Welcome to my stop on the review tour for the Network Series by 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.
Never underestimate the power of a volatile witch.Still reeling in the wake of her mother’s death, sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe is forced to move to Chatham Castle. Not even the sudden appearance of ancient dragons in haunted Letum Wood nor her two best friends can distract her from the strength of her deep, dark rage.Her grief puts her magical powers into chaos, endangering any witch around her. She has six months left to destroy the curse that will kill her and fulfill her contract with the most cunning enemy of all: her former teacher Miss Mabel.Bianca must make a choice: learn to control her restless powers, or let the powers control her.Antebellum Awakening is the second book in the thrilling new fantasy collection The Network Series. It’s a haunting tale about tragedy, loss, and the power of moving on.
Isadora is a quiet, old witch living alone in the fog-strewn forest of Letum Wood. Her magical power is great, but her foresight is even greater.As a Watcher, Isadora has the ability to see into the heart of every witch she meets, a talent that makes her the perfect guardian of the prestigious Miss Mabel’s School for Girls.Any witch that wants to enter the school must first pass an interview with Isadora. No secret insecurity or sinister motivation can be hidden from a Watcher, as four teenage girls will soon find out.Join Leda, Camille, Michelle, and Priscilla, as they each encounter Isadora in their quest to join Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. It’s a collection of short stories that fans of Miss Mabel’s School for Girls can’t afford to miss.
First of all yes this is a book about a school of magic, yes there is a dangerous school tournament, yes there is a mysterious forest surrounding the school - It is not Harry Potter, lets just get that out in the open, it is not a Harry Potter clone, there have been countless books about magical schools of witches and wizards over the years, I just wanted to get that out of the way.
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
About the Author:
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.
This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.