a pleasure to read.

The absence of most of the traditional "standard" fare in the YA genres (kids acting like adults, forced love stories) is happily missing and helps to immerse the reader in the world the writer is creating. Bianca is at once both a strong female lead but also in many ways a young girl and the embrace of this consistency in character allowed me to fully believe the world I was reading about, the story taking place in it and to actually care about the characters.

I am very much looking forward to Ms. Cross's future offerings and will happily pick them up on release. I've signed up for her newsletter on her well designed and intuitive website and found myself enjoying her voice in her blog posts as well. In addition to finding ways to bring her humor to her books, her blog posts and interaction with fans makes her a likable author with an excellent first book under her belt.

More please.

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Wicked This Way Comes... Wicked Brilliant! 25 Mar 2014
By D. M. Kilgore - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
A magical little novel, "Miss Mabel's School For Girls" by the wickedly talented Katie Cross, is anything but your average young adult fantasy. In fact, I suspect I've been bewitched. I was so mesmerized that I read it in one sitting. It's safe to say that Katie Cross knows how to cast a spell!

On top of a truly well-rounded story, with some pretty clever characters, her research was so extensive that the story reads as more realistic than fantasy. I have to wonder if she wrote this thing with a magical quill! Katie Cross has written a truly spellbinding story that is sure to captivate anyone who fancies a romp in the supernatural realms.

Young Bianca has no choice but to travel deep into Letum Woods where she will study magic at Miss Mabel's School For Girls... but you do, and I highly recommend the journey.

You are in for a treat when this book launches on March 27, 2014. It's a delightfully well written mystical journey through a dangerously magical world! You're going to meet an amazing young lady and a superbly wicked witch. Do you dare venture into the deep woods and the darkened halls of Miss Mabel's School? If so, put on your cloak, head on over to [...], and whatever you do...

Never underestimate the power of a determined witch.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and gripping from the first spell to the last! 23 Mar 2014
By Ladonna D. Cole - Published on
Deep in the mist shrouded forests of Letum Wood a mysterious school for young girls resides. Not ordinary girls, these young ladies have mysterious powers. Bianca Monroe intends to use her magic to break the curse her family suffered under the malevolence of Miss Mabel, the headmistress. Enchanting and gripping from the first spell to the last, Miss Mabel’s School for Girls will find you rooting for the innocent soul who braves certain danger to save her family
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