Bluebell Hall

Bluebell Hall Headstrong impetuous Tansy Trilby can barely sit still let alone read but what she lacks in academic achievement she makes up for in magical talent and so she is accepted to be a boarder at Bluebe

  • Title: Bluebell Hall
  • Author: Kayla Bashe
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Headstrong, impetuous Tansy Trilby can barely sit still, let alone read but what she lacks in academic achievement, she makes up for in magical talent, and so she is accepted to be a boarder at Bluebell Hall, where her first term sees adventures of all kinds Ruth, the solidly practical one of the group, whose cooking one can t help but love, faces financial ruin JessamyHeadstrong, impetuous Tansy Trilby can barely sit still, let alone read but what she lacks in academic achievement, she makes up for in magical talent, and so she is accepted to be a boarder at Bluebell Hall, where her first term sees adventures of all kinds Ruth, the solidly practical one of the group, whose cooking one can t help but love, faces financial ruin Jessamy, sweet, demure, and a gifted charmworker, has been forced into servitude by her adopted family Iola, fearlessly rebellious, is forced to confront a frightening figure from her difficult past And then there is Cressida Polished, cultured, and a bit prissy, she s everything that Tansy s not, only just and talented Her curls gleam in the sun, and she raises her hand before speaking and Tansy can t possibly decide if she despises or admires her But when an unexpected act of kindness brings the two together, she discovers that under the veneer of Cressida s posh upbringing lurks a genuinely good heart and a dark and dangerous secret On the night of the Bloody Moon, a girl will be sacrificed to an ancient evil Is love truly the greatest magic of all

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    1. Bluebell Hall by Kayla Bashe is like reading a novelized version of really cute magical girl/shoujo ai anime—if shoujo ai were to be scrubbed clean of “but we’re both girls!” and all the insulting fanservicey boob shots stuff.It’s the story of Tansy Trilby, a young woman with… dyslexia? or some similar disability, who has trouble reading but whose natural ability to perform magic gets her a spot at Bluebell Hall. Here, she quickly makes friends with all the scholarship girls, a lovab [...]

    2. Bluebell Hall is a charming little book that has such a lot of good points about it that it's a real pity that the author seemed to be in such an awful rush to get through it. From the very beginning the book runs at breakneck speed, skimming over so much that I really wish she'd have stopped to linger over. And those places were peppered all throughout the book, tantalizing glimpses of the lives of a group of talented young schoolgirls, each with their own distinct histories and motivations. Bu [...]

    3. If, like me, you grew up on Harry Potter and Enid Blyton but want something with actual diversity, Bluebell Hall is the book for you!In the 1800s, Tansy Trillby is sent by her loving widowed father to Bluebell Hall, a boarding school for witches. Tansy is a windworker and the only other wind witch at Bluebell Hall is Cressida, who's richer than most of the other girls. Tansy and Cressida kind of have an enemies-to-friends-to-lovers relationship, except Tansy is so friendly and bubbly she never c [...]

    4. I’ll admit, this description caught my eye, and the upbeat, charming, girl’s own adventure writing style drew me in. It’s a really delightful read, set in a boarding school for witches in a fantasy counterpart England flavored setting. My attention was caught immediately at the beginning of the book, by the line: “Girls! How she dreamed of the possibility of befriending them. Girls were pretty and clever and kind, and all in all, so wonderful that she was practically jealous of boys for [...]

    5. The protagonist is a very well-rounded character, similarly the other main characters are interestingly put together and not in any kind of bad way. They're not written using stereotypes, are treated as people rather plot devices and are more diverse than I have seen in most other books, online or not. The strengths of this book are, primarily are it's writing which is descriptive without becoming purple prose, it's characters who so realistic that I can imagine them as actual people, something [...]

    6. Kayla Bashe's protagonist Tansy is well-rounded and well-developed, but more importantly - so are all of the secondary and background characters. At the very opening of the novel, you are immediately introduced to a myriad of characters that you feel like you know almost instantly, along with a setting that comes alive before the first chapter is over. The dialogue between each of the characters feels natural, like a conversation you would overhear walking down the street or have with your own f [...]

    7. Don't stop too soon!I originally didn't mesh well with the authors writing style, but I'm very glad I pushed onwards. This is a very heartwarming story. I'm so glad I read it. The only reason I'm not giving this five stars is because I felt like some parts were rushed, or just went by too fast. However, I could just not be used to stories of this length. As someone with ADHD, I felt really connected to the main character, though I'm not sure if she was meant to be written to have it. I was very [...]

    8. What a beautiful little world Bashe has managed to build, and in so few pages! I was pleasantly surprised by this little gem on which I ended my year. I do wish the characters and the world were more fleshed out (fingers crossed for future books!), and that the action hadn't felt quite so rushed, but most of that was the length (also what looked like hasty editing). All in all, this was a delight of a girls school story. If only it had been longer!

    9. This book felt like a rush job. It would have been much better as a full length novel. Or if not, it should have focused on the two leads instead of trying to give all the girls their own subplot in such a short amount of time. At times I felt like I was reading a summary of a longer book. Also the characters are supposed to be 14-15 but they acted much younger, which was weird. I still enjoyed it as it was cute but it could have been much better.

    10. This was an extremely cute read!This was an extremely cute read!The characters were diverse (which is so refreshing) and the story line was fun with just enough exciting drama going on to shake things up. The writing style was a bit jumpy but it was an easy read for a rainy afternoon! I'll most definitely be keeping an eye on this author.

    11. 2*The major perk of this story is in it's characters, they're diverse, well-developed and generally appealing. That was the thing the kept me interested through the whole thing, even though it's not very long.I loved the summary that immediatly reminded be of Harry Potter/The Worst Witch tv series, so I was extremely excited to start and i wasn't dissapointed, well maybe a little bit obviously because I'm not giving it 5 stars. But it's only because some of the parts felt rushed and some felt mi [...]

    12. A sweet coming of age fantasy book for queer kids (or adults, for that matter). Bluebell Hall is a charming witch school novel containing familiar tropes that are deployed by the author with skill and a tongue-in-cheek revisionary streak. The young women in the witch school have various personalities and magics that we get to know as the plot - driven by the school year, a crush, and an evil sorceress who practices blood magic - progresses. Hints of Garth Nix, J.K. Rowling, Diana Wynne Jones and [...]

    13. This was such a cute story! I overall enjoyed it very much. I liked the setting being like Victorian England, with magic, much less racism, and more acceptance of lgb & trans people. I think that there is room for improvement with regard to developing the setting better, since I only gleaned it from the particular class structure of the country where the story takes place. I think that more description of how magic in this world works would also be good, because I wasn't clear on what the ru [...]

    14. I highly appreciate how inclusive Kayla Bashe's books are but having read three of them now, there is a large problem I see with every one of them. While they are fun experiences, there are so many ideas that could be explored if she slowed down and made her stories longer in length. Otherwise, her books will likely feel too rushed and hard for me to relate to the characters. I hope she continues writing though because her voice is a distinctive and fresh one.

    15. just barely four stars, but oh, i can't be harsh with this book. it's sweet! it's so sweet. simplistic but charming. it's sadly more than a little rushed - events i'd like to hear more about are skimmed over in a hurry to finish the plot! but overall it's darling, and i fell hard for poor cressida. :(i'd like to read more in this universe. bashe has cooked up a world that's like diana wynne jones' chrestomanci but covered in sugar and gays, and i had a lovely time visiting it.

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