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.


I recieved a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Let’s start by saying I loved this book. It was magical all the way through. I read it in two days. For me that’s quick when I am working.

It started off really good, the setting was wonderful. I like how it progressed. You learned about the magic system as Sarah (Cassandra) did. The school sounded wonderful, I would have liked more lessons,  I think we saw one and that’s it. Maybe in the next book. There was also a few inconstistancies, but since I was reading a (well over due) netgalley review book I am not letting this affect my review.

The characters were good, the insta friendships bothered me a little but the rest of the book was enough to make up for it. The mother book was a very interesting concept. I do wish there was a few more things explained about it. Don’t want to say what in case I spoil anything.

The whole age thing bothered me slightly now when we were first introduced to Owen I thought he was 19 upwards which would make sense how Mary has been pining over him for years. But it turns out he was 14 and Mary is what 16? A little creepy but I just went with it.

All the things I found wrong were slight and didn’t really spoil me reading. I have already started book two, very much looking forward to seeing where it leads.

4.5 stars out of 5