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“Molly Harper’s Changeling is masterful fantasy—a spunky Cinderella story with a heroine who’s equal parts compassion, determination, and pure magical delight.” —Rachel Vincent, author of the Soul Screamers series and The Stars Never Rise, on Changeling Days away from becoming completing her first year at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies “Molly Harper’s Changeling is masterful fantasy—a spunky Cinderella story with a heroine who’s equal parts compassion, determination, and pure magical delight.” —Rachel Vincent, author of the Soul Screamers series and The Stars Never Rise, on Changeling Days away from becoming 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? “Witty and classic, Changeling had everything I wanted from a coming of age story: friendship, scandal, and a heroine learning to flex her magical muscles. If you liked Harry Potter, you will love CHANGELING!” —Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series, on Changeling


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“Molly Harper’s Changeling is masterful fantasy—a spunky Cinderella story with a heroine who’s equal parts compassion, determination, and pure magical delight.” —Rachel Vincent, author of the Soul Screamers series and The Stars Never Rise, on Changeling Days away from becoming completing her first year at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies “Molly Harper’s Changeling is masterful fantasy—a spunky Cinderella story with a heroine who’s equal parts compassion, determination, and pure magical delight.” —Rachel Vincent, author of the Soul Screamers series and The Stars Never Rise, on Changeling Days away from becoming 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? “Witty and classic, Changeling had everything I wanted from a coming of age story: friendship, scandal, and a heroine learning to flex her magical muscles. If you liked Harry Potter, you will love CHANGELING!” —Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series, on Changeling

30 review for Fledgling

  1. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    The second book in The Sorcery and Society series makes us revisit the wonderful magic world of Sarah Smith (a.k.a Cassandra Reed) and her friends, brought to us by Molly Harper. If you haven't read the first book of the series, it is probably better to go back and start from the beginning. But do not be afraid, the author eases you in into this fascinating world, reminiscent of the Regency Era (if you're a fan of Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, you'll find yourself quite at home). We learn how The second book in The Sorcery and Society series makes us revisit the wonderful magic world of Sarah Smith (a.k.a Cassandra Reed) and her friends, brought to us by Molly Harper. If you haven't read the first book of the series, it is probably better to go back and start from the beginning. But do not be afraid, the author eases you in into this fascinating world, reminiscent of the Regency Era (if you're a fan of Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, you'll find yourself quite at home). We learn how the magic people, called the Guardians took over the running of the human society to prevent the non-magic Snipes from using the newly emeriging power of technology to invent weapons capable of destroying life on the Earth. Unfortunately, the Guardians /Upper Class have all but enslaved the lower classesand turned them into servants. But what would happen if a child gifted with magic was born into a servant family? Sarah's family decide to hide her unusual nature and give her magic suppressors which cause Sarah grow smaller and weaker than other children. Sarah accidentally outs herself in front of the Lady of the House- powerful Mrs Winter, who decides to help the little Changeling by passing her as a distant relative of hers and sending her to a magic school for young ladies. Sarah makes fantastic friends, faces and destroys a formidable enemy and even manages to procure attentions of a smart and gorgeous boy. The book takes us straight into one of the classes at Miss Castwell's school, where Sarah/Cassandra shows a great presence of mind in fighting an evil kind of unicorn. I bet you didn't know that there existed a malevolent carnivorous version of these magic animals- hollowhorns which are, I'm afraid to say, summoned by the girls' appaling lack of grace in ritual dancing and regrettable use of wrong tempo... Molly Harper's wit and amazing ease at creating a spellbinding story was what attracted me to the book in the first place and I was not disappointed. Great worldbuilding, sense of humour that permeates every scene and well-developed characters- everything I like in a fantasy book. I enjoyed reading about Ivy and Alicia, Sarah's loyal friends and their witty banter as well as other more secondary characters: Owen Winter, Gavin, Wallace, the girls from Cassie's remedial study group. It was clear that the book is going to be continued and I will be looking forward to reading the next instalment to find out if Sarah and her friends manage to overhaul the unjust system their society is based on and defeat their powerful and resourceful enemy. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mel (Epic Reading)

