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“I loved this story so much. It reminded me of when I first read Sabriel, Anita Blake, Enid Blyton’s children’s stories, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon, The Poison Study, Twilight, and Harry Potter. Such empowering, fantastic novels that are rich in culture and characters. A whole world that you...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Serious problems here.
“Serious problems here.
The witches can't do anything to get rid of the Brothers? That town is apparently crawling with powerful witches and they do nothing? I realize this is a trilogy, and please, the premise is insulting. No simple spells to make the brothers become lazy and not want to hunt witches? Something? Anything?
Another YA love triangle. [Yawn]
Protaganist has a martyr syndrom. [Gag]
The witches....very powerful, very controlling, very annoying, but not as bad as the sister Maura--total hot head caricature.
The Brotherhood is all knowing, but can't see the Sisterhood for what it is?
Just annoying, on so many levels. ”
“The first half was a tad slow since it is a period piece. However, from the middle of the novel on, it becomes a must read. It plays with many concepts of gender roles, family obligation, and love. Is there room for all? Great read for fantasy/ new age/ historical fiction lovers.”Msprincecapps wrote this review Sunday, August 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Deadpan: Oh, look. Here I am reviewing a YA Historical Fantasy book. I hardly ever do that.
Actually, just to totally throw you with a drastic change to my routine, BORN WICKED would probably be more accurately described as a Historical Paranormal, which is totally different—shut up—rather than the usual Swords & Sorcery fantasy fare that I love so well. Featuring witches, young love and a coming-of-age story, it's a slow-burner with the emphasis on the characters and their internal conflicts, more than any great showy magical abilities. A quiet, understated read with a fairly prim and proper heroine, it won't be for everyone for that reason. But for those who persevere past the slow beginning, there is a payoff to be found.
Cate Cahill, the main character, is the eldest of three sisters (witches all), who lost her mother a few years back and is now facing the prospect of, a) suddenly becoming the matriarch of the family at only 16 and having to care for her younger—and much more reckless—sisters, b) reaching the age where, in Spotswood's alternate England, she has only about six months left to choose a husband or one will be appointed to her by the Brotherhood (think zealous pseudo-priests who preach anti-magic propaganda and have become the governing body in charge of, well, everyone), and c) having to hide her magic and that of her sisters for fear of being caught by said Brotherhood, in which case she/they would be taken away, likely never to be heard from again.
So, all together, a lot to take onto young shoulders. Add to that the reappearance of a former childhood crush, and the most surprising romantic about turn, and you've got one confused young lady. Add to that the discovery of her mother's old journal, and it's a pivotal time in Cate's life, to say the very least.
BORN WICKED is one of those quiet and sneaky little stealth ninja books. You know the kind that creep up on you unsuspectingly, and you don't quite realize just how much you've been enjoying it until it suddenly STOPS? With, I might add, one motherclucking doozy of a cliffhangery ending. And then you find yourself having to curtail a temper tantrum the likes of which the world has never seen over a book that started out so unassumingly you were barely paying attention.
Okay, that last part may be an exaggeration—I have three kids, I've seen some pretty cataclysmic temper tantrums. And in the grand scheme of things, I've read worse cliffhangers, too. (The Cliffhanger-Cliffhanger double whammy from the end of Dreamfever will probably forever been the mothercluckingest of them all. The cliffhanger against which all future cliffhangers are measured and found lacking). But, I digress. And either way, it really was a "wicked" (Heh, see what I did there?) place to end things for Cate. Especially since it was such a slow starter. I felt like I'd only just got invested fully in her as a character, then poof! Finito.
Leave 'em wanting more? Maybe that works, I don't know. What I do know is instead of rushing off to Amazon to buy book two, I sort of went, "Harumph! Stoopid cliffhangers! *grumble, grumble, grumble*" and slunk off with a superior, disinterested look on my face that only one of my two cats could outdo.
Sooooo.... does that mean I'll be reading book two or not? *Sigh* Yes. Yes I probably will. Okay, so you got me, the cliffhanger ploy worked, I admit it. Happy? I was just trying to convince myself it didn't so I wouldn't look so pathetically and tragically weak, okay? Doesn't mean I have to like it, though! And I did really like the love interest she ended up with and I do really need to see her turn those Brotherhood muppets into toads or something, so yes. [a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16101026-star-cursed"]Star Cursed[/a]... here I come.
4 Stars ★★★★”
“Absolutely wonderful book! I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters and the plot. The love story is so sweet and I love little Tess. I highly recommend this book to others who enjoy YA paranormal and fantasy books. It's a very quick read and it is quite easy to immerse yourself into the world that mrs. Spotswood has created. ”Kitty wrote this review Wednesday, June 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My daughter and I absolutely adored this book. We'd have to say it's the best witches book we've read, can't wait for the sequel!!!”Danielle Benich wrote this review Friday, May 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great novel. I love Finn. Lots of twists and turns. Recommended for all lovers of fantasy. ”Coletta wrote this review Saturday, April 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the best books I've read! I love historical fantasy. Amazing genre. The ending though! Angers me. Oh well I'm reading the next one. ”Lauren wrote this review Thursday, April 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I bought this book as a last ditch effort for a HOPEFULLY good book,, and it ended up making me realize why I missed reading all together. I really enjoyed it. Cant wait to read the 2nd one.”steacy wrote this review Saturday, March 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No