Books by Marissa Doyle

COURTSHIP & CURSES by Marissa Doyle
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"It's considerably more aristocratic and less nuanced than Austen's middle-class world, but Austenites—especially those whose favorite scenes involve shopping and balls—won't mind. (author's note) (Historical fantasy romance. 12 & up)"
Though it bucks the fan-fiction trend of making Jane Austen a character (often of the undead variety), this cheery Regency fantasy qualifies as major homage. Read full book review >
BETRAYING SEASON by Marissa Doyle
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

Doyle's sequel to Bewitching Season (2008) gives Penelope (Pen) Leland center stage. Now that her twin Persephone and governess Ally are preoccupied with their happy marriages, Pen travels to Ireland to further her study of magic. Feeling lonely without Persy, Pen welcomes the attention of Lady Keating and her handsome son, Niall. Pen's studies begin to suffer when Niall comes courting, unaware he is acting on orders from his mother, a powerful sorceress. Lady Keating needs Pen's virginity and magical powers to carry out her plan to kill Queen Victoria and thereby further Niall's position in society. Will Pen be able to work with the now-besotted Niall to thwart his mother's plan? Similar in tone and pacing to its predecessor (Pen must again save the young queen), there is enough back story to make this tale stand alone. Missing, however, is the humorous repartee between the twins and their younger brother Charles. The mixture of historical detail and magic makes this bodice-ripper another page-turner, if one that's a bit on the subdued side. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up) Read full book review >
BEWITCHING SEASON by Marissa Doyle
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2008

In her debut, Doyle offers a heart-throbbing romance full of magic and royal-court intrigue. Penelope and Persephone Leland, 17-year-old twins, will be presented at court in London of 1837. Outgoing Pen is excited about the balls and parties, whereas bookish Persy is full of dread: She'd much rather continue to study magic and become a teacher. When the two arrive in London, their beloved governess, Ally, goes missing and the sisters try to discover her whereabouts. Persy overhears a plot against the soon-to-be-crowned Queen, and the twins must match their magical abilities against those of a powerful wizard. Amidst all the pomp and glory, Persy struggles with her own tumultuous feelings for the dashing Lord Seton, whom she's loved since they were children. Is it truly his heart professing love, or is it the result of a magic potion? There are many many plot twists and turns, which the author successfully keeps from unraveling. Though magic plays a major part, the story, with references to historical people and events, is firmly grounded in reality. Fans of historical mysteries will find this a page-turner. (Fiction. 12-15)Read full book review >