Author: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Date Published: 07 February 2012
Hardcover: 272 pages
Rating: 2/5 stars
"Blessed with a gift...cursed with a secret.
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."
Magic. Romance. Historical setting. Stuff I love! So I thought I would love Born Wicked, and I have always been patient with my books, but the slow pacing was insufferable! It was only because I wanted Finn to whisk Cate away that I kept on reading. I did love the beautiful dresses, Spotswood's rich and beautiful prose, and all those beautiful magic in the garden. Cate is a likable character too, her character blossomed beautifully, all throughout the story, she realizes she was wrong about so many things and particularly on her thoughts about others, like how she kept her sisters from society, suffocating her sister Maura. Still, she tries to make up for her shortcomings by loving them and sacrificing for them. The love triangle is light, both Finn and Paul are swoon worthy, kind, and would accept Cate for who she is, even her irritable moods, you'll love both of them. However, the dragging story and Cate's actions were frustrating for me, I thought that if Cate only told her sisters after reading her mother's diary about the prophesy, Maura would have been guarded about sister Elena's attention, the three of them would have tried to be stronger witches without revealing early on that they're the three sisters in the prophesy. Oh and the cover should've been of Cate not Maura since the story is told in her voice.
I thought that Born Wicked was frustrating, but it is a good read, and others might find it more enjoyable than I did.