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  • An entertaining epic in the guise of a drama

    Miss Mabel’s School for Girls, by Katie Cross, is a young adult fantasy about a girl who must overcome the shadows of the past to save both herself and her family. Bianca is a young, talented witch who had recently been admitted to a talented school where young witches hone their craft. When the opportunity to meet Miss Mabel through a competition arises, Bianca decides to compete, if only to try to get Miss Mabel to remove a curse that’s been plaguing her family. However, not everything is as it seems, and soon, what starts off as a friendly competition evolves into a complex plot filled with scandal and corruption. Cross delves into a world where the darker world of politics is masked by the glittering, whimsical world of magic, and where nothing, after all, is as it seems. Bianca was determined, if not downright stubborn. She wasn’t going to allow her family to suffer, but more than anything, she wasn’t going to allow her life to be robbed from her for something she didn’t do. The past is complicated however, and for a while, I thought Bianca was going to give into the pressures of the school. Still, I was happy when she managed to pull through, as well as make some good friends along the way. It’s because of this that I also have to pay homage to Leda; she’s a bookworm, and though she’s a bit antisocial, I could relate to her. It’s ironic though, how she took such an interest in politics when, as it turns out, the very school itself was entrenched in a political scandal. Then again, she does have the curse of foresight. Then there were the antagonists of the story. I couldn’t stand Priscilla, simply because of how vain she seemed. She, of course, was nothing compared to Miss Mabel, who was literally training Bianca to assassinate the High Priestess. Miss Mabel would do anything at all if that meant securing Bianca’s loyalty. And while Priscilla was just a bully with little to no powers, Miss Mabel was still the main antagonist of the story. She was driven by a lust for power, perhaps even revenge, for what’d happened in the past. It’s funny, in a sense. Both Bianca and Miss Mabel were perhaps driven by what’d happened in the past. For instance, it was Bianca’s grandmother, Hazel, who led the rebellion against the former High Priestess, but was cursed in the aftermath. Miss Mabel, on the other hand was influenced, at least partly, by what’d happened to her own grandmother. And while the two are incredibly powerful witches, it’s Bianca who would risk herself to save her family and friends, and Miss Mabel who would give everything up for power. I guess that’s why Miss Mabel wanted Bianca so badly; not only did she see the potential, but she saw a bit of herself in Bianca. The concept of ‘not everything is as it seems’ kept reappearing over and over in the book. The competition, during the time Bianca was Miss Mabel’s assistant, and even towards the ending; each arc within the book was just another build up for more serious concepts, one that turned a young adult novel into a fantasy epic. Whenever I read these developments, I couldn’t help but feel a bit on edge, just waiting to see what would happen. Miss Mabel’s School for Girls is an excellent fantasy that dives into the world of curses and scandal. Cross entertains the notions of a normal young adult book, before finally turning it over its head. The details were excellent, and I did feel as though I was in a school for witches. As such, I would give this book a rating of a 4.4 out of 5.0 stars, and would recommend it to those who enjoy J.K Rowling, as well as epic fantasies in general.

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  • Awesome

    I absolutely loved this book. Fast-paced, exciting, it sucked me up. As a 30 plusser (or maybe just a bitter old lady, hehe), I’m often a little reluctant to read YA books that seem... girly (read: ewww romance! Drooling!). I was however pleasantly surprised by Miss Mabel’s School For Girls (yay, no drooling!) and the book was so much better than I would even dare to hope for! I’d write a longer review but I can’t wait to start reading the next part, so this is it for now ;)

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  • Loved it!

    Really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of Harry Potter. Loved it!

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  • Amazing! My new favorite book!

    Miss Mabel is worthy of the title “villainess.” So many beautiful details in this book, I annotated it while reading. Best book I’ve read in ages.

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  • Rites of passage

    A great YA tale - curses, life lessons, friendship and a life or death task - what more could you ask for. The challenge of understanding and managing strong emotion is a major theme in this book.

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