Let me just start off by saying… This. Is. A. Wicked. Book.
First of all, the plot is wonderful. It starts out seeming like it is going to be just another magical boarding school book and then it is like… Just kidding! I don’t want to give anything away so I will just leave it at that.
Second, the characters are really well written. They seem real. Truly. The protagonist, Bianca, is a strong, independent, teenager whom cares greatly about her family and wants to be able to save and protect them all. Leda, one of Bianca’s best friends, is awesome and reminds me of Luna Lovegood, except not really because she is really not the same but she is. Makes sense, right? Plus her name is awesome 😉 (Just spelt wrong :P). Camille, Bianca’s other best friend, is the average teenage girl. She can be annoying at times but it is perfect because Bianca and Leda also think she is annoying at those times so it works great. Then there is Miss Mabel, the antagonist. She is freaky. Not her looks, but her personality. Basically, as far as I can tell after just one book, Miss Mabel has no heart. Period.
Third, the setting is wonderful. Letum Wood, the school, Chatham Castle, the set up of the Networks, all are vivid and awesome. I did feel at times that there was too little description but then I kept remembering that this is only the first book of a series and the rest will come!
And lastly, the writing itself is great. I love Cross’s subtlety. She never over explains or feeds the reader information. She tells you once, hints at things, and leaves things up to the reader’s imagination. As I read, I had so many questions and many of them were answered by the end, but also, many of them were not. And that is why I am now going to continuously bug Katie to get the next book in the Network Series completed and in my hands!
I whole-heartedly recommend this book!
So mote it be.
Buy it here: MissMabels.com
Katie’s blog: KCrossWriting.com