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Miss Mabel's School for Girls

(The Network Series #1)

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Never underestimate the power of a determined witch.

Letum Wood is a forest of fog and deadfall, home to the quietly famous Miss Mabel’s School for Girls, a place where young witches learn the art of magic.

Sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe has inherited a deadly curse. Determined to break free before it kills her, she enrolls in the respected school to confront the cunning wit
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Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published April 2015 by Amazon Digital Services (first published March 21st 2014)
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Katie Cross Not in this book! But you'll find a few in the second book in the series, Antebellum Awakening. :)…moreNot in this book! But you'll find a few in the second book in the series, Antebellum Awakening. :)(less)
Evan Morgan Katie has been asked this question before on her author page. :) Here is her answer: "The Network Series will have five total books, including the pre…moreKatie has been asked this question before on her author page. :) Here is her answer: "The Network Series will have five total books, including the prequel "Mildred's Resistance" which comes out in the early summer. I have several ideas brewing in the back of my mind, the greatest of which is Esmelda's story (the first High Priestess) and the tale of how the Networks came to be. On top of that is a project I've tentatively titled "The Sisters" which will be about Isadora and Sanna. (It's going to be so fun!)

I do have a few other ideas that do not take place in Antebellum, and are not fantasy, but they will probably be awhile before I venture into those. In my heart of hearts, I'm a fantasy girl!"(less)

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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*


But of course!

Sixteen year old Bianca's family is cursed. The thing is the curse of three's entails that when she turns seventeen Bianca will die from the curse.

Who placed the curse in the first place? Miss Mabel. The head of the girl's witchcraft school. Bianca plans on being taken as her head student so that she can convince Mabel to lift the curse.

First she must compete against girls that have been at the school longer than she has to win the competition. Once she does she realizes t
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Rosanna
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most entertaining books I've read this year. I highly recommend it to everyone, and especially those who love witches and magic schools.

The writing was wonderful and I can't say enough about the characters. There is no annoying YA drama queens! Amen, people!

Great, fun story. Read the book.
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❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
Magic, witches, somewhat 1800's country feel, curses and villains! I had a lot of fun reading this book. It had been awhile since I was eager to finish a book as soon as I got home. The writing is an easy read, but felt more mature than most debut authors.

Bianca gets into Miss Mabel's school for girls with the intent of trying to find a way to remove curse that effects her grandmother, mother, and herself. Miss Mabel is responsible for the curse and the only one who can remove it.

Bianca is a s
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Andrea
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t like stories about witches. Seriously. The House of Night series, I couldn’t get past the first book.



I may have to turn in my nerd card but Harry Potter, I have yet to finish the opening chapter.



I just was not amused by all the hocus pocus.


Sorry David.

It could be that I was traumatized as a child.



Nightmares for days.



Or it could be that I hadn’t read Miss Mabel’s School for Girls.


Katie Cross has awakened a whole new genre for me. The story opens on a young girl, named Bianca bei
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J.S. Bailey
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I begin, allow me to mention that I received a free copy of this novel from the author to review.

Ahem.

I became acquainted with Katie Cross back when the Blue Monkey writing blog was still in existence. Then it dissolved, and some of the survivors of said blog decided to organize a new writing blog called Obey the Muse, which I became a part of. (Shameless blog promo: www.obeythemuse.com. Visit us. VISIT US!!!)

(Sorry.)

Katie had been talking about Miss Mabel's School for Girls for a long ti
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Kirsty
I'm just going to jump right in and say what kept going through my mind the entire book...the author has been HUGELY influenced by Harry Potter, and this has had a massive impact on her writing of Miss Mabel's School for Girls.

There were so many comparisions that I started a mental checklist;

Cursed teenager? ✔️
Magical school? ✔️
Bookish best friend? ✔️
Big hearted best friend? ✔️
An underage pupil compeating in a three trials quest? ✔️ (The Triwizard Cup in Goblet of Fire).
A seemingly stern teacher
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Stephan McLeroy
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, as a 30 year old male, I figured out REALLY fast that I am not the target audience for this book. Why the hell is the main character so concerned with comparing her hair to other girls' hair? Oh... right.... 16 year old girls. In fact, if you are a male reader who is interested in this book, be warned: there are no male characters in this book, for the most part. This isn't bad, however. The narrative was strong, the themes were pretty straight forward, and the main character was not annoyin ...more
Kirstin Pulioff
This is one of the best books I have read so far this year, and I can't wait to tell you why.

Where should I start singing the praises... let's start with the characters. Katie Cross must not believe in wimps, because this book is littered with strong female characters. From the heroine Bianca Monroe, to Miss Mabel, the High Priestess, and even some of the side characters. Strength, intelligence, and determination are praised and highlighted as positive attributes.

At a very basic level, Bianca Mo
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Raegan   Ralls
-Disclaimer: I won this book for free through goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review.-

This was a pretty good read! Katie Cross really knows how to set the scene. She does every scene in full blown detail. This book reminded me of Harry Potter.

I felt the main character, Bianca, was rather annoying. She was 16 in this book but acted like she was 6. I wanted to know more about the characters in this book. I would have liked to know more about Bianca s family too. It did get a little
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Summer
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Omg where do i begin......


Reminds me of House of Night series, Harry Potter series, and the Secret Circle series.

I would give this outstanding story 10 stars! This will be the next hit in YA fiction! Not to mention the different world that we are transported to by the excellent story telling.

Such a strong main character. I fell in love with Bianca. Loving the family. Loyalty to the family.

This book is not even out yet and I'm wanting to get my hands on the next installment.

I will definitely be
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Kare
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this YA book! I had a hard time putting the book down because each chapter came with new surprises as different characters revealed nuances to the story. I loved all the introduction to
The characters for the series. I'm excited for the rest of the series to come out.
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Kate
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Bianca Monroe is a 16-year-old witch. A powerful Inheritance curse has been placed on her mother and grandmother. The witch behind the curse is none other than Miss Mabel of Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. The school is the most prestigious one in the Witches’ Network and every year, it hosts a Student Competition, the prize of which is private lessons with the school’s High Witch. Within the first few hours of ar
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Karen
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Joana Vieira
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review can also be found at Joana In The Sky With Books

If there was only one word I could use to describe this novel, it would be "WOW"!

This book is absolutely action packed from beginning to end! There are no dull moments and there are so many twists and turns that you just have to keep turning the pages. It's definitely one of those books that you only want to put down when you finish it. I have to say that I don't remember the last time a book surprised me, but this one sure did! When I
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D.M. Kilgore
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Harry Potter, YA, Fantasy Fans, Anyone who loves a BEWITCHING read.
Recommended to D.M. by: Obey The Muse
Something Wicked This Way Comes... Wicked Brilliant!

A magical little novel, "Miss Mabel's School For Girls" by the wickedly talented Katie Cross, is anything but your average young adult fantasy. In fact, I suspect I've been bewitched. I was so mesmerized that I read it in one sitting. It's safe to say that Katie Cross knows how to cast a spell!

On top of a truly well-rounded story, with some pretty clever characters, her research was so extensive that the story reads as more realistic than fant
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Priscila
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it

I received this ebook in exchange for a honest review.

Bianca Monroe is a sixteen year old witch with a family curse that threatens everything she holds dear, to save herself and her family, she goes to Miss Mabel's School for Girls, she must get close to the only person who can reverse the curse, Miss Mabel...


I really enjoyed this one.
A very good start for this new series, I'm definitely intrigued as to where it's going.
Bianca is a strong MC, the world building is very is good, even if we spen
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Abantika(hiltonjenkin)
Tittle: Miss Mable's School for Girls
Format: Audiobook
Author: Katie Cross
Narrated by: Becca Ballenger
Shelf: Fantasy, Magic, Young-Adult, Witches
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Miss Mable's School for Girls is the first book of the Network series written by author Katie Cross. I listened to an audiobook of this narrated by Becca Ballenger.💕
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I dont really do witches or for that fact anything paranormal. The last book I read in this genre was probably Twilight in 2010. But omg.😱 This was good.😍 The writing was very simple
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Aly
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bianca Monroe has some gifts she didn't mention right away when going to Miss Mabel's School for Girls but we find out more about this character and all her gifts. This story was interesting and kept me reading more. It did remind me a little of the Harry Potter series but all girls. The story was different and the magic was exciting. I think my favorite part was toward the end when the cat starting coming around. Overall, not a bad book. ...more
Diane Follett
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an awesome read. I loved everything about it, especially the fact that Bianca didn't need a boy to "complete" her! Very well written! Highly recommend to all ages. ...more
Angela
Feb 10, 2016 marked it as deals  ·  review of another edition
10 February 2016: $0.99 on Kindle ...more
Arnaud
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely great story telling

Heart wrenching at times, the story is well developed with excellent characters to be found throughout the novel. Can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the Network Series!
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Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
"We all have the same chance to be powerful within us. What it comes down to is the choices that we make along the way."

