Bewitching Season (Leland Sisters, #1)
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In 1837 London, young daughters of viscounts pined for handsome, titled husbands, not careers. And certainly not careers in magic. At least, most of them didn’t.

Shy, studious Persephone Leland would far rather devote herself to her secret magic studies than enter society and look for a suitable husband. But right as the inevitable season for "coming out" is about to begin,...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 352 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Brillare
I really enjoyed this book; it wasn't perfect or an all time favorite, but it was still a pretty great read.

Pros:
1. Romantic. So, the romance was predictable, but it was still very fun to read. Lochinvar was suitably noble and passionate. :D
2. The conflict wasn't too unique - someone gets kidnapped, girls try to save kidnapee and uncover larger more serious situation. However, the magic, era, and setting pulled it off successfully and made it interesting.

Cons:
1. Persy would get very annoying wi...more
Jessica
May 21, 2008 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Set in Regency England, this book follows twin witches Penelope and Persephone as they embark on their first Season. After their magic instructing governess is kidnapped, the two begin to investigate her disappearance, while also dealing with the social obligations of the ton. They eventually uncover a plot that threatens the royalty, their governess, and their own lives.

First off, I really enjoy Regency romance novels. I love Georgette Heyer. I know most of the words on the Regency Lexicon webs...more
Rhiannon
I *loved* the idea behind the book. I even liked the plot. I HATED Persephone, the twin this book focuses on. Her self-denigrating attitude gets old REAL fast.. within the first 50 pages or so. AND IT DOESN'T STOP. EVER. Most of the storytelling is her self-loathing monologues talking about how ugly she is (compared to her IDENTICAL twin), how lame she is, how she'll never be good enough. I wanted to scream through 90% of this book. I kept reading hoping she would gain her confidence (she didn't...more
Angelc
This was a great teen historical with just the right amount of magic and a great romance!! The romance was by far my favorite part of the book, I really fell in love with Lochinvar Seton! Another cute aspect of the story was the twin's little brother. He was adorable and provided a fresh perspective! I must admit I skimmed some of the royal intrique portions of the book, but the romance more than made up for any slow points!! Great read for lovers of YA and historical romance!!
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Tasha for TeensReadToo.com

Persephone and Penelope Leeland are the twin daughters of a well-known English viscount and are getting ready to be thrown into their first season. While you couldn't tell the girls apart by looking at them, if you talked to them you would know that they are completely different.

All Penelope can talk about is the upcoming balls that the girls are planning on going to and the numerous gowns that she is going to wear. She loves all thoughts that have to do wi...more
snowplum
I wasn't especially enthusiastic about this book. Sometimes it's charming, and I smiled a few times at clever bits (most often including the main character's precocious little brother Charles), but it suffers from a couple of fundamental problems which keep it from being a book that I would strongly recommend or keep to read over and over.

First, it has the surprisingly common problem of being a book set in a world with magic, but then not having all that much magic in it. Any number of things co...more
Rachael
Persephone and Penelope Leland are twins in early nineteenth century London. To the rest of the world, they are beautiful young women who are about to make their debut into society and then search for suitable husbands. But what most people don’t know is that the women of the Leland family are known for their magical abilities. The twins study magic under the careful tutorage of their governess Ally.

While they are usually very close, Persephone and Penelope start to have secrets from each other....more
Clare Cannon
Mar 25, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 10-16 years (girls)
Shelves: 13-15yrs
"A good book to pick up for several hours of enjoyable escape".

Inspired by Austen and the Regency writers, this novel is set in England at the time when Victoria was Princess. In addition to the romantic appeal of seasons, balls, beaux and female friends (or competition), a layer of mystery is added by the introduction of magic.

