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Cate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)

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3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  13,748 Ratings  ·  2,022 Reviews
Cate und ihre Schwestern Maura und Tess sind Hexen. Niemand darf davon erfahren, denn Hexen drohen Verbannung und Tod. Die Gefahr, aufzufliegen, lastet schwer auf Cate. Vor allem seit Finn aufgetaucht ist, dieser Junge mit den Zimtsommersprossen und dem kupferroten zerzausten Haar. Verzweifelt sucht Cate nach einem Ausweg und stößt im Tagebuch ihrer toten Mutter auf eine r ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 9th 2012 by Egmont INK (first published January 25th 2012)
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Actual rating: 3.5. Rounded down for the pointless motherfucking love triangle.
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 will keep my sisters safe...while I have breath left in my body.
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 ma
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Wendy Darling
Well, I read the first 150 pages of this novel and then skimmed another 50, but this one just isn't holding my attention, I'm afraid. The writing and mood are actually rather nice, and the language seems pretty appropriate to early 20th century New England (albeit an alternate history version) aside from some jarring words here and there.

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
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Tatiana
Whatever I am going to write here will probably sound hypocritical in the light of the recent ramblings about genre/commercial/popular (whatever you want to call it) fiction that I started in my Angelfall and Under the Never Sky reviews, but here it is.

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
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Lola  Reviewer
*2.5 stars*

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Cate is sixteen. Three months before her seventeenth birthday, she has to choose, at the intention ceremony, if she’s going to marry or join the Sisterhood.

What is the Sisterhood?

The Sisters are the feminine arm of the Brotherhood, only without any power: they do not preside over legal disputes, or create addendums to the morality code, or judge the cases of girls accused of witchery. They live isolated in convents in the cities and dedicate their lives in service to the Lord, educat
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Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
Super annoyed with the ending but overall I really enjoyed the story. I thought it could have used a bit more action throughout but it was still really great!
Miranda Kenneally
This book is one you can't miss. I'm already dying to know what happens in books 2 and 3!

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
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madametschenni
Jan 20, 2015 madametschenni rated it really liked it
Tolle Geschichte! Ich bin super gespannt, auf den zweiten Band!
Ariana
Lovely!


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 old prophecies, and everything in between.

THE COVER
... isn't it beautiful? I mean, I am not sure of the relationship with the book, as the girl’s dres
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Kristi
Jul 06, 2011 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Cate. This girl has far too much responsibility. She takes care of the household as well as her two younger sisters. On top of that she has to keep hidden the fact that all three girls are witches, less they be persecuted. Cate seems to be lost after the death of her mother and her father isn’t much help since he is often absent from the girls lives. I just wanted to bundle this girl up in a hug and tell her everything was going to be okay. Though I’m not sure that would have been the truth ...more
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
I met the author and got a copy signed. She's really sweet and genuine, and sounds a lot like me.

After Finishing

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.

2.5 Stars

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
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Minli
This will definitely appeal to certain types of readers, but it's really not for me. Some parts were interesting, and it was compelling in the sense that it wasn't bad enough for me to give up on.

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
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Christie
Sep 07, 2011 Christie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I stayed up till 3:00am finishing this book. I thought it was a fast read. I couldn't wait to see what would happen and now I'm dying for the next book in the series! DYING to read 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
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Bee (Heart Full of Books)
This really is as good as everyone told me it was going to be! I'm so relieved I can read the sequel straight away!
Regan
Aug 03, 2013 Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned-read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Can not wait to read the sequel!
Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
Born Wicked was a perfect example of a book that has both good as bad qualities to it. I really did like the book but in the end it wasn't enough to make me love it. This review will be a little different from my usual reviews because there was 50% of good stuff and 50% of bad stuff, in my opinion.

The good:

The setting - I absolutely loved the setting. I think it may be the best part of the book. I didn't actually know this book was historical until I started reading it. It's actually an altern
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HannahCassie (PSIloveThatBook)
MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!

Okay so I had my eye on this series for some time now. I was not sure about it but when our bookshop announced 16% sale I could not just ignore the fact that I wanted to read this book. And no, ebook was not enough for me! I love witches and I want them all on my shelf!

THE WORLD: Oh it is so different to what we are used to. So once upon a time New England was the place ruled by witches. But they abused their power and then normal people killed them. The Broth
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Krystle
Mar 16, 2011 Krystle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I tried so hard to finish this book but after chapter five this became an exercise in withstanding torture. The pacing of this book is ridiculously slow. I swear, I would read one page and start searching for something else to do.

