Discussion Questions for Bewitching Season (pdf format) (Persy) and Penelope (Pen) Leland are anticipating their first London season with mixed feelings. Chapter One. April –Mage’s Tutterow, Hampshire, England. “My God, Persy, you killed him!” “I did not!” the Honourable Persephone Leland snapped back. Betraying Season. Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Square Fish Paperback $ ($ CAN) ISBN Read an excerpt.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle. In 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, In London, young daughters of viscounts pined for handsome, titled husbands, not careers. But right as the inevitable season for “coming out” is about to begin, Persy and her twin dkyle 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, bewitcjing you can find the right quarry. HardcoverFirst Editionpages.

To see what your friends thought of this bewitchiny, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bewitching Seasonplease sign up. See 1 question about Bewitching Season…. Lists with This Book. Seasin 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, snowplum 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 Charlesbut 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 newitching magic in it. Any number of things co I wasn’t especially enthusiastic about this book.

Betraying Season (Leland Sisters, #2) by Marissa Doyle

Any number of things could have dolye the book more interesting — scenes dealing with learning magic, passages describing what it feels like to practice magic, silly bits with the sisters playing jokes on each other or Charles with magic, something more substantial about Persy and the man she ultimately chooses to marry sharing magic So many missed opportunities, in contrast with so many rather uninspired and redundant passages about going to teas and balls.

Second, there is the common plot line of misunderstandings and misery due to lack bewithing communication, which is just about the only reason that the story stretches out to pages. It would take a lot at this point for an marisss to give that story a twist or write it brwitching a way that would excite or impress me.


It’s not that I don’t believe that Persy would be insecure and keep the secrets she keeps — I think that’s reasonable for her character and likely would be reasonable for many real people. I just feel like I’ve read variations of that plot line already, and this one isn’t different enough to get me to invest. Most significantly, the more dramatic plot in this book does not hold up to any sort of intense scrutiny.

The girls’ governess is kidnapped, and all of her family including some practitioners of magic know it, yet weeks pass during which they do absolutely nothing, and it falls on two teenage girls and their little brother to save her? Bewitchingg Very Bad Man coerces powerful wizards into mafissa their power to force the queen-to-be to accept his Regency, and the powerful wizards can’t do anything to or about the muggle instead of giving in to him?

BEWITCHING SEASON by Marissa Doyle | Kirkus Reviews

One of said wizards gives bewwitching to the blackmail because the Very Bad Man is threatening to tell his family’s secret, which is that his older brother raped a 14 year old girl. I sympathize with the notion of family loyalty, but I’m not all that enthusiastic about trying to cover up a rapist in bewitchinng family — that sounds an awful lot more like denying the victim justice bewitchint protecting the rapist than rightfully or lovingly protecting an aging father from a broken heart.

Put like that, it would seem as though I really disliked the book, which isn’t quite fair. But I didn’t like it very much, bewifching I wouldn’t recommend this book to many adult readers who sometimes choose books from the YA shelves — it’s just a little too fluffy and emotionally adolescent to have broader appeal. The aforementioned problems with the plot including the issue of the rapist are glossed over to such an extent that they aren’t obtrusive at seasoon — ultimately, marissx reason they are such a problem marisssa that they are so barely there that the serious plot outside the romantic storyline is, as I said, implausible and doesn’t hold up to the pressure of much content dooyle attention.

I think it’s a charming enough book that it would be appealing to many teen readers, but it’s the equivalent of a romantic teen comedy, not an emotionally powerful romantic drama. Jan 10, Angelc rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a great teen historical with just the right amount of magic and a great romance!! The romance was by doyke 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!! View all 13 comments. Feb 06, Jessica rated it it was ok Shelves: Set in Regency England, this book follows twin marixsa 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 Set in Regency England, this book follows twin witches Penelope and Persephone as they embark on their first Season. I marissx most of the words on the Seawon Lexicon website. Basically, I was going into this book with some expectations.


I was also interested in how a YA Regency novel would read. Honestly, I have no idea why this is classified as YA. Yes, the characters are 17, but that’s the standard age for a girl to have her first season in the Regency era. So basically, any adult romance novel with a character entering her season wouldn’t be significantly differently. There’s nothing about these teens that give them a significantly teen voice, if that makes any sense.

I suppose there is a coming of age element and Persephone works through self-doubt and lack of confidence, but whatever. I also think the book doesn’t significantly explain Regency terms or phrases. Supposing that this is your first Regency novel, some of the terminology would be unknown to the normal YA reader.

In terms of plot, the magic element of the story wasn’t incredibly exciting.

Harry Potter Regency style, this dolye not. Annoyingly, the characters also seem to forget about their kidnapped governess for various lengths of time when they get caught up in their social activities.

This bogged down the stories at times. Still, I can see how it could appeal to some teen girls, especially those who like their romance squeaky clean and bewitchihg historical novels. The author includes some nice descriptions of Regency life that may pique a reader’s interest and lead them to other better examples of the genre.

View all 3 comments. Sep 10, Mela rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

I laughed reading banter between siblings. And who wouldn’t want to have Charles bewitcching a brother? I didn’t mind that was totally predictable, view spoiler [I knew very soon that Lochinvar was a wizard. It was written in a way that everyone who is open to such genre can enjoy it. Nonetheless, Beiwtching give only 3 stars because I think sezson Marissa Doyle should give us here also a love story for Pen or make the book a little shorter.

I felt sometimes that she was pushing too hard. But perhaps it was just my adult voice that thought so ;- Still, I think I will try another Doyle’s book in the future.

May 06, Brillare 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. So, the romance was predictable, but it was still very fun to bewifching.

Lochinvar was suitably noble and passionate. The conflict wasn’t too unique – someone gets kidnapped, girls try to save kidnapee and uncover larger sdason serious situation. However, the magic, era, and setting pulled it off successfully and made it interesting. Persy would get very annoying wi I really enjoyed this book; it wasn’t perfect or an all time favorite, but it was still a pretty great read. Persy would get very annoying with her constant self-criticism. I understand and pity her low self-esteem, but her talking about it all of the time was frustrating.

Persy and Pen had a strange relationship with their brother. Like, they were usually joking, I think, but they would mock him and call him an idiot for no reason at all.