    The first book in the Sorcery and Society series, Changeling, was a good fun take on a magical school with the typical YA drama we've all come to know (and love?). While there is nothing overly special about Molly Harper's series there is also nothing particularly wrong with it. I picked this one up knowing that I wanted to: go back to a world I knew, read something light and fluffy, and that had just enough intrigue and politics to keep my brain engaged. I got exactly what I asked for. Plot Our The first book in the Sorcery and Society series, Changeling, was a good fun take on a magical school with the typical YA drama we've all come to know (and love?). While there is nothing overly special about Molly Harper's series there is also nothing particularly wrong with it. I picked this one up knowing that I wanted to: go back to a world I knew, read something light and fluffy, and that had just enough intrigue and politics to keep my brain engaged. I got exactly what I asked for. Plot Our 'fake' debutante, Sarah, continues into year 2 at her all ladies finishing school (really a front for magic school) alongside her two best buds Alicia and Ivy. This year instead of discovering her own powers, like book 1, she instead starts to realize the powers of others like herself, non-high born children with magical power that is supposed to be impossible. The lead up to the trip to Scotland that brings about the climax of the story is decent and exactly what I expected it to be. Lots more Harry Potter vibes but still different enough that I didn't feel ripped off. Rushed Ending Unfortunately Fledging has a very rushed ending. It's like someone told Harper her book could only be a certain number of pages and she spent too much time at the forefront of the story and doesn't give us enough time to really absorb what we learn in Scotland. Also... what are the chances that a girl can randomly learn to fly some fantasy balloon contraption after one attempt? My bet is slim to none. I am proven wrong. Overall With a little more polish and attention to the ending, I think Fledgling could reach 4 star potential. And while Harper gave me exactly the type of book I was expecting; I guess I was hoping for a little more to draw me in and keep my attention. After all there are so many times one can read about a teen bumbling around with magic and screwing things up, right? Apparently not according to the top publishing houses of today. Fledgling suffers from the usual middle book curse in that it really exists to set-up the story for (what I presume is) the third and final book of the series. Many pivotal set-up things happen, fate intercedes to put our heroines where they need to be and we are once again treated to a cliffhanger pushing us to find out what happens in book 3. Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    This series owes more than just a little to Harry Potter. At times it's uncomfortably close but it somehow manages to skirt just beyond derivative. There are definitely things I don't like in this book. I don't really know why but I find foretelling the future and flashbacks really annoying as literary devices. They drive me nuts. The greatest book on earth could have a divination scene in it and I'm going to be annoyed. I also think the ending left a lot to be desired. Conclusions were thin on This series owes more than just a little to Harry Potter. At times it's uncomfortably close but it somehow manages to skirt just beyond derivative. There are definitely things I don't like in this book. I don't really know why but I find foretelling the future and flashbacks really annoying as literary devices. They drive me nuts. The greatest book on earth could have a divination scene in it and I'm going to be annoyed. I also think the ending left a lot to be desired. Conclusions were thin on the ground and honestly it felt a little like a rush to tie up loose ends. But there were plenty of good moments and I really quite like the characters and the world so I still enjoyed it. I'm going to rate it 3 Stars because it was entertaining despite those few problems.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexia | Right Writing Words

    Hi! Welcome to my review for Fledgling by Molly Harper! The Spoiler-Free Review: In Fledgling, we follow Sarah, a Snipe (a non-magical person) who had discovered her own magic by accident, as she tries to get through her year at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies. She tries to find more Snipes-turned-magical like her and get good marks at the same time, which proves difficult. Sarah sees a vision that shows her home in ruins and decides to intensify her search for Hi! Welcome to my review for Fledgling by Molly Harper! The Spoiler-Free Review: In Fledgling, we follow Sarah, a Snipe (a non-magical person) who had discovered her own magic by accident, as she tries to get through her year at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies. She tries to find more Snipes-turned-magical like her and get good marks at the same time, which proves difficult. Sarah sees a vision that shows her home in ruins and decides to intensify her search for more people like her and we follow her and her two best friends as they find out that all is not well and evil lurks around the corner. I’m not going to deny it: this book is startlingly similiar to Harry Potter. From the main character being the chosen one to the way they practice magic. But I’m going to tell you something else: I don’t really care. This book is so well-written and the wit is so funny that I just couldn’t resist this book’s charm. It’s got heart, it’s got magic, and it’s got a villain lurking around the corner. Who could ask for more? (Just kidding, or am I?) The writing is smooth and the characters are adorable. The world is alluring and the way of this society is just so interesting. If you loved Harry Potter and don’t mind a few similiarities, this is the book for you! The review full of spoilers: You have been warned. Good underlying themes/ messages: -No one deserves to be treated differently just because society doesn’t view them as special. -A little bit of kindness can go a long way. -Using your power or position unfairly is never right. There are many more themes but these were the clearest. A whole star for this catagory! Realistic characters and growth: The characters are all realistic and adorable in their own way but it feels like there wasn’t much character growth. It is hard to have characters arcs in such a short book (this book is less than 300 pages) and I respect that, but I still wish there had been more. There is one scene where Sarah realizes that she needs to get a move on with finding the Snipes with magic but it doesn’t feel like much to me. Or when Owen suddenly became friendlier when he met Ivy. It’s a character change but it’s so sudden and we aren’t really given a lot of reasons for why he likes her. 0, 25 stars? Interesting story: I loved the story in this book but I wish that it had been longer. As it was, there is little that happens in the beginning and that’s probably why started off reading so slowly. But other than that, the hollowhorn, the Snipes being kept in some kind of military camp, and Jenny betraying Sarah? It makes for a decent story. If only it had been longer! 0,75 stars. Fantastic Worldbuilding: Um, YES? Now, keep in mind that I haven’t read the first book in this series and I still understood everything that went on! We find out how the society works, how marriage isn’t for love but rather for political connections, what everyone wears, how carriages symbolize a family’s status and so much more! We find out all these little things but in the end, it’s the little things that count! A whole star for this catagory! Writing Style Is Beautiful/ Easy To Read: Not only is it easy to read and there are awesome, relatable little quotes thrown in here and there, this book is funny. I love British books; they have this trademark type of wit in them and I can’t get enough of it! Fledgling is no exception! I giggled every few pages and I loved it! A whole star for this catagory! Overall: 4 stars out of 5! Wow! I really enjoyed this book! Have you read Fledgling? What did you think? “These men were not the masters of my fate, and I was rather tired of behaving as if they were.“ *I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hélène Louise

