Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Title:  Born Wicked
Author:  Jessica Spotswood
Genre:  Young Adult/ Fantasy
Publisher:  Penguin (Imprint: Razorbill)
Publication Date:  28th January 2012
ISBN:  9780141342108
Stand alone or series:   #1 in The Cahill Witch Chronicles
Pages:  304 pages
Book Received from:  Penguin Australia (Publisher)
First Lines:  Our mother was a witch, too, but she hid it better.

Synopsis:To me, the magic feels like a curse. According to the Brothers, it's devil-sent. Women who can do magic-they're either mad or wicked. So I will do everything in my power to protect myself and my sisters. Even if it means giving up my life - and my true love.
Because if the Brothers discover our secret, we're destined for the asylum, or prison . . . or death.

My Thoughts:
I think the very first thing that I noticed and loved of this book (Apart from the cover!) was the way the first page in each chapter had a border around it.  I haven't picked up too many books where that has been done and I guess it made for a nice change.

I hate to say it but the first 60 or so pages were a bit boring for me.  Cate came across as too safe, too bland for my liking. It wasn't until about page 62 where Paul pops onto the scene that things seem to spice up a bit. I guess that's another thing I've realised with my reading,  I'm looking forward to the romance in YA books more and more.  I don't need to have them in ALL books but it sure shakes things up.

Once Paul is on the scene I began warming up to Cate.  But the funny thing is, I disliked Paul.  His "Your Mine" attitude doesn't sit well with me.  With the setting and the characters in the book, this is how life was for them but it didn't do Paul any favours.

While the beginning started slow I have to admit it did set the scene for the rest of the story.  The Brothers, an organization of all men run the town, and keep everybody in line.  They are also the members who find and deal with suspected and real witches and dish out their punishments as they see fit.  So it's no surprise for Cate and her sisters that they have to keep a low profile but when their father suggests they bring a Governess into the house to prep the girls for coming of age, this really turns things topsy turvy.

I won't say too much else because I don't want to ruin it for everyone else, but if you pick this book up and find the beginning a tad bit slow, stick with it because I found once Cate's childhood friend is on the scene things get alot more interesting.  I can't wait to see where this series is getting.  

Fave Line:  "That's the saddest thing I've heard all day... Reading is the perfect escape from whatever ails you."  - page 108

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