The Network Series Review Tour & Giveaway

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Welcome to my tour stop for The Network Series by Katie Cross!  The Network Series is a young adult fantasy and the tour runs July 27 – August 7 with reviews only. Check out the tour page for more information.

About Miss Mabel's School for Girls:
MMSFG 2 for NookNever 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 witch who cast the curse: Miss Mabel.Bianca finds herself faced with dark magic she didn’t expect, with lessons more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Will Bianca have the courage to save herself from the curse, or will Miss Mabel’s sinister plan be too powerful?Miss Mabel’s School for Girls is the first novel in The Network Series, an exciting new fantasy collection. A gripping tale about the struggle to survive, it will take you to a new place and time, one you’ll never want to leave.
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 Likes:
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.

Gripes:
There was a bit of first book syndrome. It was mostly a lead up for the rest of the series, so that was tough. I really wish the second book was already out so I could start.
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.
 
 
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About Antebellum Awakening:
Antebellum_FC_FNL_72Never underestimate the power of a volatile witch.Still reeling in the wake of her mother’s death, sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe is forced to move to Chatham Castle. Not even the sudden appearance of ancient dragons in haunted Letum Wood nor her two best friends can distract her from the strength of her deep, dark rage.Her grief puts her magical powers into chaos, endangering any witch around her. She has six months left to destroy the curse that will kill her and fulfill her contract with the most cunning enemy of all: her former teacher Miss Mabel.Bianca must make a choice: learn to control her restless powers, or let the powers control her.Antebellum Awakening is the second book in the thrilling new fantasy collection The Network Series. It’s a haunting tale about tragedy, loss, and the power of moving on.
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The Isadora Interviews blurb:
TII 2 for Amazon (1)Isadora is a quiet, old witch living alone in the fog-strewn forest of Letum Wood. Her magical power is great, but her foresight is even greater.As a Watcher, Isadora has the ability to see into the heart of every witch she meets, a talent that makes her the perfect guardian of the prestigious Miss Mabel’s School for Girls.Any witch that wants to enter the school must first pass an interview with Isadora. No secret insecurity or sinister motivation can be hidden from a Watcher, as four teenage girls will soon find out.Join Leda, Camille, Michelle, and Priscilla, as they each encounter Isadora in their quest to join Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. It’s a collection of short stories that fans of Miss Mabel’s School for Girls can’t afford to miss.

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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.

Likes:
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.

Gripes:
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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About the Author: 
KatieCross
Katie Cross grew up in the mountains of Idaho, where she still loves to play when she gets the chance.If she’s not writing, you can find her traveling, working as a pediatric nurse, trail running with her husband and two dogs, or curled up with a book and a cup of chai.
 

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Giveaway:

$30 Visa Gift Card
INT
Ends Aug. 12th
Prizing provided by the author, hosts are in no way responsible



This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.



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8 comments

  1. Always love myself a good witch book. I've added it to Goodreads for the next time I'm looking to buy a magical book. :)
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

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  2. Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts about the books!

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  3. I'm actually just about to write my review for this, I really enjoyed the first book, there is Harry Potter comparisons there but it was a really good read!

    Heather | Random Redheaded Ramblings

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  4. I'm definitely intrigued! I am going to add this to my TBR!

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  5. These covers are gorgeous. Not going to lie, I wasn't massively interested in the stories, but the books would look so pretty sat on my bookshelf! :)

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  6. I got the first book off of NetGalley and couldn't help but compare it to Harry Potter as well, especially Goblet of Fire. Nevertheless, I did enjoy it and I'd love to read the sequel!

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  7. I seriously laughed so hard at this post. You. Are. Awesome. Your comment on Isadora made me belly laugh. (Admittedly, not hard to do).

    Thanks so much for including me on your cute blog too! It's so fun to see the Network Series out "in the wild." Especially amongst your fox and porcupine ;)

    Off to share the goodness!

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