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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 will sentence them to hard labour or an insane asylum Abandoned by their father and with their mother dead, Cate and her sisters are developing a reputation in the town for being bluestockings One day, Cate discovers a family secret while reading her mother s diary a prophecy made over a century ago, which states that a horrible fate hinges on three sisters all being witches having the power to destroy the current social order So, duh, everyone thinks it s the Cahill sisters, including the Brotherhood.Now, I m all for religious inquisitions I loved Elizabeth Bunce s Star Crossed, for instance It s basically a historical version of the current crop of dystopian fiction out there Your entire life is regimented by the big bad controlling authority and you live in constant fear of being discovered But this one just made no fucking sense whatsoever I m told witches are rare, and then BOOM, it turns out the Sisterhood which runs concurrently to the Brotherhood and is full of nonmarried women is FULL OF WITCHES and they ve all managed to keep this a secret from HALF the population The magic system is hokey at best and damned stupid at worst basically a copy of faux Latin spells that without any of the whimsy of Harry Potter The marketing copy calls this lush prose, but I found some parts stilted and awkward, especially the beginning I know this book wanted to be a book about sisters and how women are stifled in society, but the most interesting thing about it was the romance I actually really liked Finn, the male romantic lead, and Cate s chemistry with him was undeniable Ultimately, this book is too angsty for me And the cover makes it look sooo trashy. Super annoyed with the ending but overall I really enjoyed the story I thought it could have used a bit action throughout but it was still really great 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 1st person present tense narration a teen girl protagonist who is smart and protective of her family, who is forced to fight against the social system that oppresses her, who strives for independence and freedom a love interest love triangle introduced at the very beginning I can t accuse Born Wicked of anything but it being a standard write by numbers commercial fare and its failure to entertain me And if I am not entertained while reading something this formulaic, everything falls apart the characters seem like cliches, the plot predictable, and the world building nonsensical Born Wicked is marketed as a A Great and Terrible Beauty stand in, but as flawed as Libba Bray s Gemma Doyle trilogy was, it was never this glaringly uninteresting and unoriginal.It goes without saying, this book might entertain someone else. 2.5 stars 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, educating girls in their elite boarding schools, occasionally serving as governess Cate does not want to join them She promised to take care of her sisters, Maura and Tess, and how could she do so, while being in New London The story takes place in 1900 in New England, a place where witches are either sentenced to the prison ship or the madhouse Let s say that they don t want to be discovered and live in secrecy She could marry that would be the wisest choice But to whom There s Paul, the childhood friend in love with her And there s Finn, their new gardener whom she comes to appreciate very very much Why I have no idea Sure, he s sweet and gentle but, to be honest, I found him normal and pretty boring Nothing special Same goes for Paul, actually Needless to say, I did not care for the romance.Cate is a good character and how much she cares for her sisters is admirable I wish we had seen of Tess, the younger sister, though She seems to be present mostly at the beginning and then not so much any Maura, her, is and that s great except for the fact that she and Cate don t have the best of relationships.The plot had potential but there wasn t enough magic, in my opinion I believe it s mostly because they have to hind it but, still, a story with witches needs witchery And, the pacing, it was too slow There isn t much happening in the plot and so there are some parts that drag or feel like fillers.The writing was good enough but there was nothing different, from the majority of YA books, in it It didn t impress me but it was pleasant enough to read.I believe the sequel may be better, since I thought the ending was interesting and gives a lot of possibilities I will read it, but it certainly will not be a priority.If you want to read a story filled with magic and exciting romance, this may not be the perfect choice but, if you want to read a story containing family as one of the themes, some cute romance and an historical setting, this is it. 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.In addition to hiding her secret from the world, it seems as though her mother was keeping secrets from Cate as well Ones that she doesn t discover until after her mother s death and upon the arrival of a mysterious letter Cate works to discover her mother s secrets and finds love in the process But don t expect a happily every after This one exits with one of those endings I am DYING for book two.It took me a while to read this book Not because I didn t like the book, because I adored this book Jessica Spotswood is a wonderful writing It was a beautifully written story So enchanting I had a hard time reading this book because I was going through a very stressful situation with my life at the time and I had a hard time concentrating on this novel There is so much that happens in this story, so many obstacles and all I wanted was a happy ending So, I took a break and waited until I could give this book the attention it deserved and then I didn t look back There were a lot of obstacles in this story, and I wish I could have helped Cate overcome them I grew to admire her tenacity and her protection of her younger sisters She is so selfless at times, I just wanted her to do something for herself, just once This book is the definition of emotional roller coaster I so enjoyed the love story I m always a sucker for a story with a love element What can I say I love that feeling of falling in love And Born Wicked has a somewhat complicated love story Does Cate belong with the childhood friend that s always been there for her, or the boy that seems to have insight into her very soul I know who I am rooting for I can t fail to mention that closet scene whew I just wanted to stand up and cheer I can t wait to see where this story goes and how the prophecy unfolds Loved the world, loved the characters, loved the writing And that cover is gorgeous too, isn t it 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 down, constantly wanting to return to it And did I mention there s kissing There s lots of it And it s yummy The main character, Cate, is a strong YA heroine who I loved rooting for So many people depend on her and I can t see how Cate doesn t buckle under the pressure, but she shines through it all because she s so strong and loving She cares deeply about her family It s easy to relate to Cate because she has such strong desires that she wants to pursue, but has to juggle taking care of her family at the same time She knows how to look at situations from all angles The characters are all wonderfully drawn, especially Cate s younger sisters, Maura and Tess, and the bookshop owner, Mrs Belastra.I m