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Betraying Season (Leland Sisters #2)

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Penelope (Pen) Leland has come to Ireland to study magic and prove to herself that she is as good a witch as her twin sister, Persy. But when the dashing Niall Keating begins to pay her court, she can’t help being distracted from her studies.

Little does Pen know, Niall is acting upon orders from his sorceress mother. And although it starts as a sham, Niall actually falls d
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Emily Ruth
Jun 27, 2009 Emily Ruth rated it liked it
I adored the first book in this series, Bewitching Season, for its fairy-tale like magic and romance. The second book was wonderful as well (not quite as good as the first I personally thought, though I'm sure some of you will disagree). There was a bit more sexuality in Betraying Season, which turned me off a little even though they don't end up sleeping together (yes, I'm one of those that goes for the clean, good stories).
I absolutely must applaud Doyle for her research, however. Check out he
Jan 11, 2010 Katie rated it did not like it
This was the companion to Bewitching Season, which was okay, though not great. But this one I just didn't like! Anyway, this is about the other Leland sister, a witch in the Regency Era who goes to Ireland to study magic and gets involved with a mother and her grown up son and daughter. And the mother has some evil plans and plans to use the main character to achieve them.

It's multi-POV, which means the reader knows what's going on, but the main character doesn't. Sometimes that works, but, in t
Mar 24, 2010 meredith rated it it was ok
Oh, I am so contrary! When I put down Bewitching Season, I thought 'Well I got through it; it held my attention, but so what?' and proceeded not to think about it again. But I did not know about the sequel. So imagine my surprise as I'm making a quick stop at the library and see Betraying Season. I saw my hands reach out and snag it, my mind vaguely flickered in interest, and suddenly I was checking out with Betraying in hand. So here we are, after I had dissed Bewitching Season, the book had su ...more
Jul 10, 2011 Rachael rated it really liked it
Penelope Leland has come to Ireland to further her studies in magic. She hopes to become as good a witch as her dear twin sister Persy, and so she devotes all her energies to being studious. But once Pen meets Niall Keating, that is so much easier said than. Niall is both gorgeous and charming, and Pen is a little surprised when he shows so much interest in her. And she should be, because Niall is only courting Pen at the orders of his mother, a powerful sorceress who needs Pen’s help with a ...more
May 26, 2016 Adrienne rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
Pen takes center stage as this novel's protagonist. She has traveled to Ireland with her former governess and is intent on becoming as good a witch as her twin. However, she meets Lady Keating--and her handsome Niall--and starts to become distracted from her studies. What she doesn't know is that Niall has been instructed by his mother to make Pen fall for him. Niall doesn't know at first what his mother has planned for Pen, but he finds himself falling for her in return and begins to doubt his ...more
Oct 02, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
After her twin sister, Persephone, marries - during her first London season, no less - teenage witch Penelope Leland travels to Ireland in the spring of 1838 with her former governess Ally, who is also newly married. Pen has never been as talented with magic as Persy, and would like to prove that she can be as good a witch as her twin. She hopes her studies in Ireland will enable her to do just that.

Shortly after her arrival in Dublin, Pen meets the handsome young Niall Keating. He begins to cou
Jun 04, 2014 Jan rated it liked it
Pen Leland is on an adventure of her own when she arrives in Ireland to intensify her studies in magic. But unlike Persy, Pen is much less shy and much more prone to distractions. And that isn't a good think- especially when her magic is becoming stronger.

