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Publisher's Note:

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 th…


by Molly Harper

Overall Book Review:

Fledgling takes the reader back to the delightful, magical, alternate history/world of Sarah Smith aka Cassandra in book two of the Sorcery and Society Series.  The book opens with a thrilling and action-packed scene, but thereafter things move rather slowly and there is quite a bit of reference and backfilling with events from book one.  In spite of this, the journey is quite enjoyable because Sarah has a flair for sarcasm.  Her friendships, loyalty, and good heart has the reader cheering her on.  If a Jane Austen-Harry Potter mash-up sounds too good to be true, then this book is for you.

Sadly, although there is set-up for the story to continue, Fledgling appears to be book two of a duology.  Things are tied up enough that the reader will be able to sleep at night, but oh, how we will miss Sarah Smith’s dry wit!

Review of the unabridged audiobook

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Extended scene in which magical creature attempts to eat characters, one character is stabbed/injured, creature killed by knife (brief descriptions only); characters held against their will; characters incapacitated with magic; character inhabits the body of dying person; brief scene of confrontation/fighting using magic.

Sex/Nudity:  Male and female characters are attracted to each other; kiss on hand; kiss on cheek; embrace; holding hands; love letters and tokens exchanged.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death, betrayal, abduction/kidnapping, class inequities, deception/lies.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!