Teen Reviewed: Born Wicked

Born WickedTitle:  Born Wicked (Cahill Witch Chronicles: Book 1)

Author:  Jessica Spotswood

3-Sentence Summary: Cate Cahill and her sisters, Maura and Tess, are witches living under the Brotherhood, a theocracy that seeks to destroy them. They are also the subjects a prophecy that foretells their potent powers will either perpetuate or topple the hierarchy of corrupt, misogynistic priests. But in the process, one sister is fated to be murdered.

Six Word Review: Three witches, two loves, one prophecy.

I started reading because… it’s been awhile since I ventured into some YA Fantasy, and I enjoyed the cover. I kept reading because… there are some excellent plot twists.

Star Rating: 8/10. This book isn’t as exciting as I expect its sequels will be and though it contained some terrible tropes, there is some really imaginative content and unpredictable plot twists that keep it a page-turner. Minus two stars for irrelevant romances.

I loved… the consistent characters. I hated… the feminism without backbone. (It’s that girl character who’s like “I don’t need anyone I’m independent” but completely loses her mind over a fella… The coexistence of those two archetypes drives me nuts.) I couldn’t get enough of… the world and relationships Spotswood created.

If the lead character was in a high school yearbook, she would be voted: Most Hard-Working.

On a deserted island, the main character would probably… miss her sisters but be totally fine with remaining isolated from humanity and being able to practice her magic without fear of being caught and burned at the stake.

Online Resources of Interest:

Grossly Oversimplified Romance of a Book Trailer

Author’s Website

Happy Reading!

–Maddie, 17, Teen Center Advisers


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