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Mildred's Resistance

(Network #0.5)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  294 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Absolute Power Corrupts Even the Best of Friends.

Mildred Graeme is a witch that knows what it’s like to fail. She loathes small talk, struggles with magic, and grew up wretchedly poor. What’s easy for her best friend Evelyn, a wealthy, powerful socialite, is difficult for Mildred.

The two lifelong friends reunite at Chatham Castle where they fight together for the dream of
Paperback, 380 pages
Published July 15th 2015 by Antebellum Publishing
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Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and couldn't put it down!!!! Prequels are usually a fun read that fill in some details from the series but I honesty loved this book even more than the series! Not only were all my background type questions answered but I adored the characters and was soooo sad when I finished reading and it was over. It was well-written and addicting.
Kelsey Keating
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mildred's Resistance is a prequel to The Network Series, following Mildred--everyone's favorite no-nonsense witch.

I. Love. Mildred. Seriously. The contrast between her and Evelyn is so drastic it's a wonder their friendship lasts as long as it does. I don't want to spoil anything just in case you haven't read the other books in The Network Series (Miss Mabel's School for Girls and Antebellum Awakening).

Just know that if you like magic that's in a well-rounded world and not overpowering...and i
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mildred’s Resistance is the third book published in the Networking Series but events in the story actually take place before Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. Katie Cross gave us a full-length novel sharing the rise of Mildred to High Priestess. If you read Antebellum Awakening, you will be curious to note this book was given to Bianca to read by Councilor Stella. I loved getting the history and a more indepth understanding of some of the powerful players in this world. Brilliant and engaging, Mild ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
To start off, I HUGE thanks to Goodread First to Read Program and Katie Cross for sending me this book!

My true rating would probably be 4.5 stars because I don't believe any book can be truly perfect (but hey 4.5 is pretty darn close lol). Anyways, I received this book through a giveaway a little over a month ago. I was reading other books at the time so I didn't start this book right away. But once I got into it I absolutely loved it! It's well written and I quickly grew to love the characters
E.D.E. Bell
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I love The Network Series and love Ms. Cross’ charming storytelling. This stand-alone volume, Mildred’s Resistance, charges into new territory for the series, including a more direct ethical stance on the treatment of societal classes as well as equal access to education.

Mildred’s Resistance is the story of two women from similar backgrounds who travel down two very different paths. Intense in parts and humorous in others, the passage of time is palpable in this book. I really enjoyed being alon
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Best novel yet in the Network series, hands down. It is a prequel, but it serves like prequels should- giving you the story you need about characters that are going to be pivotal in the coming novels. It's made me want to go back and read the other two books in this series to refresh my memory. This book had an excellent climax and witty dialogue. It was a well thought out plot and worth reading!
Evan Morgan
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy, witches, Harry Potter, young adult readers
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Joey Woolfardis
Apr 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I wasn't convinced at all by the young protagonists being only six years old, what with their miraculously good vocabulary and epistolary skills, nor was I particularly interested in the political background or plot.

Also not impressed with the author's impression of England, fictional or not.

Perhaps only for those that have read the books that, chronologically, come after this one.
Shaz X
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is book 3 in The Network Series by Katie Cross but is actually a prequel to Miss Mabel’s School For Girls, as it tells the story of Mildred’s rise to power as High Priestess. This is also a book that Bianca is given to read by Councilor Stella in Antebellum Awakening.

I loved Mildred! She’s a genuinely selfless person who would do anything to help others that are less fortunate than her, even if it means giving up a life for herself. This prequel shows her fight against the tyrannical and el
G.S. Jennsen
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Mildred Is My Hero

Mildred’s Resistance is a prequel to the other books in Cross’s Network Series, and in many ways it is a very different book. Mildred Graeme could not be more different than the heroine of those novels, Bianca. And as fantastic a character as Bianca is, Mildred now holds a special place in my heart. Quiet, studious, logical and from the most humble of origins, Mildred nonetheless steps up to become the leader and heroine her world needs when it needs her most.

Cross brings a wid
Clare Anstead
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is my first visit to the Central Network and I found myself totally absorbed. (I got no work done for a couple of days :-/ )

Mildreds quite strength is inspirational and the story itself although it spans 3 decades is fantastically well told.

