Changeling by Molly Harper

October 29th, 2018 Kimberly Review 59 Comments

29th Oct
Changeling by Molly Harper
Changeling
by Molly Harper
Series: Sorcery and Society #1
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Length: 8 hours and 21 minutes
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Publisher
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Narration: 4.5 cuppas
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If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s.

Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor...

But Snipes aren’t supposed to have magical powers…and the existence of a magical Snipe threatens the world order dictated during the Guardians’ Restoration years ago. If she wants to keep her family safe and protect her own skin, Sarah must figure out how to fit into posh Guardian society, master her newfound magical powers and discover the truth about how an ordinary girl can become magical.

Audiobook fantasy magical Young Adult

Changeling is the first in the Sorcery and Society series by Molly Harper. When I saw Amanda Ronconi would narrate, I knew I had to listen. Boarding schools, dark secrets, magical books, social classes and suspense await you.

Guttersnipe, Guardian Laws, Houses

Imagine mixing a potion of all of your favorite stories. Let’s start with Charmed and the power of three, then add in Harry Potter with schools for the magically gifted, familiars and loads of secrets. Let us not forget the non-magical folks known as Snipes (Guttersnipes), and the Ministry of Magic known as the Guardian of Law. Add a pinch of the Moorchild with changelings. Next,  stir in a Victorian setting with a smidge of steampunk and vivid characters who breathe life into the tale. Stir counterclockwise and poof you have Changeling the first novel in the Sorcery and Society novels.

The book was full of so many elements I loved about each of the books and series mentioned but Molly Harper adds her own little spins from magical books to secrets.

14-year-old snipe, Sarah Smith has her life irrevocably changed when a series of incidents, childhood rebellion and kindness cause her to reveal magical ability in front of her guardians. A magical ability she didn’t know she possessed and according to the law is downright impossible. To protect everyone in the household and mayhap for personal gain, Sarah is transformed into a distant cousin and renamed, Cassandra Reed. In the blink of an eye she goes from scullery maid to student. They enroll her at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies. 

The tale that unfolds has magic, mean girls, friendships, a touch of romance, loads of secrets.  It was an engaging tale that kept me listening into the wee hours. I loved watching Cassandra gain confidence and find herself. Along the way she will make startling discoveries, friendships and enemies.  As her confidence grew we discover this kind, but cheeky young woman. It was delightful.

The overall story arc for the series itself stems from secrets about an unnamed House, and changelings. I am keen to see what direction Harper takes the story. I already love the motley crew of friends, Cassandra has surrounded herself with. Mrs Warren and her family also added interest, humor and support. I am hoping we learn more about Ivy and Alicia’s magical condition.

While I loved the fast-pace of the story,  I am really hoping we gain more information about the history of the Houses, magic and how society members like the Warren’s became responsible for the snipe families. We gained some information about this guardian society and I geeked out over the science aspects but I want more and would love a full-length prequel.

Amanda Ronconi was the perfect narrator for Changeling. I loved her voices for Cassandra, the school librarian and Mary. While I felt she sometimes broke accent, she gave each character a distinct voice and enhanced the climactic scenes along with the humorous ones.

Changeling the first in the Sorcery and Society series by Molly Harper was a delightful blend of some of my favorite YA tales. Amanda Ronconi delivered with a fun narration. #loveaudiobooks #fantasy #magic Click To Tweet

About Molly Harper

Molly Harper

Molly Harper worked for six years as a reporter and humor columnist for The Paducah Sun. Her reporting duties included covering courts, school board meetings, quilt shows, and once, the arrest of a Florida man who faked his suicide by shark attack and spent the next few months tossing pies at a local pizzeria. Molly lives in western Kentucky with her family.

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59 Responses to “Changeling by Molly Harper”

  1. Adriana@BooksOnHerMind

    The premise sounds like something I’ve heard of before but I like the idea of it anyways. I’d love to see her challenge the hierarchy of Snipes and Magical families.
    You mentioned mean girls and ugh. This is a YA novel so I hope it isn’t crazy too cliche. Maybe I’m overthinking.
    I love that she grows to be this kind and cheeky girl.
    I’m sure a prequel or sequel will come out to answer your questions about the background info. It would make sense for the author to do so.

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  2. Olivia Roach

    Oh man, I absolutely love books which feature boarding schools. It’s funny because I don’t think I would have enjoyed going to one as a teen or child or anything. But I just like reading about them. Also, I am surprised at such a young protagonist! YA seems to tend towards the older kids these days so it’s nice to see some younger characters.

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    • Kimberly

      Yep, I did as a book as well ..but the narrator and my new found love for Harper had me cave. Maybe the library? You can’t lose.

  3. Melanie Simmons

    I’m debating about trying this book. I love Molly Harper, but I’m really picky about YA novels, especially if it is in a school setting (I seem to do best with dystopian YA), but I’ve read some outside of a school setting and I tend to like those much better. You do make me want to give this a try though. Great review.

  4. Lorna

    I love Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi. I have seen this one around, but was really not sure about it(never read Harry Potter and never wanted to.) and not really a fantasy fan. But, I swear you can entice me to read(listen)to the telephone book with your reviews. I think I might try it as I have 4 credits burning a hole in my pocket.

    • Kimberly

      Thank you Lorna. That means a lot. *whispers..Never read Harry Potter? How can this be? I think you should try Changeling….it might open magical doors for you.

  5. Tyler H. Jolley

    Kimba, your opening paragraph of the review is one of the most beautiful reviews I’ve ever read. Also, the mean girl stuff, my daughter is 7 and it’s already starting. How is this possible??? I never had to deal with that stuff with my boys.

    • Kimberly

      Awe. Thanks Tyler. Yes, mean girls are very real. I am so glad my own children are done with that and hope to heck the Royals survive.

  6. Heidi

    Hmm…. I will consider this one. I like the sound of the magic and all that, but not the mean girls. I do not like mean girl themes.