I recently won a book from goodreads. I love this site (not only because they gave me a free book) but because their app lets me scan books I want when I am out and add them to my to-read list. That way I never forget the name of a book or a new author. It has grown my to-read list to ridiculous proportions (178) but has helped me discover (and remember to read) books that I know I would forget about.
The book I won is Born Wicked by Jessica Spostwood .
Synopsis from goodreads:
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.
The cover is my favorite so far this year. Besides the obvious beauty, it captures the freedom that Cate feels when she can be herself. Carrying this book around, countless people asked me about it solely based on the cover.
I loved this book and could not put it down. Jessica Spotswood creates this world where women are forced to keep quiet about anything that makes them special or calls too much attention. They must obey the men in their lives. Any deviation from the accepted protocol and they are likely to be accused of witchcraft. Women are routinely rounded up and sent away.
Cate, being the oldest of three, is the mother figure to her sisters after the death of their mother. Their father is mostly absent. Before she dies, Cate’s mother asks her to promise to watch out for her sisters. As the story unfolds, Cate finds out why her mother was so protective of the girls magic and warned Cate to be careful.
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood is an excellent mix of an interesting world, strong protagonist, and a love story. I am eagerly awaiting book two in this trilogy.