In 1837 London, young daughters of viscounts pined for handsome, titled husbands, not careers. And certainly not careers in magic. At least, most of them didn't.
Shy, studious Persephone Leland would far rather devote herself to her secret magic studies than enter society and look for a suitable husband. But right as the inevitable season for "coming out" is about to begin, Persy and her twin sister discover that their governess in magic has been kidnapped as part of a plot to gain control of the soon-to-be Queen Victoria. Racing through Mayfair ballrooms and royal palaces, the sisters overcome bad millinery, shady royal spinsters, and a mysterious Irish wizard. And along the way, Persy learns that husband hunting isn't such an odious task after all, if you can find the right quarry.
From the moment I got this book in the post I couldn't wait to open it. It is right up my alley...takes place in the nineteenth century and is based around a form of paranormal. I think Marissa Doyle did a fabulous job incorporating the royal family into this book and I loved that I could tell just how much research she must have done to create this fabulous book. I have to admit, I was a little wary when I found out this book involved a story with England aristocrats...I know it is hard to write such things if you don't know how the system works. But she pulled it off and the ending result was a fantastic book that I know so many people will be able to enjoy.
My favorite thing about the book was not just the historical aspect or the witchcraft, but the romance that was weaved into the story. It was one that made me blush at times and, at others, want to just knock some sense into Persy! Pen and Persy's little brother, Charles, also called Chuckles and a various of other names, was just a joy to read about. He added a whole other level to the book...he was so mischievous and so loving to his sisters! The one thing about the story I noticed, I must admit, it that I seemed to be more involved with the romance and what was going on in the society than with what was happening with their governess, Ally. But I suppose someone else who reads the book will look at a completely different aspect.
Overall, a fabulous book and one all YA readers should add to their shelves. It is wonderfully written and it makes you wish you lived during that era. Marissa Doyle is a gifted author and I, personally, can not wait to see more come from her mind and hands.