Synopsis: “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.”
When Sarah Smith, a Snipe, suddenly exhibits signs of magic, her whole world gets flipped upside down. Snipes are those without magical powers and if word gets out that a snipe possesses powers it could threaten to upturn the world. So to cover up the fact of her magic, Sarah is taken under the wing of the Winters, the rich, magical family that Sarah has been working for her whole life. And so Sarah Smith becomes Cassandra Reed, a long lost niece who currently lost her whole family and has come to live with the Winters and attend school.
I found this novel to be quite a fun, easy read. Molly Harper has a witty way of writing that I enjoyed reading. The friendships that Cassandra formed with fellow classmates was delightful to watch develop and I loved their bond. I thought the world was very intriguing and am looking forward to what is next in store for Cassandra and her friends. It did take me a while to read this even though it was an easy book because I had hard time really getting into it until close to the end. Also found quite a few repeated phrases and whatnot throughout the story so I am rating it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.