Born Wicked by: Jessica Spotswood

Synopsis: 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 grave.

Before 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 Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.


Thoughts: Born Wicked is a riveting and thrilling story that goes to show, that sometimes you must sacrifice the things you love most to keep the people dearest to you safe.

Born Wicked starts off with Cate Cahill and her two sisters Maura and Tess, who are witches… powerful ones. After their mother dies, Cate is left in charge and soon she discovers a terrible fate for her and her sisters if she doesn’t do something about it. Now that Cate is almost 17 though, she must decide between marriage or joining the sisterhood and time is running out. While Cate meets with the delicious Finn and Paul and makes new friends, her biggest worry is trying to keep her sisters safe… at all costs.

Excuse me while I try and close my jaw, I think it’s still dropped to the floor. Okay, I’m good now. I admit, I’m not usually huge on the whole set in the 1800s kind-of-book, but Born Wicked blew me away. I was constantly smiling, or “oh my god”-ing, or feeling for the characters while they go through trying to hide what they are. Yes, we know they’re witches and what I really liked is that Jessica didn’t beat around the bush about them discovering it or anything like that. She swoops right into showing us that they can cast spells and are powerful and well, the sisters know it… even if they must hide it for their own safety. I enjoyed all the struggles and the happy parts. And, the constant pulling of emotions in opposite directions was brilliantly done.

I loved Cate as a protagonist. If this book was already out, I’d put her the YA Heroine Tourney because she is what you would categorize as a strong female lead. Cate has been basically “the mom” to her sisters, and she has and would give up everything for them. She gives up and goes through so many things in order to keep her family safe. Honestly, in the end, I don’t know if I would have been as strong as she was. With Cate’s family, Maura was the spit-fire of a sister that caused chaos, but you still understand where she’s coming from. And then there’s Tess. I LOVE TESS. I hope (I’m pretty sure she will) have a big role in upcoming books because Tess is one of those characters you just can’t help but love! She’s innocent, yet completely strong and I loved her! I must also mention Sachi! I really liked her, and hope we get to see more of her as well!

Now the boys, at first I thought I was going to fall in love with Paul. I mean, he has super light blonde hair and green eyes… that’s my instant love combo! And, I admit in the beginning I really liked him, but as the story moved on, I fell for someone else instead. So, um, yeah, Finn… I absolutely LOVE him. Good-looking? YEP. Love books? YEP. Is sweet and caring and adorable? YEP. Would do anything to protect the people he loves? YESSS-SIR-REE! I could go on and on about Finn. The fact that he would do anything for the people he loves and has these big brown loving eyes… you just cannot help but melt into him. And one thing that is mentioned more than once that totally sold me, was the mention of freckles! How freaken sexy and adorable! I was rooting for Finn and Cate the whole time! Totally swoon-worthy boy, for sure!

As I was reading the last few chapters, my heart dropped into my stomach when I realized what was coming, and reading it didn’t make it any easier. I’m so heartbroken over that ending! I think I felt exactly how Cate felt, and I am desperately awaiting book2 because I NEED to know what will happen. Born Wicked was written beautifully with a perfect story line. You’ll definitely want to grab this one when it hits shelves!

– 5 out of 5 stars –

Published by Jena Freeth

30. Boy mom. Book lover. Fitness junkie. Shopaholic.

4 thoughts on “Born Wicked by: Jessica Spotswood

  1. Damn now I want to read this one even more!!! You are so lucky to get a hold of this! This is probably my most anticipated read for 2012 I WANT IT NOW!! haha lol Great review!-Kate


  2. EEEEE!!! As if I wasn't excited enough – must you always make me giddy for books, Jena? MUST YOU?! I love historial (though I don't read it often enough) and I LOVE any book with witches ahd magic, so combining the two… instant attraction. The ending you speak off is already terrifying me, oh man, oh man, I'm invested already and I haven't even read it haha. Apparently this will be released in Aus on 25th Jan… slightly early than the US? HAPPY BRODIE. Awesome review! ❤


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