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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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    Fun but not as good as Changeling

    ARC received on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 2,5/5. Aw man, this could've been so good! I bought and read the first installment of this series purely so I could enjoy the sequel to the fullest (and give a comprehensive review). Regretfully, the first 25% of Fledgling was very repetitive. There were LITERAL passages that had been copied from the first book which I immediately noticed as I was reading these back to back. Moreover, for all intents and purposes, it was a recap of book 1. I understand wanting a recap to some extent but 25% of a book that is already significantly shorter than the first one is a bit outrageous. After the recap, things get better. Sarah returns to her magical school and reinforces the relationship with her friends and makes new ones to beat. The plot flows nicely, although (like in Changeling) literally everything that happens is important for the denouement. I want more spells and (unnecessary) information! The details we ARE given are inevitably important and it would be nice to just have more world building going on. Even though there is some fun in the romantic escapades of the girls, it feels forced and more of a page filler than anything else. I enjoyed the relationships between the girls a lot more. Also, an 18 year old guy and a 14 year old girl - I'm sorry but it's a teensy creepy/inappropriate to me. 18 and 16 would've been more acceptable but that's just my adult hat on there. Even if Fledgling certainly has its flaws, I'm very curious to read the next installment in this series. It really has great potential and I'm looking forward to learning more about this awesome, Victorian, steampunky, magical world.
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    A Fun Read!

    Thank you to NetGalley and Molly Harper for my free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I am very glad that I took the time to read Changeling before reading Fledgling. I really think this was key to my fully understanding and enjoying this book. Much of the story is about the relationships between the characters and understanding of the fictitious society. This can all be appreciated and enjoyed with the background knowledge from the first book. It's tough to be a teenage girl. It's worse when you are living under a false identity, trying to protect yourself and those who know your secret. When you add on the pressure of trying to change the world, that's what you have in Cassandra/Sarah. She's a fun character to get to know!
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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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    When she discovers her true purpose

    It is not my usual read but when I saw the blurb it made me thought of a feminine version Harry Potter sets in a steampunk Victorian like world, where two universes collide between the magic (The Guardians) and non-magic (the Snipes) people. So I wanted to read it to see if it could be a story my teen’s daughter might like, if it will be ever translated. As it is the second in a series, I was afraid to be a bit lost but at time, the author gave enough details explaining who’s who and why. So it is about a girl, Sarah renames Cassandra, from the non-magic rank who should never have been able to generate and wield magic, why she is send under a fabricated identity to a school for high-bred ladies from the magical families. There are friendship tried and reenforced, plenty of discoveries, spell contests, young love tested and a different direction for the main characters. So sure, it has a taste of Harry Potter but it is also the usual clichés in many sorcerer tales, even if I found the end of the book a bit rushed and all wrapped too fast, it was en entertaining read packed with actions and nemesis to fight. Why I would recommend it to any Harry Potter’s lover, and will definitively read the next book in this series. A 4,5 stars
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