Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia and Kate, #1)
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Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia and Kate #1)

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Two girls contend with sorcery in England’s Regency ageSince they were children, cousins Kate and Cecelia have been inseparable. But in 1817, as they approach adulthood, their families force them to spend a summer apart. As Cecelia fights boredom in her small country town, Kate visits London to mingle with the brightest lights of English society.At the initiation of a powe...more
ebook, 350 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Open Road Young Readers (first published April 15th 1988)
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Gail Carriger
One of my all time favorite books, Sorcery and Cecelia started out as a letter game between two brilliant writers. The authors clearly enjoyed themselves and the resulting novel is a joy to read, both as a story and as a window into the fun experienced by to marvelous authors.

Set in Austen-like 1817 England, which just happens to have some very polite magic rolling around, the plot is largely driven by excellent characterization, two strong heroines, and a great deal of humor. There are several...more
Kelly
A perfectly charming little epistolary tale with a number of problems. This is the story of Kate and Cecelia (does this spelling of the name bother anyone else? I had to type that name three times before I got it right, it seem so unnatural!) two cousins who are seperated for a few months while one experiences the London Season, and the other stays on their country estate, and write letters back and forth to each other. Kate falls into the path of an evil magician, Cecelia trips over related mag...more
Ann
I quite enjoyed this book! It's a little bit mystery, a little bit fantasy, there's a little magic and a little romance, all set in the early 1800's England.

The story takes place around cousins Cecelia and Kate, one goes to London for the summer, the other remains in the country. Their correspondence begins ordinarily enough (what tea party had been attended, or the trouble with hand-me-down dresses), but you get a sense very early on that Cecelia and Kate are kindred spirits and that there's mo...more
Emma (Miss Print)
Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer first published Sorcery and Cecelia under that that title in 1988. In recent years, thanks to reprints with shiny new cover art by Scott M. Fischer in the case of the edition I read as well as two new sequels, this book has regained popularity and visibility. Aside from that, one of the most important things to know about this book is its alternate title: The Enchanted Chocolate Pot: Being the Correspondence of Two Young Ladies of Quality Regarding Variou...more
Rebecca
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Kathryn
When Cecy is forced to stay behind in the countryside when her cousin (and dearest friend) Kate goes to London for all the parties and social connections of the season, a correspondence ensues to keep one another informed of all the delicious goings-on of friends and family members, fashion trends and the like. However, they are also intelligent young women and soon the plot begins to thicken as two seemingly unrelated "suspicious incidents" involving maddening-yet-charming young men and bouts o...more
Amy
As the title states, this is a book of letters between two young ladies in England in the post-Napoleonic war era. In many ways, it reads like a 'typical' regency romance novel. Two young girls are corresponding; one is in London for the season, the other has been deemed too immature and likely to get in trouble and so remains on the country estate. The letters are filled with descriptions of items of clothing, dance, and people typical of that era.

The twist is the inclusion of magic. In this wo...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
May 05, 2011 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers interested in young adult/ magic/ historical fiction
Bit of a slog at the beginning, which is likely due to my own problems with the story structure. It begins as exchanged letters between two teenage girls, seemingly Victorian era. I can see how this would be attractive to collaborating authors, and fans of letter writing everywhere, but I always have trouble wrapping my head around that kind of narrative. Once it gets going, it gets a little better. The authors do a decent jobs of within-letter asides that help explain things, but it's clearly b...more
Karene
I enjoyed this book. It's light and entertaining enough to be worth reading despite a few major flaws. To anyone who picks up this book, I would suggest first reading the "Afterword" at the end of the book (it really should have been a "Foreword"). It explains how the book came to be, doesn't contain any plot spoilers, and I think had I read the book with that knowledge I might have enjoyed it even more. My main complaints were, first, that the language in the book is a little too contrived. The...more
Punk
YA Fiction. I had a lot of trouble getting past the first three pages of this -- it was exposition heavy and did not grab my attention -- but once I gave it another shot, I found it utterly charming. Cousins Cecelia and Kate write each other letters during the summer of 1817, while Kate is in London for the Season and Cecelia is stuck at home in the country. This is another of those Englands that just has magic lying around to spare, no big thing, it's just there, good for fighting off Napoleon...more
thefourthvine
This book was pretty much made for me. I love epistolary novels (and had played the letter game before reading this), I love light-hearted, humorous stories, I love SF/F, and I love the Regency period.

