Thu, June 14, 2012

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood Review

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood book cover

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood book cover

Born Wicked
By Jessica Spotswood

Publication date: Feb. 7, 2012
Putnam Juvenile, 33 pages
Source: Purchased

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.

— Goodreads.com description

Whee! I love magic books, so things were looking good for me when I started Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood.

And the goodness continued: As the book progressed, I got more and more engrossed. By the end, I was beside myself! Oh, I knew it was a series, so I should have prepared myself, but my investment in the characters just crept up on me, so when I was left with a cliffie, I was just GAHHHHHHHHHH! I love it though — this is how I want my books to make me feel, all twisty and worked up.

I do wish there was more world-building, but — eek — I honestly usually let this slide in the first of a series. You gotta start somewhere, right?

Can’t wait for the next installment. If you like witchy books and historical books, Born Wicked is the perfect matchup of the two, so check it out.

Bonus factor: Romance. Let’s just say multiple page corners were turned over. And there was a boy who worked at a bookstore. Hello, talk about knowing your audience, Spotswood!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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12 Comments

  1. Tarryn said:

    I absolutely loved this book. I was a bit skeptical in the beginning, but it really grew on me. Can’t wait for book 2 🙂

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  2. Hwa Sun said:

    Cool 🙂 I have this book on hold at the library, so I can’t wait to read it!

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  3. Lauren @ Story Bound said:

    This sounds like such a good book! I’m excited to read it!

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  4. Samantha @ ReadingAndCoffee said:

    Eekk bookstore boy! This is actually the next book on my Kobo to read.

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  5. Krista R said:

    I liked this book as well! Loved the boy at the bookstore 🙂 The cliffhanger is awful though – I want the second book soooo badly. Great review!

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  6. Tara @ Hobbitsies said:

    I love your new banner thing that you got going on, FYI.

    Also, YES MAGIC YAY. Witches are the BEST EVER. Move aside werewolves and vampires and faeries and whatever. Witches rule.

    And the swoon. That is all.

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  7. Sandra said:

    LOVED this book! I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

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  8. Lori said:

    I loved this one so much!! I need book two asap. And Finn…sigh.

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  9. jen said:

    YES YES YES I LOVED THIS BOOK.

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  10. Kyle said:

    I LOVED this book!! Just finished it a couple days ago and I was completely sucked in! Oh Finn…

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  11. Katie @ BlookGirl said:

    Yay! So glad you loved Born Wicked. This was one of my favorite reads at the beginning of 2012 and I adored it. Isn’t Finn absolutely swoon-worthy? And the Cahill girls are absolutely kick-butt!

    Can’t wait for the next one!

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  12. Hannah @ So Obsessed With said:

    I’ve been on the fence about this one. On one hand, the summary sounds really interesting. But, I’ve also read some so/so reviews so I haven’t wanted to commit to buying. I think your review just convinced me that I need to read it (even if I just get it from the library) because you made it sound so cool!

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