Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles Series #1)
  • Alternative view 1 of Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles Series #1)
  • Alternative view 2 of Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles Series #1)

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles Series #1)

4.5 72
by Jessica Spotswood

View All Available Formats & Editions

A gorgeous, witchy, romantic fantasy by a debut author! Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and the Beautiful Creatures series!

Everybody thinks 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


A gorgeous, witchy, romantic fantasy by a debut author! Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and the Beautiful Creatures series!

Everybody thinks 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. Then Cate finds her mother's diary, and uncovers 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. But if what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe—not even from each other.

Editorial Reviews

"An intriguing story of witchcraft, family responsibility, and unrequited love."
Andrea Cremer
"A tale so captivating you don't want it to end."
From the Publisher
"A tale so captivating you don't want it to end." — Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade series

"An intriguing story of witchcraft, family responsibility, and unrequited love." — Booklist

"...the fate of the Cahill sisters inspires genuine dread by the time the cliffhanger ending arrives." — Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Spotswood’s debut, first in the Cahill Witch Chronicles, is set in an alternate New England circa 1896. The Brotherhood has established a Christian dictatorship by overthrowing a governing caste of witches, and any hint of the arcane is now reason enough to sentence a woman to an asylum or hard labor. Girls must marry or go into the convent by their 17th birthday, and Cate Cahill’s moment of truth is fast approaching. Cate, like her two sisters, is a secret witch, the legacy of a mother who died young trying to produce a male heir. Cate is responsible for protecting her family, a responsibility that does not square with marrying the tempting and handsome Paul McLeod. Her dilemma worsens when an eagle-eyed governess takes up residence, and a mysterious note arrives, urging Cate to seek her mother’s diary. Spotswood falls prey to occasional pedantic exposition, and casting Christians as fascistic chauvinists is nothing new. The pace doesn’t lag, however, and the fate of the Cahill sisters inspires genuine dread by the time the cliffhanger ending arrives. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Feb.)
VOYA - Lindsey Weaver
In New England during the late 1890s, at a place and time where witches are condemned, Cate Cahill and her two younger sisters must hide their true identity. Being discovered by the Brotherhood could bring about an early end to their young lives. Before the death of their mother, Cate made a promise to protect her sisters. With only six months before having to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, keeping her word proves harder than she has imagined. To make matters worse, she discovers her mother's diary, which reveals a devastating secret that could potentially destroy her family. Desperate to find another way, Cate seeks help from old acquaintances and new friends. At the same time, she manages to balance social gatherings, marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance. Spotwood's debut novel is enchanting and addicting. Born Wicked is a beautiful beginning to The Cahill Witch Chronicles. The author's elegant writing supports a well-constructed plot and realistic characters. The story provides an alternative history that draws from the Salem witch trials and Puritanism. The Brotherhood upholds the laws by keeping a watchful eye on the members of society. The dynamic characters bring the suspenseful story to life. The Cahill sisters are a feisty, rebellious trio that readers will not forget. This paranormal romance will capture any reader's imagination, even if he or she is not interested in witchcraft and magic. It is a must-have for any library. Reviewer: Lindsey Weaver
Children's Literature - Miranda McClain
