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Book Review: Mildred’s Resistance (The Network Series 0.5) by Katie Cross

Antebellum Publishing Published July 15, 2015 380 Pages
Antebellum Publishing
Published July 15, 2015
380 Pages

Mildred Graeme is a witch but unlike her best friend Evelyn, practicing magic doesn’t come easy. When the two friends reunite they begin to clash with their ideas of making the world a better place.  While Mildred wants to save the Network from political elitism, Evelyn wants to encourage it.

When Evelyn gains power and threatens life as Mildred knows it, she must overcome her fear of failure to save the ones she loves, even at the cost of her best friend. 

This is a prequel to The Network Series. The first book of the series was good. You can check my review for it here.

Let’s jump right into this. Reading the prequel made me want to read the first book over again. So many things just made sense at this point and I am kind of bummed I didn’t real the prequel first.

Although I liked it, this story did drag a bit. I completely understand how the author was trying to show the difference between Mildred and Evelyn but I wanted more emotion out of Mildred, even when everything was said and done. She was a bore; intelligent and good at what she does but she was still a bore.

What I liked about this book was the back and forth between characters. I liked their different points of views and also how the author made sure to highlight their lifestyle differences. It added to the whole everything making sense thing. The interweaving of their stories was perfect and the transitions were great. I did want more color and life to the overall story; just a little more excitement would have given this book a higher rating.

Character development was good but Mildred still needed some work. Something about her didn’t seem genuine/real and that was my biggest issue with her. But overall, I enjoyed it and may reread the first book since I know more.

 3 Pickles

NetGalley Review: Miss Mabel’s School for Girls (The Network Series, #1) by Katie Cross

Amazon Digital Services  Published April 2015 316 Pages (Ebook)
Amazon Digital Services
Published April 2015
316 Pages (Ebook)

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls, hidden in the dark Letum Wood forest, is a place where young witches learn their craft. 

Bianca Monroe inherited a deadly curse and she is determined to rid of it before she or her Grandmother dies. The only way to do this is to be accepted into the school and get the witch who cast the curse to remove it: Miss Mabel.

But nothing worth fighting for is easy and Bianca is faced with dark magic and unspeakable evil that is completely unprepared for. 

I have a love hate relationship with this book (hopefully not the series but the book).

What drew me to this book was the lack of romance. Although I love romance in any magical novel, it was a nice to break.  Bianca is a very interesting character. For me she didn’t have enough spunk but at the same time she was extremely witty and conscious of not only her surroundings but the people within in. I loved her intelligence and drive but I wanted more personality from her; even more when she made friends.

What the author did with Bianca’s friends was actually pretty cool because Bianca has one particular friend that I did not trust. I was expecting some kind of backstabbing but it didn’t happened; which makes me believe that maybe in the other books it will happen. But overall I thought the author was able to make the other characters complex and work well with Bianca.

This book was painfully slow and it didn’t deliver when it came to some kind of thrill or action. When things happened it happened that’s it. The build up was great but all the trials Bianca went through didn’t really leave me at the edge of my seat.

I continued reading the book because the author was able to draw me in. It wasn’t Bianca that drew me in but it the surrounding characters. They played their part very well.

Overall, this was a hard book for me to rate because it took me a week to read and it wasn’t the most exciting thing. But I do want to read the next book more out of curiosity then anything.

2.7 Pickles