Saturday, February 4, 2012

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Genre:  YA Historical Fantasy
The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book 1

Description (taken from Jessica Spotswood's website):
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.

When you throw around words like Sisterhood and Brotherhood, what books come to mind?  I know somewhere it had said people who liked A Great and Terrible Beauty would like this one.  But what book was I comparing it to at the very beginning?  The Forest of Hands and Teeth.  And let me tell you it took me a while to get comfortable with this book's version of the 'Sisterhood'.

Cate lives in the New England area right before the twentieth century.  So you can imagine how women were treated in small towns.  And how every one different was accused of being a witch.  I'll admit, this book was a little slow for me to get into.  But it was totally worth it.

There is a slight love triangle, but it isn't dramatized at all.  One man loves Cate for who she once was, and another loves her for who she is.  But then you have the Brotherhood showing its evil face trying to speed things along.  And the Sisterhood (like the Brotherhood) gets in the way as well.  And did I ever mention destiny (or prophecy - whatever)?

This book is like finely woven rug.  A very wickedly clever rug.  And I honestly cannot wait until the next book comes out!

A special shout out goes to Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy for letting me participate in this ARC tour

Challenges:  Debut Author Challenge and Young Adult Reading Challenge

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