A book review for you! Enjoy~
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
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.
I don't quite remember why I signed up for this tour. I think it might've been because someone related it to Cassandra Clare, saying fans of her books would love it. I am definitely a fan of her books, so I fell for it! (Also, that cover is gorgeoussss!)
To be honest, this doesn't make me think of Cassandra Clare at all, unless the time period reminds you of The Infernal Devices? xD
Cate is the eldest girl in her family. She's been taking care of her sisters, 12 year-old Tess and 15 year-old Maura, since their mother died a couple years back. This might sound relatively normal...until you thrown in the fact that all three sisters are witches. (But I'm pretty sure you guys know this already!) Cate watches her sisters likes a hawk to make sure they don't use their magic in front of anyone. Because if they get caught--they're finished! Sentenced to death by the creepy Brotherhood who rules the town, or sent to an asylum, either way their life is o-v-e-r.
Poor Maura and Tess just want to have fun, but Cate needs to protect her sisters. This gets even more complicated when their father hires a governess to take care of them. Plus, Cate needs to make a decision about getting married or joining the Sisterhood by her upcoming birthday.
Also, add in a love triangle, because, come on, you knew that was coming. :P We've got Paul, the regular childhood friend she could live happily with (if marrying him didn't involve moving away from her sisters!) and then Finn, the gardener, whose family owns a bookshop in town.
And then throw in some secrets that kind of change everything.
Cate kind of annoyed me, to be quite honest. I definitely understand the fact that she needed to protect her sisters. (Hell, I would probably do the same.) I also understand why she was so torn up about Finn and Paul, because it really was an important decision that didn't affect just Cate, but her sisters as well. She's a really responsible sister, and that's awesome. But something about her just irritated me, which wasn't helped by the fact that this story was written in first person. Maura was a brat as well, and most of the time I just wanted to
Sadly, most of this book was kind of...bland. A lot of it dragged on, and I think quite a few things could've been left out. A lot of it was Cate mentally debating with herself and deciding on everything she does. Maybe it's because it's not a modern book? I do find it harder to get interested in historical books, even though this is kind of an alternate history. To me, it seemed like nothing big happened until the end, and then it ended on a cliffhanger (of course!).
The writing style sort of flip-flopped between old-fashioned and modern. Maybe it was just me who thought that, but it seemed a little off.
Overall, this book kept me fairly interested, but I wish it could've been shorter. Cate is a respectable character, if a little annoying. And this book is the first in a trilogy (I am interested enough in the story to check out the second book, eventually), and has already been released! I'd just recommend you check it out from you library first. :P
What are your thoughts on Born Wicked?