I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 21st 2017
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Chantel would much rather focus on her magic than on curtsying, which is why she often finds herself in trouble at Miss Ellicott’s School for Magical Maidens. But when Miss Ellicott mysteriously disappears along with all the other sorceresses in the city, Chantel’s behavior becomes the least of her problems.
Without any magic protecting the city, it is up to Chantel and her friends to save the Kingdom. On a dangerous mission, Chantel will discover a crossbow-wielding boy, a dragon, and a new, fiery magic that burns inside her—but can she find the sorceresses and transform Lightning Pass into the city it was meant to be?
A secret nearly cost Chantel her life, on a dark summer morning when the rains ran down the stairstepped stone streets of Lightning Pass.
Here is what I thought
Okay, so I am just going to put it out there, I really had a hard time getting into this book because I wasn’t a fan of Chantel who is the MC. 🙁
Lightning Pass is a walled in city and inside this city is a school for young Magical Maidens. It seems that only girls can do magic and so they are trained to be obedient so they they us their magic to help the city without asking to many questions. Chantel though is full of questions and can get herself into trouble from time to time. She is also the only one who was able to summons a familiar, which is a snake that hangs around her neck.
The city is ran by the Patriarchs a group of males who make the important decisions for the city. The sorceress at the school always make sure the wards on the wall are strong at the seven buttons. Then one day the sorceress and Miss Ellicott disappear and Chantel and her friends Anna and Bowser go looking for them. At some point Chantels snake goes into her ear and stays in her head and it’s at this point that Chantel acts really rude a lot and is why I didn’t like the character. Why does she have a snake in her head you may wonder, well you would have to read the book to find out cause there is a reason. 🙂 (Although it’s an important part to the story it was really hard to believe that a young girl could have a snake squirming around in her body cause it does move…lol.)
There are a lot of secrets hiding in this wall city and Chantel and her friends are finding out that maybe things are not really as they seem. It wasn’t until the dragon appeared and Chantel find out who she is and what she has to do and those are things I can’t tell you, that I started to enjoy the book more but by this time I just wasn’t a fan of the MC so I couldn’t get that excited. I was happy with how it ended and I think Chantel did the right things but I didn’t like her. I think my favorite characters are the Dragon and the ex-Queen Haywith.