There are problems with the book, of course - the letter game doesn't make for a perfect novel structure, though I was stunned at how well the two authors here managed to pull it off. And the plot is definitely a bit light. But the voices are delightful and top-notch, and the book is a just a real...more
Jess
THIS WAS MY EVERYTHING.

1) Regency
2) Magic
3) Epistolary
4) Romance
5) ALL OF THAT ADDS UP TO ME BEING BLISSFULLY HAPPY

Forever bitter that I couldn't move this ahead. THANKS A LOT, MIREILLE.
Becky
Jul 16, 2008 Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Becky by: Heather
Elisabeth Bennet meets Harry Potter. Well, sort of. I loved, loved, loved this Jane Austen-esque novel that follows the format of letters written between two cousins. Actually, that is how the book was originally written. The two authors adopted the personas and wrote letters to each other, creating the story.

Being Jane Austen-esque, it is of course a romance with much attention paid to social etiquettes and proprieties (and improprieties). However, the magic is largely the intrigue that is thro...more
Jane Stewart
Liked the plot. Liked the characters and their capers. But I had a problem with the epistolary method. This could have been a really neat novel if written in the traditional way. As it was, I wanted it to be over.

WRITING METHOD:
The entire book consists of letters between Cecy and Kate - an epistolary novel. Therefore most things are “told” not shown, but that is the nature of letters. Each letter has a chatty or gossipy feel talking about clothes, family, friends, and neighbors. The letters also...more
Michelle
I stumbled across this book on the bookmobile and absolutely loved it. The entire book is written in letters. there are actually two writers and they each took a character and built the book by reacting to what the other wrote. I think it started as a game.

It's period piece (the content of the letters made me think of Jane Austin with the balls and social gatherings) set in an alternative England where magic is a common part of society. One of the girls, Kate, goes to town for the season and wr...more
Jen
During a gap in my NetGalley reads, I was looking for an interim book and happened on Sorcery & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot: Being the correspondence of two Young Ladies of Quality regarding various Magical Scandals in London and the Country. I liked the cover, and the blurb mentioned The Royal College of Wizards, so I ordered it.

And did it ever surpass my expectations! Set in Regency England, the book is a comedy of manners, a paranormal fantasy, an epistolary novel, and an absol...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Georgette Heyer meets Harry Potter! And it's an epistolary novel!! A little hard to follow - I had trouble keeping the characters straight and could have used a bit more descriptions, but still a lot of fun.
Sadly, its sequel, The Grand Tour is awful, as the girls play passive roles, and merely report on the actions of their husbands as they travel through Europe.
Hana
Píše sa rok 1817, mágia je reálna vec a vyzerá to tak, že dovtedy nerozlučné sesternice Cecelia a Kate budú na pár mesiacov rozdelené. Ich tety totižto usúdili, že je pre dievčatá ten správny čas urobiť debut v Londýnskej spoločnosti. Dobre však vedia, že keď sú Cecelia a Kate pohromade robia len neplechu a tak pošlú do Londýna s Kate jej sestru Geoginu, zatiaľ čo Cecelia zostáva sedieť doma na zadku. V Essexe. Celá kniha je poskladaná z korešpondencie, ktorú si medzi sebou posielajú. V úvodných...more
Beth
This is an epistolary novel (novel in letter form) whose two correspondents are two young girls in 1817 in England. One, Cecilia, is at home in Essex, and the other, her cousin Kate, has gone to London with her beautiful sister Georgina for their first social season.

Now, I knew from the beginning, from reading a review or two, that the novel was written in actual letter form between its two authors. That was all the background I had for it. But after reading a few letters, and knowing from its c...more
Tracey, librarian on strike
I can't remember when I first heard of this book; it may have been simply through being a fan of both Wrede and Stevermer. I wanted it. A lot. But it was out of print. (*cue tragic music*) I turned to eBay, and as I recall I paid over $25 for my paperback copy. I was dismayed by the price – and dismayed when its condition was such that the seller should have been heartily ashamed of him/herself. But regardless of what it looked like, it was mine and I got to read it and I had a wonderful time. I...more
Katyana
Jan 17, 2011 Katyana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katyana by: Mariel
Shelves: fantasy, historical
***3.5***

This was a fun book. It took me a little bit to get into the narrative style - that of letters exchanged between the 2 heroines, Cecelia and Kate - but after the first 50 or so pages I was hooked in.