    (I thank Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for sending me the ARC in exchange for my honest review) I liked the first book of the series, but this one was a deception; I couldn't even finished it and stopped at 75 %. The beginning was rather good, even if I was surprised that the very first episode, which was quite inventive and theoretically frightful, wasn't used at all to make some psychological impact upon the characters. The main character just shrugged it off like a walk in the park. Reading (I thank Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for sending me the ARC in exchange for my honest review) I liked the first book of the series, but this one was a deception; I couldn't even finished it and stopped at 75 %. The beginning was rather good, even if I was surprised that the very first episode, which was quite inventive and theoretically frightful, wasn't used at all to make some psychological impact upon the characters. The main character just shrugged it off like a walk in the park. Reading on I was also surprised by the developments - or rather the absence of any. The reading was comfortable and rather fun, but not much of a story, much more like reading bonus of the heroine's everyday life. I don't mind this kind of narrative, but I was wondering all the same. At one point of the story the heroine celebrate her birthday, and I was shocked to remember she was only fifteen yo, even used to be fourteen! Even in a fantasy world, where young girls are supposed to be mature and even possibility married at this age, the heroine's voice never seemed one of a young girl (think, let say, like a girl of Lydia Bennett's age ^-^) but much older. Very much so. In fact, I quickly understand my main problem with the book: the author's work is very good for many points, but she chose not to exploit the dramatic possibilities, amusing herself delightfully with the world she created, giving her heroine the thoughts, personality and humor of a thirtish urban fantasy feminine character. After a quick read for half the book, I surprised myself reading slower and slower, finally deciding to stop, as I wasn't able to read more than a page or two before switching to another read. A shame...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    Four and a half This author takes not one much loved story but two to inspire this satisfying series. With a touch of Cinderella mixed up with Harry Potter and let's be honest who amongst us didn't want to be Hermione ? This never lacks originality as our clever heroine upends the idea of what it actually means to be magical in a very uneven society. Yes Sarah is definitely shaking off the fairy dust as she seamlessly moves amongst her new elitist schoolmates only to discover that if she is reall Four and a half This author takes not one much loved story but two to inspire this satisfying series. With a touch of Cinderella mixed up with Harry Potter and let's be honest who amongst us didn't want to be Hermione ? This never lacks originality as our clever heroine upends the idea of what it actually means to be magical in a very uneven society. Yes Sarah is definitely shaking off the fairy dust as she seamlessly moves amongst her new elitist schoolmates only to discover that if she is really going to help save other Changelings she might have to sacrifice the very things she has worked for ! Sarah is everything I love in a heroine as she's bright, compassionate, resourceful and yet funny too. This story is full of magic from the very beginning and it only got better as it highlighted the bonds of friendship that Sarah has formed. Perhaps the villain was a little obvious but nevertheless I loved this almost Victorian setting with its overtones of Pygmalion and the world building and imaginative possibilities are first class. The class system was clearly defined, the romance certainly escalated just enough and the pace just right. Sarah shines bright as a heroine and I cannot wait to find out where this journey will take her. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    I recommend listening in the order of release. At just under nine hours these audiobooks are the perfect length. Amanda Ronconi narrates and captures the characters wonderfully as she enhances the suspense and brings this magically world to life through tone and pacing. In Fledgling, Cassandra is adjusting to her new life and mastering her magic at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies. Life is not without problems what with attacks my unicorns, strange visions and I recommend listening in the order of release. At just under nine hours these audiobooks are the perfect length. Amanda Ronconi narrates and captures the characters wonderfully as she enhances the suspense and brings this magically world to life through tone and pacing. In Fledgling, Cassandra is adjusting to her new life and mastering her magic at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies. Life is not without problems what with attacks my unicorns, strange visions and the fact that the Mother book isn’t speaking to her. Then there is the problem of her maid and the other Changelings like her. The tale that unfolded was fast-paced with plenty of action, magic devices, spells, developments and an odd romance. I loved the tension from fear of discovery to worries about Cassandra’s sister, the other changelings and more. It was an addictive adventure. Fledgling wrapped up nicely but left us with a new uncertainty. I find myself anxious for the next installment. Wherever it leads us I feel confident Cassandra is up for the task. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  8. 5 out of 5

    Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff

    I did like it alot, though i discovered a bit too late that this was the 2th book in the series, so i was a bit lost in the start of world building and building of the character Cassandra/Sarah, but i enjoyed the book nontheless!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    This was a fun read, though I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book. Since the story is moving forward, perhaps it’ll make a nice bridge to future books. I thought the ending was rather rushed, it could’ve been a lot better if the book of been about a third longer and given her enough time to wrap it all up properly. Things really do take a massive left turn and were definitely heading to some interesting new places. However, I had some issues which I can’t discuss until I switch on the cloa This was a fun read, though I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book. Since the story is moving forward, perhaps it’ll make a nice bridge to future books. I thought the ending was rather rushed, it could’ve been a lot better if the book of been about a third longer and given her enough time to wrap it all up properly. Things really do take a massive left turn and were definitely heading to some interesting new places. However, I had some issues which I can’t discuss until I switch on the cloaking spell. (view spoiler)[Anyway, I found Jenny’s corruption to be rather unconvincing and sudden, though I did suspect her of being a possible spy. Needed more time for that. I didn’t think, in the end, that Jenny should have been written off as completely lost as Sarah seemed to do. Nobody seemed particularly upset about the loss of the Mother Book. There is some mention that it was not a good thing, but considering its importance, it seemed weird to me that its loss was so easily moved on from. If the ending hadn’t been so rushed, there might’ve been time to give that development the weight it deserved. I’m aware that, in magical stories like these, a powerful semi-sentient artifact, filled with ancient arcane knowledge, should probably not be written off as permanently destroyed. We’ll see what happens in future books. So now we find that Sarah and her friends have become outlaws with a school of their own. There are students to teach, a world to save and a revolution to be led. There must be a revolution. This is a YA book after all. Lots of fodder for future books. (hide spoiler)] I’m looking forward to the next one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Nixon

    These two books have been such a treat! The perfect “break” I needed from non-fiction and psychological thrillers. Can’t wait for #3

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Fledgling is Molly Harper's second foray into the young adult world. Her first novel in the series, Changeling, introduced readers to Cassandra Smith and her world of the magical haves and the nonmagical have-nots. We see Cassandra's struggles to adapt to her new magic-wielding world through her time at Ms. Castwell's finishing school. This time around, readers get to see a little more of her world as she and her friends travel to Scotland on summer holiday, all while attempting to save changeli Fledgling is Molly Harper's second foray into the young adult world. Her first novel in the series, Changeling, introduced readers to Cassandra Smith and her world of the magical haves and the nonmagical have-nots. We see Cassandra's struggles to adapt to her new magic-wielding world through her time at Ms. Castwell's finishing school. This time around, readers get to see a little more of her world as she and her friends travel to Scotland on summer holiday, all while attempting to save changeling children like Cassandra herself. I was not quite as enamored by this new world of Ms. Harper's as I was the first time. The story is perfectly fine, and the characters are as adorable as ever. The only difference is that I read the first novel and listened to the second. Now, I adore Amanda Ronconi. I think she is a stellar narrator, and I believe she does a decent job narrating Fledgling. For the story, she must adopt a myriad of English dialects and accents, including Scottish, Irish, private-school educated, and the wide range in between, and I can tell the difference in all of them. They may not be 100 percent accurate, but in my opinion, they are believable accents. I think my hangup is that Ms. Ronconi is just not English, and I missed her Kentucky/southern drawl I normally hear her use when narrating anything by Ms. Harper. So my lack of excitement from listening to this particular novel has less to do with the story or the performance and more my own hangups about how the narrator normally performs. Fledgling is silly and, yes, somewhat predictable. The characters' actions are slightly outlandish and unbelievable, but then again, we are talking about a story wherein a young woman born into the servant class suddenly finds herself with magical powers and is adopted by the very same family she was serving to pass as their magical, high-born niece. This young woman then goes on to save the day at her boarding school and now in Scotland. So, having the characters do some unbelievable things is rather a moot point. The story does take a more serious turn towards the end, one I welcome. For that reason, I look forward to seeing how Ms. Harper plans to finish the series. I probably won't be listening to it though.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elodie