For most young girls day dreaming about their future is a pleasurable pastime but for Cate Cahill it is a source of major anxiety and dread. Cate is the oldest of three sisters and when her mother died she promised to care for her two younger siblings but she had no idea how difficult that would be, especially now that not one but both sisters has, like herself, developed the ability to do magic. A talent apparently passed on from their mother but forbidden by the evil Brotherhood that rules their land. Now Cate must find a way to protect her sisters before she is forced to decide to marry or join the Sisterhood, neither of which seem very appealing to her currently, until she begins to fall in love with the charming, yet utterly unsuitable Finn Belastra. But marriage to Finn does not seem possible as she nears the deadline for making her decision if she is to keep her sisters safe, because many believe that the three sisters are the daughters of an ancient prophecy that will bring down the brotherhood and bring the witches back into power. Whatever her decision this romantic, historical fantasy will have the reader eagerly awaiting the next installment of "The Cahill Witch Chronicles." Reviewer: Miranda McClain
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—New England in the 1890s is a perilous place to be female in this tale of witchcraft and romance. The three Cahill sisters-Cate, Maura, and Tess—have inherited their powers from their deceased mother, but if their abilities are discovered, the girls will be in deadly danger from the ruling Brotherhood. A trio of sisters is key to a prophecy predicting the downfall of the Brotherhood, and the crushing misogyny of the Brothers is terrifying. Cate, the eldest, is desperate to protect her siblings, but the Sisterhood (a female community subsumed under the Brotherhood) has its own agenda, and the Cahill girls are trapped within it. Spotswood is spot-on not only in her vision of this nightmarish alternate society, but also in her smooth melding of historical and (slightly) gothic romance with the strong spice of suspense. Natural dialogue, perceptive primary and secondary characterizations, and a palpable sense of place contribute to an involving plot and move the action rapidly forward. Whiffs of humor and a sly wit reminiscent of the best Regency romances accompany a potent love triangle that will charm readers. When handsome Finn Belastra reveals his heroic side, Cate thinks: "If he was handsome before, now he's doubly so. Still, I can't go falling in love with the gardener." While three witch sisters and a prophecy may echo television's Charmed Ones, there the similarity ends in this original, smoothly written adventure. This first title in the series is more than promising; readers will be swooning for the next one.—Janice M. Del Negro, GSLIS Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Ever since their mother died, Cate has been responsible not just for raising her sisters, but for making sure that they stay safe and undiscovered by the Brotherhood priests as witches. Protecting her sisters, who chafe under her too-watchful eye, was the last request that Cate's mother, a fellow witch, asked of her before dying. Unfortunately, her mother neglected to leave much guidance. A discovered witch is subject to terrifying penalties, and the Brotherhood has been intensifying its witch-finding efforts. Cate is pulled between family obligations and societal pressures—she has only a few short months to find a husband lest the Brotherhood assign one, but marriage will take her away from her sisters. The lukewarm love triangle between her and two generic suitors is just formulaic, especially when compared to the more compelling relationship with society. By keeping the sisters away from their town's social scene, Cate meant to keep their secrets safe, but their absence has attracted attention. The two plots tie together through the arrival of governess Sister Elena, tasked with smoothing the girls' rough edges and matchmaking. Searching for answers while hiding under everyone's noses, Cate discovers pieces of a prophecy revealing an immediate danger and that she isn't the only one keeping secrets. An imperfect heroine, strong female supporting cast and measured tension counter underdeveloped male characters. (Fantasy. 12-17)

