A few weeks ago I read Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood which is a novel set in a fantasy version of the early settlements of America. It was a refreshing, cute read that was quick and fun. This is the first book in a trilogy that I would very much like to get my hands on and revolves around some witches in this small country town.
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.
Reading this book was really nice. It was fun and most parts of the book felt like they had a purpose especially to the end when the tension just kept building. There was however a love triangle, not something I enjoyed especially when it was so clear who she was going to choose. Some of the characters seemed really one dimensional, for example Paul. This book was just so easy and fast to read, it sped you along and the twists were never quite what I expected.
The setting was really original, and the magic system was well thought out however it wasn’t really that big of a focus for the novel which I kind of liked. The main focus was on the romance, family and social expectations which was really fun to read about.
Cate as a character was someone I could relate to, she felt like she had to take care of her sisters but at every move they were rebelling against her. She was just trying to keep them safe, but they didn’t want that. As a person I have come to accept that sometimes you just have to let others make their own mistakes and I think that is something that Cate will learn over the next few books.
Overall I gave Born Wicked a five of five due to how well the plot pulled together. I want to read the rest of the trilogy but I am kind of worried that they won’t live up to my expectations.