Friday, June 22, 2012

Review: Sorcery & Cecelia by Caroline Stevermer



SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:

Two girls contend with sorcery in England's Regency age.
Since they were children, cousins Kate and Cecelia have been inseparable. But in 1817, as they approach adulthood, their families force them to spend a summer apart. As Cecelia fights boredom in her small country town, Kate visits London to mingle with the brightest lights of English society.
At the initiation of a powerful magician into the Royal College of Wizards, Kate finds herself alone with a mysterious witch who offers her a sip from a chocolate pot. When Kate refuses the drink, the chocolate burns through her dress and the witch disappears. It seems that strange forces are convening to destroy a beloved wizard, and only Kate and Cecelia can stop the plot. But for two girls who have to contend with the pressures of choosing dresses and beaux for their debuts, deadly magic is only one of their concerns.
 This ebook features illustrated biographies of Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the authors' personal collections.

MY TAKE:

If you've ever wondered what would happen if you mix Jane Austen and magic, then you should read Sorcery & Cecelia.

Sorcery & Cecelia is a novel told through letters written by Kate and Cecelia. The story revolves around Kate, Cecelia, James and Thomas. The four of them are racing against time to stop horrible wizards from stealing a wizard's magic.

The language was Victorian English so I came across a lot of terms that were new to me. It slowed my pace down at first. The novel did start of slow too. I did enjoy the book once the pace picked up. The romance parts were predictable but still entertaining. The only thing that I didn't really like was how much Kate and Cecelia sounded alike. To keep from backreading who I was reading, I used the love interests as reference points.

Thanks to NetGalley and Open Road Young Readers for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. Interesting concept.
  2. The romance is charming.
  3. The letters are a great storytelling medium.

THE BAD:

  1. It's easy to confuse Kate and Cecelia.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
So, in the dark, to music only Thomas could hear, we waltzed the rest of the way up Berkeley Square.
READ IT IF:

  1. You like Jane Austen.
  2. You like magic books.
  3. You enjoy chicklit.

RATING:
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