Sorcery and Cecelia; or, the Enchanted Chocolate Pot
by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
(historical fantasy, YA romance)
Have I really read this book so many times and never yet reviewed it? Wow.
This is one of my comfort reads. It is pure fun, and well written. It has two difference voices for the two different characters, but that is easy since they are written by two different people. The authors collaborated on this book in letters they wrote each other, both taking responsibility for half of the plot and letter the other deal with the other half. Some bits intertwined, or traveled from one author to the other, while some pieces stayed with the originating author. It truly is a masterful piece of writing. It is executed that well.
It is also fun. The story follows two young women in the Regency period of England, but an alternate England where magic exists as a part of society. One gets to have a Season in London while the other must remain at home, and that creates the reason for the letters going back and forth between the two.
This is easily a YA romance, because while there are romantic elements it is very tastefully written and I would not hesitate to recommend this to any young girl regardless of how relationship-aware she is. However, I am certainly no longer a young girl, and I love this book. It is one of my favorites ever, whether adult or YA.
I could say more to make it a proper review: there is magic! There is mystery! There is intrigue! But at its heart, this is a fun book, and there is nothing better I could say about it.
Rating: 5 stars