Born Wicked, the first book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood, is definitely a romance. Full of dreamy imagery together with interesting drama, and a few twists and turns, I (honestly) couldn’t put it down. Considered Young Adult, this is the first book of three in the Cahill Witch Chronicles and it had me hooked. Sure, some of it was a bit contrived, but that’s what being 16 is like, right? First loves, social pressures, being forced into choosing marriage or joining the Sisterhood at 17, worrying about being carted off for being a witch…
The book is set in the 1890’s where girls are at risk of being accused of witchery just for being a bit different. Spotswood has created the Brotherhood; the group the girls fear that not only are in charge of taking away those witchy girls, but also selecting a husband for the un-claimed girl once turned 17. And, for Cate, this has become quite the challenge.
Our main character is a 16-going-on-17 witch. She’s the oldest of three young witch sisters that have been successfully living in secrecy. Cate’s been in charge since her mother died several years ago, and has kept her sisters’ magic – as well as her own, under wraps. But when her father decides it is time to bring in a specialist from the Sisterhood to assist the girls transition into womanhood, things start to fall apart.
And then Cate falls in love – and not with whom everyone, including herself, expects her to.
Sure, this book isn’t going to make the list of the top 100 YA fiction of all time, but Born Wicked has strong female characters that aren’t afraid to be themselves and follow their hearts. You can’t help yourself for hoping that Cate gets what she wants, and that her sisters stay safe from the Brotherhood.
Spotswood does a wonderful job of writing a book you kind of fall in love with yourself.
I’m totally looking forward to reading the next two books of the chronicles.
*Yes, I was provided a book and paid for this review by BlogHer, but the opinions are totally all my own.