I received this book for free from From the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Series: The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons BFYR
Published on: February 7, 2012
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic
Source: From the Publisher
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About the Book
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.
So back in August 2011 I got my first glimpse of the cover of Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood and it was love at first sight. I even went on to feature the book as one of my Waiting on Wednesday picks because a cover that pretty deserves to be shared with others. Then I read the synopsis and I knew that I needed to add this one to my wishlist. The only downside was that I had to wait until February 2012 to get my hands on a copy…except I ended up getting a copy at the end of August. I tried, I really tried not to read it right then, but it just kept calling me. I think I lasted like a week before I picked up it up and just devoured it in one sitting. Fast forward to today and I have read Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood three times.
This is not the first time I have been in front of my computer trying to write this review. Indeed, I’ve tried to write this review every time I read the book and I am still at a loss of exactly what to say or how to phrase my review so that I don’t sound like a gushing fan girl moron.
Born Wicked is one of those books where so much happens without really happening. Confused? Well don’t be. Born Wicked is a foundation book. It tells the background, it sets the tone, introduces you to the characters and the world the story takes place in. Born Wicked is written in such a way that while nothing huge is happening at any given time, the story is moving along so fluidly that you really don’t realize it. You get drawn into the story and are able to connect with the characters from the beginning to end. You have plenty of ‘didn’t see that one coming’ moments and usually when you least expect them. Born Wicked is a truly masterful debut that will leave you eagerly anticipating the next instalment in the Cahill Witch Chronicles.
That ending! Oh, that ending! As many times as I have read this book now, the ending still gets me EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.