Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Published Date: February
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Genre: YA

The Story:
Blessed with a gift...cursed with a secret.

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.
 
My Review: Wow, this book is really good.  We're thrown into a world, much like Jane Austin's books, where girls have coming out parties, tea time, and balls.  Cate is the oldest of her sisters, and after her mother dies, is in charge of protecting them too.  Their father is away most of the time, but they have nosey neighbors that check in, giving no real time to practice their witchcraft. 
 
I loved how Jessica brought us inside the Cahill sisters' world.  We are able to feel with them, and see the most beautiful but also the most frightening things.  This book is an easy read, but I didn't want it to end.  So glad I found out that this is a series! 
 
Oh, and Finn, he is such a good guy.  Knowing what he does, he protects his sister and mother.  But he does catch the fancy of Cate.  This sparks a forbidden romance, as he's just the son of a librarian, and Cate is the daughter of a nobleman.  Love it!
 
 

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