Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: The Network Series
Author Info: http://kcrosswriting.com
I have discovered this book randomly through a Facebook group. The cover was beautifully done (I know, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it really made me curious about the book!) so I went on Amazon and read the free sample -which was very promising- and I ended up buying the book.
The story is set in a witchcraft school for girls, but it’s not a Harry Potter clone at all. Katie Cross has done in depth, extensive research about the Wiccan community and culture, so the story is extremely realistic despite the fairy tale-like atmosphere and the whimsical magic. The strong female characters are quite impressively done, including the antagonist. The main character, Bianca Monroe is a teenage girl who is struggling with a terrible curse cast on her family while she’s dealing with various issues she faces at the school. She is very strong willed and doesn’t accept her fate as it is, so she chooses to fight on while her best friends Camille and Leda support her through many ordeals. I think Camille represents the heart and emotions while Leda represents logic and wisdom here. They are both very likable and realistic. There is an aura of mystery surrounding Leda, I hope I get to learn more about her in the second book.
There are a lot of twists and turns in the story, so it’s as far away from cliche and predictable as possible. I was quite impressed with the originality, the characters, the intriguing mysteries and plot twists. This is the first self published indie book I have read and I must admit I didn’t expect much in the beginning, but it turned out to be an amazing read. The best part about it is that it’s very inspirational for young people, emphasizing confidence, determination and inner strength while engaging the reader in a great story.
If you like magic, YA fantasy and inspirational stories, this book is definitely for you.