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If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor....

But Snipes aren’t supposed to have magical powers...and the existence of a magical Snipe threatens the world order dictated during the Guardians’ Restoration years ago. If she wants to keep her family safe and protect her own skin, Sarah must figure out how to fit into posh Guardian society, master her newfound magical powers, and discover the truth about how an ordinary girl can become magical.

©2018 Molly Harper White (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Molly Harper + Amanda Ronconi = perfection

This book is young adult vs what I’m used to with Molly Harper but it’s still really well done and worth it. I listened to the whole thing in one day and loves every minute.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful!

Really enjoyed this story. As always, Molly Harper brings great character and world development that catches the imagination in new and refreshing ways. I laughed, I cheered, and I appreciated the lessons the characters learned.

Amanda Ronconi did a masterful performance with all of the different accents and each character's voice was distinct and recognizable.

There are a few editing issues that need to be corrected (character half asleep runs into a wall and then in the next paragraph is getting out of bed, etc) but not enough to keep me from enjoying this wonderful story. Highly recommended for preteens and up.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Harry Potter meets Eliza Dolittle

This book is delightful. Molly Harper's wit is back with an extra dose of whimsy. I hope we'll have many more adventures with this group of characters.

I did have trouble settling into the story because of getting used to the accent. I actually repeated the first five minutes a couple of times to settle in. It's not a book I was able to listen to while doing other things, but it was worth giving it the time and attention.

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  • chris
  • PINCKNEY, MI, United States
  • 08-23-18

Molly Harper you did it again

I love everything you have Written . But this one you really hit it out of the park. This is as good as Jayne Jamison and the naked We're Wolf series which is my favorite.

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I don't want it to end!

great story by Molly Harper. loved the new characters. I can't wait for the continuation.

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Loved it!!!

I really enjoyed this one!! I can’t wait to give a copy to my nieces!!

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Absolutely loved it!

A change of pace for Molly Harper but on a par with all her other books.
Can't wait for the next one!

As always Amanda Ronconi does a great job with the narration!

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Refreshing new storyline!

Well Played Molly Harper! I throughly enjoyed this entirely new world and storyline crafting. I can not wait to see where this intriguing rabbit hole leads next. I very much enjoyed that this book is truly YA/teen appropriate without falling into the trap of becoming overly romance driven or too graphic for comfort. Thank you so much for writing a book I can wholeheartedly share with my teen kids.

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cute, magical, & a bit of everything

Very good narration. I always sink into British narrator's like a warm cup of tea.
The book presents so much that you want to say is from other magical books, but puts it together in a unique way that it's hard to compare.
I enjoyed it enough that I'm hoping the next one comes out soon.

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Not What I expected from Molly Harper

Huge fan of Molly Harper, and while this is a departure from her other series, this misses all the laugh out loud humor that I and so many others have come to love in Molly's books.

This felt very much like an uninspired HP with a female protagonist. The typical twists and plots and lovable quirks Molly writes for her characters are just missing. Even Amanda Ronconi couldn't save this book for me.

I was eagerly anticipating Molly's take on this genre which I love. It's not the genre that got me, or the fact that she's departed from my much loved novels of hers, but simply that the book was completely cliché and lackluster.

Overall? Disappointed.


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  • Kasarin
  • 08-27-18

Terrible British accents!

I love Molly Harper’s books and have really enjoyed Amanda Ronconi’s narration of them in the past but her British accent is by far her weakest so my heart sunk when I started to listen. I enjoyed the story but really had to persevere to listen to it and tune out my cringing at the terrible accents, particularly of the ‘working class’ characters. If I decide to read the rest of the series when it comes out I think I’ll have to do so in print rather than face another 8 hours of wincing...

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  • CRYSTAL CLEAR
  • 08-24-18

Brilliant new series

Can’t wait for the next book in this unique and interesting new series ! Any series by molly Harper is on auto buy .. I’m never disappointed !

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  • Work in progress
  • 09-09-18

promising start to new series (apart from accents)

I really appreciate the narrators effort but 'Northern' english accents slid between Scouse, Welsh, Scottish, irish and a bit of dick van dyke but once Sarah/Cassandra went to school it was much easier to listen to. Good start to a new series.

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  • AMG, London
  • 08-24-18

Thoroughly enjoyable, can't wait for more

A new departure for Molly Harper into a parallel version of 19th Century England where the world is divided into Guardians (magic users) and their non-magic Snipe servants. Also more explicitly Young Adult fiction than her other books, but equally enjoyable by Older Young Adults.

Sarah is a young Snipe girl who turns out to have magical powers. The story of how she manages her transition into the Guardian world, and in particular Miss Castwell's Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies, is highly engaging from start to finish.

The parallels to Hogwarts are obvious, but nicely turned on their heads. The muggles in this story are not the dominant culture but a suppressed underclass. The family which Sarah leaves are for the most part the opposite of the Dursleys - loving, unwilling to lose her and helpless.

Great story, lively and likeable characters and a very intriguing universe for future adventures.

Amanda Ronconi is such a great reader that even her wavering British regional accents for the Snipe characters (which somehow manage to drift between Yorkshire, Northumberland and parts of Scotland) must be forgiven. She narrates the rest in a fairly good BBC accent, which is quite a feat in the circumstances, and fairly soon i was too caught up in the story to worry about it. And maybe in that parallel universe that is precisely how they speak!


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  • Lolakola
  • 10-05-18

Good story but...

Great story, looking forward to the next instalment. Ronconi is a great narrator in Harper’s others books. But for this series, maybe they should have got a UK voice actor...

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  • Dawn English
  • 09-07-18

You should read this

I recommend this book to anyone it’s really amazing and it’s read amazingly really fantastic book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-18

Narrator was excellent. Good storyline.

i really enjoyed it! narrator did a great job at different character voices. good listen!

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  • Natasha
  • 09-14-18

Good story, wrong choice of narrator

The narrator sounded too old for a fourteen year old and the accents felt unnatural. Yet, in saying that, I liked how she put on a different voice for each character. The story itself was very interesting and well-written.