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
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Sarah
When I found this among a pile of early releases at work, I chalked it up to destiny. Thanks to a crappy YA track record, my grabbing Born Wicked was akin to a 30-day trial on a steamer from HSN. It might explode in my face, but I could still mail that sucker back -- no money lost, just the fleshy bit of my cheek & one eyebrow.

Looking past the lovely cover, the first thing I noticed was first-person present tense. *sigh* (Authors of the world, PLEASE stop using present tense in teen fiction.
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Brodie
Mar 16, 2011 Brodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, aussie-swap
After the death of her mother, Cate Cahill had to take on the responsibility of caring for her two younger sisters. Her father is rarely home and even when he is, he's not exactly the most reliable of men. Not to mention he knows nothing of his daughters whispered spells. Only their mother knew of their magic and urged them against telling anyone, father included. So for years, Cate has had to act as mother more often than sister, and while they've had their many ups and downs, inviting anyone i ...more
Liz
Jan 18, 2013 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witches
I love books about witches and vampires and evil creatures in general.
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
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Jess
Sep 21, 2011 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to win an arc of this from the author's blog, and wow, am I so glad I did. The prose was lush and evocative, beautifully painting the world Cate lives in. The idea of a world where women, and witches especially, are supressed by an all powerful "Brotherhood" was compelling, and the worldbuilding felt genuine. All the characters had their own personalitites and issues,and I never felt like the secondary charactors were just a backdrop to the action. The main romance of the book ...more
April
Yo, I swear Jessica Spotswood must have read my brain or something, because you guys alternate fantasy history about the Salem Witch Trials is EXACTLY the sort of book I want to read and what is delivered by Born Wicked — Spotswood’s debut novel and the first of a trilogy –The Cahill Witch Chronicles.

Read the rest of my review here
Maria (highinthebooksky)
to be honest I had my problems getting into the story but eventually I did! and it was worth my time!

born wicked is a very enjoyable
story with great characters and cool time setting !

Cate and her sisters have a very realistic relationship which reminds me of my own relationship with my sister sometimes...
I liked how the story develops through out the book bc some aspects took me by surprise and so I'm looking forward to.read the sequel as soon as possible!
Steph Su
Jun 16, 2011 Steph Su rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cover-lust, debs12
There’s no good way for me to start this review except to just come straight out and say that this book disappointed me. With a pretty cover and interesting premise but lacking in world-building, solid pacing, and full characterization, BORN WICKED seems to exemplify all that is characteristic of recently published YA that are big hits but technically weak. So what follows is probably going to be more of a what-not-to-do essay for YA writers, and I hope to God that future writers and publishers ...more
Nafiza
Mar 16, 2011 Nafiza rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Dear Cate,

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
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I went into this book knowing next to nothing about it except that it involved witches––and hey, I haven't read very many books that dealt with witches/witchcraft so I was excited to give it a try! And, well, I liked it. It was a light and fun read. There are a few things I wish had been better, but overall it was enjoyable.

What I liked:

- It has an interesting, kind of "alternate history" setting which wasn't what I expected. And I love alternate histories and historical fantasy, so I liked that
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Liviania
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cate Cahill promised her dying mother that she would protect her two younger sisters, Maura and Tess. It's not an easy promise to keep. The three Cahill girls are powerful witches - and magic is illegal. They live in late nineteenth century America, but not the one we'd find in our history books. In this America the Brotherhood rules after overthrowing the witches. They maintain strict control of the population, particularly the female population. Once a girl comes of age, she must either marry ...more
Kitty (I solemnly swear that I am up to no good)
Born Wicked is a historical romance/fantasy novel set in a dystopian version of the beginning of the twentieth century...and I really almost liked this book. I can at least say that there is potential, but this was my reading face:

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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 siste
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Bern
Oh, my god.

Oh. My. God.

What is this book, even? I'm unable to cope with this book, I just really can't even. Look at my eloquence. I mean, I used to possess a semblance of it, and now look at me, all unfinished sentences and using "even" every five words or so.

Born Wicked is amazing. It's the kind of book that translates perfectly to images in your head and always has you on the edge of your proverbial seat, anxious to know what's coming next. I think a movie of this should be made, and then act
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Elizabeth Norris
Dec 14, 2011 Elizabeth Norris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I stayed up all night reading this book. I could not put it down. Everyone should read this book.
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