Title: Born Wicked
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Published: February 7th 2012
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Received From: Jennifer at Some Like It Paranormal
Synopsis: 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.
Born Wicked is an average book for me, I cared very little about what was occurring in the book and I wasn’t really emotionally invested in the characters. There were some things I did like so I’ll get on with the good stuff first.
I liked Finn. He has freckles, wears glasses and carries around books, of course I was going to like him. The best aspect of this book was the relationship between Finn and Cate, I think my fangirl heart fluttered at several scenes that had me smiling silly. I liked the person Cate was around Finn and they’re nice together.
I liked how the prophecy unfolded. Although some things were fairly predictable, there were revelations I didn’t see coming. Also, the writing style is beautiful, it was very rich and there were scenes I imagined clearly.
I am a sucker for sibling relationships so I was really looking forward to the relationship between the sisters Cate, Maura and Tess. I was a bit disappointed because the book had more to do with Cate’s thoughts and feelings, it just wasn’t what I hoped for. Cate is a strong character who bears a lot of responsibility but I found myself more drawn to Tess and Maura because she would often compare herself with them. Overall I could sympathise with Cate but I didn’t get attached to her.
I didn’t like the pacing, for the majority of the book nothing really happens that makes me excited to turn the page. There was a lot of information about the Brotherhood, their rule over society and punishment of witches. There was a lot of contemplation on Cate’s side, her feelings towards situations; it made reading Born Wicked a bit tedious and boring. However, I did like the ending it sets up a good start for the second book and I’m hoping there’s more action though I can’t say the release is something I’m really looking forward to. If you’re a fan of young adult historical fiction and witches you might like this.