Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)
Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only...more
Mother didn’t trust Father to fight for us. Truth be told, she didn’t do a very good job of it herself. She left me with a diary full of cryptic warnings and a responsibility that should have been hers.I'm an idiot. This is what I get for not reading the summary. For some fucking reason, I thought this was an adult novel. It's not. I thought it was mag...more
I will keep my sisters safe...while I have breath left in my body.
There just isn't enough witchery in this book for me, however, since the book seems very heavily centered around the romance. And unfortunately, the romance wa...more
I've only read a couple of chapters of Born Wicked and thus far there are no objective issues with this novel that would justify my giving it a low rating or a bad review. It is written like everything else popular in YA right now, down to the 1s...more
Jessica Spotswood is an enormously talented author whose prose is gorgeous and full and lush and makes me want to live in the world she's created, an alternate history of America in the 1890s. The author's style reminds me of Kristin Cashore's -- the imagery made me want to attend the tea parties and wear the dresses and hang out in the gardens. I seriously loved this book, and had a hard time putting it do...more
This is bit of a magical story about witches in a very difficult time - when they are hunted down, when they have to hide, to pretend to be ‘normal’ and not draw any attention to them. It's a story about a young girl that needs to protect herself and her sisters from all the dangers that might break them apart, a story about young love and oldprophecies, andeverythingin between.
... isn't it beautiful? I mean, I am not sure of the relationship with the book, as the girl’s dress d...more
Cate Cahill and her two sisters, Maura and Tess, live in an alternate history 1870s New England, where a religious order called the Brotherhood extrapolates the Salem witch trial era. Except witches and magic are actually real (though quite rare, so we're told), and if they're caught, the Brotherhood wi...more
Unfortunately, I was immensely disappointed with this book. I especially despised the ending. This was such an obvious attempt to make a series, it's not even...UGH.
Cate and her two sisters are witches. They strive to keep their secret from the strict, religious Brotherhood who they have to display obedience to, despite their hatred toward witches and women alike.
In a few m...more
I didn't even read the back of this book before I read it. I saw the lovely package that the publisher sent and decided just to go for it. So the alternate history and some of the other aspects were a total surprise. Alternate histories are my current favorites! I love the combination of magic and romance. The w...more
The problem stems from the main character, Cate. She is such a dull sponge - one that'll suck all the fun out of life. There is no vibrancy to her, no spark. She is completely devoid of anything that incites excitement or empathy in me. She's also extremely passive, pre...more
Onto the book, then. ;)
Looking past the lovely cover, the first thing I noticed was first-person present tense. *sigh* (Authors of t...more
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With a very large stretch of the imagination I could almost visualise Spotswood's world.
The story evolves around three sisters, each gifted with magical powers, in a country controlled by misogynistic men who fear nothing more than a woman with power. For the sisters...more
Let's talk, you and me. We're both women, we'll definitely have no problem finding at least one topic to find common ground in. We started off as friends, you and I. I quite understood and empathized with the horror you felt concerning the chauvinistic bastards who organized themselves as the Brotherhood and whose main aim was to ensure that women did not move out of their place in the supposed "natural" order of things. I was quite disgusted and I dare say, felt your anger at the crim...more
One of my biggest issues with the story begins with the protagonist Cate. Although I liked Cate, I didn't love her. She's actually quite judgmental and overbearing. She thinks very little of the other girls in town, despite the fact that she doesn't rea...more
This was another read I really enjoyed.
Cate, Tess and Maura are sisters. Moreover they are witches and they have to hide their abilities because the ruling Brotherhood is hunting witches down. After the death of their mother Cate has to take care of her sisters and watch over them so they are more careful with their magic. At the same time, Cate has to decide whether to join the Sisterhood or to marry and both possibilities...more
*Proper review to come.*
This book was not the worst but it could have been better. Also, I rate things by the feels they give me, and while I liked some aspects, the feels didn’t generate enough wattage to power a fourth star. Hence 3 stars.
In this world, magic and witches exist but are repressed in Puritanical fashion by an oppressive religious order called the Brotherhood. This oppression extends not just to those unfortunate women with magical abilities, but all women. Women either marry or join the Sis
One of the best and most unique things about Born Wicked is the setting. It is set in an alternate New England of the 1890s. Jessica Spotswood took some bits of real New England and added her own magical touch. The town itself is beautiful as is Cate's own home. The setting only adds to the b...more
Set in an alternate 19th century America where girls that are accused of being witches are either sent to an asylum or a prison ship and some 'wicked' girls are even sentanced to death. The Brotherhood rule with an iron fist, they expect women to be pious, submissive, uneducated, chaste and eager to please their husbands and fathers. Women should not be outspoken, have opinions or run businesses - basically the brotherhood are mysogynistic pigs who are afraid of women having any power....more
My full review:
Let me start of by saying this: I really wanted to love this book. I've heard so many good things about it, and I just had that feeling that I was going to love it. Also, the authors is so nice on Twitter, and I love her. But unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations.
So, let's start with the characters. Our protagonist is Cate, who is trying to balance everything from managing her sisters to keeping up with town appearances so no on suspects the...more
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