Official Stuff –
Author – Jessica Spotswood
Pages – 384
Publisher – Putman
Series – Cahill Witch Chronicles
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.
My Rating – 5 Stars
*This review contains spoilers about Born Wicked, the first book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles*
Star Cursed starts about six weeks after Born Wicked ended. Cate has joined the sisterhood against her will to save Finn, his family, and also Cate’s own sisters; Maura and Tess.
Cate is living in New London, protected from the Brotherhood by the guise that the Sisterhood is a group of nuns. She lost and heartbroken and homesick. She never got the change to explain to Finn why she broke their engagement to join the Sisterhood and she feels he will never forgive her.
The Sisterhood is not so patiently waiting on Cate to come into her prophesied powers. They are not to be fully trusted, just as her mother thought. They are also in the middle of a war between themselves; sisters ready to fight the Brotherhood now, and the sisters that want to wait. Each side wants Cate.
The Brotherhood is kicking their hatred up a notch by changing laws so that woman can no longer work outside the home or learn how to read. They are burning books and forcing poor families to lose income.
Not only has the Brotherhood been getting stricter, they know the prophesy of the powerful and are actively searching for her. And by searching for her I mean arresting women for the smallest of things. And though the prophesy says the sisters are a danger to each other when together, Maura and Tess are no longer safe at home with the Brotherhood searching for the prophesied witch.
Maura is easily manipulated by the witches that want to wage war against the Brotherhood now. Still hurting from Elena’s betrayal and what she believes to be Cate’s betrayal as well, she is at odds with both her sisters and is turning towards a dark path. Since Cate has yet to come into her full powers, Maura believes she is the prophesied witch and is determined to undermine Cate every chance she gets, even if it means breaking Cate’s heart.
Guys, this book. I liked the first one alright, but I had my reservations about it. But I’m SO GLAD I stuck with the series. This book made me feel so many things.
Cate is an amazing character. I wasn’t really into her in the first book, but she’s less bossy and controlling in this one and a bit unsure (which I found kind of refreshing). She’s vulnerable yet powerful. She wants to be strong, and wants to fight for her loved ones and for all witches everywhere.
Maura however, God I wanted to smack her. She has to be the center of attention, the star. She thinks she lives in Cate’s shadow but Maura’s personality outshines Cate’s by far. She’s a snotty little brat. Every time Cate tries to make amends she throws a damn tantrum.
Tess is adorable, and I enjoyed seeing her come into her powers more. And Finn? Gah, I don’t want to spoil but it IS possible to adore him even more than you did from the first book.
The Brotherhood is a bunch of bastards. Burning books?! Being stabbed would probably cause me less pain than thinking about a book being burned (if you stabbed me in like the arm or something.) Not letting women read?! Double GRRR! I just wanted to reach through the book and punch them!
The story moves along nicely, no dragging. Not necessarily a lot of action but enough events to make you stay up until midnight trying to finish the book.
The ending did me in. WTH Ms. Spotswood, just twist the knife a little more. I can’t wait until book three.
If you have not started this series, please do so! If you read the first one and are leery about the second, trust me! It’s better. GO READ!