Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle Review

"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, Persy and her twin sister discover that their governess in magic has been kidnapped as part of a plot to gain control of the soon-to-be Queen Victoria. Racing through Mayfair ballrooms and royal palaces, the sisters overcome bad millinery, shady royal spinsters, and a mysterious Irish wizard. And along the way, Persy learns that husband hunting isn’t such an odious task after all, if you can find the right quarry." 

(Okay, I'm sorry that this review is kind of short, but for those of you who don't know, I'm busy right now [for the entire month] so I got to cut the time down when I write reviews. Sorry guys, but I started on the 9th instead of the 1st of November so my schedule is kind of crazy).  

Bewitching Season is an adorable book, definitely for young adult readers. There's a lot of sweetness and cute surprises for the main character, Persephone. And boys, this book isn't for you, it's for young girls who are getting their first taste of literature. And yes, some older women can read this book, just to entertain themselves, like what I do. 

The conflict of the let's-control-Queen-Victoria is pretty strong. I like how the main characters don't mention it, but instead focus more on their kidnapped governess. So the plot pretty much slowly comes in and then sinks out when it's over. It comes and goes, in other words. 

The character actions and reactions don't always make sense. For example, when the governess is kidnapped, she doesn't fall in love with him, the kidnapper. Because whoever falls in love with the kidnapper definitely has a case of Stockholm syndrome, whether they are a witch or not. And I don't fall for that I'm-a-prisoner-like-you-act. That's looks like a plot for the governess to help the bad guy take down the good guys. And in the end, the governess marries the kidnapper. Wonderful. 

Persephone, on the other hand, appears to be the role model of all role models. She sticks to the path of witchcraft that is cut out for her. She never does anything inappropriate, but when she meets the dashing Lord Seton, she quickly falls in love with him and fall from her mountain. She ends up slightly drunk from punch (it must contain some alcohol in the first place; probably a nice word for vodka) and casts a love spell on Lord Seton. Things turn out quite hilarious as we go on, diving deeper and deeper into the book.

Wonderful ending. Funny and a true happily ever after, or at least for Persephone and the boy next door. (There's sequels). I love the last twist of the book; it's the greatest ever (but I'm not saying a word about it). 

Rating: Four out of Five

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