Saturday, September 22, 2012

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood [Review]

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Series: The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fantasy
Release: February 7, 2012
Hardcover: 358 Pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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 only six months left 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 starts 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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
Poor Cate has a lot on her plate in Born Wicked.  Between trying to hide her and her sisters’ magic, she also has to decide if she will marry or join the Sisterhood.  Cate spends much of the book frozen with indecision. She is desperately trying to uphold her promise to her mother to protect her sisters, but is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain.  On top of that, she also has to contend with a governess who is not all she seems to be and avoid the attention of the Brotherhood.  Talk about being caught between a rock and hard place.  

Born Wicked definitely reads as a first in a series. There is a major cliffhanger and a lot of plot threads are left loose.  So be prepared for that.  There is not a lot of action, but there is a lot of character and plot development.  Spotswood is definitely lining up all the pieces for her next installment. I think it helps knowing this going into the story so the reader doesn’t expect a strong conclusion.  I must say though, I am pretty excited to see how Cate gets out of her predicament!

Born Wicked isn’t necessarily a stand out, but I think it is a solid addition to the fantasy young adult genre. Those who enjoy historical fantasy will likely enjoy this one as well.

The next book in the series, Star Crossed, is due out in February 2013.

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