Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: February 7, 2012
Challenges: 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Challenge, 2012 Debut Author Challenge, YA Historical Fiction Challenge
Rating: 4 stars
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 by Jessica Spotswood holds a very intriguing premise that will simply captivate readers. While it didn’t live up to all my hopes for it, I still really enjoyed the story and found a cast of characters who were simply wonderful.
The plot was really intriguing. It was very different from other witch stories out there, and it was a ton of fun to read. I loved trying to figure out what was going to happen next, as Jessica Spotswood threw quite a few twists. My biggest criticism was that so many things seemed almost too convenient for the characters.
The characters were just awesome! I really liked Cate – she was such an interesting character. Finn was so adorable, and I just loved his character. Tess was another character who I just loved. I really am hoping to see a lot more of all the characters in book 2, particularly Finn and Tess!
The world was really fascinating – the whole alternate history was really cool. I loved the how intricate the world was and how cool the Brotherhood and what they had set up was.
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood was a fascinating book. Historical fantasy is by far my favorite genre to read, so when I find one I get super excited. It lived up to a lot of my expectations, but I still was hoping for a bit more. I am very curious to see where book 2 will go, and how the story will just take off.