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 six months 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 stars 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.

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I’ll admit, I was a bit nervous to read this book. Not because I didn’t think I’d like it, or because it’s not my type of read. Indeed, it sounds like an amazing book and whowouldn’t love that gorgeous cover? Born Wicked was one of my coveted “must reads” for 2012 simply because of the cover. It killed me to wait two weeks past its debut date to buy it, but I knew Jessica would be in town for the Breathless Reads tour, and I wanted to buy it then.

Jessica and I struck up a friendly correspondence on Twitter in January (yay for social media!) and I’ve come to really like her. She’s sweet, witty, enthusiastic, and passionate. What’s not to like? We even arranged to meet for lunch the day she was here for the Breathless Reads tour, but their schedule was so hectic, it was impossible. Still, it was an honor that she would even considerhaving lunch with me, and is yet another testament to her generous, warm nature.

So, you may be asking: What’s the deal, BlookGirl? You loved the cover, you loved the synopsis, and you’ve fangirled over Jessica. What made you nervous to read the book?

That’s just it! It’s because of all those things I was nervous, but moreso because I really came to like Jessica. I know that sounds odd, but the whole situation got me thinking… If you have the opportunity to become familiar and friendly with an author before reading their novel, do you enter the reading and reviewing phases with a more “forgiving” point of view? I mean, do you unconsciously overlook obvious plot holes, Mary Sue characters, or other glaring errors? I know it sounds silly, but I was worried, because I think as a blogger, integrity is key.

Thankfully, though, my worries were for nothing because Born Wicked was FABULOUS! It was so fabulous in fact, that I’ll be givingaway a signed copy of Born Wicked to a lucky reader! So, keep reading…

A Brief Overview:

Left motherless, the Cahill sisters have closed themselves off from society, afraid of what could happen if the Brotherhood discovered that they are all witches. Mr. Cahill is a loving, but distracted father, more prone to spending time with his studies and away from home than with his family. That leaves the eldest Cahill sister, Cate, to preside over the household and her sisters – which she does with much chagrin. Cate never asked to be a witch, to be left motherless, or to care for her two younger, headstrong sisters. Maura and Tess do not feel the same sense of urgency that Cate does when it comes to their magical heritage. They want to practice and hone their skills, but Cate is the only one who fully appreciates what could happen if they were to be outed.

Set in an alternate Victorian period, circa 1890, New England is ruled by the Brotherhood, a group of patriarchal priests who are determined to rid the country of witches and witchery. They have spies everywhere and will persecute any young girl who steps out of line. If a girl is thought to be a witch, they face one of two outcomes: a lifetime in an asylum, or worse yet, death. All “good girls” are expected to declare their intentions by their seventeenth birthday: either marry or join the Sisterhood.