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Friday, March 2, 2012

[Review] Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1) by Jessica Spotswood

Title: Born Wicked
Series: The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Pages: 330 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: February 7, 2012

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.

My expectations were quite high going into Born Wicked due to the great book blurb, gorgeous cover and raving early reviews. Thankfully, it met and exceed those expectations! This is one debut you do not want to miss!

I was immediately drawn into Cate's narrative. She seemed very pessimistic and had a negative outlook on just about everything. That could have been irritating, but she gives us reasons for her pessimism. She's been in charge of her two younger sisters, since their mother died. All three of them are witches and must keep it hidden from their Father, the town, and especially the Brotherhood or face prosecution. Cate is suppose to announce a betrothal in a matter of months, even though she does fit into society's mold of a proper young woman. Plus she discovers a prophecy concerning three sisters. If I had to shoulder all of Cate's responsibilities and be under so many restrictions and expectations, I'd be a negative Nancy, too!

This books is full of magic, mystery, and romance. Women's oppression is also a major theme throughout, and I think the author did an amazing job linking it to the magical and religious aspects of the book. There's many twists and turns, and ups and downs. It kept me engaged from start to finish, and the events leading up to the finish left me in awe. I'm not sure what else to say without spoiling anything. If you're looking for a new twist on witches, and something a little different in the YA genre (like no love triangle!), I urge you to go out and get this one!


  1. Great review! I'm not much into romance, and loveeee magic, so I guess this book is a must-read for me! :)

  2. No love triangle? That sounds like sweet heaven right there ^_^. I also have a bunch of witch books on my goodreads list (inclusding this one) and have yet to read any of them yet. This must change now and by the sounds of this one it looks like I need to read this one sooner rather than later.

  3. Dying to read this! the cover looks gorgeous!! :)

  4. I remember when everyone was really excited for this, and I was like: Witches? Meh...
    But reading the synopsis now, it actually sounds really good. Don't know yet if I'm going to read it though. Great review!


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