Miss Mabel’s School for Girls (The Network Series #1)
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The best part of this story was Miss Mabel. She had an agenda so she was will to do anything, manipulate anyone to achieve her goals. Miss Mabel is the antagonist of the story and even though I’m not rooting for her to succeed, her presence inserted some drama into the story that made it interesting. Opposite Miss Mabel is Bianca. Bianca also has an agenda: getting Miss Mabel to remove the curse from her family. She’s been training for her confrontation with Miss Mabel since she was a little girl, but Miss Mabel is much more than she expected. It’s interesting seeing this seasoned witch and this witch in training duke it out so they can achieve their goals, but each opponent getting in the way of the other so the task is more difficult than expected.
The beginning starts slow and shows Bianca being accepted into Miss Mabel’s School for Girls and entering the contest that will bring her closer to confronting Miss Mabel. The contest itself was quick and was a mixture of The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and something else I couldn’t put my finger on. But once the contest is over, the story takes on a quality of originality (or at least it didn’t remind me of other books/movies/TV shows) and becomes more interesting than the beginning.
The ending had me reaching for the second book, but the mature adult part of my brain told me I should pay my bills before I buy more books. I don’t know how long I can hold out because I really really want to know what happens next. Anyway, this is definitely a book you should give a try.