Guest Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I actually didn't choose this book specifically, it was included from Amanda along with other books I requested to review for her. When I first pulled it out of the box my face fell, I'm not much into mushy romance or witches. However, I'm so glad I gave it a chance. This book is seriously one of the most addicting books I've read in a while. After I finished it, I immediately went to Amazon to order the next two books!

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: January 25th, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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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 lefts 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.

My Bookish Loves:
This book in general was great! I just love it! Anyone who likes The Selection series will love this book. While generally, I like more thought provoking books, this one hit the spot. I could not put it down, well I had to go to work, but I didn't want to.

It was well written, had a great mystery, good twists, well-rounded characters and it is set in New England in the 1890s. I really don't want to reveal too much of the plot because I want you to go into this book with a blank slate just like I did. I will say that the relationships between the sisters are very well-written. There is just enough romance to keep it interesting without dominating the story and the way the author adds in the magic makes it completely believable.

My Bookish Likes:
I enjoyed the romance/love triangle. Cate has an obvious choice for a spouse and at first we think that he is the one. She is excited to see him after years of separation and mistakes that feeling for love. He is the one she should choose, he has a good job and will be able to provide for her and keep her safe. But he doesn't challenge her or make her heart pound. Finn, the bookseller's son and Cate's gardener is not the correct choice and will make her more of a target for the Brothers but she can't help kissing him in secret.

I will say that generally books with magic do not pull me in, but the magic in this book is so subtle that it fits perfectly and I really enjoyed it.

I also generally avoid/dislike books that deal with religion. I'd just rather not read about it, but the way the author deals with religion in Born Wicked is very appropriate. The Brothers are oppressive and many are hypocrites. They operate on fear and create a world where people follow the rules not out of respect but out of fear. Yet the Sisters prove to be a mysterious and quiet resistance. I loved it!

My Bookish Mehs:
That ending. So this is not really a dislike, but I was just so enraged that the book was over and I would have to wait days for the next one to come in the mail that it made me slightly dislike the author, but only for about 30 seconds.

Final Thoughts:
Overall, I would highly recommend this books series, even though I haven't read the next two books yet. I stress the yet! I will be spending the entire weekend reading the next two books and pushing them onto all of my co-workers.

I gave this book a surprise 5 out of 5 stars.

About the Reviewer:
Kristen is 29 years old and stays busy teaching 6th grade in a small town in Oregon. She loves her husband, dogs, cooking, and Harry Potter books. If she had more time, she would create her own book blog, but for now she collects books for her classroom library.


  1. Ahh this one sounds amazing :D I'm a bit worried about the romance though - is there instalove...? >.<

  2. a little of insta love but the author backs it up with a good backstory between the characters.


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