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Cahill Witch Chronicles Series, #1
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years


What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“…the fate of the Cahill sisters inspires genuine dread by the time the cliffhanger ending arrives.”
Andrea Cremer
"A tale so captivating you don't want it to end.

Meet the Author

Jessica Spotswood lives 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 favorite.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Born Wicked: The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book One 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
I was so looking forward to reading Born Wicked from the moment I heard about it and it did not disappoint. The more I think about the story, the more I like it. The story opens right away with magic, no holding back here. And anyone that reads my reviews know how I love my characters and the characters drive this story. The addition of the Brotherhood and the Sisterhood adds some scare and dread factor for the girls. There are a few mysteries to the story that were easy to guess and it was logical for things to go in that direction, I just wish that it would have been more surprising in those aspects. Even with that I still loved the storyline and the idea behind it all. I was left wondering where the story would go from the ending and how it will affect each of the sisters and the other characters that were featured more prominently. Yes, I will absolutely, definitely be reading the next book in the series. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was given this book as a gift, as it is not one I would have typically chosen myself - and I'm so glad I read it! Excellent storyline and expertly written. I grew to love the characters and I never wanted to put this book down. This is book 1 of a trilogy and I'm bummed I have to wait to start the next book. Never heard of this author before but she sure has my attention now.
thereaderbee More than 1 year ago
I decided to read Born Wicked at the insistence of a fellow blogger. I am SO glad I let her talk me into reading the book. I love novels about witches, and this one was just fantastic. The story centers around a young girl named Cate, and her two sisters, who are witches. Witches are absolutely forbidden by the Brotherhood. When caught, most are either put to death, sentenced to a prison ship, or put into an institution. Because of this, Cate must keep herself and her sister’s safe at all cost, and from everyone. Poor Cate; she had so many responsibilities and at such a young age. I definitely sympathized with the choices that she was forced to make, and with such heavy burdens heaped on her shoulders. But I found her to be a very strong character, and I really enjoyed reading about her. I found the sisters, Maura and Tess to be quite likeable as well, although Maura not quite as much as Tess. Tess was awesome! Cate has two love interests in the story; Paul and Finn. I adore the relationship between Finn and Cate. Finn was such a very interesting character; I thought that he and Cate made such a great pair. I loved that he was willing to do whatever he had to do to keep Cate safe. I love Finn! Paul on the other hand, seemed a bit sneaky to me. I know he had to be up to something, but I couldn’t put my finger on what. The Brotherhood sounds like an absolutely horrible association. Just reading about them gave me the creeps, and I held my breath hoping that they wouldn’t catch on to the girl’s secrets. The Sisterhood, which is an affiliation with the Brotherhood, didn’t sound much better either. The storyline for the book was highly addictive, and the pacing was absolutely perfect. My attention was held throughout the book, and I finished most of it in a few hours time. I absolutely loved the historical setting for the story. The world building was wonderful, I could clearly imagine myself having tea parties and hanging out in Cate’s special garden. Overall, this book is definitely worth the read. I am SO glad that my awesome blogger friend, Kathy, insisted that I read the book as soon as possible. I am officially hooked on this series, and cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. Happy Reading!
Nicollee More than 1 year ago
AMAZING! soomething unexpectecd. it was the first time that i read a book where the story line was in the olden days. i love the whoe concept of the book. i cant wait to read whats next!!!!! BUY IT(:
Froze8_K8 More than 1 year ago
I have spent so much time thinking about what to say about this book. I bought Born Wicked as part of the Breathless Reads Tour 2011 although it is Historical Fiction and deals with witches which are not my first choice for my reads. However while reading Born Wicked I became immersed in the story, how was Cate to escape her fate in a world and time where women had no rights? Would true love win out or would society be stronger?  How far have we come as a society but yet how many things are still wrong just displayed differently. Watching Cate try to fit into society to protect her sisters is something I see still happen today. Those who don't fit in have a hard time in society. Though we may not have calling hours and fancy dresses we as girls are still expected to socialize and dress with the current fashion. The fact that this book was able to get me thinking is to the author's credit.  Now not only did I find this book good for the feminist debate it started in my mind, but Jessica also nailed the relationships of the sisters. I am the oldest sister with a younger sister (four years my junior), I see my own relationship with my sister reflected in the relationship between Cate and Maura. Then we have the beautiful romantic relationships, and as I do not want any major spoilers I will just say that Jessica creates the perfect kisses leaving this girl swooning. <3 I gave this beautiful novel a 4/5. If you love historical fiction, strong female characters, good kissing scenes, and witches this is a book for you. :)
