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Star Cursed Hardcover – June 18, 2013
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Gr 7 Up—New England in the 1890s is a perilous place to be female in this alternate history tale of witchcraft and romance. In this sequel to Born Wicked (Putnam, 2012), the Brotherhood cracks down further, forbidding women to work outside the home, and decreeing that girls will no longer be taught to read. The Cahill sisters-Cate, Maura, and Tess-talented witches reunited under the protection of the Sisterhood, are caught up in a power struggle that threatens them all. The smoldering rivalry between Cate and Maura ignites into divisive confrontations even as the Brotherhood's repression of girls and women increases: there is talk of bringing back the burnings. Eldest sibling Cate plays a dangerous game, happily reuniting with her betrothed, Finn, even while the Sisterhood endangers him by setting him to spy on the Brotherhood. This sequel doesn't have quite the drive of its predecessor; the opening is a little slow, and tension is diffused through repetitive confrontation that does not move the story forward. Still, there are enough stolen kisses to hold those with romance on their minds, and enough chase and escape to hold others. Cate spends a lot of time considering consequences, which, after a few hundred pages, seems an awful lot like fretting. The world-building creaks a little as Spotswood expands its borders but the center still holds. Characterization takes a backseat to plot. There are a number of undeveloped new characters, and already introduced characters show little growth, with Maura's development particularly one-note. Happily for fans of the first book, the big reveal at the conclusion is a genuine shocker, and readers will be anxious to discover if the final betrayal will move Cate to action.—Janice M. Del Negro, GSLIS Dominican University, River Forest, IL
In the second title in the Witches of Cahill series, Cate, a protected novitiate at the Sisterhood’s convent, is being groomed to be Sister Cora’s successor. Yet she has never had a vision and, in spite of her mind-magic and healing powers, is unable to hold an illusion for more than a few minutes. She doubts her own designation within the prophecy as the most powerful witch in centuries, especially once her sisters Maura and Tess arrive at the convent. Maura grandly announces her intent to join forces with Sister Inez, who is determined to wage war on the evil Brotherhood; sweet Tess seems older, wiser, and more prescient than her 12 years. The Brotherhood’s blatant vendetta against all women regardless of age; their imprisonment and torture of those females who are merely suspected of being outside the norm; and Maura’s jealousy and frustration with her older sister—not to mention lovers Cate and Finn’s clandestine meetings—make for a riveting paranormal-historical fiction adventure whose outcome readers will absolutely refuse to accept without a sequel, a fait accompli the author has promised in a recent blog post. Grades 8-12. --Frances Bradburn
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The seller however was written to many times on the matter of the book. I had not gotten on it the arrival date or the time between then. The tracking system said it was at my house when in fact it was not. I emailed Amazon and was able to get my money back.
Cate Cahill is rushed off to New London after joining the Sisterhood. Drama and romance pops up, as well magic. There is suspense, thrill, and no awful moments. Jessica Spotswood you are an amazing writer! But that ending made me scream, laugh, and hate- a character. I never saw it coming. I personally hate Maura, as much as I did, no more than Tom Riddle. Okay my cat just ran outside, so BYE.
I loved Star Cursed just as much as I loved Born Wicked. I understood Cate’s abiding love for Maura, but hated Maura at the same time. The characters were just as real as they were in Born Wicked, and the new characters that were introduced had depth and a feeling of realness as well. I worried for Cate, Tess and Finn as I was so drawn into the story I felt I was experiencing their troubles right along with them. I hated Sister Inez and kept hoping that Maura would eventually come to her senses and see her for the manipulative, power-hungry bitch that she was. There is a lot of action in Star Cursed and the book kept me on the edge of my seat, turning pages quickly and not wanting to put it down. It was a fast, enjoyable, and engrossing read. The ending shocked me and had me buying the third book, Sisters’ Fate, as soon as I was finished with Star Cursed. I highly recommend both Born Wicked and Star Cursed. This is a great series!
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