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Check out Molly Harper’s Young Adult Series Sorcery and Society!!
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.
Days away from completing her first year at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies, Changeling-born Sarah Smith might just get away with posing as an upper-class Guardian girl named Cassandra Reed.
But strange visions of a Lightbourne destroyed by Miss Morton’s revenant army keep Sarah from enjoying her achievement. Plus, the Mother Book, Sarah’s one secret advantage and the ultimate entrée in Guardian society, suddenly stops revealing itself to her…putting her in a precarious position with the Guild. On top of all that, her former lady’s maid left Miss Castwell’s, and the new hire is, well, taking some getting used to.
If it weren’t for her two best friends, Alicia McCray and Ivy Cowel, who will do anything to protect her secret, Sarah doesn’t know if she’ll make it another year. When the three girls take summer holiday with Alicia’s family (chaperoned by an exacting and very disapproving Mrs. McCray), a relaxing vacation in Scotland is the last thing they’ll find.
Mrs. Winter is thrilled that Sarah is spending time with the influential McCray family, but Sarah can’t help but feel that her real purpose is to find other Changeling children like her, and free them to realize their own magic. Can she find genuine satisfaction in her accomplishments when she knows there are others like her out there who need her help? Will the three girls uncover the deeply-held secrets they’re looking for in the mysterious mountains of Scotland? Will the Mother Book finally start talking to her again? And will Sarah come to understand the importance of her connection with Ivy and Alicia, and the true nature of her own power…before it’s too late?
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Fly Girl’s Review:
Since this is a series and I’ve listened to both already I’m going to do a general review of the series in its entirety so far. Looking at Molly’s site, she is working on book three in the series, so if you find the blurbs interesting, this might be a good time to start it.
I love Molly Harper’s work and when Changeling came up on Audible I decided to pick it up and listen. This is not her usual writing, it’s young adult and not a comedy, so keep that in mind. I was pleasantly surprised by the story, world, and characters. She brings us into this depressing dystopian society where those with magic rule and those without are little more than slaves. There are many ideas of what a Changeling represents. In some stories it is where a magical being baby has been replaced with a human baby and in other stories, its where the individual manifests into a magical being but is still a human. An evolution of sorts. This is one of the later types of stories.
Cassandra is the central figure in the story that manifests magical abilities. Her parents tried to protect her from the magic from the time of her birth because they were afraid the ministry would take her away. Ultimately Cassandra is too smart and finally figures out the medication her parents are giving her is actually making her ill. When she stops her magic comes out. There is a fine line between those of power and those without and those with, have different amounts of power depending on their social rank. Because a changeling has never knowingly been discovered, the magical family that Cassandra works for decides to try to hide her as a far removed relation and integrate her into their world as one of their own. This is where you realize sometimes the oppressors are just as oppressed as their slaves. In this case the dynamics of the magical Winters’ and how they run in society circles is the unique and more interesting part of the story. As with most stories of this ilk, the Winter family has more sympathy for those oppressed than first imagined and so the tides will hopefully change in the societal norms. We will have to wait for more story to see if that comes true, but you can see the start of it in book two.
It’s amazing how many issues the supporting characters have even though they are of the “privileged” part of society. I mean this is no utopian world Molly has created. It’s more incestuous and judgmental with lots of secrets. There is a rebellion beginning to rise and the younger generation is going to be the source of it, pulling along their loved ones. I’m excited book three may be to us later this year. Like I said earlier, if this sounds interesting it might be time to check it out before we get book 3. I’m giving the series so far a 4.5 of 5 because there are cliffhangers in each book and I wasn’t super happy with where each book ended, not just because of the cliffhanger.
4.5 of 5 Propellers
Connect with Molly Harper
I’m Kentucky-born journalist-turned-church secretary-turned-romance novelist. (That’s the normal career progression, right? ) I hold a degree in print journalism from Western Kentucky University. And I like to think as someone who regularly meets deadlines, I’m still using it in some fashion. I live in my small hometown in western Kentucky, where I live with my high school sweetheart/husband and our two children.
I’m the author of almost twenty novels and novellas through Pocket Books, most of them involving vampires and werewolves. My first book, Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs, came out in 2009. My most recent title, The Single Undead Moms Club was released in October 2015. They are available in print, as e-books and audio books at all major book retailers.
I’m represented by Natanya Wheeler of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. I recently announced the addition of two new titles to my popular Half-Moon Hollow series (Pocket Books) and a contemporary romance series, currently called the SOUTHERN ECLECTIC series, also to Pocket Books. (From her official website)