I will definately be visiting with the next installments.
Becca Hicks
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first encounter with a Network series book, and it did not disappoint. The characters are very well developed, I felt as if I really knew Mildred and Evelyn and all of the other witches. The writing is beautiful and clever and carefully crafted to leave you feeling enchanted and ready to learn more about the story. I started with this prequel, and now am so excited to see where the Network takes me next.
Willow Moon
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was definitely a worth while read. I read it after Miss Mabel's School for Girls, so it cleared up a whole of questions with the history of Antebellum. To be honest, this was probably the best read in the series so far! I was so sad when it ended, because it was only a one off prequel, but enjoyed my time with it either way :)
Joanna Bennett
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed many things about this book. One of the main ones is the character development. The motivations of each character seemed to make a lot of sense based on their histories and development (even if the things they did were not moral or ethical...) the story was engaging and overall I just really enjoyed it!
Deb Gaff
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I discovered this book after having read books 1 and 2. The prequel provides great background information about Mildred, her struggles, perseverance and quiet leadership that earned her the respect of her Network.
Alexandra Storm
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read Book 1 before reading Book 0.5, this book, the prequel. I was very impressed with it. The characters, the background story. And it is not just a smallish prequel, it is a book on its own. I cant wait to continue.
Robbi Leah  Freeman
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great for YA or Witch lovers
Linzi Moon
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Inspired by the first book I read this next and thoroughly enjoyed following the events leading up to the situation in book one.
I know I am going to really enjoy the rest of the series.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I actually read Miss Mabel's School for Girls first. After reading this, I had to re-read Miss Mabel's School for Girls and Antebellum Awakening. It gives a back story to the series.
Lyssa  F
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is not for me. Too much drama for the three young girls. All three girls are witch's. One good, one bad and one trying to keep all three together.
Lizzy Baldwin
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I guess the first thing to add is that, Mildred’s Resistance is a prequel to the well-loved Network Series and immediately it is a brilliant, can’t-put-it-down style novel. Prequel’s can sometimes feel a little, shoved in? As though the author suddenly realises that we need some more back-story to create more of a story in the present, but here it honestly feels not only pivotal to the writing of the coming novel(s,) but well thought-out and constructed. I don’t want to give spoilers which is al ...more
Maureen Lubitz
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at You Must Have Your Hands Full

In the interest of full disclosure, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I read Miss Mabel’s School for Girls almost a month ago, and immediately fell in love with the world of The Network. Since then, I have gone on to read the second book in the series, Antebellum Awakening. I have also read The Isadora Interviews, a novella featuring school admission interviews from some of the secondary chara
Clare O'Brien
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
My Review

YAAASSS. So much yaassss! I loved it, AGAIN. Just like all the other books in the Network series. I am so glad I received a copy of her first novel on NetGalley because this series is just great. Katie Cross herself is so kind and fabulous too! But to the novel!Mildred's Resistance provided an amazing backstory to how the Network came to be as Bianca knows it and set up the state of affairs. This will be particularly important in the final novel of the
Leetah Begallie
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If there was an option for half stars, I would have given it 4 and a half stars rather than just 4.

This is a prequel to the rest of the Network Series and I feel it did a great job of giving background on some of the characters and the events of the main series. Not only that, but Katie Cross did so while writing in third person while the rest of the series is written in first person point-of-view. I think this was a great choice for this book since it had multipl
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Being a prequel to the series Miss Mabel's School for Girls, this story was about three friends; Mildred, Stella and Evelyn, and their journey through life. It sounds long and boring because 40 years is a lot to cover, but it’s actually an amazing book.

Mildred and Evelyn share similar childhood experiences. Both on the poor side and lived with abusive fathers.

Mildred is a strong girl, a level head on her shoulders and always thinks through situations before acting. Evelyn becomes a spoiled chil
Patrick Hodges
Having already read the Network Series, I pretty much knew how this prequel would end. In those books, we meet High Priestess Mildred as an old woman, and though she wasn't a main character, she was portrayed as a strong woman who loved her Network and would do anything to protect it, no matter what the cost.

In Mildred's Resistance - which at its heart is the story of three little girls - we get to know Mildred from the very beginning. Growing up in poverty, she nonetheless forges a strong bond
I absolutely adored this. I may have even loved it more than Miss Mabel's School for Girls. Mildred was a perfect heroine and one couldn't help but feel for her as she went through the good, the bad and the ugly parts of life. Evelyn while a nightmare was a great character as well - it was riveting to watch her be manipulated and then manipulate the situations to her needs. I just really loved this story. For a prequel it wasn't what I was expecting. It was just so involved. All the main and sec ...more
Mary Cooper
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Cross did it again with "Mildred's Resistance"! I was enthralled with learning about how Mildred became the High Priestess, and the relationships between the 3 friends kept me with my nose inside my tablet! Her relationship with Marten made me a little sad, knowing that they love each other, but also knowing they could never be together as man & wife because of their love of the Network.
"Mildred's Resistance" had a little bit of everything: romance (but not graphic at all!), the friendship
Kirstin Pulioff
Mildred's Resistance is the answer to all us Network series lovers who can't get enough of the world Katie Cross has created. If you're like me, you've been maybe a bit (or more) obsessed with the world and story the author created surrounding Bianca in MMSFG and AA. Mildred's Resistance give us everything we've been dreaming of... not just more story and history on a loved character, but a deeper look at this world.

We're given all the great things we've come to expect from Ms. Cross--excellent
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
Though I have only read the first book in the series previously, this book was a great addition that added so much more. It followed the 3 "friends" from childhood into adulthood and gave so much insight into the dynamics in their relationships and how they came to be who they were. I honestly wanted to slap Evelyn so many times it wasn't even funny anymore. But she honestly wasn't very likable. It also showed the inner strength of Mildred in a new light that gave me so much more respect for her ...more
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