sassypickle More than 1 year ago
What an amazing plot with great characters and smooth writing! Never a dull moment, full of life, love, magic, sadness and disappointment. Beautiful setting and such an interesting story! You will not want to put this book down once you get to know the witch sisters. I can't wait to find out what happens next!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book anticipating it. I was so excited to read something fresh and new. It gave me exactly what I wanted .The feel of history flowing through my fingers as I turned each page. What I loved most about this book is the plot line. I love historical books. Falling into the shoes of Cate and seeing everything she is, is wonderful. I loved the description of the town, the minor characters and the history that is going on at the moment. The plot pacing is perfect as the reader follows along with the sisters, discovering dark secrets hidden from them. I really adored the love interest. It was sweet and pure. With this love, the reader gets to see it form right before your eyes. I love watching two people fall in love. And with the obstacles facing both of them it just makes me want to root them on! Now, the ending! UGH!!! Such a good and shocking ending. I mean wow! I did not see that coming since she had already made up her mind, but WOW! Yeah, my mouth dropped open on that tidbit. Overall, Born Wicked is an entertaining, magical, surprising novel. Born Wicked tantalize it's readers with well written dialogue. A worthy novel from start to finish, Born Wicked is impressive.
MariahEllis 3 months ago
This started out so strong! I was looking forward to reading about witches, and it was seeming like this story would be different than others I had read, but alas, I was mistaken. Born Wicked was more about the woes of choosing who to marry than anything else. There was an annoying love triangle that dominated the book, and in the end, none of it even mattered. The characters were alright, but nothing special. Kate has a lot of potential to be a strong female lead, but she just kind of fell flat. None of the supporting characters were very memorable either. I'm not completely turned off to the idea of continuing the series. It is possible that it will get better. Jessica Spotswood does seem like she could be an excellent writer, perhaps just with more practice, and I'm not quite ready to completely write her off just yet.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
Oh wow I loved this book. The three sisters were such memorable characters and each had their own distinct personality. Of the three I’d have to love Maura because of her outspoken personality, her temperament made her explosive and exciting to read about. I felt sorry for her at the same time because of what she goes through, but I’d have to say she’s my favorite character of the three. The plot of the book was really good and interesting. World building was wonderful and I loved the setting. The pace of the plot was also steady and filled with mystery. I liked the concept of the Brotherhood and the Sisterhood, it’s interesting and different. The prophecy mentioned in this book was a little drawn out too much as I hoped, but perhaps that’s because I was eager to figure out what it was. I can’t say that I really like Cate. She’s a typical older sister but I found myself yelling every few 50 pages: ‘CATE. FFS. TELL YOUR SISTERS’. It’s her keeping all the information away from her sisters that makes the plot even more entangled than before (but more exciting!). Of the two possible romances, I’d prefer Paul, only because he just sounds much more romantic (but a bit of a cad) than Finn. Naturally with books like these, it leaves on a HUGE CLIFFHANGER that makes you want to pull your hair out because you’d have to wait a long time for the next book to come out. I’m telling you, it’s an ending that’s enough to make you want to scream. I’d say, fans of A Great and Terrible Beauty, and Prophecy of the Sisters would enjoy this book. Similar setting, but very different plots. Overall fabulous reading and most definitely recommended!
Amber_Elise More than 1 year ago
