Monday, March 5, 2012

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood: review

Goodreads rating: 4.12
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Putnam Juvenile
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship--or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with six months to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate stars scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood -- not even from each other.


Born Wicked is a witchy treat with an aching romance and a fearful villain. The ending will leave you wanting so much more.

I’ve realized that it’s not really the steampunk novels that I’m getting into, but historical novels. It’s the time period that I love. Women are so restricted. They have to always keep up this pretense that they’re proper, but really they’re witches or Shadowhunters or vampires or faeries! The stakes are so much higher in these historical novels, and Jessica Spotswood upped the ante even more. Not only is the main character a girl in a historical novel, but she’s also a witch in a town where witches are persecuted. Not put to death, but when they’re taken away, they’re never seen again.

The secrecy in this novel was superb. Cate’s mother’s dying wish was for Cate to always look after her sisters. This means keeping all of their magic in check. What they don’t know is that in the witch world (which will remain unnamed), having three witches in the same generation is a big deal. There’s a prophecy from the Daughters of Persephone, and one of the sisters is supposed to have mind magic. Like Cate does. Meanwhile, girls are being carted off left and right, accused of being witches. Cate has a lot to fear. And to add to that, she’s falling in love with the wrong guy.

The romance was beautiful. I was really rooting for Paul McLeod at first. He’s charming and witty and obviously enamored with Cate. He’s Cate’s oldest friend and she’s realized that they can’t be childhood friends anymore because they both feel something more. She’s been waiting for him, as he was in New London, and now that he’s back she’s having feelings for him. But the feelings she has for Paul are nothing compared to how Finn Belestra makes her feel. I must admit I fell in love with Finn. At first, I couldn’t understand her attraction to him. He kind of annoyed me at first, but I think that was Spotswood’s intention. As Cate and Finn fall too far in love to go back, the stakes get even higher, and Cate is forced to make a crumpling decision.

Other characters were definitely not left out. The other two sisters were vibrant and brash, and the father, while he was barely even there, still felt three-dimensional. I enjoyed every bit of this book and I cannot wait for the sequel! Definitely add this one to your list of 2012 debuts. Also, the cover is even more gorgeous in person!

1 comment:

  1. I just read this one and thought it was pretty good! I really loved the supporting characters in this novel!


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