Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia Wrede & Caroline Stevermer

Genre: Fiction, Mystery

Full Title: Sorcery & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot being the correspondence of two Young Ladies of Quality regarding various Magical Scandals in London and the Country

First Line: ”It is dreadfully flat here since you have been gone, and it only makes it worse to imagine all the things I shall be missing.”

One Word Review: Creative

Book Synopsis: A great deal is happening in London and the country this season. For starters, there's the witch who tried to poison Kate at the Royal College of Wizards. There's also the man who seems to be spying on Cecelia. (Though he's not doing a very good job of it--so just what are his intentions?) And then there's Oliver. Ever since he was turned into a tree, he hasn't bothered to tell anyone where he is. Clearly, magic is a deadly and dangerous business. And the girls might be in fear for their lives . . . if only they weren't having so much fun! -GoodReads

My Review: The book started out as a Letter Game between Wrede and Stevermer, in which both authors would write, in character, to each other. No discussion of plot was formed; they simply wrote and responded to one another’s letters. The whole idea of the Letter Game and actually producing an entertaining novel is really amazing. Both authors are creative, and I ended up loving the book. Both Kate and Cecy were lovable heroines, I loved reading about their adventures and if it wasn’t for their constant interference I fear Thomas and James would not have been able to overcome the obstacles of Sir Hillary and Miranda. I knew from the beginning that I would just love both James and Thomas, they were great characters and the relationship between the four was fun to read about.

I really enjoyed the story, the characters were all fun and the commentary between Kate and Cecy was witty and entertaining. I liked the magic throughout, it wasn’t overdone and felt believable. Definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery, magic, and romance. I look forward to reading the next two books in the Cecelia and Kate series.

Reading Order:
Book One: The Enchanted Chocolate Pot
Book Two: The Grand Tour
Book Three: The Mislaid Magician

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