Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sorcery & Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer

Release Date: May 22, 2012
Cecelia and Kate are cousins but not only that but best of friends. They get in the most audacious predicaments one involving a goat... Unfortunately Kate is sent away to London with her Aunt Charlotte and her sister Georgina. They are there for the Season which I interpret to mean the time when suitors come along and when one will eventually ask a girl to marry them. Kate is dragged along because as the older sister she has to have her Season first or with Georgina. Georgina isn't all that bad but every guy is drawn to her so you see how that can get to her head.

Meanwhile Cecelia or Cecy is in Essex with her Aunt Elizabeth and her brother Oliver who fancies Georgina which is his cousin which is nasty... just saying. She makes friends with Dorothea who is beautiful just like Georgina but is more embarrassed by all the attention than welcoming of it.

There is magic and wizards in this story and it all starts off with Kate stumbling upon a curious door which she of course had to open. It was a garden and in the center what looked like a woman with powdered white hair drinking some chocolate. The chocolate was an intricate designed little blue thing. The problem was that she couldn't leave. The woman started calling her Thomas and all she could thing to do was throw the chocolate at her to get away. She never thought it would burn like acid on the woman (at least that's what I thought it did) and she never imagined how the coming days and weeks were going to unravel. Along with her cousin they each tell their stories through letters. They end up mixing in the most astounding way. Where in a world that wizards are commonplace and evil surely can follow it the close cousins are going to go on an adventure of a lifetime and maybe even falling in love along the way.

I was confused when I saw that they were writing in letters at the beginning then I inwardly groaned because not only were they writing letters back and forth but the time was set in 1817 so you know they are going to be talking like they were in a Jane Austen book. To my surprise I got completely wrapped up on this tale. I was dying to know what was going to happen! My dad even got mad at me because he said I got a little attitude with him but he should know by now like I'm sure the rest of you know that you don't bother someone who's reading a really good book! And boy was it good. I didn't mind the dates. I was just enjoying the ride.

You need to know about Thomas and James. Remember I mentioned a Thomas earlier? Well he is a wizard and he's not in very good with a witch. James seems to be spying on Dorothea whenever she's around her. So you know when I'm talking about two guys and two girls what's going to happen right? There always mad at each other, the cousin and the guy with them. The guys are pretty insufferable so I understand the girls. Did I mention how much I loved this book? It's being republished in an ebook format. It's kind of an old book (more than 20 years) and it was made by these two friends. They were playing a Letter Game. They didn't know what was going to happen and by the end of it they thought it would be a perfect book. I don't know how they came up with all of this! It's really intricate. Did they know how it was going to end? I think they just made it up as they went. How I envy that creativity and whimsy. Fans of magic and mystery will love the adventures of these incredibly strong cousins. P.S.! This is book one out of three! What could possible can happen in the next one?

3 comments:

  1. I have never heard of this book- but it sounds fabulous! Magic and fantasty are two elements I almost always like in a book. I love the title and your review made me even more curious about the book. It is obvious that you loved it- and I am just like you in that I hate to be torn away from a good book. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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  2. I like this one too. Have you read some of Patricia Wrede's other books? And you posted the review on my birthday! :)

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