Title: Courtship & Curses
Author: Marissa Doyle
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Pub Date: 08/07/12
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The most significant aspect of this book in my opinion is the character development. The main character Sophie goes through a fairly strong transformation throughout the novel. She starts out as a girl with a limp who seems almost helpless no matter how strong a front she puts up or how sharp her tongue is; however by the end she has transformed into a strong heroine. I also enjoyed the fact that the author made her so well-rounded and seem so human. Despite her own difficulties, she goes through life and enjoys the London Season much like any other girl her age. The author's voice was also quite engaging.
Memorable or Forgettable: The historical accuracy of the novel was excellent. Doyle really did her research, which made the book all the more enjoyable. It was also very easy to read as the suspense of the mystery as well as the activity of London kept the novel moving.
Cover: The cover did make me inclined to pick up the book in the first place because I recognized the dress as nineteenth century and thus I assumed it was a historical novel. For once I am able to say that the cover reflects the contents if only because the illustration is from the correct period (1815). Many times it seems that when I pick up a historical novel the cover is some random girl in a flowing dress etc. without even an attempt at accuracy, which to me seems sloppy. I was glad that this book was different.
Age Range: 14 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal
tags: historical fiction / regency romance / mystery / magic / ya lit