    It is not my usual read but when I saw the blurb it made me thought of a feminine version Harry Potter sets in a steampunk Victorian like world, where two universes collide between the magic (The Guardians) and non-magic (the Snipes) people. So I wanted to read it to see if it could be a story my teen’s daughter might like, if it will be ever translated. As it is the second in a series, I was afraid to be a bit lost but at time, the author gave enough details explaining who’s who and why. So it is It is not my usual read but when I saw the blurb it made me thought of a feminine version Harry Potter sets in a steampunk Victorian like world, where two universes collide between the magic (The Guardians) and non-magic (the Snipes) people. So I wanted to read it to see if it could be a story my teen’s daughter might like, if it will be ever translated. As it is the second in a series, I was afraid to be a bit lost but at time, the author gave enough details explaining who’s who and why. So it is about a girl, Sarah renames Cassandra, from the non-magic rank who should never have been able to generate and wield magic, why she is send under a fabricated identity to a school for high-bred ladies from the magical families. There are friendship tried and reenforced, plenty of discoveries, spell contests, young love tested and a different direction for the main characters. So sure, it has a taste of Harry Potter but it is also the usual clichés in many sorcerer tales, even if I found the end of the book a bit rushed and all wrapped too fast, it was en entertaining read packed with actions and nemesis to fight. Why I would recommend it to any Harry Potter’s lover, and will definitively read the next book in this series. A 4,5 stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I do not know what disappointed me more, the expectations I had or the fact that it barely qualifies as a teen book? The second book is not any better than the first and it actually gets even worse because somehow now all 3 main girls have love interests and all of them are love at first sight. Alicia might have had the worst circumstance for a love encounter, but I digress. Thankfully romance is not prevalent in the story, but whenever they start talking about guys, it just reminds me of fanfic I do not know what disappointed me more, the expectations I had or the fact that it barely qualifies as a teen book? The second book is not any better than the first and it actually gets even worse because somehow now all 3 main girls have love interests and all of them are love at first sight. Alicia might have had the worst circumstance for a love encounter, but I digress. Thankfully romance is not prevalent in the story, but whenever they start talking about guys, it just reminds me of fanfictions which always make it so fanservice-y! The story itself is very Red Queen-esque, but somehow worse in the actual development of it? There is no real thinking and plot conveniences favor them and even the dialogue is very rushed sometimes. As if the writer wants to get something across but does not want to spend too much time on the transition and process. All in all, the writing also feels very amateur-ish and the reason it's easy to read is mostly due to resembling a children's book. It has a couple of good twists that I appreciated, hence my 2 stars, but I am not anticipating the final installment at all.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elodie

    It is not my usual read but when I saw the blurb it made me thought of a feminine version Harry Potter sets in a steampunk Victorian like world, where two universes collide between the magic (The Guardians) and non-magic (the Snipes) people. So I wanted to read it to see if it could be a story my teen’s daughter might like, if it will be ever translated. As it is the second in a series, I was afraid to be a bit lost but at time, the author gave enough details explaining who’s who and why. So it is It is not my usual read but when I saw the blurb it made me thought of a feminine version Harry Potter sets in a steampunk Victorian like world, where two universes collide between the magic (The Guardians) and non-magic (the Snipes) people. So I wanted to read it to see if it could be a story my teen’s daughter might like, if it will be ever translated. As it is the second in a series, I was afraid to be a bit lost but at time, the author gave enough details explaining who’s who and why. So it is about a girl, Sarah renames Cassandra, from the non-magic rank who should never have been able to generate and wield magic, why she is send under a fabricated identity to a school for high-bred ladies from the magical families. There are friendship tried and reenforced, plenty of discoveries, spell contests, young love tested and a different direction for the main characters. So sure, it has a taste of Harry Potter but it is also the usual clichés in many sorcerer tales, even if I found the end of the book a bit rushed and all wrapped too fast, it was en entertaining read packed with actions and nemesis to fight. Why I would recommend it to any Harry Potter’s lover, and will definitively read the next book in this series. A 4,5 stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    JW

    I preferred the first book in the series. Nothing really happened until the very end of this one. I found myself wondering, “Really, that’s it?” Perhaps I was in the wrong mindset for this and wanted more substance. Maybe this book was meant as a building bridge to the next? On a positive note, I appreciate the positive female friendships and the strong connections that Cassandra/Sarah has made.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    3.5/5 stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zaina

    Fledgling is #2 in this series. Weirdly enough, I haven’t read the first one but this book was SO FUN! We’re following Sarah Smith, a Changeling girl pretending to be an upper-class maiden named Cassandra Reed, and she’s attending Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies. YES, there’s a magic school! 👀 But the Mother Book, which she acquired in the first book (Changeling), has stopped answering to her. And she’s also found out that there are other Changeling children ( Fledgling is #2 in this series. Weirdly enough, I haven’t read the first one but this book was SO FUN! We’re following Sarah Smith, a Changeling girl pretending to be an upper-class maiden named Cassandra Reed, and she’s attending Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies. YES, there’s a magic school! 👀 But the Mother Book, which she acquired in the first book (Changeling), has stopped answering to her. And she’s also found out that there are other Changeling children (magical children born to normal parents) like her out there, and she has taken it upon herself to rescue them. This adventurous tale takes Sarah and her friends to the mysterious mountains of Scotland where they discover a dark secret! This book was so well done. It was engaging, funny and suspenseful. It’s also full of magic and friendship! What more could you ask for? 👌🏼

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Two books into this series, this remains a delightful (if conceptually a little too familiar) reading experience. It’s Harry Potter meets finishing school, and though I wish Harper didn’t borrow so blatantly from Rowling, the series is still a joy to read. Much like the early Harry Potter books, Harper has kept it fairly light so far, with minimal violence and creepiness and few lasting consequences for characters’ actions. Though I appreciate that in the sense that it makes these books a comfor Two books into this series, this remains a delightful (if conceptually a little too familiar) reading experience. It’s Harry Potter meets finishing school, and though I wish Harper didn’t borrow so blatantly from Rowling, the series is still a joy to read. Much like the early Harry Potter books, Harper has kept it fairly light so far, with minimal violence and creepiness and few lasting consequences for characters’ actions. Though I appreciate that in the sense that it makes these books a comfortable offering for younger readers, I’d love to see more weight and less frivolity going forward. Since we all know this is a bit of a Potter knockoff, the author would do well to follow Rowling’s format of increasing the seriousness of the plot and keeping the jokes and absurdity reserved for when the reader needs something to lighten the mood. I didn’t love where the plot is going at the end of book two, but I do appreciate that it moves Sarah into a role with less protection and greater consequences for her actions, and more autonomy in how she chooses to use her magic. The magic/boarding school premise will likely keep me reading these as long as Harper is writing them, but I’d love to see a little more meat to the story in the future. Finally, a huge thank you to the publisher for getting a copy of this to me after advance reader copies were technically no longer available. Much appreciated! *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy Zupancic

    Hmmm...not as much fun as the first book in the series, and a continuing problem with the main character reading/sounding more like she's 25 instead of just-turned-15 that annoyed me in the first book (when the main character was just 14.) I enjoyed both books, but I think there's a reason I haven't read any of Molly Harper's other YA books. There's nothing "wrong" with either one of the books in this series, but they just don't seem as if they are worth the time to read. I think there's a persi Hmmm...not as much fun as the first book in the series, and a continuing problem with the main character reading/sounding more like she's 25 instead of just-turned-15 that annoyed me in the first book (when the main character was just 14.) I enjoyed both books, but I think there's a reason I haven't read any of Molly Harper's other YA books. There's nothing "wrong" with either one of the books in this series, but they just don't seem as if they are worth the time to read. I think there's a persistent issue with YA literature that is designed to be released as a series - if all of the books were well-edited and published as one title, many of them would be a great and enjoyable single book. Stretching these lightweight books into multiple titles means we get very little action and movement forward in terms of plot and a great deal of uninteresting "fluff." J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books seemed fully realized within each title. Unfortunately, Molly Harper is no J.K. Rowling.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I started this book with a bit of trepidation, I liked Sarah and although it's been done so many times before, I quite liked the school activities and interactions. However I could see many ways this story could go that I really wasn't going to like. There was the relationship with Gavin that might get out of hand and I had a horrible feeling Mary was going re-emerge and cause chaos. Even worse there are hints around Miss Morton. The story started OK, but I found the middle of the book a bit dull I started this book with a bit of trepidation, I liked Sarah and although it's been done so many times before, I quite liked the school activities and interactions. However I could see many ways this story could go that I really wasn't going to like. There was the relationship with Gavin that might get out of hand and I had a horrible feeling Mary was going re-emerge and cause chaos. Even worse there are hints around Miss Morton. The story started OK, but I found the middle of the book a bit dull, but it did liven up towards the end. Unfortunately it then turned into a bit of a farce and a few of my earlier fears were realised.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Terrible editing! Goodness! This book had so many typos, grammatical errors and editing oversites. I stopped counting at 25 only about a third of the way through the book. It pains me to think this sloppiness makes it to sales. While I thought Changling was clever, this follow-up is silly, full of story line gaps and holes. Quite poorly constructed to the point of squashing my interest in what might happen next. Wish I could get my money back.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rike @ Random

    That was … meh?! I actually liked Changeling quite a bit but Fledgling was so unbalanced. The tempo was off, the suspense didn't really work, everything just fell flat somehow. Meh. That was … meh?! I actually liked Changeling quite a bit but Fledgling was so unbalanced. The tempo was off, the suspense didn't really work, everything just fell flat somehow. Meh.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sascha

