Bewitching Season

Bewitching Season

by Marissa Doyle
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Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle

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.

Bewitching Season is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312596958
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Marissa Doyle is fascinated by the past and lives in Massachusetts, where she is surrounded by history.

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Bewitching Season 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was one of the best books I have ever read!!! It has captured my heart just like how Twilight did, but the book is for anyone (including non-Twilight fans) I persuade Mrs. Marissa Doyle to write another book in that series, or even maybe send it to be made into a movie. I will recommend it to anyone who is bored and is looking for a book to capture their heart then when their done to read Betraying Season and learn more about the other Leland twin. This is one book I will never forget and will hopefully read the third book in this series one day. Thank You for reading my review and best wishes to Mrs. Doyle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Persephone and Penelope Leland are young witches learning magic and trying to find their future husbands. But when their governess (her name is Ally) goes missing, the sisters and their eleven year old brother search for Ally in 1837 London. But when they encounter Sir John Conroy and Princess Sophia they fall into even greater danger (though they were in danger already). Along the way Persephone and her sister will go to dances, Tea, and meet Princess Victoria. They have to stick together to find Ally and with help of a close friend, they just may be able to defeat the bad guys.

Bewitching Season was very well written. For Marissa Doyle¿s first novel it was fantastic. I loved that Persephone was a 18 year old girl that reads and enjoys books better than going to balls and to tea.
I didn¿t dislike anything in this book, I loved every single page. Bewitching Season was one of those books that you had to keep on reading even if your favorite TV show was on or that it one o¿clock in the morning.
It was an absolute page turner. I can¿t wait until the next book comes out (Betraying Season will come out spring 2009). I would recommend this book to girls that are 12 and up that love history and magic.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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 with future dances and possible husbands. Then there is Persephone. She would much rather hunker down and devote her time to magical studies. She really doesn't want anything to do with finding a husband or dancing the night away in a dress that she can hardly breathe in.

Just as the season is about to begin, the girls' governess disappears. It's up to the girls to figure out what happened. Along the way the girls will discover that the kidnapping has much to do with the plot to take away Princess Victoria's power. Encountering many interesting people, including a mysterious Irish wizard and a boy who might just be husband-worthy, the girls set off to solve the mystery.

I am a huge historical fiction fan as well as love books that include magic. Putting the two together created an amazing book that I instantly fell in love with. I thought that the story was completely original and absolutely spellbinding. I was highly impressed with Marissa Doyle's ability to captivate my attention throughout the entire book. I don't think I actually put the book down once - which is a big thing for me! I thought it was really neat that the main characters were twins who really didn't have much in common. The girls' differences thoughout made the book so interesting and it was really evident that they depended on each other for different strengths.

Another really special thing about this book is that the story sticks. The story keeps ringing through my head and I'm still loving it! I was really impressed with Ms. Doyle's debut novel and absolutely cannot wait for the sequel which will be out sometime next year (why oh why does it have to be that far away?!). It has definitely become a new favorite of mine, and if you haven't had the opportunity to read BEWITCHING SEASON I highly suggest you run out and get it now.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1837 seventeen years old twins Penelope and Persephone Leland differ about their feelings about their debut season. Whereas Pen is euphoric looking forward to all the social activity especially with this being a coronation season in London Persy prefers to stay at home bookishly studying magic under the tutelage of their governess, Ally. However, both react the same way when Ally vanishes without a trace in Kensington Palace the sisters use their magical skills searching for her while Persy also overhears a seditious plot to keep Princess Victoria from being crowned Queen.------------- As she has in her mind and heart forever, Persy remained attracted to her neighbor Lord Seton, Lochinver, who only recently seems to have noticed her. However, finding beloved Ally comes first for her and for her sibling. The clues in balls and bashes lead to danger from traitorous conspirators who plan to use Ally¿s magical skills to turn Victoria into their puppet.-------------- Though targeting young adults, BEWITCHING SEASON is an alluring early Victorian historical with strong fantasy elements and some romance older fans of the period will appreciate the fun story line as the magic in Marissa Doyle¿s enchanting tale is how magic is treated as a skill young ladies must learn like knitting and playing the pianoforte. The twins are a delight as their personalities are vastly different on the surface with Pen being an extrovert and Persy an introvert, but inside they share courage and caring. The romantic subplot is kept for the most part in the background while the fantasy elements play more critical roles as they are the mechanism being used to control the soon to be queen. It is elementary that fans who enjoy an engaging historical with an invigorating fantasy foundation will want to read Ms. Doyle¿s fine thriller.--------------- Harriet Klausner
Elkin More than 1 year ago
Bewitching Season is just perfect. You just have to read it if want to have a good life. Perfect for curling up and reading it. There's magic, romance, and of course, a happy ending. You just want to read it straight through the night until you finish it. Perfect
Nightlightwriter More than 1 year ago
This book is such a disappointment compared to Betraying Season. It has a stupid plot and a nasty seen that will give you nightmares. Do not read. It is such a waste of time.
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wordforteens More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading it, I couldn't quite get into it. I felt like Persy was going to annoy me throughout the entire book - a love spell? Really? (Though she did regret it.) And the plot line seemed somewhat predictable. Thankfully, it improved. I ended up loving all of the characters in the book - my favorite was Queen Victoria, however brief her appearance, followed by the swoon worthy Lochinvar. (Any man who discusses books, including Jane Austen books, gets top points form me.) The plot became entertaining quickly, including several twists at the end that I didn't quite expect. I'm rather looking forward to getting my hands on Betraying Season, though as it follows Pen and not Persy, I'm not quite sure if I'll like it. After all, no Lochinvar!
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I agree with the person who posted on the 30th of march this shuld be made into a movie! And the song that Persy would be thinking of twords Lochnivar in our time would be One and Only by Adele
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AskingAlice More than 1 year ago
I've re-read this book a couple of times and STILL get shocked with the story. I'm a VERY picky person when it comes to my books and I have to say this book is brillant in every way. You really should read this book if you like English culture (etc.) This book is WAY better than the second; "Betraying Season". I think Betraying So, between the two, Bewitching Season is a better read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever i have ever read & defanatly worth the money. It has all the good qualitys: Romance,Magic,Mystery,adventure ect... & is in a victorian setting.The characters are so real, with true to life emotion.With all featres wraped into one it is very captivating.If you want a book that will captivate you & keep you reading, this is for you.I am twelve and love good, mature books. This book won me over & It just may win you over too! Post Script:The sequel is just as captivating as the first,you should really cheak it out too.
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Bewitching Season is a fantastic book, in my opinion. It incorporates mystery, romance, and historic fiction. It is also easy to relate to, at least for me it is, since I am close to my siblings. It is easy to understand, and it had me wanting to read more.
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