Friday, June 14, 2013

Review: Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed
(The Cahill Witch Chronicles # 2)
By: Jessica Spotswood
Pub. Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 384
Source: Netgalley & TLA 2013

I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate's friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn't want to be a weapon, and she doesn't want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood's schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she'll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess's quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.
With Born Wicked, it took me a little while to fully get into the story, but I was able to get into Star Cursed right away. It picks up a few months later with Cate being fully immersed in the Sisterhood-helping the poor, feeding the hungry, oh and learning spells to take down the Brotherhood. Cate has always been a strong and selfless heroine, and we get to see that personality even more in Star Cursed. Cate has given up her life and happiness to keep her sisters safe, and it is hard not to respect someone that does that. The romance between Cate and Finn has taken a back seat to taking down the reign of terror that the Brotherhood has in place, but I absolutely loved the sweet, stolen moments that the two of them shared.  

The Brotherhood is arresting more and more young girls, hoping to find the witch with the visions. Cate knows that in protecting her sisters, more and more innocent girls are being tortured and killed. There was a lot more action in Star Cursed because the Sisterhood are gearing up for the prophecy. Everything is a big mess, and the people that Cate thought she could trust, are the ones that are hurting her the most (cough, Maura, cough). I was never a huge fan of Maura, but I just wanted to slap the face off of her in this one. She was reckless and never cared about who she was hurting in the process of the "greater good".

The ending will definitely make you want to punch the wall, so be prepared. I am so interested to see how Jessica Spotswood will fix it. Here that Ms. Spotswood, YOU WILL be fixing it!!  

This is a series that definitely should not be missed! I can't wait to see what will happen next. 

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