Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review: Miss Mabel's School for Girls by Katie Cross and Giveaway!

ISBN: 9780991531905
Source: eARC/Author
Format: e-book
Series: The Network Series #1
Release Date: March 27, 2014
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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.

It feels like I have been waiting centuries for Katie Cross to publish her book. It hasn't been nearly that long obviously, but that is about how badly I wanted to read MMSFG. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to read it before its release date (today!) and got to participate in the launch day madness (which includes some awesome giveaways thanks to the author so don't forget to check those out before you go!)

Let me start by saying that my favorite part about the entire book was the main character, Bianca. It's not often that you find a strong, confident female character in a YA novel. Let's be totally honest here - on a good day, a YA herione starts out as a sniveling, simpering pain in the ass and eventually develops into the kind of strong character that Cross gives us right from the beginning. Bianca is driven by many things: fear, love, determination. But those things make her who she is and I just loved watching her grow and fight toward her goal so fiercely throughout this book.

I enjoyed the supporting characters too, and Leda was of course my favorite. I was incredibly intrigued by her "gift", but more than that, she cracked me the hell up. At first I didn't know if I'd like her much or not cause she seemed to be snotty, but those straight-faced one-liners did me in every time.

I was so intrigued by the concept of different Networks (kind of like.... districts, I guess) and how they were connected (or weren't) and am dying to find out more about them. As for the story itself, I actually found it to be a bit darker than I was expecting. If you've ever met Katie Cross (which I haven't, but I've talked to her via the world wide web, so I'm imagining here), you would know she is hysterically funny, sweet, all smiles (and by smiles, I mean internet smiles) - in other words, I didn't find her to be a "dark" person. So it was a little surprise, but quite a good one. I don't think this story would have worked if not for the dark and sinister undertones that it had. So really, it worked, and I'm not going to lie, Bianca was brave as hell cause I would not be tromping around Letum Wood like that if I were her!

RATING: ★★★★

Overall, I enjoyed Katie Cross's first novel, Miss Mabel's School for Girls so, so much! her writing is fantastic to top off all of the other reasons that this book is amazing. With a strong main character like Bianca Monroe, I feel like we can't go wrong here. Loved it and cannot wait until Katie finishes and publishes the next book in the Network Series!

Have you gotten to read this one? If not, make sure you are clicking on that Amazon link above and buying it NOW! It's only $2.99 for Kindle right now. So basically, how can you say no?

Don't forget to pay Katie a visit at one of the links below to check out her awesomeness and to enter in the excellent giveaway she's got going on! The giveaway runs from March 27-30th. You can enter by clicking the link below for the Miss Mabel's Website! Being given away are a potions chest, a grimoire, potion bottles, bags of apothecary herbs and spices, and amazon gift cards. Enter now!


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