Publisher: Dark Quest
Publisher Description: Coming to Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts is a dream come true for thirteen-year-old Rachel Griffin. However, surviving mean girls with magic and first kisses turns out to be more difficult than she had expected. Especially when someone may be trying to kill her new friend.
Review: This was definitely YA. Rachel is going to the prestigious Roanoke School of Sorcery where shjt happens constantly. There were so many players it was hard to keep track of them all. She has a myriad of friends with special powers and all the girls are boy crazy. Painful as the YA story-line was to read, this was mostly enjoyable due to the world building and movement (when the excessive dialogue stopped).
Rachel is a fun character as are Siggy and his dragon. There is some slut shaming and cat fighting which you come to expect from YA novels but everyone seems to get their just deserts in the form of magical retribution. I liked that you never have enough information to adequately determine who/what the evil element is. There are hints and obvious clues but you’re never quite sure.
This might have been better served with less players and juvenile (petty) interactions. Due to the lack of resolution for the ending, the inordinate amount of dialogue makes more sense for a series, as a base of characters is needed to build upon in later installments. Unless the movement picks up in the next novel, I won’t be revisiting Roanoke any time soon.