Oh, how I have been waiting to read about you again after Miss Mabel's School for Girls. For those of you who have not met Bianca, we must change that today... She is a strong-willed witch determined to take control of her life, at any cost... even if it means her life.
Intrigued... I knew you would be. ;)
Never underestimate the power of a volatile witch.
Still reeling in the wake of her mother’s death, sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe is forced to move to Chatham Castle. Not even the sudden appearance of ancient dragons in haunted Letum Wood nor her two best friends can distract her from the strength of her deep, dark rage.
Her grief puts her magical powers into chaos, endangering any witch around her. She has six months left to destroy the curse that will kill her and fulfill her contract with the most cunning enemy of all: her former teacher Miss Mabel.
Bianca must make a choice: learn to control her restless powers, or let the powers control her.
Antebellum Awakening is the second book in the thrilling new fantasy collection, The Network Series. It’s a haunting tale about tragedy, loss, and the power of moving on.
I won't lie... when I finished reading Miss Mabel's School for Girls, I became one of Katie Cross's biggest fans. In fact, I think the first things I did after reading the first book was contact her and ask when the second book in the series was coming out. Thankfully, she didn't disappoint and I only had to wait a few months... A few agonizing months, but it was worth it.
Again, when I started reading, I found myself hooked from the first scene. Teased with the High Priestess vowing to break Bianca's inheritance curse, the complex relationships between characters and plot gripped me. This is a fast paced, action filled tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Once I opened the book, there was no going back (or putting the book down.) The sequel delivers on all the promises made from the first book and gives us more.
Just a quick note as a total fan girl for Bianca. One of the exciting points from the first book is that she is independent and self-sufficient. Romance was not necessary for her at that point in her life. While I wholeheartedly understood that, I'll admit, I was excited about the potential romance story when the guardians were introduced. Who wouldn't drool over the strong men that protected the castle... Ok, maybe they were cuter in my imagination than intended, but the plot line caught my attention... and I still appreciated that even with the addition of some romance, Bianca stayed true and strong to who she is.
She's a girl to route for. Does she need a sidekick, sure, who doesn't need friends of all sorts in this type of dangerous journey... But she doesn't need a man... And I love that.
Bottom line, Katie Cross has done a magical job. After reading and reviewing the first book, I said forget Hogwarts, go to Miss Mabel's... This book I make no comparisons. Antebellum Awakening stands on it's own as a remarkable book with an original tone, and cast of memorable characters.
Meet the Author - Katie Cross...
I wear hiking boots instead of heels when I need to feel powerful, and on a bad day, I love a weightlifting workout. Actually, I love it on a good day.
I don’t eat bread because my thyroid doesn’t like it, although there are days I miss it. Especially ciabatta. Sweet potatoes are kind of my thing. Cookies too.
I write because I never stopped.
Email me at k cross writing at gmail dot com