Thursday, September 19, 2013

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Genre:  YA Historical Fantasy
The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book 2

Note:  Read the first book in the series.  Information below will spoil some plot lines in the first book.

Description (taken from Jessica Spotswood's website):
With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate's friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn't want to be a weapon, and she doesn't want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood's schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she'll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess's quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

The story continues as Cate joins the sisterhood.  And we find out they're not as scary as we thought they were.  Kind of like the rest of groups of people:  you've got the good, the bad, and the power-hungry.  Maura and Tess soon join the Sisterhood to remain under their protection.  And that infamous prophecy begins to unravel some details which puts the sisters in a tizzy.  Maura who's just trying to prove herself, Cate who's trying to protect her sisters, and Tess who's trying to make grown up decisions without yet having had the chance to grow up.

Honestly, I thought this book was so-so in the beginning.  I love how Cate tries to be her own person even with the prophecy overshadowing her.  And the sisters' relationship with each other is so believable.  And we see more of Finn, and how much of himself he has sacrificed to the Brotherhood in order to keep Cate safe.  I kind of got sick of the Sisterhood fighting the Brotherhood, girls fighting their oppression by fighting the power-hungry men.  But, it was alright; I was entertained.

Then 100 pages from the end, I got a horrible premonition about how things were going to end.  About how the sisters were going to end up killing each other.  And while I'm happy to say my premonition was wrong (phew, in the clear, right?), what actually happened was so much worse.  The last two pages, my jaw dropped.  And I was fuming.  And then I realized that was the end of book 2, and I was screaming.

I really want to go make a voo doo doll of one of the sisters.  Then, I'll rip her head off and burn the body.  Yes, this book got a reaction from me.  And I'm dying to read the third one...

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