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Bewitching Season

(Leland Sisters #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  4,975 ratings  ·  467 reviews
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,
Hardcover, First Edition, 346 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Henry Holt & Company
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Usually the London season is a backdrop, not the entire plot of a book. This may be the most boring Regency I've ever read, and that's with a kidnapping, secret magic, and a plot to take the throne. So much potential unrealized.
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
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!!
Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
It gives me back my faith in this genre. This charming mix of magic in nineteenth century England. One can't take it for serious. But as a light, enjoyable story it was worth my time.

It was funny. I laughed reading banter between siblings. And who wouldn't want to have Charles as a brother? ;-)

A love story was sweet, clean and with a little spark.

I didn't mind that was totally predictable, ((view spoiler)) that the world here was blac
May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book; it wasn't perfect or an all time favorite, but it was still a pretty great read.

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.

1. Persy would get very annoying wi
May 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-books
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Clare Cannon
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Though technically not a Regency, it follows the same rules as teenage twins move in and out of London Society. This book contains a twist: the Misses Leland have magic powers and their governess has gone missing and it's up to the twins to save her and rescue the country from potential disaster.It sounds kind of silly the way I wrote it but this novel is incredibly good at the magic elements are subtle and believable. There's humor (a pesky little brother), two lively twins, a hunky boy next do ...more
Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a cute read!

I enjoyed the romance - it was swoony and perfect. I also liked that the twins were so similar in some ways and so different in others. Also, I loved Charles! Their interactions with him were great.

The addition of magic made this story different from other regency novels I've read. I thought the magic element worked well.

The mystery was a little weak, but the rest of the story more than made up for it.
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Robin Witt
I quite enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and easy to finish in a couple of evenings. It had multiple plot threads which all came together well at the end. The romance thread got to be a bit annoying during the middle parts of the book, but the resolution was nicely symmetrical.
I accidentally started reading this trilogy out of sequence, and overall, I found the protagonist of the third book, Courtship and Curses a Lot more likable than Persy Leland was in this.
Regina Scott
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant beginning to a wonderful series for young adults and adults alike.
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.8956789 out of 5 magical stars…. I know that’s random

I love magic. I love Victorian England. And this book starts at the very beginning of that period, with the woman who gave the period its name, the young Queen Victoria, taking the throne. Oh, and there’s magics.

Twins, Persephone and Penelope Leland, have come to London for their coming out, that time when a young woman is presented to the King (or Queen) and enters society. Penelope can’t wait. This time is a whirl of dresses and balls, tea
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot. I love Regencies in general, and adding magic just makes it more fun. The character development for Persephone was realistic and great to see. I did find how long it took for them to take any action a little irritating, but otherwise, this is excellent, lighthearted fun. I think I shall seek out others in the series.
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
This was a delightfully fun story. Historical romance with intrigue with magic. It was amusing, and cute, and slightly frustrating because romance stories usually are.

I flew through the story and didn't want it to end. I am absolutely delighted to find there is a sequel.
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
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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
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
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
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Ashley (Bound to Love YA)
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, regency
This book is mostly fluff - fluffy magic, fluffy romance, fluffy plot. However it still makes a good, quick read on a Sunday afternoon.

Is it predictable? Yep. Is the romance adorable even though you know exactly how it will end up? Yep.

As long as you go in understanding that this is your basic Magical-governess-gets-kidnapped-so-teens-must-save-her-and-uncover-a-greater-plot-while-still-making-it-to-their-ton-debut storyline, then you shouldn't be too disappointed at all.

Final Score: 3.5/5 Star
Miss Clark
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Barb in Maryland
Aug 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Perfectly charming tale of twin sisters with magical powers. The setting is upper-crust English society, and the plot involves threats to Crown Princess (later Queen) Victoria. The few anachronisms don't hamper one's enjoyment of a clever plot and engaging heroines. This book is mostly Persephone's story. It is a sure bet that the next book will feature Penelope. And we must have more of their intrepid younger brother, Charles. And, hmmm, their mother, Lady Parthenope, hinted at a magical advent ...more
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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