Miss Mabel’s School for Girls by Katie Cross

May 30th, 2014 Kimberly Review 87 Comments

30th May
Miss Mabel’s School for Girls by Katie Cross
Miss Mabel's School for Girls
by Katie Cross
Series: Network Series, #1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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.

I first learned about Miss Mabel’s School for Girls on Candace’s Book Blog where I mistakenly confused the author with another. Can you guess who? Therefore, when Katie Cross asked if I would like to review the first book of the Network series I could not help, but say yes. Miss Mabel’s School for Girls was a delightful, magical witch tale with moments of darkness and an overall plot that already has me intrigued.

I knew going into the tale that we would be attending a boarding school for witches located near Letum Woods. What I did not expect was the wonderful world building. Politics, spies, curses and a fascinating history of the territories that make up this world drew me in and never let go.

The tale introduces us to Bianca Monroe. Poor Bianca has inherited a deadly curse and to be free of it; she must outsmart a witch who is both respected and feared. The tale that unfolds has everything from friendship to dark magic. Bianca is a strong, determined character, and I easily connected with her. She has secrets, and Cross did an excellent job of slowly revealing both her skills and plans. Bianca befriends a few of the other girls adding interest and creating allies. I especially liked Leda she is a non-conformist, with oodles of opinions and the gift of sight. I have a feeling she will need these friends as the tale continues.

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls was well paced, with fleshed out characters, mystery and moments of darkness. I became completely wrapped up in the tale from the classrooms to the hexing spells. I loved that it had moments of darkness. The tale remained young adult, but had an edge and serious tone to it allowing it to stand out among others in this genre.  Miss Mabel is a formidable enemy, and I am anxious to see where the next installment takes us. We meet other players in the political games afoot, and there are hints of war. I am not a hundred percent sure of these character’s intentions and love that unsettled feeling as I read.

Fans of boarding schools, witches, and excellent world building with elements of mystery will find Miss Mabel’s School for Girls the perfect beginning to this series.

About Katie Cross

Katie’s world revolves around her husband (who is a major hottie), her Vizsla’s, and the mountains. She prefers hiking boots instead of heels when she need to feel powerful, and on a bad day, she loves a weightlifting workout. Actually, she love it on a good day. She doesn’t eat bread because her thyroid doesn’t like it, although there are days she misses it. Especially ciabatta. Sweet potatoes are kind of her thing. Cookies too. She write because she never stopped.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She’s a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat…

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87 Responses to “Miss Mabel’s School for Girls by Katie Cross”

  1. Christy

    Actually, no, I can’t guess. Who? Ohhhh never mind, I just saw the name on your sidebar in the recent posts. Is that who? Work with me here, it’s been a long week and I’m tired. lol. Seriously, this sounds good.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, you may be tired but you still got it 🙂

  2. Ella

    I have never heard of this book but after reading your review this sounds like a very interesting book. I am a fan of witches and I like excellent world building so I am looking forward to reading this one. But wait, I can’t guess. Who is it? I’m getting curious here haha!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hahaha..you mean the author I mistook? Kady Cross.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I read a few this year by big publishers, and those disappointed. This was well done.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Melliane, this was quite good, and dark 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      *waves* Hope you get a chance to read this one Toni

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, exactly Sophia. Ooo Miss Pereguine’s was a good book too!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Why yes! I mean classes in spell casting, invisibility, and sending mail by magic..brilly!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh that series is on my wishlist Victoria. Enjoy!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Finley, I look forward to your thoughts 🙂

  3. Amir

    For some reason I absolutely love the cover, it’s simple yet mysterious. This sounds like a series where the characters will grow with every book, I would definitely check this out! Awesome review, Kimba 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like it too, it makes me think of a book of spells or old journal. Thanks Amir!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ok, now you have me looking up The Worst Witch to see if I read it. This is dark, and quite good, and the overall arc has me intrigued.

  4. Michelle

    I heart boarding school setting for paranormal and supernatural books. This one looks like it would be great! I have heard about it a few times on various blogs, but yours is the first full review I have read of it. it looks like something I would really enjoy.

    Great review Kimba 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I remember you like boarding school settings like me.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      See it wasn’t just me..LOL This was good Christa and I hope you pick it up!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Ginny, I look forward to your thoughts!

  5. Katherine

    Haven’t heard of this one but it sounds interesting. I like boarding school type books but haven’t read much witchcraft. This one sounds unique and I like how fleshed out it sounds like the world is – like you can really visualize it.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I really liked the different threads, and of course the school. This has a darker tone, and the author places up the atmospheric vibe.

  6. Heidi

    I have read several great reviews for this one and I am most curious. I love boarding schools and witches and all that. I really just need to get a copy. Have a great weekend!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think you would enjoy this one Heidi. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sweet, and I know you guessed the author I mistook this author for..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This is young adult, but is dark and geared towards the older end of the group.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Silvia, this was an enjoyable one 🙂

  7. Cyn

    Ha! I just realized that I made the same mistake…not the same Kady Cross, haha. Though I’m glad to see that this book was quite enjoyable! I haven’t read a witch book in a while. Thanks for the review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      See I am not crazy! LOL Thanks Cyn and I hope you get to read this!

  8. charliegirlteachergirl

    I do like a lot of the qualities of boarding schools! I think of four books when I think of boarding schools: of course the Harry Potter series, LA Meyer’s Curse of the Blue Tattoo (also part of a series, book #2), Looking for Alaska and most recently J.B. Hickman’s The Keeper of Dawn. I also like politics and spies!! I might have to put this book on my list for fall reading!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am a fan of boarding schools and love when there is paranormal elements involved. Thanks !

  9. Jayd

    Really nice review! This sounds just like a book I would enjoy. Its nice that the author has included some things that go against the trope of boarding school witches – like the extra rich world with spies etc. makes me want to read it a lot more!

    I love the aesthetics of your blog. Some lovely colours, and a wonderful theme! I love coffee, ahah.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Sharon, I hope you get a chance to read it 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I get it, but this is dark, without “school drama” and quite fascinating.

  10. Larissa

    Ahh, can’t believe I haven’t heard of this one till now. I love a good witch book and this one seems like it could fit the bill perfectly. The fact that this one has good world building is very intriguing to me, learning about witches and their culture/background/history is something veryyyy interesting to me. The characters also sound well developed with cool back stories. I also love the fact that this one has good friendships in it. That’s something I wish was more prevalent in YA.

    Thank you so much for reviewing this one, it’s definitely on my wish list now. Great review too, it was so informative c:

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Lariassa. I quite enjoyed this dark world