    4 1/2 (audiobook) Combined review with Changeling Seemingly effortlessly, Molly Harper moves between the writing adult, snarky, sexy humor in her Southern Eclectic series to the witty and utterly captivating YA magic series Sorcery and Society. Changeling In Changeling, Sarah Smith is quite content with her life as a Snipe (short for guttersnipe) working for the Winter family. Since she's always been small and sickly, she has limited duties. While she is dusting, she discovers accidentally that she 4 1/2 (audiobook) Combined review with Changeling Seemingly effortlessly, Molly Harper moves between the writing adult, snarky, sexy humor in her Southern Eclectic series to the witty and utterly captivating YA magic series Sorcery and Society. Changeling In Changeling, Sarah Smith is quite content with her life as a Snipe (short for guttersnipe) working for the Winter family. Since she's always been small and sickly, she has limited duties. While she is dusting, she discovers accidentally that she has magical powers, which Snipes are not supposed to possess. In this society it can be dangerous for a family if one of their children is discovered to have powers when they aren't a Guardian. Since she was seen by Mrs. Winter, her mother and Mrs. Winter hatch a plan to keep Sarah safe. Sarah will become Cassandra Reed, a relation to the Winter family. Cassandra/Sarah must attend Miss Castwell's magical school where her magic will be honed and she'll learn how to do other facets of magic. However, at Miss Castwell's Cassandra discovers that magic has plans for her. Fledgling Fledgling picks up immediately after Changeling with Cassandra and her new best friends, Alicia and Ivy, continuing their adventures. Cassandra also continues to navigate proper society's expectations as well as the desires of the magical Mother Book. Having read a fair number of Molly Harper novels, I am amazed by the ease with which she tells these YA novels. First, her diction is very different from the Southern Eclectic series. I felt as if I were reading a novel written by someone well versed in all things English. The language just seemed spot on. The characters were very well written. Cassandra/Sarah grows into being a strong magical being although she still feels confused and doubts herself. Her missing her family is palpable. Her feelings for Alicia's brother, Gavin, are another source of confusion, especially since she's lying to him about who she really is. Mrs. Winter, who you would anticipate to be evil, is really a hoot. She's had to navigate this society and is shrewd and snarky, a good combination. The plots of both novels were well done, page-turning, bounding equally between humor and nail-biting adventure. If you enjoy YA supernatural novels, especially ones like Harry Potter, this series might be for you. I highly recommend it. Fledgling is not a standalone novel. You really have to read Changeling so that you can follow the story. I received an ARC of Fledgling in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    Not having read the first book in this series, but being a serious fan of Harper’s writing and characters, I was excited to see where this story would lead. And I was not disappointed in the least. Sometime in an alternate universe – there was a schism between the magical and non-magical, and the magical are ‘in charge’ of it all. Which leads us to our character Sarah Smith, a changeling now going by the name of Cassandra, protected as a distant relation to the influential Winter family. Of cour Not having read the first book in this series, but being a serious fan of Harper’s writing and characters, I was excited to see where this story would lead. And I was not disappointed in the least. Sometime in an alternate universe – there was a schism between the magical and non-magical, and the magical are ‘in charge’ of it all. Which leads us to our character Sarah Smith, a changeling now going by the name of Cassandra, protected as a distant relation to the influential Winter family. Of course, the fact that the Mother Book can speak to Sarah gives her a certain cache that is beneficial to those who know her secret. Being without magical mentors, her first year at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies was not without difficulty, or trauma, but she also made two best friends that know of her actual secrets and accept and love her nonetheless. Year two for Cassandra is starting out fairly well, she’s got an ‘interest’ in her friend Alicia’s brother, and while Alicia’s health and derring do are gaining strength, her ‘cousin’ is showing interest in her friend Ivy – not that Ivy believes it in the least. Cassandra is, however, worried that her agreement with the Winters to find other changeling children is being ignored, and there is certainly something wrong . Oh what an adventure as Cassandra discovers that her maid is communicating with the book that has stopped speaking to her: one of the senators is pushing for some more ‘translations’ from the book that only Cassandra can provide, and there is definitely unease in the air regarding the political situation. Adventure, laughs, characters to enjoy and a solid story that has Cassandra leaving the school, finding some missing changelings, battling once again with a powerful witch determined to undermine society as they know it, and recognizing her own powers and strength that comes from within and with the solid support of her friends the story was easy to follow, engaging and clever – with more to come as Cassandra completely accepts and shows herself as Sarah, and helps to keep the bad guys from winning. I’m excited to see the next in the series – and need to dive into the first to get more from Sarah/Cassandra, a bit like a young Jane Jameson (for those who like Harper’s books) without the heavy literary / trivia knowledge. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey Saatkamp

    This is a fun, albeit light, series. It's like the Cool Whip version of Harry Potter, with some steampunk and Jane Austen mannerisms thrown in. Here, the Changeling plot gains some momentum, as Sarah/Cassandra and her friends quickly finish up their year at school and head off to the Scottish Highlands to uncover a potential government scandal. Sarah remains a smart and sassy heroine to follow, although her blind spots remain frustrating. I keep seeing the plot twists from a mile away but it tak This is a fun, albeit light, series. It's like the Cool Whip version of Harry Potter, with some steampunk and Jane Austen mannerisms thrown in. Here, the Changeling plot gains some momentum, as Sarah/Cassandra and her friends quickly finish up their year at school and head off to the Scottish Highlands to uncover a potential government scandal. Sarah remains a smart and sassy heroine to follow, although her blind spots remain frustrating. I keep seeing the plot twists from a mile away but it takes her quite a while to catch up. I wish the romance was a little stronger. Since this has elements of Austen I want a sexier relationship than what's currently going on with Sarah and Gavin. He's perfectly nice but perfectly dull. She has more chemistry with Owen, but I don't ship them either. Maybe if Gavin had more screen time...as it is he's only in about 5 pages of this book. But since these books are so short and readable, I'll definitely continue on with the series. This one had quite the intriguing cliffhanger!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heather DeFauw