The interesting and relatively original plot (as fairytales go) offers a sweet narrative that has some substance too. Friendship, honesty, honour and courage are all give...more
Betsy
Sort of the poor man's "Sorcery and Cecelia". Rather predictable, a smattering of loose ends, and a protagonist who whines too much and has so little smarts that you almost begrudge her her happy ending. Oh, and woe betide the lower classes. They get pretty short shrift here. Fun enough to read but it doesn't hold up to close scrutiny.
Krys
I really wanted to love this book, but it fell flat about half way through. The beginning was brilliant, the lead up of the girl's introduction into fashionable society, the practice of magic with Ally and her resulting kidnapping, and the mystery about it all. Too bad that Persy decided to cast a spell on her love interest... that was one ridiculous plot arc... let's cast a spell on Lochinvar to make him fall in love with me when I'm drinking, feel bad once I sober up and distance myself from h...more
Krystle
I read this book so long ago that I don’t remember what really happened.

I for one sure remember it being fun in that there was some fun magic times and some awesome romantic tension. Kind of like The Season just less on the burning stares and romantic tension – if you’re in the mood to read something in a similar vein, then this would be the right choice.

Persy, though, was super annoying. She’s this passive, self-conscious, and has this whole sacrificial mood about her all the time type of char...more
Kristi
Persephone and Penelope Leland are about to be thrust into their coming out season! These girls may look alike but that is as far as their likeness goes. They couldn’t be more different from each other. While Penelope can’t wait to start her season and longs for dancing at wondrous balls, Persephone would rather be reading a book or studying her magic.

But there is much more than their upcoming season that the girls must worry about. It seems that their governess, Ally is missing. They only clue...more
Alexis
May 04, 2009 Alexis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Darlingmisty, Shannon, girls 10+
Set at the beginning of the Victorian era, Bewitching Season finds identical twins Persy (Persephone) and Pen (Penelope) Leland entering their first London season. The girls are beautiful, from a good family, and have impressive dowries, which should make it easy for them to find suitable husbands. However, they also share a big secret: women in the Leland family are known for being born with strong magical ability, and the twins are no exception.

When their governess - and magic teacher - Ally...more
Khadija
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Adriana
The book reminded me of The Season (Maclean) and A Great and Terrible Beauty (Bray). As you read it the story pulls you in further and further into the characters and the intrigue in the plot. Persephone and Penelope are twins that are about to start their first London season. They are also witches who have been getting trained by their governess who is also a witch. Only their younger brother knows that they are witches as they practice some of their spells on him. Persy (Persephone) is far mor...more
Kathy
I am a bit hesitant to write a review of this book. I actually did really enjoy the book, but can’t help thinking of a few things that bothered me. I thought the story idea was fun, but would have preferred if the whole thing had taken place in a fictional land instead of England. The magic in the story was really underdeveloped and could have been left out entirely. I think if it had taken place in a fictional place then the magic element could have been used a lot more. I started out liking Pe...more
Bridget R. Wilson
Jane Austen with magic. Enough said. Read it!

In 1837 London, most girls have qualms about their first season. Will they be popular? Will they have suitors? Will they receive a proposal? Twins Pen and Persy Leland have much bigger worries. Not only are they about to come out, they are also witches. Concealment of their craft is paramount. The disappearance of their governess and fellow witch Ally spurs them to action Who abducted her? Why? Add to this Persy's love for childhood friend Lochinvar...more
Jenna
May 16, 2011 Jenna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot
Shelves: 12-and-up, fantasy
This book is about two girls who are 'coming out' in the the British society. A difficult task in and of itself, but to tack on the all the gowns and gloves, the twin girls are witches, a feared art punishable by death. While dodging suitors and magical enemies, the girls, Persy and Pen struggle to establish themselves successfully in society while simultaneously uncovering a plot to take over the crown.

