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Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles) Hardcover – February 7, 2012
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A gorgeous, witchy, romantic fantasy by a debut author! Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and the Beautiful Creatures series! Everybody thinks 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. Then Cate finds her mother's diary, and uncovers 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. But if what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe--not even from each other.
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 1/3/2013
- Pages: 352
- Reading Level: Age 12 and Up
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Born Wicked was a very enjoyable read. The danger and excitement are present pretty much from the beginning of the book to the end, making it a real page-turner. I read it in just two days. Cate is a great heroine. She's brave, loyal, and likeable, but human at the same time. Fiercely protective of her sisters, it's hard not to admire all she is willing to sacrifice to keep them safe. I thought all the characters were well-developed, especially Cate's sisters. The arguments and strife between them seem so true to life, despite the fact that they are very different from your average girls. I loved Finn, and I thought the way the relationship between he and Cate developed was both romantic and realistic. I was easily drawn into the story and felt like I was right there with Cate, experiencing her thoughts and feelings right along with her. I highly recommend Born Wicked. It has been on my TBR list for a long time and I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I've already started the next book in the series, Star Cursed, and I'm loving it just as much! I usually write my reviews right after I've finished reading a book and before I start another one, but Born Wicked ended in a cliffhanger, and I just couldn't wait. Born Wicked is a great start to what looks like a great trilogy. Five stars.
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The three teenaged Cahill sisters, considered reclusive and unfashionable bluestockings by many, don’t quite fit the Brothers’ ideal of womanly perfection. What most people don’t know, however, is the terrible truth behind their inherent oddness: Cate, Maura, and Tess were all born witches.
Following the death of their beloved mother, eldest sister Cate has dedicated her life to protecting and caring for Maura and Tess, a task that consumes her even as she faces her ever-approaching commitment ceremony, some unexpected correspondence, a meddling new governess, more suitors than she knows what to do with, and a dark family secret that will undo all that she has worked to save. With only six months to spare before having to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, it looks more and more like Cate won’t be able to keep her promise to her mother. If she were an ordinary girl, it would be so easy to simply pursue the advances of Paul, the handsome boy next door, or even Finn, the scholarly gardener who catches her eye. Cate Cahill, of course, is far from ordinary. Always, there are her sisters to think of, and the fate that might befall them if she weren’t around to keep their secrets.
In the end (or is it really the beginning?), a frightening prophesy comes to light, and courageous Cate will have to choose between friends and family, love and duty, truth and persecution. What will become of the Cahill girls?
Born Wicked is a stunning debut novel that features strong characters and plenty of intrigue, romance, and magic to please older readers. The story of the Cahill witches is not one to miss.
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Some reviews said the ending was predictable - well, she spelled it out for us - almost. When I got to the end , after forming the same opinions as many others I'm sure, It was still emotional. I think that's why. Being so sure in my heart, I continued through the series expecting exactly that. The two have to survive, it has to be the other one - right? But when it unfolded , we are forced to face our opinions, decisions and attitudes just like Cate. I don't know about you , but I kinda felt like Sh*t. Well played J.Spotswood.
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