Bianca Monroe has one year left to live. All female members of her family have been cursed with the Inheritance Curse and Bianca is determined to break it before it's too late for her. She spent years learning magic and honing her skills, waiting for the moment when she will join Miss Mabel's School for Girls and face Miss Mabel herself - the woman who cursed her family and
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Ginny  Gallagher
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MY REVIEW
No errors, great formatting, beautiful cover, and a fantastic story!

Strong and determined girls- The main character is Bianca Monroe. A girl determined to reverse a family curse. She is a wonderful heroine. She cares about her family, has integrity, is humble, clever, and believes in working towards a goal. She isn't waiting around for a prince to save her. No way. She is taking matters into her own hands and saving herself and her family.

The characters and the plot are well done. The
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Kristy Gillespie
"I'm Bianca Monroe, and I run in the woods with my skirts up. I also don't know how to steep or pour tea," (15) Bianca thinks as she races through Lectum Woods; away from the stuffy interview with Miss Isadora, and toward the mysterious Miss Mabel's School For Girls which trains young witches.

Miss Mabel put a lethal curse on Bianca's grandmother which in turn cursed her daughter and granddaughter. Bianca must outwit Miss Mabel by winning the competitions and becoming her assistant; only then wil
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Candace
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I waited ages for this book. I read Katie's blog regularly and love her snark and how well her own personality comes through on her page. I was curious about how her characters would be, plus it's fantasy, which is my favorite!

From the moment I opened this book I loved it! Bianca is a character that really shines through. She's got snark and spunk. She's not at all a follower and speaks up. She's not really afraid to be herself, though she tries to reign it in so she doesn't draw too much atten
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Morris
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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“Miss Mabel’s School for Girls” is one of those books that makes me wish for a half-star rating system. It is better than a three, but not good enough for a four, and it is frustrating not to be able to show that properly. At any rate, it is definitely a good book, but not a great one.

I really love the world of witchcraft called The Network that the author built. It’s filled with everything a good fantasy or fairy-tale should have: mystery, wonder, good, and evil. How things came to be the way t
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Jennifer Jimmerson
I have not been sure what to say about this book. It is an enchantingly good novel. I enjoyed it, but that isn't enough of a review. I am a huge fan of YA Fantasy and was intrigued from the beginning. Who is this Bianca? Why is her future determined by Isadora? Why is Miss Mabel so important? Why is everyone so nervous?

The main character, 16 year-old Bianca, inherited a curse; one that will kill her if she cannot get Miss Mabel to remove it before her next birthday. She must find a way to remove
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Camly Nguyen
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Bianca has one year left to live. One year to find a way to free herself from a curse set on her way before she was even born. One year left to save those that she loves from the evil hands of Miss Mabel, but first, she has to get into Miss Mabel’s School for Girls and win the Annual Competition.

As you can probably guess from the short summary, yes, she won the competition and yes, half the book was that predictable. Oh and apparently all the grade levels are mixed up and they all go in
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Emma
I took me a while to get around to reading this book. Not sure why. It was amazing.

The setting was brilliant and the story even better. I was kept guessing the whole way through. I read it in a few days (quick for me just now). The magic was really clever and original. I was very unsure of Miss Mabel, was it all an act or was she truly like that. Bianca was a great lead character. She was strong and spunky.

All the different types of magic was engaging I was not bored even for a line. It’s frustr
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Bailey
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute. Fun. Touching. Read it.

I received an advance copy of this novel to read, as the book is being released TODAY, right now, on Amazon. So let me tell you why you should rush off, buy it and read it.

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls is the first installment in the Network Series and debut novel by the witty Katie Cross. I’m privy to enough background information to know this novel was written in seven weeks, but it doesn’t read as a rushed piece of work. In all honesty, I can say I was very pleasa
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