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Born Wicked: The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book One | [Jessica Spotswood]

Born Wicked: The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book One

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Blessed with a gift... cursed with a secret.

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.

©2012 Jessica Spotswood (P)2012 Penguin

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    Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies United States 03-09-12
    Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Good Witch Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Born Wicked to be better than the print version?

    I think the audiobook really brought out the best for Born Wicked.


    Any additional comments?

    Born Wicked is the story of three sisters and how they deal with late 1800s-ish life after their mother, who was a witch, dies. Their mother's passing isn't something new - it happened three years ago but they're not sure how they should act in their town, which is full of witch-hunters and sentences witches to prisons and hard labor. Cate, Maura, and Tess are trying to hide what they all are - witches.

    I'm not usually one for witch tales but I really, really enjoyed this book. Cate is 16 years old, the oldest of the three sisters, and while she is bossy at times I can understand her trying to fill the shoes of a motherly-role. Then there's 15 year old Maura, who suffers from the worst case of Middle Child Syndrome EVER. She's rash and bratty and thinks magic is for fun (and doesn't try to hide it). And finally baby Tess who, at only 12 years old, seems to be the strongest of them all. Cate tries her best to protect them from being revealed as witches by keeping them away from the public, but outside forces such as their nosey neighbor and a menacing new governess have different plans.

    This book takes place in a time in which young girls were expected to be brought up a certain way. I was okay with the notion of the sisters having a governess who teaches them

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. Herbert 07-15-13
    M. Herbert 07-15-13 Member Since 2012

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    "One of my fave audios!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The killer ending!


    Any additional comments?

    Oh! Crap! Did that ending really just happen? What? Seriously? Now I’m extremely upset that I loaned out my copy of Star Cursed because I really want to read it…like now!

    I was a little leery about starting Born Wicked because I’ve heard some pretty mixed opinions about this book. But I’m now extremely happy that I read it! And I’m now thinking that the people who had negative thoughts about this book probably didn’t end up reading the whole book because I loved it! And the ending was absolutely phenomenal! Oh, that crazy, hectic ending for sure has set the tone for the remainder of this series, and I’m thrilled. I’ll have to admit it’s a pretty big cliffhanger, but it still ended perfectly brilliantly.

    The characters were all very well developed. While reading Born Wicked, I came to feel really bad for Cate (protagonist) because she was left with the burden of protecting a huge secret and taking care of her sisters at such a young age. In their world, it is very dangerous to have any magical capabilities whatsoever, and Cate and her sisters have serious magical capabilities! They’re all witches! And Cate has to try super hard to keep this fact a secret…even from their very own father!

    The world that these girls live in is very disturbing and dark. It, for sure, is not a time era I would envy living in, even if I didn’t have magical capabilities.

    There is a little bit of a love triangle in this one but, in my opinion, there really isn’t a competition. So I’d be shocked if Jessica Spotswood played up that love triangle in the following books.

    This book was a lot of fun to read. If you like witches in a world of historical fiction, you’ll for sure love this book. And those of you who never finished this book, you need to pick it back up!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Desarae 11-15-13
    Desarae 11-15-13 Member Since 2010

    Designer. Aviation Enthusiast. Fitness Instructor. Love books. Prefer long series with happy endings in mystery, comedy, fantasy, & romance.

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    "So Good I Went to the Library for the Next Book"

    This series has a second book that is not yet available in audio, sigh, but I was so addicted to the story I couldn't wait and wait to the library to get the next book. The young narrator gives life to this story and depth to the character's enchanting lives.

    To enjoy this book you will need to enjoy stories of enchantment, duplicitous mystery, and a setting back in time. This is an old world tale from when witch hunts, burning, and magic ruled. Well in this story, the order of the brothers ruled with an iron clad fist. This is not a historical tale that will give light to a witches point of view in the 1800s, its fantasy brought to life in a parallel world with a similar feel to that time.

    This book drew me in, hooked me, and left me yearning for so much more. You will be surprised by every twist and turn. It's too bad people can't comment on reviews, I would love to hear what everyone else thinks after they get through this amazing story.

    -- Addicted both to story and narrator

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alberto Chicago, IL, United States 12-03-12
    Alberto Chicago, IL, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    "The Handmaid's Tale Meets Mists of Avalon"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Already did recommend it to my friend. She and I are both Richelle Mead fans. I think anyone who enjoyed the Dark Swan and Vampire Academy series will love the Cahill Witch Chronicles.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was honestly brilliant. It had all the courtly intrigue and marital entrapment of a Jane Austin story, the magic and ritual of Mists of Avalon and the speculative fiction and societal mirroring of Margaret Attwood's The Handmaid's Tale. It is beautifully written . It has been over a week since I finished listening and my mind is still reeling, wondering what will happen next.


    What about Nicole Sudhaus’s performance did you like?

    It was genuine and emotional.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am suffer from edge-of-the-seat-itis. I can't wait for the next book Star Crossed!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Casey 03-10-14
    Casey 03-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "slow going at the start, but strong at the end"
    What did you love best about Born Wicked?

    I liked the characters and the setting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the slow build of suspense, the interaction and dynamics between the sisters, and the romantic moments. I did think Cate was repetitive (I know you're responsible for your sisters, I wish your mom had given you more details too!), but she also is strong, caring and determined. Here and there the reader will see something coming, but not everything!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The feather scene.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish book two were available...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    alicia Orange Park, FL, United States 10-13-13
    alicia Orange Park, FL, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "why isnt the next book available in audio yet?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    good story but it's very disheartening to really get into a good book and then find that the 2nd book isnt available for audio.


    Any additional comments?

    get the rest of the series on audio

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Haleiwa, HI, United States 05-29-12
    Amazon Customer Haleiwa, HI, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great start to the series/Good Story"

    Slow start but worth reading through to the end. It could have used a little more development for some of the characters but the overall story made it ok hoping there will be more in the next book. I also wished there were more detail in certain areas but again can understand it would have been too much to put into one book and will have to wait until the next book to fill in more detail.

    I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

    The Narrator did a good job with the performance but would have been better if the male voices were more masculine and more distinctive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan DENVER, CO, United States 04-16-12
    Susan DENVER, CO, United States 04-16-12
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    "Really enjoyed!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it had a very good plot that held your interest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked all of the characters.


    What does Nicole Sudhaus bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emphasis on certain parts of the book lent itself to the drama and storyline.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    NO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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