I thought this book was extremely refreshing after all the trash I have been reading. It was...more
Anna
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Shannen
A book of gowns and magic. I found it a little difficult to get into, but all in all it was enjoyable. I did find the heroine's self-deprecating attitude a little tiresome with regards to her beloved Lochinvar's attentions ("oh certainly he can't love me as I love him, he must love my twin sister because she is so much better than me" type thing - ugh!). Mostly I found myself reading just to find out how it ended, not necessarily because I was enraptured by the tale. Despite its faults, it was a...more
Camille Torres-kelly
This is a must read for those who like romance and magic. Twin sisters Persephone and Penelope Leland are secretly being tutored in sorcery by their governess, Miss Allardyce. Then, they find out that Miss Allardyce has been kidnapped for evil purposes. Persephone and Penelope search throughout all of London to find their beloved governess and look for clues to put a stop to the wicked deed. The book is suspenseful in very unexpected ways, and has an ending that was extremely surprising. I stron...more
April
Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle is a fun YA historical fiction of twins and magic set in pre-Victorian England. The twins, Persy and Pen are about to have their first season, which basically means they go to balls in pretty dresses and try to look for somebody to propose to them. The problem? Their governess who taught them how to use their magic gets kidnapped by this evil Irish dude.
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Lauren Kunkel
Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle is an amazing fictional book for people who like books about upper class people going to London for their 'Season' in the olden days. This book is written using third person limited omniscient point of view.
Bewitching Season is about two twin sisters, Penelope (Pen) and Persephone (Percy), who are turning eighteen and are excited about going to London and wearing fancy new dresses and meeting new people; well at least Pen is excited. Percy is not very good at...more
Shauna
This is another Recency romance with witchcraft, but geared to a slightly younger audience, and basically it is just not as good as others I have read. I enjoyed the idea of the magic twins (Pen and Percy) and their fascination with the young Victoria, and the book held my interest overall. The romance was a bit belabored (in the seemingly inevitable misunderstandings), but everything works out, of course, and reading this quick book was not a bad way to spend a summer evening.
Ayanami Faerudo
I love historical fiction. I love the manners, the balls, the dresses, the courtesy... it all feels so romantic (No, don't touch me with reality)... fueled by the likes of Jane Austen's works.

I wanted to love Bewitching Season. I've been waiting to read this and when I finally bought it and read it...

I love the manners, the balls, the dresses and the courtesy well enough but they couldn't detract for the utter silliness of one Persephone Leland. She may be a bluestocking but that didn't help he...more
LM
This was a pretty good book, though I could not stand Persy's whining throughout most of the book. She was the main character in the book and she seemed to have low self-esteem compared to her sister Pen. Lochinvar was such a gentleman in the book and I couldn't help but like him. Overall, this was a solid good book with fresh ideas on magic. I'm going to read the next book when I get my hands on it from the library.
Kristen
This book was a good meld of debutante society, love, magic and adventure. The characters were interesting even if the main plot was lacking a little at times. I would have liked to see more action, but it was a good read. I was a little disappointed by how it ended. Not the ending she chose, but really the last page of the book - the last few paragraphs. I don't feel like it was wrapped up real well.
Cindy
Mar 07, 2010 Cindy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sunny
Shelves: fantasy
I will admit that when I picked this up I was NOT in the mood for fluff. However, since I usually have to wait months to get books from my library, I read it anyway - didn't really want to wait for it on hold again! That said, I did really enjoy this one once I got past its fluffiness. It was very reminiscent of "Sorcery and Cecelia." I'll read the sequel...
Brandi
This book was a little slow to start, as are most of the first books in a series, but the characters were very likable, and the plot was most enjoyable. I've read a lot of Regency Romance, and this added the intrigue of magic, which makes it more interesting because with magic, nothing is as it seems.
Samantha Hastings
Kind of like a Georgette Heyer with magic. Two sister have their first season in London and spend it looking for their missing governess. They meet Princess Victoria and other historical characters. A little predictable, but satisfying.
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“Charles stepped forward, looking outraged. 'Him?' he cried. 'But I clobbered him! You can't marry him, Ally.” 12 likes
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