Friday Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

From Goodreads: 
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.

My grade: A-

What I liked about the book: I liked Cate, and how she threw everything she had into protecting her sisters. I especially loved Finn, and thought the romance was great. I actually fell in love with Finn the same moment Cate must have, in the scene where he talks about protecting his mother and sister, and once I saw how right Finn was for Cate, I couldn't root for Paul at all.

What I didn't like so much: I felt like the book kind of dragged for the first 50 pages. I was actually about to put it down (a death sentence for a book for me because I have a short attention span and I rarely pick up a book I put aside again), but I'm really glad I stuck with it or I would have missed an awesome book!

Best scene/favorite moment: The kiss scene! Yes, I know, not very original, but I thought it was hot and one of the best kissing scenes I'd read in a while. And the feathers bit was a nice touch, sweet and scary at the same time.

Would I read the next book? Yup, definitely. I've been looking for a cheap copy of the next book, Star Cursed, because I'm broke and the international shipping costs are killing my wallet.

What about you, did you read the book? What did you think of it?


  1. It was an awesome kiss scene! And I loved Finn too :)

    1. Finn is pretty swoon-worthy, isn't he? Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This book is another one that has been around for a while, and one that I've been meaning to read. I love the cover, I love the synopsis, and I love your review, I'll have to pick it up next year!

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