The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter
At home in England, she’s Lady Rachel and waited on by servants whilst living at the ancient family manor. She loves nearly everything about Gryphon Park—except being alone. But all of that is about to change. As the youngest child in a family of powerful magicians, Rachel is about to embark on a great adventure as she enters Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts. Invisible to the Unwary, the campus holds glorious wonders, age-old treasures, and is a gateway to secrets beyond Rachel’s imagining.
Innocent in the ways of mean girls and romance and tinier than most freshmen, Rachel finds her magical high school to be a very trying experience. What do you do when you like a boy and your new best friend—a princess, no less—tells you he’s bad news and you should have nothing to do with him? What if his gorgeous best friend’s name is Dread and everyone says he is evil incarnate?
Daunting as that situation is, far more dangerous things may be found at Roanoke, for things—and people—are not always what they appear to be. Although she is not a strong magician, Rachel must overcome her shyness and use her particular gifts to discover and defeat the evils that imperil her world. The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin is the first in a new series for young adults by the critically-acclaimed author of the Prospero’s Daughter trilogy.