Plot: This has GOT to be my favorite witches book thus so far! Born Wicked takes place in an alternate universe in which puritans still reign as the majority and women are brought up to be docile and God-fearing, and if they're witches, they get shipped off to a sort of corrections facility. Spotswood's language complements the story's mood and really transports you to the author's universe. It's not an action packed novel by any means. The pacing is slow as the series' initial installment focuses on Cate's relationship with her two younger sisters and her dilemma between marrying for love, and protecting her family from the Brotherhood. Just because the pacing is slow, it doesn't mean that the story isn't engaging. The lives of the Cahill sisters and their environment is something I need to know more about! Spotswood weaves issues of homosexuality (Yay LGBTQ characters) and women's rights into the plot and it fits very naturally.  Characters: Born Wicked's strength is in its characters. Cate is a young girl who has some really big shoes to fill, and as the reader, you feel for her situation. She is extremely innocent which makes her first run in with love something special. I wouldn't really consider this book to circle around a love triangle because she clearly favors one young man over the other. Her relationship with Finn makes me smile because it's all very innocent and it takes its time building, which you would expect for the time period and their own pressures from society. Cate's sisters are also well-written and interesting characters who are struggling to 1) grow up without a mother 2) not to be tried as witches 3) find their place in the world. There isn't much about the youngest sister, Tess, but I'm sure her character will be developed further in the sequels.  Setting: Like I said earlier, I need to know more about this alternate universe that Spotswood has created, it's so fascinating! The characters drop hints about the going-ons in different parts of the world (Like how the scandalous girls in New Dubai are allowed to wear pants!) and how The Brotherhood came to hunt witches.  Audio book Performance: Nicole Sudhaus' performance is part of the reason why I enjoyed this audio book so much. She portrayed Cate to a T. Her tone reflected how tortured Cate felt, how distraught she felt over her sisters' witchery, and how naive she was about love. I'm definitely continuing this series as an audio book (when they decide to make the sequels available)!  Short n Sweet: Born Wicked is a fascinating tale of a witch trying to protect everyone she loves. Spotswood brings her characters to life and I can't wait to find out what happens to my favorite witchy sisters!
vikingprincess1976 More than 1 year ago
I can officially say that I am in love with this series! I have always loved witches in stories, and this one is by far one of the best! I loved the setting, the story, and the characters. A nice, simple, yet complex storyline that kept me engaged to the very end. You can imagine my relief finding out that this was part of a trilogy in which the final book was released recently. I was in tears by the end of this book, which doesn't happen to me very often. I would recommend anyone a fan of witches or any kind of paranormal/supernatural fan to read this!
Asand More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts:  I was a little confused when I first started reading Born Wicked.  I seriously thought this book was set in present time and I could not figure out why everything seemed so off.  But once I realized it was more in the late 1800's early 1900's, then everything seemed to make so much more sense.  And actually, I think the story wouldn't have been as interesting if it were a present day novel.   This was a time period where there really were witch hunts and women being wrongly accused of witchcraft; so to actually be a witch and growing up in this time period is pretty darn scary and exciting.   I actually love historical fiction and it made me giddy to know that Born Wicked was one.  But it is much more than just that too.  There is also a huge alternate universe feeling to the novel because of the views expressed by the characters.  Women are treated terrible in the US (which back then that wasn't unfathomable) but they are treated exceptionally well in places like Dubai.  They are even allowed to wear trousers!!  Oh I love my trousers and couldn't imagine not wearing them; although I think it would be fun to have the beautiful dresses as well.  I loved the world building as we learn more about the past and why things are so bad now for women from the men called the Brotherhood.  There is so much mystery surrounding the witch hunts and there is definitely more to it and just what those in control would have us believe it to be.  The author did a wonderful job of creating characters that we can relate to but still have this magical component to them that makes them even more interesting.  The three sisters are hard not to love and I find I enjoy each one because of their different personalities and how they meld together to work.  Of course, until they don't.  I mean they are sisters and sisters argue.  Right?   My favorite has to be Tess.  I just love how quiet and soft spoken she is but so intelligent.  And she is the youngest as well.  I feel like Cate, the oldest and the one telling the story, sometimes forgets that each one has a personality that she loves as well.  She is just so worried about them all the time, she forgets to actually enjoy their company as well.  As a mother, I can completely understand that.  Sometimes the worries and frantic nerves can take over and we forget to enjoy the simple things too.   I believe the character development was done beautifully.  It is probably the strongest point of the book.  We see Cate in all her glory when she is strong and when she feels like everything is falling apart.  I just want to reach into the book and give her the comfort that she needs so much.  