April 19, 2012

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood Review

Born Wicked 
The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1
by Jessica Spotswood
Published on February 7th 2012
Putnam Juvenile, 330 pages
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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 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.

- Goodreads.com description

Ok, a lot of people rate this book very high. Honestly, I don't have a clue why. 

The plot was set good. I liked the idea of the story. But hell, it took 3/4 of the book to finally have some action. I hated the Brotherhood society and their view of a woman - this was horrible. I don't think myself as a feminist, but this was just too much. The woman should not be intelligent should not want to study, she just need to obey her husband and stupid shit like that. OMG I wanted to slap them all. 

Ok, the witches are bad. The society is build on the fact that witches are bad and they should all be exterminated. So, Cate is a witch. Also her two sisters, Maura and Tess, are witches. And they are powerful. But they don't know that yet, because their mother died before she could teach them all about magic. 

Then there is this prophecy. Saying that three sisters, witches, will be born before the end of the twentieth century and the one witch which will posses the power of mind controlling, will be the most powerful witch in the history. Cate has mind control magic.

Cate. Oh my God. You know, young adult books, should be based on strong female character. Fucking hell, Cate doesn't have a S of a Strong female character. I honestly don't get it. The prophecy says you are the most powerful witch in history, and you let yourself be guided by just EVERYONE? Oh please, come on! Ok, she does have a snapping attitude, and she cares a lot for her sisters, but come on, a little self-confidence? Belief in yourself? 

Her sisters. Oh my, Maura is the typical annoying character, who thinks she know everything better and everyone else don't. The more you want her good, the more she thinks you don't want her to be happy and that you're jealous. I would have slapped her, if I was Cate. Tess. Tess is the younger sister and she is very clever and good. I liked her a lot. 

The romance. Ok, the romance was good, thought I didn't agree with many choices Cate made. In the beginning she wanted something, then she wanted something else. But that's not the point. What I didn't like was that she always thought about the problems occurring her relationship - as in what will other think? Paul wasn't good because he wanted to move in another city and she couldn't be away from her sisters. Finn wasn't good because of his family business and that was a danger to her sisters. 

Maybe it wasn't Cate's fault. I mean, her mother really haven't left her any good advices. And with a society that repress and disgust everything you represent.. I get it, it must be hard. But still!! Being the most powerful witch EVER should count for something, damn it!!

And another thing. Trough the whole book, we listen to her saying she would do anything for her sisters. She kept saying she would sacrifice her happiness and her life for them. But does she really? I mean, when Maura freaks out and Brother Ishida sees everything and acusse Maura and Tess for witchery, what does Cate actually do? She doesn't say anything and she even let him hit her. Hit her. You have the power of mind controlling and you claim you'd anything for your sisters, and then, when they do actually need you, you just stand there? If it wasn't for Tess, both of them would have been sent to the madhouse. Cate here failed me the most.

I've read this book, because Mimi really liked it, and thought, we have usually the same taste, I would read it. Mimi, sweety, this must be the first time I don't agree with you :P But don't worry, that doesn't mean I changed my mind about us having the same taste. After all, there are exceptions that confirm the rule, right? :)

Now my dear readers I don't want to discourage to read this book. Like I said, many people found it awesome, but I guess it just wasn't my type ;) And OMG this must be my first kind of negative review EVER. But after finishing the book, I just couldn't not say anything about it. 
Have you read this book? What have you thought about it? :)


Nicola (pocketfullofbooks) said...

Thanks for the honest review! I've been hearing mixed things about this one and have been wary of buying it. From what I've read, I think I'll just give it a miss. Or wait until the paperback version comes out. :)

A. Knight @ Paranormal Indulgence said...

Born Wicked is, perhaps, just one of those books where people will love it or hate it, depending on your reading preferences. And I love that Cate was a complex character, frightened for herself and her sisters while able to do subtle things to keep them together and away from harm. I think... it takes a truly strong person to swallow your tongue and ensure the protection of all that you love as opposed to taking impulsive action because you can.

Your opposite view from mine was fun and interesting to read! I always like reading about the differences and things that irritated others where it didn't do the same for me.

Mimi Valentine said...

Awwww, that's definitely okay if you didn't like this book as much as you hoped to, Nea! <3 I think it's one of those books that you either love or you don't because it admittedly has a pretty slow pace and very little action. The reason to love this book is how much Cate cares about her sisters, and how sweet the romance is -- but that kind of all goes out the window if you don't connect with Cate LOL! x)

And YOU are the sweetie! I honestly squealed when you mentioned me in your review. It kind of made me feel like a celebrity LOL! *hugs you tightly* The difference in opinion was bound to happen sometime, right? x) Haha but we still have so many books in common, which I always love when I see your Top Ten lists and such! <3

Beautiful and honest review, Nea! I'm really sorry that you didn't like this book as much as I did, but I'm too happy to be bumbed because this was an AWESOME first negative review! :)

^Whoops! Sorry for the mega comment haha x)

Silverlight said...

I just picked this up from the library(the audio version) I am curious to see if I'm going to hate it now?

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

Oh no, nea! Like Mimi, I loved this book. But you are right about Cate. She could have learned to believe in herself and in her sisters a little more, especially as she discovered more about the prophecy, and yes, being powerful should count for something.

Sam said...

I have actually heard quite a few mixed thoughts on this book, which has put me off it quite a bit! The cover is gorgeous but it doesn't sound like the contents live up to that. :( Plus, the main character does sound incredibly frustrating. Thanks for the review, Nea!

Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

I've been debating reading this. It sounds like a good plot but I can understand the things that drove you nuts. Some books just don't work for some people. It's all good.

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