Monday, 27 July 2015
By Katie Cross
ABOUT MISS MABEL'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS:
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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Expect the unexpected and never let your guard down when you're around Miss Mabel!
Sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe inherited a deadly curse from her grandmother. The curse, thrown by Miss Mabel many years ago stipulates that if it remains unbroken when the third generation female reaches seventeen, she will die. Bianca enrols at Miss Mabel’s School for Young Girls that teaches magic. Her ultimate goal is to convince Miss Mabel to break the curse, and she begins training to become Miss Mabel’s Assistant. Bianca soon learns how unfair, devious, and treacherous Miss Mabel can be when assigned peculiar dark magic assignments the other witches do not study.
The poor girl struggles to survive this rigorous training but comes to realize that Miss Mabel does not intend to break the curse that will save her ailing grandmother’s life or her own. This infuriates her, but she decides to find another way to solve her dilemma using the hidden magic powers her father taught her. Bianca wonders if she will be strong enough to outwit the mistress of dark magic, who ruthlessly threatens to harm her loved ones if Bianca refuses to participate in the deadly scheme that she is brewing.
Miss Mabel's School for Girls is the first book in The Network Series by Katie Cross. This fast-paced story nicely combines humour, drama and magic with a good cast of characters. Miss Mabel is downright evil and despicable, so do not let her good looks and charming voice fool you. Bianca is a lot stronger than she believes, mentally and physically, having to endure the torturous training she receives. Each character played their roles convincingly and some kept me wondering if they were friends or foes. Katie Cross is imaginative and developed an intriguing story that made me want to keep reading. Letum Wood, where the school is located has an aura that I like. Miss Mabel's School for Girls is a terrific fantasy I recommend.
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.
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