I don't believe she makes all the right decisions but at the same time, I don't know how she could have made any other decision as well.   And of course there is a love interest.  There is a love triangle but I don't think it is as pronounced as I worried it would be.  I think Paul could be a good guy (though he gets on my nerves) and I think Finn is the absolute most adorable funniest guy there is.  I even love the name more too: Finn.  Plus, he is a bookseller and come on, what is not to love for that!!!???  He is definitely a triple threat.  I am a sucker for all books about witches and magic and Born Wicked was a great story that had me hooked into instantly.  I feel like there is so much more in the story, hidden between the lines, about women's suffering through the ages, but is told from a magical standpoint.  There are a few surprises throughout the book that will shock you and have you shaking your head but all in all I really loved Born Wicked!   I am starting the second book as soon as I finish this review!  I hope it is as good as the first!
nacbookworm More than 1 year ago
Easily my favorite paranormal ever.  Amazing alternate history perfect for fans of romance, adventure, and magic.  Give it a shot.  You will not be dissapointed. 
Tween_2_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I actually read this book for a book club at my library! I suggested it since Jessica would be at a local bookstore a few weeks later. I loved Born Wicked and devoured it over my spring break! I was a little (okay very) confused about when the book takes place, but it makes more sense over time. There were characters I loved and characters I wanted to murder... It was super fun meeting the author and hope to see her again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
I picked up Born Wicked in anticipation for an author event that Jessica Spotswood was attending. I have to say that I am glad I was finally able to read it. I am a huge fan of paranormal magic novels (Sweep & Immortal Beloved series) and I am glad I finally found another one worthy of my time. In Born Wicked, the first sign of a girl being a witch would win her a ticket at an asylum or killed. Think of the Salem Trials in your history class. For Cate Cahill, she not only has to suffer losing a mom, but she also has to hide the fact that she is not only a witch, but her two younger sisters are also witches. Kinda hard when one is too young to understand the concept of consequences, while the other is in her rebellious stage. Not only that, but in six months she has to decide whether she will get married to her childhood friend or pledge her life to the sisterhood. Cate was such an endearing protagonist; she was level headed, thought of her sisters first and then herself, but also wasn't bullied around by anyone. I hated her sister, Maura who seemed to have so much animosity towards Cate, as opposed to Tess who was such a sweet kid. Finn, the love interest didn't disappoint either. I love how you get to find out little bits of the mystery here and there and the addition of new characters that become Cate's allies. The ending wasn't a big surprise but it opens up a whole new world for Cate and the readers and I can't wait to start my copy of Star Cursed, the sequel of Born wicked (already read it and loved it! 4.5/5 stars). 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
d7e40 More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. I had a very hard time putting it down. My biggest disappointment? That the next book in this series won't be out until next year! I absolutely loved the style of writing and the characters are likable and REAL (even if it is a different time period). I found a few of the twists and turns predictable, but I truly didn't care because I enjoyed reading it so much. I'm very much looking forward to the next book (and the next!). It's set in an alternative time period in New England and my brain had a tough time wrapping around where I was or when I was...but then I would get sucked into the story again and I would not care. I read this book a few months ago and I'm *still* thinking about it. I was definitely drawn in just like I was for The Hunger Games, Twilight and Harry Potter. I'm looking forward to many more books from this author. If you enjoy young adult fiction, you would enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like i luv how they made the storyline like old fashioned,but it had this modern interest 2 it, like u can tell the three sisters luv eachother, but hav sisterly rivarly with like supernal , powers so id' ll like 2 see how thats going 2 affect the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has suspense, romance, a bit of action, and witches!!!!!" AMAZINGNESS!!!!! A MUST READ!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bookklovr22 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I loved the characters and I loved how well developed they were. The setting was really interesting to read about, and it was terrible how women were treated. The way the magic was told about was wonderful, and all the things they could do was amazing. I loved the style of writing and how a lot was explained, even though it was told entirely in Cate's point-of-view. I read a measly 3½ books over my 8-day vacation, and this one only took me 1 day to read, which is impressive considering it took me just over two days to read The Hunger Games.