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Star Cursed

(The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  6,795 ratings  ·  865 reviews
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 fri
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published June 6th 2013)
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Nov 19, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I'm rather fond of it, but also rather biased. I hope it lives up to my goal to be "brutal + awesome, with kissing." ...more
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
The only thing I can say about this book is:

Maura is such a bitch.
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Nope. Nope nope nope. I refuse to accept those last three pages. They don't exist. Nope.

I have never liked Maura all that much. Now, it's safe to say that I hate her.

Alexis (Lexi Swoons)
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Original review posted on Lexi Swoons

That ending though…THAT ENDING!!!! My emotions are too much right now...READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!

The feelings I have right now are too tremendous to properly describe for you…but I’ll try my best to give you a good review without my emotional baggage tagging along...

Let me start by saying that I LOVE everything about this book. Which only makes this review even harder to write because I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it...the only "bad" thing tha
Hannah Cassie
MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!

Okay so firstly let me just say that I do not remember the last time book managed to piss me off so much. I mean alright it is true, the subject in this book is very touchy but the way it is written, the characters and everything around them...I have to say, Jessica Spotswood did a great job because she truly managed to get a high amount of emotions from her readers!

THE WORLD: It story is based in New England in times when Witches were hunted and burned. The
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Star Cursed brings us back to the New England world of witches, opression, and prophesy with a grand new tale of the Cahill sisters. Full of romance, intrigue, and betrayal, Star Cursed was a thrilling sequel that ends on a cliffhanger that will leave you screaming for more.

Cate has given up all her hopes in order to save her sisters and the man she loves. Now a member of the Sisterhood--a secret group of witches masquerading as an order of nuns--she faces the immense burden of being "the prophe
Devon Ashley
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You. Effing. B*tch.
I knew you were capable of it, I piece! AAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!
B*tch. B*tch. B*TCH!!!

Everybody! Sing along! Angry voice! I know you know the words!
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, favorites
Oh my goodness! That ending!! I can't believe we have to wait for August 14th for the last book (although I do appreciate that amazing birthday book). Ugg!
Is it possible to be better than the first book? If not, then this middle book was just as good. I read the first book in ARC form about a year/year 1/2 ago approx. It was AMAZING. I have no idea what made Jessica Spotswood imagine this world, but it is vivid, exciting, and feels like it could be real!
This book is for the adventure lovers, th
Addie R.

I was scared this cover wouldn't be as pretty as the first. >.< I wish they hadn't changed Born Wicked's cover :[
2.5 stars - Spoilers

Meh, the main character and plot were kind of boring… But I did enjoy the little twist at the end and the relationship between the heroine and her sisters.

-Cate was still the same old typical YA heroine, I don't know why I thought she might have gained a decent personality between book 1 and 2. Ugh, she was insufferable, judgmental, hypocritical, self-involved, and whiny… Whilst at the same time being a boring-goody-two-shoes.
In the first book, Cate was blackmailed/forced to
Steffi au Penguinbooks
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
“I cannot imagine a life without books.
Without Father's stories of the ancient Greek gods and goddesses, without pirate stories and fairy tales and poems. Without the hope of another way, of freedom and adventure beyond what we have here and now. How dark life would be.”

First impression:
Yep. I hate Maura more.


I have to admit ... I enjoyed Star Cursed more than Born Wicked. While the first book dragged too much for me, the events in Star Cursed all happen within one month! The pace is much
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Who does not love witches? Seriously, I cannot name a single person. Y’all remember the truth bombs Jessica Spotswood dropped on us at the end of Born Wicked with the big OH NO GASP GASP GASP moment? And then all of the swoons that she brought? Well the next book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles, Star Cursed dials all of the emotional reactions up a notch and left me simultaneously cursing Spotswood and praising Spotswood. As a girl who loves talking books with her friends, I honestly cannot wait ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Maura how could you!!!!???
Rachel Kulik
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, recd-by-friends
This review is posted on my blog, Rachel Reading. If you like it, and would like to see more like it, please check it out!

Holy God. This book series. Every time I think it's murdered my soul sufficiently it comes up with a way to kill me even more. I just...holy god. It's been like a month since I've read it and I still haven't recovered enough to start Sisters' Fate. It's that bad, y'all. But in the most amazing way.

Y'all. If you haven't read this series you need to. I'm such a sucker for a gre
Jen Ryland
Mar 01, 2013 marked it as to-read
I'm happy to report that there is no middle-book-in-a-series-slump going on here! Star Cursed, the second book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles, is overflowing with conflict. First, there's the political drama that underlies the rivalry between the Sisterhood and the Brotherhood. Then, Sister Cora, the leader of the Sisterhood, is gravely ill, and there's a simmering dispute about who will take over after she dies and how the Sisters should deal with Brotherhood. There's also the growing tensions ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Why did you have to end like that!?!


Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
Okay, wow, I didn't realise it was possible to dislike a character so much! This series is incredible, and I love the pacing. The only problem I had was with how melodramatic it got at the end there. I need to know what happens next ASAP! ...more
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
STAR CURSED is the the incredibly exciting, suspenseful, heartbreaking and utterly riveting second book in author Jessica Spotswood’s Cahill Witch Chronicles. It engages readers from the very first line, returning them to the author’s world of witchcraft and magic and to those who wish to destroy it, those who wish to keep it secret and those who are willing to go to war for it.

New characters are introduced, many existing characters return, there is a new setting to discover and layers have been
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars

Ever since I finished Born Wicked, I had to get my hands on Star Cursed and find out what happens next to the Cahill sisters. I love witch/magick themed books and the fact that the storytelling by Spotswood is fantastic made me even more excited for what is to come for Star Cursed. I am happy to say that Star Cursed didn't suffer form the middle book syndrome. It also exceeded my expectations and I ended up loving it even more than Born Wicked.

So much happens in Star Cursed and there
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have never wanted throw a book across the room the way that I wanted to throw Born Wicked. It was the kind of wonderful pain that only a well-written story can bring. Star Cursed delivered on the promise of a heart wrenching sequel and then some. Cate has accepted her place with the Sisterhood after threats against Maura and Tess lead her to leave Finn behind without a word of explanation. With Finn safely in the Brotherhood, Cate can concentrate on keeping out of trouble and waiting to see wh ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It should be known that I love anything that has to do with witchcraft. I swear I think I was a witch in my past life lol! Let's add to the fact that I've been dying to read something with a historical feel. When you blend those two together you get the incredible story that is The Cahill Witch Chronicles.

Star Crused picks up right where Born Wicked left off so I highly recommend reading it if you haven't already or re reading Born Wicked just so it's still fresh on your mind. Cate is living in
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2014
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Willow Hadley
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I can't even. WHY!? Again with that ending. I am so upset I actually might cry. I'm sure things will be resolved somehow in the third book, but holy crap I just hate Maura so much! Looking forward to the conclusion of this series. ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Wow. Just wow.

Excellent plot line, some really good swoons and an ending that will drive you mad.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
**WARNING: This review may contain a few spoilers of book 1**

Again a very nice read! I think I liked it better than book 1, although I needed more time to read it. It's quite slow-paced, because the author takes time to introduce the Sisterhood, what the purpose of this institution really is, and the disagreement between the Sisters in charge on how to pursue their mission, which is a major stake.

I really liked getting to know the Sisterhood from the inside. It's officially a convent but in fact
Jul 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
There will be uncut spoilers in this review.

Oh, Star Cursed. For all the ways you improved upon Born Wicked, you also fell much, much farther than the first book in this series did.

Where to even start? I’m going to go with the good stuff first. Star Cursed has much better pacing and plotting than Born Wicked. Lots of stuff actually happens other than in the very last third, and it’s interesting to read about! There’s also better fleshing out of the magic system and world, and how this society
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Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 – Oh, wow, I’m nearly speechless. This book was just as good as the first one! What a creepy, terrifying world this is!! I liked getting more depth to the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood, and to Cate’s relationships with her friends, fellow Sisters, and family. The personalities, motives, and actions of the characters are fascinating. And, wow, are there some tense and scary moments in this book--as well as some thoroughly heartbreaking ones. So happy to have more Finn, too--I love his and Cate’ ...more
Aug 14, 2013 added it
Jessica Spotswood’s spellbinding series continues in this beautifully woven novel, sweeping readers back into its mystical but plausible world. But while Star Cursed‘s setting is just as atmospheric and richly built as its predecessor’s, readers soon realize that things are not quite the same for Cate and her sisters.

Cate is wiser now, and her powers are flourishing into what could make her one of the most powerful witches in history. And with the Brotherhood stronger than ever before and the th
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Jess is the author of the historical fantasy trilogy The Cahill Witch Chronicles and the contemporary novels Wild Swans and The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls. She is the editor of the anthologies A Tyranny of Petticoats and The Radical Element, and co-editor (with Tess Sharpe) of Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft. Jess lives in Washington, DC, where she works for the DC Public Libr ...more

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The Cahill Witch Chronicles (3 books)
  • Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)
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