Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
Review by Kathy, Children Services Coordinator, Central Branch
In the 1800s, what most wealthy and well-bred young ladies looked forward to most was their debut at the social Season – beautiful dresses, an audience with the Queen, and a whirlwind of parties, dinners, and dances where they would meet all the most eligible men in London. Twins Persephone and Penelope (Persy and Pen) actually delayed their debut for a year, because they are being taught magic by their beloved governess! When it is time for them to go to London for the start of the Season, they learn that Ally has been kidnapped—but that no one else even realizes she is missing. It’s up to Persy and Pen to find her before bad dudes are able to use Ally’s magic to plot against the crown—all while juggling parties, dances, and handsome men who may want to marry them! This book mixes a fun historical upper-class setting like in Anna Godbersen’s The Luxe books with a bit of the magic and court intrigue of Tamora Pierce’s Alanna books, to create a very fun read. Bewitching Season shares more of Persy’s perspective; coming soon is book 2, Betraying Season, which will share more of Pen’s perspective—and I, for one, am looking forward to it!