Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Review: Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle

Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle
Pub. Date: September 29, 2009
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
336pp
Age Range: Young Adult

Penelope (Pen) Leland has come to Ireland to study magic and prove to herself that she is as good a witch as her twin sister, Persy. But when the dashing Niall Keating begins to pay her court, she can’t help being distracted from her studies.

Little does Pen know, Niall is acting upon orders from his sorceress mother. And although it starts as a sham, Niall actually falls deeply in love with Pen, and she with him. But even if he halts his mother’s evil plan, will Pen be able to forgive him for trying to seduce her into a plot? And what of Pen’s
magic, which seems to be increasingly powerful?

Betraying Season is full of magic, romance and betrayal that will compel you read this book nonstop down to the very last page. If you though Bewitching Season was great, then you will be thrilled with Betraying Season as it bests its predecessor. I love the direction Doyle took Betraying Season in by giving the readers different viewpoints from Pen Leland and Niall Keating. The alternating viewpoints had me loving this book even more as I got to see inside each of the characters head and watch their journey of growth and ultimately what led them to fall in love. I also loved every aspect of this story from the magic that surrounded the story to the romance that had me smiling with every encounter that Pen and Niall had with each other.

How can you not love the regency period, where the characters get to go to dances in hopes of finding a suitor? Although Betraying Season is a bit different from Bewitching Season in that Pen is in a different country and her focus is mainly to improve her magical abilities, but it was enjoyable to see a different setting where certain events in this story ultimately turned into a beautiful and magical journey for Pen.

Doyle manages to continue to provide humor full of laugh out loud moments in Betraying Season with a different character by the name of Corkwobble. I really enjoyed read about him as he is also one of my favorite characters in this book. It was also nice to see Pen’s growth in Betraying Season since in Bewitching Season she wasn’t as accomplished in magic as her twin Persy. I loved the conversations or should I say the constant flirting between Pen and Niall as it always put a smile on my face. It was lovely seeing them fall for one another. The secondary characters were a joy too, I loved everything about this book even the diabolical plot that was woven into the story.

If you loved Bewitching Season, then you will not be disappointed in Betraying Season. I don’t know what Doyle has in store next for her readers but I look forward to reading more of her books and would love to see more of the Leland Twins or perhaps even dear Charles.

Rating: 4 ½ out of 5 Stars

23 comments :

  1. I loved the first book... so much so that I'm forcing my little brother to read it. :) Can't wait to read my copy of Betraying Season!

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  2. I haven't read the first book yet but your review is great and I may have to read it soon. Beautiful blog!

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  3. I think these books sound just my taste. A mixture of history and fantasy. It must be a winner! Great review!

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  4. This sounds really good, I haven't read the first one yet, but I will look for both. I love magical love stories.

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  5. I haven't read this series but looks like I should. thanks for the review. Love the cover!

    By the way, award for you at

    http://teensreadandwrite.blogspot.com/2009/09/thanks-for-great-looking-award.html

    congrats!

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  6. Great review! I haven't heard of either book (GASP!) but they definitely sound like something I'd like to read. Will be adding to my "must-seek-out" list.

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  7. i've had this and bewitching season on my tbr list for awhile now. they sound like something i would like. i'm going to have to bump them up on my list. thanks for the review.

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  8. I agree, I read the ARC of this a while back and just loved it!

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  9. I've heard great things about this series! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I love it when a sequel bests its predecessor! Thanks for the review!

    Natalie @ Mindful Musings

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  10. Great review, thanks for sharing with us!

    I haven't read the first book yet, but both of them are on my wishlist for this X-Mas (Hey, it's never too early to get started, right?). :D

    I'm glad that historical set romances are starting to become a bet more popular in the YA genre!

    Enjoy,
    TBQ

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  11. There arent that many historical YA novels so I'm definately interested in reading this one.

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  12. I have the first book on my wish list and after reading your review it sounds like I need to add this one as well.

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  13. Love the first book, and I can't wait to read this one!

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  14. I haven't read the first book yet, though I'm planning to soon. Marissa sounds like a great author.

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  15. I love that there is humor, magic, AND romance!

    Can't wait to read...

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  16. Great review! I just got the first book and can't wait to delve into it--but now I simply can't wait to read the second one as well!

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  17. Awesome review, I really enjoyed Bewitching Season <3 Lochinvar! I'm interested in seeing Pen's character development. :-)

    Hopefully Doyle's next book will be about Charles :-D

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  18. Wow - wonderful review! I'm definitely adding this series to my TBR list. It has all the elements of a great read - humor, romance, a little intrigue.

    Thanks!

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  19. Great review! I'd love to read this.

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  20. I've never heard of this series before but it sounds very good. Will have to give it a go.

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  21. I can't wait to read Betraying Season, I loved Bewitching Season! :)

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