I don't believe I ever reviewed Born Wicked. I think it just read it from the library in the midst of a bunch of review books, so I don't think I gotI don't believe I ever reviewed Born Wicked. I think it just read it from the library in the midst of a bunch of review books, so I don't think I got around to it. But I loved the story. I loved the atmosphere and setting of the story. It's so Puritan *not actual Puritans though* but to a even bigger extreme. There's just something about that type of reading backdrop that really gets me.
Ok so Cate is a fabulously strong main character. She's so loyal and stubborn when it really matters. There is a lot riding on her magic, but when circumstances begin to bring Tess into it, the stress only doubles. It would be a relief for her to just carry it on her shoulders if Tess was spared. Ms. Spotswood decided not to allow that for Cate, *or me, the reader, that was weeping on her bed* but the plot was just SO GOOD!
I got all the feels throughout the story. I yelled a lot at the Brotherhood for being so misogynous. The level they took their drive to stamp out women's voices took ignorance to a whole new level. There was a scene in the story involving books that I really cried over. It was a serious boo-hoo session.
Cate's sister Maura. Oh. My. Goodness. Can someone give me permission to just shoot her in the head so Cate doesn't have to?? I mean how obnoxiously prideful and ignorant can you be?? Cate goes to great lengths to repair the damage to their relationship, but Maura is way too caught up in herself to be much help for that.
Throughout the story, Cate really grows as a character. There is so much development, and I was really excited to see the risks she begins to make to change the Sisterhood's position for the better in a way that helps, not harms. Her relationship with Finn? Swoon. Yep, he's a wonderful fella to have in a life. Which brings me back to Maura. OOOOOOOOoooooo! I can't believe her. Ms. Spotswood broke my heart into pieces with that ending. *My lips are sealed though.* ...more
Ok I should really start this review saying that I actually despise Shakespeare. My Brit Lit professor was also an expert in Feminist Theory. It wasn'Ok I should really start this review saying that I actually despise Shakespeare. My Brit Lit professor was also an expert in Feminist Theory. It wasn't a good combo, and I obtained a few perspectives that ruined Shakespeare for me. All that to mention that I didn't realize it was a retelling of Hamlet until I had started it. I was hooked at that point anyways. I read some recaps of Hamlet to get the gist. I may despise Shakespeare, but I love Dot Hutchinson.
Now I can't vouch for the original version or the perspectives, but it seems to be that Ophelia didn't get much of a voice. Even though she was a bit "mad", I found her perspective to be beautiful and lovely. The fact that she leans more towards the crazy side brings out the beauty of an unreliable character. The scenes between Ophelia and Dane are palpable with raw emotion, chaos, and rides a turbulent line between pain and pleasure. Despite Dane's flaws, and there are many, the reader can't help but sympathize with him. Ophelia chooses to absorb the pain that Dane expresses in many different ways, many in ways that threaten to destroy each of them.
The writing though. Oh my goodness the writing. The writing just flows in an endless stream of gorgeously constructed phrases. Still there was this control. As I read, I knew she knew what she wanted to do and how she wanted to do it. So I know that Ms. Hutchinson's style is just absolutely fabulous. The story is full of delicious word play that I read over and over at times. My mom probably got tired of hearing me yell "Listen to this line!" over and over again. There are just some kinds of written word that need to be shared with everyone around even if they don't appreciate it the same way.
Low Points: Ophelia's relationship with Dane is a very abusive one. You can excuse it and picture it in many different lights, but it was what we would classify as abusive. I'm not saying it really subtracts from the book, but it is a hard topic to read.
High Points: Gorgeous writing A great modern version of Hamlet Gives Ophelia the voice she deserves Who Should Read It: Shakespeare fan's will probably appreciate it and fans of sad books. I'd also recommend to fans of Laini Taylor because of the similar style. ...more