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Miss Mabel's School for Girls (The Network Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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There were so many comparisions that I started a mental checklist;
Cursed teenager? ✔️
Magical school? ✔️
Bookish best friend? ✔️
Big hearted best friend? ✔️
An underage pupil compeating in a three trials quest? ✔️ (The Triwizard Cup in Goblet of Fire).
A seemingly stern teacher with a hidden agenda? ✔️
Political unrest and corruption within the magical community? ✔️
People who can transform into animals? ✔️
Family tragedy and loss? ✔️
I'm sure you can see my point. Yet for all the these things that made the HP series so engaging, there just wasn't the same feeling of anticipation or atmespheric build up in Miss Mabel's school for girls. I just felt it was lacking heart.
Bianca has spent her whole childhood working towards gaining entry to Mabel's school, and she's not about to let anything stand in her way. She needs to gain direct access to Mabel in order to remove a curse that was put on the women in her family before she was even born. There are time constraints on the curse, and of course, the prerequiste awful conclusion that the author uses to try to create empathy for Bianca, but it never really had me rooting for her.
Because Bianca is so advanced in her spell casting for her age, and she's able to deal with all the trials, hexes, curses and general problems that come her way, I never really felt that she was in danger, or wouldn't pull through to the end. So for me there wasn't much tension or anticipation to keep reading, at around the 65% mark I really started to stuggle to push through and complete it.
Apparently this is going to be the first of several in the series, will I be carrying on with it? In a word, no. When I'm craving a dose of teenage magic next time I'll reread Harry Potter! ⚡️⚡️⚡️
Sincere thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
Miss Mabel's School for Girls (MMSFG) is the great first book in the Network series, straight away it has a dark and misty atmosphere going as we meet our main character Bianca.
Bianca is seeking entry to MMSFG, she is sixteen and incredibly gifted, she is also incredibly cursed and her future looks bleak, if she does not break the curse she will end up dead.
The witch who cast the curse happens to be the eponymous Miss Mabel, the elusive and famous witch who cursed Bianca's grandmother sealing their fates with an unhappy ending unless Bianca can do something about it.
Luckily she does get in to MMSFG and quickly learns who the mean girls are and who the nice ones are. She arrives at the school just in time for an important competition, one that is only open to 3rd year students, not 1st years like Bianca.
The prize for winning the competition is becoming assistant to the revered Miss Mabel and Bianca above anything, wants that prize, despite the ban on 1st and 2nd years, Bianca manages to enter the competition along with a 2nd year - can Bianca win, she better as her life depends on it!
I won't say if she does but if she does win she will need to win the respect of Miss Mabel and somehow manage to get that curse removed. It seems an impossible task.
Miss Mabel is a bit of a two faced character, she can seem all sweetness and light but there is a lot of dark there too, she is one not to be trusted and Bianca needs to play it safe.
Bianca was a great character, she was determined and so clever, it was also nice to read a story with no romance in it, just a pure fun read. She is ably supported by a group of students which of course have all the usual culprits (smart, ditsy, mean...) and a collection of assorted teachers.
I really enjoyed this book, it was the perfect book to let your mind escape in, I'm looking forward to reading the next two books to see how this series carries on.
Thank you to CBB for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review
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why was it a copy of Hary Potter?
IT WAS terrible !!! waste of time !!!