I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Title: Miss Mabel’s School for Young Girls
Author: Katie Cross
Series: The Network #1
Published: March 21, 2014 by Antebellum (first published and then again in 2015)
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?
I was surprised by this book and storyline. I didn’t quite know where it was going and I read the book in one sitting! The story follows Bianca as she becomes an assistant to the evil Miss Mabel. Bianca’s family has a curse that was placed on the women’s side long time ago and only Miss Mabel can lift it. So Bianca strikes a deal with Miss Mabel but NEVER UNDERESTIMATE HER!
Bianca is a great character though at times naive at times. She definitely grows in the story and becomes more aware of her surroundings. She was snarky at times and made me LOL. (I’m sure my landlord thought something was wrong with me) She shows great strength and I could relate to her really well. She also makes friends with two other girls who complement her well. Leda, quiet and weird and Camille, petty and loyal.
Now…Miss Mabel! What an EVIL character!!! She is so manipulative! I like how we already knew who the evil person is and didn’t have to take the whole story to find out who. It was a nice change from other books and made the story move faster in a sense. I really liked her as a character even though she was evil and all that. She was a good type of evil that made you want to strangle her!
The pacing was a little slow in the beginning and it didn’t move until a little half way through the book but it was still a good book. I recommend this to people who want a change from clique story lines.