Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

BornWickedTitle: Born Wicked

Author: Jessica Spotswood

Genre: Historical/Paranormal

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Pages: 330

Rating: 4/5

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.

(note: this was originally a mini-review, thus its shortness)

This was a fairly enjoyable debut. Reading about sisters can be quite interesting and reading about magical sisters can be more so. This was a historical one, taking place in an alternative 19th century (at least, I think that was the time period – it’s been a while since I read it), and the historical aspect didn’t bore me, which is always a plus for historical books. Even though it’s only been a few months since I read this I’m already having trouble remembering some of it, but it was still a decent debut and I plan on reading the sequel when it comes out next year.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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