not saying anything about the plot except for that it s super engaging I can t wait to see what happens in the next book 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 dress doesn t match the era from the story, but I think it s beautiful nevertheless From the very first time I saw it I knew I wanted to read this book and I was than happy to see how much I liked it.THE CHARACTERS Cate The story is told from Cate s point a view She is a young lady that has to watch over her sisters Tess and Maura, both younger than Cate , all of them being witches, but not all of them being OK with the fact that they have to hide their powers Cate needs to make a decision in order to keep her sisters safe she needs to decide her future and maybe theirs as well.Her sistersThe sweet an obedient Tess is the youngest and, even though she barely got her powers, she is really talented I liked the relationship between her and Cate they helped and understood each other and there wasn t anything in the whole world that they wouldn t do to protect the other.Maura is a bit different she is rebellious, she doesn t like to take orders and she is proud of being a witch as she doesn t see it like a curse at all She wants to know about what she could do with the power of her mind and she doesn t want to waste this gift by hiding.I loved the family dynamics, with a bit of jealousy and some fights It showed that even though it wasn t the perfect family, they still loved each other that even though they didn t agree with what they had to do, they still tried to protect each other no matter what.The motherThere where many things I wondered when it came to the mother The first one is why didn t she give Cate advices, why didn t she help her in any way she could You might say that the journal was enough but it wasn t It was this big mystery that couldn t be uncovered properly.Also, why the insistence to have another baby and risk her life, leaving her daughters unprotected She didn t trust her husband enough and I am not sure how much love could have been between them, so I just hope the reason was good enough to be worth dying for.The fatherHe was mostly absent so I didn t get what was his role in the story I resented him for being so clueless and for not caring about his own daughters and I resented the way Tess was suffering because of the lack of affection from his part.THE LOVE STORYLove is a big part of the story but the heroine had her priorities straight She put her sisters first no matter what she was selfless and would sacrifice everything for her sisters You know how I don t enjoy love triangles but in this case it worked just fine I mean, Cate s heart belongs to only one guy the problem was that he was not good enough in the eyes of the society she was living in.It was a tough decision for her to make as both guys seemed to care about her, to understand her in some way, both guys wanted to make her happy But happiness is hard to be achieved when it depends on too many people, in fact when it depends on the others and not on yourself.Now that I think about this, I guess I wanted time with the boys, to get to know them better, because this part of the story was a bit rushed But there were some cute scenes involving the 3 of them together or not and I found myself smiling a lot and caring about Cate s decisions.Also there were some big mistakes that she made and I can t wait to see how will those affect the action in the second book.THE WORLD SETTLING I loved this New England with the Brotherhood so controlling and the Sisterhood a bit mysterious in it s acts I loved to read about the prophecy, about how one of the 3 sisters might change history, and I love to read stories from the 19th century, as like I said there is something magical about that period I still wonder why the Brothers didn t come for Cate or her sisters like they did with other girls was it because of their father, or was it in their plans to do it in the future , but as I see things now, I am not sure if I ll get my answer.THE ENDINGI can t say that I didn t see it coming somehow, as everything that happened pointed to that direction, but there were some things that took my by surprise It is a bit of a cliffhanger and it made me want to wish for the next book to be published really, really soon.I hope you will enjoy this book as well Happy midnight reading everyone This review can also be found at ReadingAfterMidnight.comBlog EN Facebook Twitter Tumblr Bloglovin Blog RO I met the author and got a copy signed She s really sweet and genuine, and sounds a lot like me After FinishingUnfortunately, 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 evenUGH 2.5 StarsCate 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 months, Cate must either choose a husband or have the Brotherhood choose one for her Or, of course, the other option is to join the Sisterhood, a religious convent in New England But how could a witch be part of the Sisterhood Cate doesn t believe it safe.Everyone expects her to choose Paul, a childhood friend who has returned from New England to propose to her But her true feelings lie in Finn, their bookish gardener Cate must protect her sisters at all costs, and as secrets from her mother and godmother s past start to unravel, everything is going to change for the worse This was me throughout most of the book I was mind bogglingly bored for almost the entire story It was an average Jane Austen novel, I ll tell you that But with way lovey dovey kissy kissy cliche romance scenes Why are the romance scenes cliche, you ask Examples 1 Finn gets wounded and Cate acts as his nurse and heals his wounds We ve all seen it before And, of course, Cate has to be all blushy as she imagines what he looks like under his clothes 2 The clumsy Cate trips and Finn romantically catches her and pulls her against him major eye rolling 3 There s bloody love triangle, for crying out loud Though, okay, she doesn t feel anything for Paul, so it s a one sided love triangle Still I ve heard a lot of people either rave or complain about the ending I must say I am part of the latter group It was so obviously a trick to make this book into a series, even though Jessica could have easily fit the entire series into one book, wrapping it up quite nicely Considering how bland, slow paced, with generally no action, and boring the book was, it would have been an improvement.I liked Finn He was a bookish guy with glasses, and you all know how I love my bookish boys with glasses girlish giggle I don t even care if his hair looks fake, I WANT HIM Whoa, anyway, getting off topic wink The fact that view spoiler Maura was a lesbian hide spoiler 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 wasn t very compelling to me either, as the two boys and Cate herself do very little that is truly interesting or remarkable And please, spare us from any found diaries as plot device machinations Still, I expect this might be appealing to lovers of YA historical romance who don t mind that the paranormal elements take a back seat, which is why I m giving away my copy if you re interested in trying out the book for yourself The book, which is the first in a planned trilogy, will be released next month in February 2012. ^E-pub ⇛ Born Wicked ☚ 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 GraveBefore 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 BelastraIf What Her Mother Wrote Is True, The Cahill Girls Aren T Safe Not From The Brotherhood, The Sisterhood Not Even From Each Other