Release Date: February 7, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
A Great and Terrible Beauty meets Cassandra Clare in this spellbinding fantasy
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.
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding Born Wicked from the very beginning. Rest assured that all that hype is deserved. I loved this book. I adored this book! I think I’m a little hard to please when it comes to paranormal books, so that means a lot coming from me.
Witches are my favorite flavor of paranormal, but I was still a little uncertain of Born Wicked. Mostly because it’s set in an alternate 1890’s past. I sometimes have trouble connecting with a historical story, but that wasn’t a problem at all. This book is filled with such fascinating characters and such a expertly crafted world that I was swept off my feet within the first chapter.
Cate was very likeable. She’s in a tough situation, but she’s strong and brave. She’s willing to make sacrifices to protect the people she loves. What’s not to like about that? Her sisters were also very well developed. Tessa was wonderful. She’s wise well beyond her years and I just really liked her. Maura on the other hand is a spoiled brat. I wanted to smack her on more than one occasion, but I loved the dynamic between all three sisters. Cate’s love of them makes you love them.
I must also mention the swoonworthy romance. That boy….I love him, more than I’ve loved a YA boy in awhile. He says and does things that I never would have expected, but they were all the right things. Just…*swoon*
The world that Jessica Spotswood has created in this book is definitely unique. I couldn’t get enough of it. The whole idea of the Brotherhood and the witches was really fantastic. There wasn’t quite as much magic as I was expecting, but there was so much story that I didn’t even care. I suspect there will be more magic in book 2.
As you can tell I just loved everything about Born Wicked. The mystery surrounding the sisters unfolded in a way that made the book impossible to put down. The romance made me hold my breath. The ending left me craving the sequel. Trust the hype. This is a fantastic debut that you should not miss.
My review of book two: Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood