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  • as good as the first and more original!

    4.2/5 🦄 Fledgling By Molly Harper This book continues the story of Sarah Smith, aka Cassandra Reed, a working class Snipe girl who is hiding amongst the privileged Guardian class because of her magical abilities. This book follows her adventures in the spring term and following summer break after the events of Changeling. Sarah, convinced she must find other Changelings like her, enlists the help of her friends Ivy and Alicia to reach the remote mountain peaks, where rumor has it, a school for Snipe magicians is secreted away. Will she find the school? Will she find others like her? Only time and reading this book will tell! I really enjoy these books and cannot wait for more. While this series does have some Harry Potter elements, it really comes into its own in this book and A LOT happens! I’m very excited to see where the events of this book will lead. Gavin remains a swoon worthy love interest, and Owen Winters (Cassandra’s “cousin”) is slowly but surely becoming a character to watch. I love the friendships and camaraderie in this series! Ivy and Alicia are both excellent sources of entertainment and humor. Sarah is still the self-doubtful Snipe girl she always was, but there are clear instances of her growing up and becoming her own person that make this book particularly enjoyable. Overall a great read and middle age appropriate and up! I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through @netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Good world building.

    As usual, Molly tells a story that grips your interest and makes you want more. Loved her characters; I'd love to be in their friends circle! However, I was surprised at the very large number of grammatical errors. Not typical of her books, and didnt detract from my enjoyment, just surprised me.

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  • Highly recommended

    I love Molly Harper books and I loved this one. It's full of humor, well written and fun to read. I loved the character development, the setting, the fun and engrossing plot. I look forward to reading other books in this series. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

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  • Great Book!

    4 Stars, best with a cup of tea and a sense of wonder. Fledgling is the second book in the Changeling series by Molly Harper and tackles Sarah Smith Cassandra Reed’s second year at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies in an alternative Victorian England where the magical ruling class, or the Guardians, rule the non-magical servant class, or the Snipes. Although I did not have the chance to read and review the first book in the series, I was nonetheless sucked into this book and it gave me enough background to feel like I could understand the world that Harper built within the confines of the previous story. Cassandra Reed, known by only her closest confidants for who she really is, Sarah Smith, is back at Miss Castwell’s navigating the society in which she has been thrust. Between her duties as a student, the Translator (the chosen keeper of the Mother Book, a tome that contains all of the history of the magical world), a new member of Guardian society, and what looks like the start of a courtship between her and Gavin McCray, her plate is overflowing and her secret mission to find more Changelings like herself has to take the shelf for the time being–something that the Mother Book itself resents. However, when the girls decide to try a divination spell during their study group, Cassandra is hit with a horrible vision of things to come if she isn’t able to find the other Changelings she is supposed to be looking for. Cassandra and her best friends Ivy and Alicia take it upon themselves to search out the rumored changeling school situated in Scotland where Alicia’s family summers. It’s a secret and dangerous mission, but the girls are running out of time, and if the visions are correct, the very world they know depends on them. I really enjoyed this book a ton. It reminded me of Harry Potter meets A Great and Terrible Beauty. I love stories that are set in Victorian England and I also love stories involving magic. Although this is for a younger group of readers, it really was a fantastic read for any age and I have every intention of going back and reading the first. It had me from get-go. There is also a classist political element to it that I thought was an interesting take, namely the Snipes vs Guardians and the balance on their relationship, and also how Cassandra wanted to find a way to blur the lines and make life better for both sides. Fledgling was a great book and I highly recommend you pick up a copy for that preteen in your life. Thank you Netgalley & NYLA for an advanced copy in exchange for a fair & honest review!

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  • Fledgling

    Fledgling finds Cassandra Reed (nee Sarah Smith) finishing up the school term and thwarting evil advances by Hollow-horns (the unicorns evil cousin). However, it's been months since the Mother Book has deigned to reveal a new spell to her and the council is demanding results soon...or else. Plus there's the matter of Cassandra's true identity - a changeling snipe in service to the Winter household before finding out she actually has magic - still hanging over her head. When it becomes apparent that the Mother Book wants Cassandra to seek out other changeling children and help them, her path becomes clearer. Along with the help of her truest friends Ivy and Alicia, Cassandra/Sarah is ready to turn the Guardian world on its head! I loved getting back into the Sorcery and Society world and loved the natural progression of the series. Cassandra is flourishing at school and making more new friends. I really like the genuineness of Cassandra despite having to live a lie to everyone around her minus her very close friends and family. Deception is not something that she set out to do, but given the status quo between the Guardians and the Snipes, Cassandra has done what was best at the time. Regardless of this, I liked how she doesn't shirk her responsibility to other changelings like herself. She may be slower to start the search for others, but her intentions are admirable and she follows through on her plans - even though that doesn't necessarily mean the plans are always the best laid plans. I like that Molly Harper has made such a wonderful friendship between Cassandra, Ivy, and Alicia. It's always great to read about strong friendships and the fact that even when they don't see eye-to-eye they'll always be in each other's corner. They enhance rather than pull back. Probably my favorite development was seeing how well Cassandra has fit into the Winter household. How she's developed a close relationship with Mr. and Mrs. Winter and their son Owen. It starts out as obligatory because the Winters stand to lose as well if Cassandra is found out, but you can see their relationship developing into familial territory. I loved all her interactions with the family and, based on what occurs in this story, I really hope that it's something that continues to develop in the next book. Fledgling is kinda a game changer for the series. The consequences of events will be surely felt in the next book, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they are exactly and how they resonate for each of the characters. I feel like we're left with a lot up in the air, but one thing I know for certain is no matter what happens Cassandra, Ivy, and Alicia will face it together. So far, Molly Harper has written a wonderful YA series which is somewhat a departure from her adult paranormal romances, but still written with such wit, humor, and wonderful characters.

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