Born Wicked: The Cahill Witch Chronicles: Book 1

Born Wicked was written by Jessica Spotswood.  It is the first book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles and is currently the topic of conversation in the BlogHer Book Club.

My least favorite thing about this book?  Book 2 is not out yet.  Oh, how I hate loving a book and not being able to immediately continue with the story and characters!

OK... now that that is out of the way:

From Jessica Spotswood's website:

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.


If you follow my book reviews at all, you might notice that young adult fiction is probably my favorite type of novel.  Add in a bit of the paranormal and a little romance and you're pretty much guaranteed to hook me.  Born Wicked didn't disappoint.

I found the writing to be simple and straight forward.  It was a quick read for me.  But, at the same time, the story and characters were so full.  Complex.  The characters were all so different.  When I started I was a little worried about how slow the pace was in the first chapters... but as the pages turned I was excited to see how the story was building.  I don't really know how to describe it other than to say I felt like I wanted to race through the pages faster and faster just to find out where we were going to end up.  At the same time I hated coming to the last chapter knowing that the next book in the series isn't available yet (and OH. MY. GOODNESS. What a last chapter it was!!!!)

This book is one of those that I'm not quite sure how to review.  I just don't want to ruin anything.  There were so many little twists and turns.  So many times characters surprised me.  So many times I found myself holding my breath as I came to the end of a chapter. This book was one of those books that I started reading not having heard a thing about it beyond the book description.  I think it was so much better for me because of that. 

And, usually, I hate ridiculous book trailers... but for once... a book trailer leaves me saying "yes! perfect!"  (although... where are Finn's freckles?  heh.)

You can be sure as soon as The Cahill Chronicles Book 2 is available I'll have it on pre-order!

Disclosure:  This is a paid book review for the BlogHer Book Club.  All of the thoughts expressed are my own.

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