Review: Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

Review: Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline StevermerSorcery and Cecelia by Caroline Stevermer, Patricia C. Wrede
Series: Cecelia And Kate #1
Published by Harcourt on 04/15/1988
Genres: fantasy, Humor, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

A great deal is happening in London this season.
For starters, there's the witch who tried to poison Kate at Sir Hilary's induction into the Royal College of Wizards. (Since when does hot chocolate burn a hole straight through one's dress?!)
Then there's Dorothea. Is it a spell that's made her the toast of the town--or could it possibly have something to do with the charm-bag under Oliver's bed?
And speaking of Oliver, just how long can Cecelia and Kate make excuses for him? Ever since he was turned into a tree, he hasn't bothered to tellanyone where he is!
The girls might think it all a magical nightmare . . . if only they weren't having so much fun.


When I heard Hank Green (in an older Vlogbrothers video) refer to Sorcery and Cecelia as being a mix between Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter, I knew I had to check it out.  As I mentioned this book in older blog posts, others left comments telling me how wonderful this book was.  For some reason, however, it took me a while to get to this book, but I finally started it this week.  And I am soooo glad that I did!

This story is told completely in letters written between the MCs.  I am not always a huge fan of books written in letters/texts/emails, etc.  (with the exception of the Meg Cabot Boy series!)  But Wrede and Stevermer handle this beautifully.  We, as readers, are able to completely connect to both Kate and Cecelia, and still get the whole story.

Both Kate and Cecy are amazing characters.  They are both extremely clever young women, who could handle the rules and restrictions of 1817 English society (but still break these rules when necessary), and still speak their minds and show their strong personalities.  I absolutely loved how devoted Kate and Cecy were to each other.  They are cousins, and best friends, and they would both do anything for each other.

Wrede and Stevermer wove the bit about magic and magicians into the story very well.  Although it is set in 1817 England, and much is referenced to that time period, magic is just a part of life in the book.  Everyone knows about magic, and some people are gifted with the ability to use magic.  I also love that both men and women could have the power to use magic.

The men of the story, James and Thomas, were pretty interesting, but what I loved best about this story, is that Kate and Cecy used their brains to save the day, multiple times.  They were not rescued by the “heroes” and that was awesome.

If you’ve read this one, what did you think?

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Life Tidbits

  • My dad helped me to paint my living room Saturday.  It was so much work, because we also moved a couch from my parents house, up to mine.  But it turned out so well.  My living room is now Valspar color Woodlawn Blue Angel.  It is the perfect shade for my house, and it was nice spending the day with my dad.
  • Mom and I made apple crisp yesterday to bring over to my grandma’s place.  It was delicious, and it is starting to feel like fall is here.
  • I caught Ginger (my dog) sitting in the windowsill of my house!  She acts like a cat sometimes.  I wish I had my phone with me, because I would have loved to have taken a picture.
  • On Saturday, as dad and I were leaving Lowe’s with our second gallon of paint, we saw a double rainbow!!!!!  I hadn’t seen a rainbow since 2006 when I was a senior in college (in Virginia!).  We could actually see the whole arc (end to end) of the brighter rainbow.  Here’s a pic:


4 Responses to “Review: Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer”

  1. Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf

    Yay! So glad you enjoyed it!

    You are so right – they used brains, and they were also so witty and fun and people Id want to hang out with. Thats why I like it 🙂

    • Quinn

      Yes, yes, I would want to hang out with Kate and Cecy, too! I would love to be in their friendship circle. You just know they would have our backs.

      I also loved how terrible James was at spying! I thought that was hilarious, and I loved that Cecy called him on it.

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