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Miss Mabel's School for Girls (The Network Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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My biggest problem with the book, the reason I gave it three stars, and the reason I may *not* buy the sequels, is that the author has a fondness for using words for effect, but without knowing their meaning. I don't even mean their connotation. She seems confused about the basic meaning of such words as "aplomb," "quipped," and "presumptuous," among many others. "Quipped" is used when no one has made anything remotely resembling a quip ("'Late,' she quipped. 'Unseemly.'"). "Presumptous" is used to describe someone who's being, perhaps, sarcastic, but in no way presumptous ("Leda glowered at my presumptuous smirk."). The author also invariably uses "may" in the subjunctive when she means "might," and she tends to omit prepositions and post-positions.
That said I found the lack of any kind of romance refreshing. I liked that Bianca was so competent and brave. I kept expecting a twist that didn't come, which I guess means that the book wasn't predictable? But in any case the villain is very evil and I do want to see her defeated.
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.
Sixteen year old Bianca has a inheritance curse. And the witch who gave it to her family runs her new school.
Bianca has been waiting for this for her whole life. Too find a way to break her curse, hopefully before her grandmother dies.
Cliche as it is it does remind of Harry Potter a bit. Just in some parts, and only in tone.
Bianca is very likable, and you understand all her motivations throughout.
Leda and Camille are the same but opposite. In the sense they both get on my nerves sometimes, but in opposite ways.
Leda is too serious and Camille is too carefree.
They make a good trifecta though.
I love a good witch book.
I feel like this one delivered.