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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Release: February 7, 2012

Source: Publisher
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 everything its cover promises: atmospheric, gorgeous, intriguing, and magical. This is one book where it is okay to judge a book by its cover.

Their mother dead, their father absentee, the Cahill sisters have developed an affinity for secrets. Unlike the other girls in town, they are not submissive, do not believe the Brothers are infallible, and, most importantly, are witches. The extreme secrecy of the sisters’ abilities lent the book a dark mood that was at times thrilling and at others terrifying. This was only aided by the appearance of the prophecy that becomes central to the book’s plot. No longer was society the sole threat to the sisters; the girls now had the future and each other to fear.

Equally dangerous was the society in which the Cahill sisters lived. Spotswood has built an alternate New England society whose power and expectations are as palpable as the magic in the air in the Cahill household.

The cherry on top of the decadence that is Born Wicked was the romance. Spotswood has crafted a sublime love triangle with a bookstore clerk and a best-friend-turned-more presenting a choice that would drive any girl mad.

Born Wicked is a heavenly read for readers who like their narrators complex, their plots bewitching, and their societies deliciously dangerous. Readers will be spellbound.

5 Stars!


  1. I am glad this book is everything that the cover promises, because I absolutely LOVE that cover!!

  2. Apparently I have fallen in love with the cover!


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