Chatoyant College, Book 1: New Student Orientation

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Corrie, Edie, and Dawn are just starting at Chatoyant College, and expect their biggest challenge to be classes, with making new friends a possible second. But a mysterious scream somewhere on their floor leads to the discovery that a student has vanished. More
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About Clare K. R. Miller

Clare K. R. Miller is a writer of urban and secondary-world fantasy and science fiction for teens and adults.

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About the Series: Chatoyant College
Corrie, Edie, and Dawn are new students at the only institution in the United States that teaches magic: Chatoyant College. They're looking forward to learning how to cast spells, curse their enemies, write essays, and learn foreign languages. But not everything is what it seems, and even less is what they expected. Dawn has memories no one else shares. Corrie finds things she thought she understood spiraling out of her grasp. Edie doesn't even believe in magic when they arrive, but the line between fantasy and reality quickly blurs. They find themselves turning to fiction to answer the questions their professors won't. Creatures out of folklore and legend lurk behind friendly facades as well as within forbidden places. The girls have a lot to learn. College leads you farther from home than geography can account for, and there's no turning back now...

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Reviews of Chatoyant College, Book 1: New Student Orientation by Clare K. R. Miller

ZoeLynn reviewed on Nov. 12, 2020

An enjoyable read! I very much enjoyed the setting and the atmosphere.

However, I came into the series expecting lesbian or at least non-hetero romance, and I find myself in the wrong place. One of three protagonists is lesbian but all throughout book one and at least the first of half of book two has her being extremely shy and self-conscious. Which, of course, is no problem in and of itself, but she is contrasted by her two heterosexual co-protagonists, one of which is extremely confident and outgoing and the other one who gets into a love-at-first-sight relationship with pretty much the first boy she meets. Definitely not for people expecting strong lesbian representation.

It's a shame for me personally, since the story really has something going for it. I wish this book had not been categorized as gay and lesbian fiction or tagged with lesbian. Just having a lesbian character (one of three protagonists, and so far, no one else) is not enough to warrant it in my honest opinion.
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