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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Audible Book Review: Changeling: A Novel of Sorcery and Society by Molly Harper

This was a fun, easy listen.
Changeling: A Novel of Sorcery and Society
by Molly Harper
Narrated by Amanda Ronconi

Series: Sorcery and Society, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 08-22-18
Language: English
Publisher: Audible Studios
Genre: Action & Adventure, Children, Fantasy
My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.25.

Publisher's Summary
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.

Cassandra is part of a non-magical “Snipe” family. The Snipes have few freedoms and few choices as they are assigned to work for the Guardian families. One day Cassandra surprises her employer by using strong magic. Rather than being angry, Mrs. Winter embraces Cassandra and creates an alias for her as a family cousin so she can be sent for training to Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies.

Cassandra, now known as Sarah, arrives at the school with stigma as an unknown. Even the headmistress, a friend of Mrs. Winter, is reluctant to accept Sarah. However, when Sarah is sent for a basic tour of the library a startling event occurs. The premiere magic book responded to Sarah, breaking through its glass cover to brand her as the first translator in over a hundred years. There are other loner students who might befriend Sarah but she is scooped up by the elite, ‘popular’ student who intimidates the ‘lesser’ girls. Sarah is struggling to balance her non-magical upbringing with the expectations of her substitute family and the upper society of the Guardian class she has been pushed into. She faces the danger of being exposed but there is an even greater danger stalking her on the campus grounds.

I liked that this is a gaslight, Victorian story with a touch of young romance rather than a sexually on-the-edge romance. I really liked the friends that Sarah rallied with. I enjoyed the conflict, the mystery and the suspense. It has the wonderful Molly Harper humor but there are editing issues and plot gaps that need fixing. I recommend this to readers who enjoy light, fun paranormal.

Audio Notes: Amanda Ronconi brings her excellent narration skills to this fun story. I liked the voices she provided to help the story come alive. I am glad I listened to the audio version.

Source: 2/20/19 Audible Daily Deal $2.95. This qualifies for 2019Audiobook goal.

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