Friday, August 2, 2013

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotwood [Review]

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #2) 4 out of 5 Robots!

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotwood
Series: The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy
Release: June 18, 2013
Hardcover: 384 Pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate's friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn't want to be a weapon, and she doesn't want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood's schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she'll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess's quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

Shannon's Thoughts:
(A quick sidenote before the review:  I don't understand this cover at all.  This novel takes place near the turn of the 20th century.  That is not a dress someone in 1897 would wear.  Just sayin')

Star Cursed is a solid follow up to Born Wicked.  This time the action all takes place in New London.  Cate is there serving the Sisterhood and discovers that Finn is also in town serving the Brotherhood.  Cate has a lot of explaining to do since she left essentially left Finn at the altar to join the Sisterhood in an attempt to save her and her sisters' lives.  Meanwhile, the Brotherhood starts to crack down and devises a bunch of new rules to keep women in their place, creating unrest with the people. But things start to get really sticky when Tess and Maura join Cate at the Sisterhood.  Maura is very angry and jealous of Cate and begins to act out against Cate's cautioning.  A division starts to form among the Sisterhood and Cate and Maura find themselves on opposite sides. Meanwhile, the sisters are still trying to figure out which one of them is the Oracle.

There is a lot more action in this book than the first - particularly a lot more scheming and subterfuge.  There are times when the tension grows so thick, I became antsy reading it and wondering how Cate was going to get out of whatever troubling situation she was in.

But, I think one of the strongest aspects was the relationship between the Cahill sisters.  So much has happened between them and it feels like they are on a collusion course.  Spotwood believably captures the protectiveness, jealousy, and competitiveness that can exist between sisters.  Each sister is a strong personality in their own way and often times they clash - particularly Cate and Maura.

Like I mentioned before, the tension starts to really ratchet up in this sequel.  I am very interested to see how it all turns out in the final installment.  I have a feeling there were be some major fallout.  I thought Star Cursed escaped the dread Second Book Syndrome and really helped to propel the story forward.  If you liked the first book, you will also really like this one!

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Born Wicked
2. Star Cursed

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