Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Book Review : 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. . . 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.

Born Wicked is a debut historical fiction that features an alternate history with a magical twist. In this revision of 1890's New England, the Brotherhood--a sect of priest--rule with an iron fist over the lives of women who fear they may be witches.

Cate is the eldst in a trio of magical sisters trying to keep her family safe in a world where magic is feared. As Cate gets closer to her sixteenth birthday she must choose to marry or  join The Sisterhood and leave her sisters to fiend for themselves. However, darker plans laid years ago could tear the bonds Cate holds most dear.

I enjoyed the way the novel explored the relationships between Cate, her sisters and the other women  in the novel. Cate is strong willed, determined and set in her ways which may or may not be a good thing. The tension between Cate and her younger sister Maura is well written.

The novel has a great start and even pace. Towards the end I began to get the feeling this novel is just a starting out point. I'm eager to find out what happens next in the storyline.

There is even has little love triangle that played a big part in the story, which surprised me. For me the romance didn't really leap of the page. Spotswood does a good job of ruffling corsets when it came to the hot and cold aspects of  Cate's love life, but it wasn't the most intersting part of the story.

This novel is a perfect combination of  the sisterly bonds of Entwined by Hearter Dixon mixed with the darkness and adventure of A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.

Overall Born Wicked is a fun mix of Historical Fiction and Paranormal Romance that  is unique to both genres. I'll be really intersted to read Born Wicked sequel, Star Dust when it first comes out.

1 comment :

  1. Oeh, I love the mention of Entwined. I loved that book, so if there's any relation to that one, I think I'm going to love this one also :D

    Nice review!


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