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Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles) by Jessica Spotswood

15 Nov

What is it with all these great books?!

Born Wicked is a new spin on witchcraft in New England that takes place at the end of the 19th century.

born-wicked-225As a young female growing up in Chatham in the 1890’s, Cate Cahill only has two choices: get married or join the religious sect the Sisterhood, a subsect of the patriarchal organization, the Brotherhood. She’s got only a few months to decide, and she’s stuck at a crossroads. She has been responsible for her two younger sisters, Maura and Tess, since their mother died, and they are all in danger. They are witches. And the Brotherhood will stop at nothing to have them put to death, driven mad, or sent away to a horrific asylum. Cate has tried to protect them all but her impending choices will tear her away from them, and Maura is already getting way out of hand with her longing for magic. Cate’s marriageable choice is convenient, but without love. While Cate tries to find a way to save her sisters and herself, things spiral out of her control until there’s no going back, and she must sacrifice her own future for her family.

Spoilers are below!

I did love this book! I thought Ms. Spotswood did an excellent job on giving an aura of magic but not attempting to re-create something akin to Harry Potter. I also found the characters to be well-drawn as I could absolutely see headstrong and selfish Maura, clever and observant Tess, and a Cate that was being torn apart on the inside from her own desires, her duty, and her (well-deserved) mistrust of others.

I was attracted to Finn before he even became an important character! From the first time his name was written, I already liked him so much more than Paul, but I didn’t expect the heroine to choose the same. 🙂

I cannot wait for the next book (and I’m disappointed it doesn’t come out for quite some time)! I already love Cate, Finn, and Tess (still making my mind up about Maura…) and I even want to know what becomes of Sachi, Rory, Clara, and Marianne. I think there was some allusion to Paul that was suspicious in the book (that may or may not be important for the next in the series), and I loved to hate Elena (and the toady Mrs. Corbett) for her Machiavellian nature.

For those of you who want a fresh tale that is fast-paced, intriguing, but still has those elements of romance and coming-of-age in a somewhat historical setting, please pick up this book! Particularly if you enjoy magic, gossiping, and scandal. Just kidding. Sort of. 🙂

(Possibly the male reader would not find it as enjoyable as a female one though…I’m fairly convinced I couldn’t get my husband to read it as there are no real swashbuckling fights no matter how many times they mention pirates…)

Rating: Good Read OR a MUST BUY! Loved it! Plan to buy in the future!

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