- Reading level: Young Adult
- Genre: Fantasy, mystery, romance
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Magic Carpet Books; First Thus edition (September 1, 2004) Original publication 1988
- FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my county library
- Rating: 4/5
- Reading Challenge: 2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge
For starters, there's the witch who tried to poison Kate at the Royal College of Wizards. There's also the man who seems to be spying on Cecelia. (Though he's not doing a very good job of it--so just what are his intentions?) And then there's Oliver. Ever since he was turned into a tree, he hasn't bothered to tell anyone where he is.
Clearly, magic is a deadly and dangerous business. And the girls might be in fear for their lives . . . if only they weren't having so much fun!
My thoughts: This is an epistolary novel between to cousins. I've never read an epistolary novel before and I had no idea it was one when I started reading! I was a bit weary at first but then began to enjoy what Kate and Cecy had to say to one another and how the plot continued to thicken! They're both strong female heroines and I love how they subconsciously fall in love! It's pretty hilarious...I mean, you know it's going to happen and with whom, but it's all about the journey!
It's cute and romantic and there's even magic and mayhem!
They wrote a couple of more sequels recently and am looking forward to them!
*Part of the 2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge.