By Jessica Spotswood
Publication date: Feb. 7, 2012
Putnam Juvenile, 33 pages
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!