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.
Witches and prophecies of an era when the Salem witches are real and the Puritans rule New England… Doesn’t this sound exciting? In a society where women are meant to be meek and submissive creatures, falling for the gardener is preposterous, especially when your rich and attractive childhood friend has expressed his intentions to make you his wife! And to make matters worse, Cate’s mother forewarns a century-old prophecy that promises a resurgence of power for the Daughters of Persephone… Or a Second Terror.
First off, hands down to our heroine, Catherine Anna Cahill! In the three years since her mother’s death, protecting her 2 sisters from the prying eyes of their neighbours and the Brotherhood has been her top priority. She will never hesitate to kill, or use mind-magic — the darkest magic known to witchery — if it means keeping her sisters safe. Her bravery and love for her sisters truly touches me. But now, her 17th birthday is approaching and with it, a choice of her future. HERE’S THE CRUX! Will Cate sacrifice as the Sisterhood’s pawn to protect her sisters? Or will she finally follow what her heart desires?
Speaking of which… I think that the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra is perfectly suitable! Finn Belastra works in his family bookstore but he took the job of the Cahill’s gardener for some extra cash. As Cate hovers about in fear that he’ll ruin her beloved garden, the two stumble unsuspectingly into love! Finn loves her for her who she really is, and not the proper lady (or cabbagehead) she pretends to be, you can literally feel the tension and heat even as the two stand across each other! On the other hand, we have another suitor ;) Paul has been Cate’s neighbour since they were children. She remembers the green-eyed boy during their most playful moments and is shocked by the charming man who returns from New London. He comes from a good family and will pick the stars for her if she please, but her heart doesn’t flutter around him like it does with Finn. Jessica writes her romance with fantastical developments and I promise you’ll feel your head go tipsy alongside Cate!
One thing that disturbs me is the “overpopulation” of witches. Initially, we were told that most witches were wiped out by the Brotherhood, with only few lucky survivors. Yet as the story progresses, witches turn to appear at every corner! I can’t help but raise an eyebrow at this. The “twists” backfire and certain parts appear fake when Cate realizes that almost everyone she knows, is capable of witchery. Though this is not a major problem, I hope to see what will come of Cate’s decision!
All in all, it was an interesting and exciting read. Ladies and gentlemen, sit back, relax, and keep your hands on the armrest in case you’ll need to grip them tight! Presenting… Born Wicked!