The storyline was so cool, although there did seem to be some comparing to Harry Potter (which really can’t be helped right?) but once it got going it really stood on its own.
I loved the MC Bianca, she is so strong, brilliant but still young and vulnerable. I loved how well she was written and it makes me so excited for the next book in the series.
The side characters were also really appealing – the teachers, Camille and Leda were awesome. I am excited to see how the girls play out in the rest of the book. Leda’s special talent and Camille trying to figure herself out will definitely have to grow in the second book.
Miss Mabel was an awesome villain (this is a little bit of a spoiler but kinda obvious). She was really well done.
The world-building was unique and I really liked how mortals and the Networks were portrayed.
The beginning and contest were kinda rushed, I wish that it had a little more build-up and focus. I would have been ok with more pages to really flush out the contest and make it more of the plot for the first book.
I received a copy of the first book in The Network Series during a book tour and really enjoyed the first book. I thought Katie did a great job with writing and it always is inspiring to see an author who has a full-time job but keeps writing as a passion. Although, here in lies an issue for me, I remembered that I enjoyed the first book in The Network Series, Miss Mabel's School for Girls, but I could not remember the actual plot of the book, nor the storyline of the main characters. I wanted to continue with the series, but I really think I will have to go re-read the first book because I really could not remember anything, even after reading the novella.
Honestly, it has been a while since I read the first book in The Network Series and I had forgotten a lot of the plot and characters. I remembered that I enjoyed the first book, Miss Mabel's School for Girls, so I grabbed at the chance to read more of the series. The Isadora Interviews was a great way to be "reintroduced" to the characters because it takes place before the girls are in school.
In my review for Miss Mabel's School for Girls, I noted that there was some similarity to Harry Potter. I felt like the series really stood on it's own feet and came to life in this novella. I loved learning the girls past and getting a more detailed view into the lives of the girls who weren't such main characters in the first book.
Isadora is a weird old bat, but I loved her methods. I would have to say that odd witches are my favorite characters. Luna Lovegood is one of my all-time favorite weirdos and I can definitely see a bit of her in myself.
As a novella, there isn't a lot of time to develop a lot of action and climax, so it was not the most exciting book, but it read quickly and gave some great character background.
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