When Pen meets Lady Keating, the older woman immediately expresses an interest in getting to know her and invites her to her home. There Pen meets the dashing Niall Keating who entices Pen into a love story. At first everything starts as a sche
Miss Clark
Jan 01, 2010 Miss Clark rated it it was ok
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I enjoyed this installation in the Leland Sisters series just as much as the first. This time the story focuses on Penelope (aka: Pen) and her time and magical studies in Ireland. Once again Ally is not there to offer her protection and guidance (which is unfortunate because we haven't really gotten to know her character that much) and Pen is left to the whims of Lady Keating, a witch herself who has some sinister plans. There was a great blend of magic, romance, intrigue, and mystery with some ...more
May 13, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it
This is the second book in a series that combines two things that I really love: Fantasy and Historical Fiction. This book was set in Ireland, and contained different sorts of magical references. The characters were interesting, and likable (except those that weren't likable at all). I became a little frustrated with the main character's blindness about certain things, but I was able to ignore that frustration for the most part. This book is a great read for anyone who likes fantasy, romance, ...more
Clare Cannon
Mar 25, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it did not like it
Shelves: 13-15yrs
The thing that annoys me about teen romances like this is that they make so much of 'not going all the way' but take you so close that there's very little difference. Was it necessary to centre the primary relationship around his trying to convince her to let him ruin her in order to save her? The first book in this series was so sweet, but both the romance and the excessive magic/goddess worship makes this one quite sour.
Katrina Hohensee
Mar 15, 2013 Katrina Hohensee rated it really liked it
I honestly liked this book more than the first one. Which is odd, since I normally like the first book in a series more. Both were good. But, and I'll admit it, the romance in this one was a little more prominent. And since I'm a girl, I liked it. :D Although the plot was still fairly predictable and simple, the setting really gave it a good feeling.
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
Oct 05, 2009 Caitlín (Ink Mage) rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy Betraying Season as much as Bewitching Season, I think because the plot was more predictable. It read more like a romance with a magical plot and a witch's motive thrown in--and even included a raunchy scene that went far beyond anything I remember from the first book.
Apr 01, 2009 Jane rated it liked it
This comes out in June -- I just read the galley. It's not high art, but, like the first book, Bewitching Season, it's quite enjoyable. A good lighter read with an agreeable dose of feminisim and the triple goddess as a bonus.
Regina Scott
Jan 06, 2015 Regina Scott rated it it was amazing
History, magic, and love. What more could you want? :-)
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
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Penelope feels that she not only let her twin sister down but her heroine Queen Victoria as well. Sure, she was there when Victoria was saved, but the special commendation belongs to her twin Persy and Persy alone. Pen feels like a fraud. And that is why she's in Ireland. It wasn't just that she felt like a third wheel at home with her sister in a constant state of connubial bliss with
Aug 21, 2015 Bettielee rated it liked it
This is the 2nd book in the Leland Sisters series. It reads more like a companion series (I’ve already begun the 3rd book which is a prequel) and that kind of bums me out. The first book really focused on Persy, the bookish twin. I knew this book would focus on Pen (Penelope) the more outgoing one, but sadly, with Persy’s marriage, she’s gone off to her husband’s estate and the sisters are separated. I really hoped this would be a series about sisters working together. Oh well. Also – Persephone ...more
Jul 06, 2011 Veronica rated it it was ok
Doyle's first book had been entertaining enough, so I wanted to finish up the series. The sequel, however, was a big disappointment. Granted, it's supposed to a YA novel and isn't meant to be read for it's groundbreaking story or complex character development. On that note, I didn't start the book expecting anything extraordinary. I was just looking for a quick, fun, light read.
Where to begin?
First, I have to say that Betraying Season is by far the better book of the two (not that that's sayin
Jul 02, 2016 Ali rated it it was ok
Betraying Season is as frustrating as Bewitching Season, but I thought the more confident of the two Leland sisters might provide a more compelling narrative. No such luck. From Pen to Lady Keating, the characters are shallow and insipid. The tantalizing hints that there's more to Doireann come mostly from her absence, but she's also refreshing in that her moral system is consistent. I can't say the same for anyone else.

Niall doesn't examine his mother's plans too closely, ostensibly because he
Cover Blurb: I like it better than Bewitching Season because you can’t actually see the girl’s face. I love the color scheme as much as Book One’s, and the title’s font, and the dress they chose.

What I Liked: The names in this one, compared to Bewitching Season, weren’t as bad. The Author chose good Irish names for her characters. While I liked Persy well enough in Bewitching Season, I prefer Pen. She didn’t jump to any wild conclusions. While it certainly wasn’t smart of her to trust Lady Keati
Aug 31, 2013 Rhaine rated it it was ok
I'd read the first book, Bewitching Season, a couple of years ago and I remembered it being really interesting so I was expecting this one to be just as good. I have to admit, though, that I was rather disappointed with this story.

