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Miss Mabel's School for Girls (The Network Series Book 1) by [Cross, Katie]
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*Winner of IAN 2015's Outstanding Fantasy Book*

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: 3158 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Antebellum Publishing; 1 edition (21 March 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J6AF12C
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By hcboo on 19 February 2016
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Brilliantly written. Fantastically engaging characters. Exciting plot. Well worth reading.
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a captivating story.I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On to book 2! 21 May 2017
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This book is the first in the Network series. Bianca is dying to go to Miss Mabel’s School for Girls or she may die if she doesn’t. This book centers around a young witch in a dark fantasy kingdom swirling with conspiracies, mysteries, secrets, politics, a curse, and magic. The book is very readable and I found myself caught up in the story. This is fortunate because the book does not really stand alone. It is clearly the first in a series. This book sets the stage, defines the characters, defines the main conflicts, and establishes the world, but not much is resolved at its conclusion. While a superficial description may make it sound derivative, this book is creative and distinctive. I like the supporting characters and the school setting. We will have to see how the series progresses as it is apparently poised to move away from the school. I enjoyed it and I will read the next one in the series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, honest YA fare from a talented new voice. 19 May 2014
By Andy Jennsen - Published on Amazon.com
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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.

Andy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Real Heroine 11 June 2014
By Kimberly Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
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At first I thought there is nothing new-a school, witches, an underdog protagonist with nerdy, underdog friends.

Then I read further and was so glad I did. Miss Mabel's School for Girls taught this jaded YA reader a thing or two about the next generation of supernatural series'.

B is a real heroine. Finally, a female protagonist whose entire existence isn't tied up in the perfectly handsome and powerful male figure who kills her to recreate her into a perfectly perfect partner.

Miss Mabel is deliciously evil, smart, cunning and long on mystery and short on cliche'.

To be honest, it was so well written I could see B running barefoot through the forest, smell the dust floating from Leda's books, hear Camilla's whining and taste the minty Veritas. This would make a fantastic movie!

Rarely do I read a book and on the last page grow disappointed. Not disappointed at the writing, which is whiplash fast and full of detail, rather disappointed I have to wait for the rest of this promising series.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Beginning 16 April 2016
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Given the setting and the ages of its protagonists, it's easy to compare this book to Harry Potter. I remember how that series started - full of innocence and fun and whimsy, despite the danger. By the time our heroes turned sixteen, the whimsy had gone, and all that was left was apart from the teenage awkwardness was the sense that the main characters were in way over their heads, scrambling to defeat an enemy that they could not hope to defeat.

So reading Miss Mabel's School for Girls felt a lot like jumping into the HP series in the middle.

Bianca is sixteen, and will be dead the day she turns seventeen because of a curse cast upon her grandmother. She is forced to enter a contest in her first year of school - unheard of - as a means to get close to Miss Mabel, the one person with the power to lift the curse. Bianca has been trained almost since birth to be wise and powerful beyond her years, but even she soon finds herself trying not to get lost in the enormous shadow cast by Miss Mabel, quite possibly one of the most nefarious, slippery, insidious, malicious, conniving villains I've ever read.

I loved HP, and I really wanted to love this book. The writing was phenomenal and the storyline was engaging and entertaining. What cost it a star for me were the characters - don't get me wrong, Bianca is a great heroine, and it's impossible not to sympathize with her terrible plight, but sympathy doesn't necessarily equate to likeability. For nearly the entirety of the book, as obstacle after obstacle is thrown at her, I marveled at her determination and inner strength. I just wish I could have seen a little more ... awkwardness in her. I know that sounds weird, but her single-mindedness of purpose often made her come across as cold, especially to the only two girls that she called friends.

I fully intend to keep reading this series - it really is a great read. I can only hope that Bianca, at some point, gets to be more of a teenage girl and not an instrument of revenge for all the wrongs that were heaped unjustly upon her family. It was refreshing to read a YA book not complicated by romantic entanglements, but as a hopeless romantic, I find myself hoping that there is at least a little bit of that in Bianca's future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring and original story 7 December 2014
By L.R. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have discovered this book randomly through a Facebook group. The cover was beautifully done (I know, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it really made me curious about the book!) so I went on Amazon and read the free sample -which was very promising- and I ended up buying the book.

The story is set in a witchcraft school for girls, but it’s not a Harry Potter clone at all. Katie Cross has done in depth, extensive research about the Wiccan community and culture, so the story is extremely realistic despite the fairy tale-like atmosphere and the whimsical magic. The strong female characters are quite impressively done, including the antagonist. The main character Bianca is struggling with a terrible curse cast on her family while she’s dealing with various issues she faces at the school. She is very strong willed and doesn’t accept her fate as it is, so she chooses to fight on while her best friends Camille and Leda support her through many ordeals. I think Camille represents the heart and emotions while Leda represents logic and wisdom here. They are both very likable and realistic. There is an aura of mystery surrounding Leda, I hope I get to learn more about her in the second book.

There are a lot of twists and turns in the story, so it’s as far away from cliche and predictable as possible. I was quite impressed with the originality, the characters, the intriguing mysteries and plot twists. This is the first self published indie book I have read and I must admit I didn’t expect much in the beginning, but it turned out to be an amazing read. The best part about it is that it’s very inspirational for young people, emphasizing confidence, determination and inner strength while engaging the reader in a great story.

If you like magic, YA fantasy and inspirational stories, this book is definitely for you.

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