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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141342110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141342115
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A tale so captivating, you don't want it to end (Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade series)

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Jessica Spotswood is a debut US author. She grew up in a tiny one-stoplight town in Pennsylvania. Now she lives in a gentrifying hipster neighbourhood in Washington, D.C. with her playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey. She's never happier than when she's immersed in a good story, and swoony kissing scenes are her favourite. Born Wicked is her debut novel for teens.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 31 July 2013
Format: Paperback
Another book about witches, another book with a forbidden romance. You might me sighing, but, believe me, this book has unique twists that sets it apart from other witch stories.

Born Wicked is about Cate Cahill and her two younger sisters who all possess powers that are not accepted within the community. They are witches and no one can know, not even their father, for if they are found out, the Brotherhood would immediately get rid of them. Their mother passed away, but not before she taught Cate how to protect her sisters. When Cate discovers her mother's diary containing a secret that no one could ever imagine, she frantically attempts to find someone that could her change the fates of her and her sisters. Not only that, but Cate has to cope with a marriage proposal from her closest friend, Paul, and control her feelings over Finn Belastra; the way-too-clever boy who works as a gardener and cannot afford to attend university. Uh oh, the dilemmas of being a gorgeous witch.

The story got better as the book went on and I felt myself falling further and further into the world. I thought that Cate was a great protagonist and that her thoughts were really interesting to read about. I must admit, I did pay extra attention to the scenes with Finn in them. He was entertaining with a personality that you can't help but love. Though, I would have liked it if the two spent more time together before they got into a relationship. I think that would have been good.

FinnFinnFinnFinn. I LOVE YOU! The only way that I can think to describe Finn simply is: A very hot nerd. When he appeared in the story I couldn't help but smile and want to praise Spotswood for not throwing in the love interest as a bad boy with attitude issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber on 16 Feb. 2013
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I have yet to find a YA novel about witches that I can actually connect with. For the most part, all of the witch novels I have tried so far have been boring and have had little substance. Born Wicked in particular focusses on the romantic aspect, rather than on the sisters' actual powers, since the sisters are meant to be hiding them.

I really liked the author's take on New England. The world building was actually pretty good, and if the correct thought had been put into it, I think the Brothers going after witches could have been quite exciting. Unfortunately it fell rather flat because the main character, Cate, wasn't making any new discoveries that mattered. She wasn't doing much of anything.

The whole book was very boring. I was quite excited by the beginning because a lot of people liked this book, and I really liked the world the book was set in. If you're looking for action, then you should pass on this. I was hoping for some witchy action and some awesome magical showdowns, like Charmed, but instead this was as dull as Bonnie Bennett's (non existent) storyline in seasons two and three of TVD.

Cate was a dull main character to read about. Was she rebellious? No. Was she making an impact on people's lives, or her town? No. Was she at all interesting? No. Does she do awesome things with her powers? No. Is she a special snowflake? N-Yes! I honestly cannot think of one moment where I was rooting for Cate. All she did was whine and worry and think about boys. It was very cliché, and very grating.

There is a slight love triangle. One guy wants to propose to Cate before her time is up, but Cate likes Finn, the gardener. I didn't care for either romance because it was BORING. That's really the theme of this book.
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Yet again, this is another book I have chosen because of it's popularity in the booksphere. I was particularly excited for this one, not only because I had been wanting to read a witch book for awhile, but also because of the time period it is set in. I am a huge fan of historical fiction and this book is an alternate history story. This story is set in the late 1800s, nearing the start of the early twentieth century. Putting it in context with our real history this book would be set in a time soon after the Salem witch trials as Cate states that in her grandmother's time witches were burned at the stake. As I had wanted to read a book about witches and magic for so long I had high expectations for this one, which were unfortunately not met.

The aspect that disappointed me the most in this story was, in fact, the magic, or should I say the lack of magic. For a story about witches this book has very little actual magic in it, apart from a scene near the end of the book. I would even describe the magic as quite boring - the most interesting thing to happen being a garden blooming to life or Cate moving an object through the air with difficulty. There is also very little explanation behind the magic and it appears that only women have these gifts.

So, the magic wasn't the main attribute focused on in this story, what was?...The romance (I know right, shocking!). When I picked up this book I wanted to read a book full of witchy goodness not a book about a love triangle, which happened to be the most boring "love story" I had ever read.
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