I can see that a book like this would be a lot of fun to write. As a reader, there are advantages and disadvantages. I enjoyed the very distinctive voices of Cecelia and Kate, and their commentary on the events as they wrote their letters was both witty and (at times) hilarious.

The biggest d...more
Lena
This book is a lovely little delight. 19th century cousins Kate & Cecy are separated when Kate is brought to London by her aunt for her debut season. But the young ladies keep each other informed of the active happenings in their lives through frequent correspondence.

Given that the high society the cousins inhabit is one in which induction into the College of Wizards calls for many social formalities, there is plenty for them to talk about. Their magic-tinged stories unfold in parallel in a...more
Res
The one where the madcap cousins stumble upon sorcerous plots in Austen times, which they describe to one another in letters.

This was charming -- I devoured it in two days and looked around for more -- and yet it must be said that throughout the entire book, I never did manage to tell Kate and Cecy apart without checking the salutation on the letter; their voices, their flaws, their virtues, were so similar that they didn't really register as different people.
Featherheart
This was very well-written and had some excellent quotes. Thankfully the two girl's situations were different enough that I could tell them apart, but they did not 'talk' differently enough for me to believe they were separate people. The romance was also predictable. But it was very good and funny and had a very interesting plot. It sounds like a lot of fun to write, too.
Wiebke (1book1review)
Oh this was just what I had been craving this weekend: a light fluffy romance with a dash of magic and mystery set in Edwardian England.

The novel is written in letters between Cecy and Kate and they are dealing with magicians, dances and odious men.

I really enjoyed reading their letters and see them complain about their men and about their stupidity. Also it was nice to see them complain about the situation they were in as women in 1817, and how that made men behave around them. The tone of narr...more
Grace
This book wasn’t quite as exciting as I hoped it would be. It kind of meandered and I unfortunately found the plot to be a little too simple, and the villains a little too cliché and as expected.

I was a bit wary when I figured out it the story would be told through letters. Somehow the book kept my attention for the most part, though. Cecelia and Kate’s voices, however, did seem to sound rather similar at times. Only the very clear settings, and one of them being rather humorously clumsy, made i...more
Mo
3 ½ stars

The idea behind this book began with 2 authors who decided to play ‘The Letter’ game. The game is really quite simple.

Definition of ‘The Letter’ game:

A letter game involves the exchange of written letters, or e-mails, between two or more participants. The first player writes a letter in the voice of a newly created character; in this first letter, the writer should establish their own identity and that of their correspondent, should set the scene, and should explain why they and their c
...more
Eliza Perry
Cousins Cecelia and Katherine, who happen to be best friends, have had to resort to writing one another of their adventures, instead of sharing in them. Kate has gone off to London to start her first Season leaving Cecelia behind in the country. This becomes the setting for their biggest adventure yet. An adventure filled with magic, true love, evil wizards, and the high society of the ton

My older sister first brought my attention to this book and demanded that I read it. Considering that she h...more
Dexter/Persy
Note: the below is an excerpt from the blog my friend and I do (http://persyandarty.blogspot.com), where we review books every week. Please check it out.

Being the Correspondence of Two Young Ladies of Quality Regarding Various Magical Scandals in London and the Country.

Historical fiction set in an alternate England, told in the form of letters written by two cousins to each other. Please tell me I'm not the only one this appeals to.

Katherine Talgarth, or Kate, is taken to London with her younger...more
Jill Furedy
I'd been meaning to read something by Patricia Wrede, so when I saw Gail Carriger recommend this one, it gave me reason enough to pick it up at the library. I admit to having a few moments of frustration wondering why Cece and Kate hadn't figured certain things out yet. Because it's an exchange of letters, the pace is slower and we're hearing everything well after the fact which belies some of the suspense, but then again, because it's in letters, we only have to read through the highlights of e...more
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Patricia Collins Wrede was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of five children. She started writing in seventh grade. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in Biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses at all. She began work on her first novel, Shadow Magic, just after graduating from college in 1974. She finished it five years later and started her se...more
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