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Beth's Review: Miss Crabtree's School for Unnaturals (Unaturals #1) by Hargrove Perth

APC PUBLISHER: Hargrove Perth

NARRATOR: Jonathan Johns RELEASED: 02-22-18 GENRE: ya, fantasy LENGTH: 4 hrs and 40 mins FORMAT: ebook, paperback, audible


Deep in the woods sits an unassuming house, one not noticed by those who pass it by, but inside exists those the world has forgotten, the Unnaturals, children born with magic from an ancient source, who also possess supernatural powers that make them dangerous to the outside world. Outcasts and misunderstood, they are taken in by Miss Crabtree, the loving Headmistress of the School. Here, at the School for Unnaturals, they learn to control their gifts and learn the art of Spellbinding under her care. When the war comes to England, their lives are placed in danger as the threat of the Nazis overtaking England, and a secret society called the Ahnenerbe, desire to use the Unnaturals to give them an advantage during World War II. When an impassioned plea is made for her children to help save England, Miss Crabtree must rally her students to stand tall in the world of the Mundanes, the same world that made them outcasts. With time running out, they must fight to stay alive and out of the hands of the Nazi Regime as the War rages across Europe. FOUR BOUNDLESS STARS

This was an interesting story. It reminds me of a combination of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Set in England in the times of war, these children are uniquely gifted with both magic and personality. I loved all the characters and their unique “gifts.” The friendship that blossoms in this touching story are beautiful. Miss Crabtree's School for Unnaturals is beautifully written to be a smooth read. Though not a quick read, it’s worth the time. I do have to confess that it took me a bit to be thoroughly intrigued with this story, but once it gets you, you’re hooked. The narrator did an excellent job, which is what made it easy to give it more time. My overall rating for Miss Crabtree's School for Unnaturals is 4 Boundless stars. I enjoyed it. I only wish it didn’t take a while to get into the story.

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