    Fledgling By Molly Harper Published 23 July 2019 4.5/5 Mix magical adventure, a great friendship, a tinge of romance and you have Molly Harper's sequel to The Changeling. Fledgling kept me entertained and really drew me into Sarah's magical world. As I got closer to the end I began to worry that I was not going to get enough of Sarah and her two friends Ivy, and Alicia. However, I found the story wrapped up nicely. The artwork found within the book was beautiful and I also thought the chapter titles Fledgling By Molly Harper Published 23 July 2019 4.5/5 Mix magical adventure, a great friendship, a tinge of romance and you have Molly Harper's sequel to The Changeling. Fledgling kept me entertained and really drew me into Sarah's magical world. As I got closer to the end I began to worry that I was not going to get enough of Sarah and her two friends Ivy, and Alicia. However, I found the story wrapped up nicely. The artwork found within the book was beautiful and I also thought the chapter titles were clever. Going into this book I expected it to be a great deal fluffier but the problems Sarah is dealing with among society and within her family have substance and really draw you into the book. I am already anticipating seeing what happens in the next installment of Molly Harpers Sorcery and Society series. Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    I honestly adore Molly Harper books because of wit and sarcasm and some laugh out loud moments. This one was all of those things, but just in smaller doses. This is the second book in this series where Sarah Smith has become Cassandra Reed in order to be put forward into Guardian Society and learn to control her magic. She seeks out the snipes with magic that are rumored to be held at a camp in the mountains. She and her friends find a way to sneak out and explore the hills. Sarah makes some ver I honestly adore Molly Harper books because of wit and sarcasm and some laugh out loud moments. This one was all of those things, but just in smaller doses. This is the second book in this series where Sarah Smith has become Cassandra Reed in order to be put forward into Guardian Society and learn to control her magic. She seeks out the snipes with magic that are rumored to be held at a camp in the mountains. She and her friends find a way to sneak out and explore the hills. Sarah makes some very questionable decisions and also finds that her sister Mary is out for revenge. It’s full of adventure and deceptions as well as first loves, reconciliation, and defeating evil (again). It ended with way too many things left in the air and left me with way more questions than answers so I hope the next one comes out soon!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Hughes

    I almost gave this 3 stars because it was interesting enough to finish, but I couldn’t do it. The editing was.. bad. There were many plot holes and the flow made it hard to know what was supposed to be important. For example, I felt thrown off the few times Sarah’s strong desire to find the changelings was mentioned in the first half of the book. She made it seem like this was her life’s goal, but it was just thrown in randomly and not really developed until much later. It seemed like an editor I almost gave this 3 stars because it was interesting enough to finish, but I couldn’t do it. The editing was.. bad. There were many plot holes and the flow made it hard to know what was supposed to be important. For example, I felt thrown off the few times Sarah’s strong desire to find the changelings was mentioned in the first half of the book. She made it seem like this was her life’s goal, but it was just thrown in randomly and not really developed until much later. It seemed like an editor did point out some of the plot holes and the author went back in to add an explanation, but it felt forced and didn’t flow. I enjoyed the first book enough (even though some of these same issues were present), and I am interested to see what happens next, but I don’t know if I can sit through the 3rd book if it’s written like this.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chase

    This is the second book in the Sorcery and Society series and this was a book we listened to while driving in the car with all four of my daughters (13, 11, 7 and 6). We love this series, with the magical societies and the magic moving to the snipe (lower class) is causing all kinds of havoc. Sarah Smith (aka Cassandra Reed) is just about to complete her first year at Miss Castwell's school and while some things are going well (she is still friends with Alicia and Ivy and starts a new study grou This is the second book in the Sorcery and Society series and this was a book we listened to while driving in the car with all four of my daughters (13, 11, 7 and 6). We love this series, with the magical societies and the magic moving to the snipe (lower class) is causing all kinds of havoc. Sarah Smith (aka Cassandra Reed) is just about to complete her first year at Miss Castwell's school and while some things are going well (she is still friends with Alicia and Ivy and starts a new study group) other things like the Mother Book are not going well. It all starts out when a unicorn shows up at dance practise something Sarah is decidedly not good at.... only things are not exactly what the appear.... My girls enjoyed this book so much that we were super sad to finish it and then it took a bit to find another book to listen to as a group (thank you Wonderland Academy: Year One and supporting indie authors), it was that good. Can't wait for the next book to come out, especially since this one left us just slightly hanging....

  30. 5 out of 5

    Malinda

    3.5-4 stars This was a pretty good story and continuation of the series. The book description gives a pretty good breakdown of what happens so this review will be short. I do still like the characters and the general direction the story is going. However, this seems to be more of a transitional part of the series storyline so while it did progress the story nicely, it left a lot of things hanging at the end. I am looking forward to the next book in the series and seeing what happens from here. :) 3.5-4 stars This was a pretty good story and continuation of the series. The book description gives a pretty good breakdown of what happens so this review will be short. I do still like the characters and the general direction the story is going. However, this seems to be more of a transitional part of the series storyline so while it did progress the story nicely, it left a lot of things hanging at the end. I am looking forward to the next book in the series and seeing what happens from here. :) * note - I listened to the audio version of this story and the narrator did a very good job.

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