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Miss Mabel's School for Girls (The Network Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
Cross works incredibly hard to make the characters stories interweave perfectly and it reads effortlessly. One of the things I liked most about the book was the little touches. These include the circlus, a magical band around the wrist of each witch that evolves and changes as the student becomes more educated, and the use of the greeting ‘Merry meet,’ to greet others. It is sometimes the tiny details that make a book and these have definitely made the book feel more personal and have defined it, as it’s own fantasy.
I honestly read this book in around three days; and yes as always I had an essay on the go. I thought it was not only beautifully written but it had an essence that made the book feel even more stylised and fantastical. When I finally, reached the end of the book I felt stumped as to what I would do next; luckily Cross is starting on the new one (YES!) However, I see this being made into a major movie and gaining a major ‘fandom’ (hate that word) pretty soon. I implore you to grab a copy of this book ASAP and start reading because the popularity of this book is going to skyrocket! I can only sing praises to ‘Miss Mable’s School for Girls, and the brilliant Katie Cross.’
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
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