I found the main character, Pen, to be insubstantial and very much the cliched heroine. From the beginning to the end there was little character development and it seemed to me that by the end of this book Pen was still pretty much exactly the same as she had been when
Jun 03, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok
In Betraying Season, the main character Pen has travelled to Ireland to study magic to become a better witch. During her stay, she meets an evil sorceress in disguise. Pen falls for her charms quite quickly, and more so falls in love with her charming son, Niall. What she doesn't know is that Niall is being ordered by his evil mother, Ms. Keating, to seduce Pen so she can use her power for some sinister plans she has up her sleeve.

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Nov 04, 2012 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: 100-in-2012
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Karen Keyte
Aug 16, 2011 Karen Keyte rated it really liked it
After her twin sister saved Princess (now Queen) Victoria from a dastardly magical plot, the Honorable Miss Penelope Leland realizes that she must dedicate herself to her magical studies if she is ever to become as gifted a witch as Persephone. To that end, Pen travels to Ireland to live and study with her former governess Ally, Ally’s equally magically talented husband, Michael Carrighar and Michael’s wizard father.

Pen is enchanted by the city of Cork, and by Ireland as a whole, and her skill w
Jan 04, 2014 Jeninne rated it liked it
I just don’t know what to do with books like this anymore. You know the type. The ones that should be better than they are. See, let me tell you what this book should have been.

This should have been a story about a young woman fighting to prove herself in a male driven magi world. Yes, there still should have been mystery and romance and amazingly gorgeous ball gowns that I as a woman would kill to get to wear just once. But above all else, this should have been about female agency. After all, w
After Persy and Pen Leland save Princess Victoria, Pen feels guilty for not being able to help much in the rescue because she spent too much time on the delights of the Season and not enough time studying magic. Pen resolves study harder and heads off to Ireland to stay with her former governess Ally and Ally's new husband and professor father. Ireland proves to be cold and unfriendly at first. Because Ally is in an "interesting" condition and feeling unwell, Pen attends lessons with Dr. ...more
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Betraying Season is full of magic, romance and betrayal that will compel you read this book nonstop down to the very last page. If you though Bewitching Season was great, then you will be thrilled with Betraying Season as it bests its predecessor. I love the direction Doyle took Betraying Season in by giving the readers different viewpoints from Pen Leland and Niall Keating. The alternating viewpoints had me loving this book even more as I got to see inside each of the characters head and watch ...more
Sep 20, 2011 Janine rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I should make it clear that I haven't read Bewitching Season. When I went to the store to get it they only had Betraying Season so I took it.

First off, I love history and the Victorian Era so I knew I'd be in for a treat, especially when magic is added into the mix.

Betraying Season is not an original plot line. In fact it's very cliche, but what matters most is how the author handles this.

I liked Penelope. I could relate to her so well, which is hard when it comes to historical characters. She w
Jun 05, 2012 Krystle rated it did not like it
What a complete 180 this story is! Despite its many flaws, Bewitching Season managed to win me over at the end. This book? Complete annoyance and rage!

Pen makes me want to shake her – violently. She’s either too dumb, oblivious, and naïve to notice the PLAIN as day manipulations of her, or is a stuck up, self-righteous conceited wench who refuses to listen to reason and advice because she believes she’s of better moral character and intellect than that. Whatever! Seriously, you have no idea how
Anthony Montes
Feb 07, 2014 Anthony Montes rated it really liked it
Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle, is an interesting book where you are able to view the values of love and friendship. You're able to experience and explore two different perspectives. Betraying Season is about a young lady named Penelope who travels to Ireland with her governess to study magic. Along the way, she falls in love with the son of another witch, Lady Keating. Lady Keating only befriends Penelope because she needs her witch powers to reunite her son with his biological father which ...more
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“Good-bye, Pen Leland. If we meet again, maybe in London next season, you'll pardon me if I don't pursue an acquaintance with you. It's hard to chat about the weather when one's heart is breaking—” 6 likes
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