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Miss Mabel's School for Girls (The Network Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Looking forward to the next instalment .
Or at least, that’s how it starts out.
Sixteen-year-old Bianca Munroe is determined to enrol in the famed Miss Mabel’s School for Girls, where the best witches in the area receive their training, and go on to fulfil important roles in the society of the Networks (regions, a bit like the Districts in Hunger Games).
Sounds simple so far, but Bianca is hiding an ulterior motive which she keeps hidden even from the reader for quite some time, although there clearly IS a secret, we are just not privy to its details. Or to the reason why Bianca must conceal the identity of her father at all costs.
Making it through a tricky interview, Bianca is enrolled in the school, but not content with that achievement, she then strives to become Miss Mabel’s personal assistant by entering a dangerous competition, pitted against witches older and more educated than she is.
Or are they?
I won’t go further as that would spoil the plot.
I was captured from the word go by the secrets and suspense of the tale, along with Bianca’s personality, which varies from strong and resourceful, to self-doubting and desperate as events unfold. The friends she makes at the school are interesting and unique characters, and clearly have roles to fulfil in the rest of the series, which I will most definitely be reading. This book sets up a far wider story to come, taking in politics, betrayal, and war across the Networks of Antebellum
I was also particularly taken with Katie Cross’s writing style, which never used a boring word or description, and yet succeeded in not descending into purple or flowery prose. It is also error free and well-presented – such a relief after some of the books I’ve (tried to) read lately.
Highly recommended provided teenage heroines are your type of read.
Another strength of the writing is the connection shown between Bianca and her family; throughout the book the theme of family runs strongly. I don’t want to spoil the story, as I am not a fan of spoilers, however the way in which the author mixes the importance of family with the overall impending storyline is brilliantly placed and really adds fire to the plot-line.Read more ›
I wish I had started it earlier because I really enjoyed the book and am already trying to get hold of the next book!
Bianca wishes to study at Miss Mabel's School, it's where all the best witches go to train, but she has another motive too, Bianca has a secret hanging over her and only Miss Mabel can help.
I loved the setting in the Letnum wood and the school itself. The writing is very descriptive, I could picture the classrooms, hallways and dormitories. The characters too have great personalities and really come to life on the page. But the description isn't overdone and it isn't boring at all, it's woven within the story and creates the places and people in your mind.
I read the first half quite quickly and then was desperate to find time to finish. I was hooked, I had to know what would happen to Bianca and just how far Miss Mabel would push her power. I enjoyed seeing the events unfold and I loved Bianca's quirky and weird friends.
The ending is quite a bit of a cliffhanger and will leave you desperate for more.
Thoroughly enjoyable and well worth a read.
Most recent customer reviews
why did the book cost so much ?
why was it a copy of Hary Potter?
IT WAS terrible !!! waste of time !!!
I just couldn't get into this book. The first two chapters were enjoyable but the storyline deteriorated from then on. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Byres Scotland
This book was interesting and thankfully not bogged down by too many words and thoughts.
I enjoyed learning about Bianca and her time at the school as well as Miss Mabel. Read more
This series must be read in order. This is the first book.
Bianca has a secret... Well a few secrets more like. Read more
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