I was provided with a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.
I recently read Miss Mabel’s School For Girls by Katie Cross. This is a young adult fantasy novel about a girl named Bianca who is desperate to remove a curse from her family. If she cannot remove the curse, she will die on her 17th birthday. Bianca enrolls in Miss Mabel’s School with the hopes of being able to undo the curse. I absolutely fell in love with Miss Mabel’s School and the world of The Network. So when I received an opportunity to review the other books in the series, I was very excited.
The Isadora Interviews is a short novella that takes place before the events of Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. I would say that readers need to have read MMSFG before reading The Isadora Interviews in order to have a better familiarity with the characters.
Isadora is a Watcher. Essentially, she is the Director of Admissions for Miss Mabel’s School. Families send in their applications, and then Isadora interviews the eligible candidates. The criteria for admission are not standardized; each girl is admitted on her own individual merits.
The Isadora Interviews consists of four interviews: Leda, Camille, Priscilla, and Michelle. Each of these girls played a role in MMSFG, and it was very interesting to see more of these girls’ personalities. Their personalities and backgrounds are explored in MMSFG, but this novella provides more insight into each of these four girls. Just as Bianca was motivated to attend such a prestigious school, each of the girls has her own reasons for wanting to go to Miss Mabel’s School.
I would recommend The Isadora Interviews. This is a nice companion to Miss Mabel’s School for Girls, and it provides a nice segue into Antebellum Awakening, the sequel to MMSFG. I would suggest reading Miss Mabel’s School for Girls before this novella, but either way, this is another entry in a fascinating YA fantasy series.