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Posted November 30, 2013
That ending though…THAT ENDING!!!! My emotions are too much right now...READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!
The feelings I have right now are too tremendous to properly describe for you…but I’ll try my best to give you a good review without my emotional baggage tagging along...
Let me start by saying that I LOVE everything about this book. Which only makes this review even harder to write because I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it...the only "bad" thing that I can say is that the ending of this book left me DEVASTATED!!!! But it was so heartbreaking that it was GOOD!!! So you see where my issue is!
Anywho, lets start with the progress of our characters. Particularly our favorite witches, the Cahill sisters.
Cate, the eldest sister, we left off in Born Wicked thinking she was the prophesied witch that everyone was looking for. She has matured so much in this book it amazes me. She went from babying her sisters to actually letting them be themselves and it was such a beautiful thing! She has also learned so many things, magical and otherwise, that it makes me feel a sort of "pride" for her. Especially when she realizes that her magic isn't all bad, something happy for her in a world of sorrow and secrecy.
Maura, on the other hand, was such a disappointment for me (I guess I DO having something negative to say lol) her character seems like she really hasn't learned anything from her experiences. The only real change I see in her is that she is better at being conniving, spiteful and all around sinister! Such horrible (and WICKED) features!!! There are moments in the book when you can see how truly vulnerable she is, and though those moments are far and few in-between, my heart actually breaks for her in those moments. That is until her fits of jealousy emerge and you see how horrible she can be. The things she says and DOES to her sisters is just heartbreaking...HEARTBREAKING!!!
Tess, Ah we learn so much about Tess in this book. She was already a great character in Born Wicked, but we see her in a much more mature role in Star Cursed. She is such a powerful witch and loving sister that it hurts me to see all the drama that unfolds with these three girls.
And lastly, Finn!!! The life of my heart, I CANNOT even speak about him right now. My heart still hurts too much to form anything other than gut wrenching squeals and tears. I know this statement creeps into semi-spoilery waters, but there are no other words right now.
So finally, I hope that after what's been said you can still find as much joy in this book as I did because it really is a great sequel to the Cahill sisters journey and I am just as frightened at what's to come for Cate, Tess and Maura AND Finn as Cate is, but I know that Mrs. Spotswood will give them the ending that they deserve.
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Posted September 1, 2014
I wonder if anyone else is ready to have Maura turn herself into a frog or just vaporize herself. I am so ready for that girl to just disappear!!! I dislike Maura immensely and I don't really know if I can ever forgive her for the mistakes she has made. And yes, I gave her the benefit of the doubt in the first book but I just really want to destroy her now!
Oh well. Enough of my ranting...On to my review.
Star Cursed is a roller coaster ride of emotions with so much happening in this book you never have time to get bored with it. We become privy to more secrets concerning the Cahill witches and learn more of the other characters as well.
Just like Born Wicked, Star Cursed is a character driven story with a wonderful cast of protagonists and antagonists that we come to love and hate respectively. Spotswood is amazingly talented at writing the many different aspects of a character's thought process.
We are able to visually see the characters work through their anger, their happiness and all of their problems as we go through the plot. It's almost impossible not to feel empathy for Cate as she tries to stand in for their Mother when dealing with her sisters. I even see Cate assuming a "parental" role in the lives of the other witches that are introduced in the novel.
Besides such stunning descriptions of the historical era, the author is also able to give us an interesting story with some intense foreshadowing for what is to come in the series. This leaves us feeling creepy and tingly as we go through the plot. The oracles bring a certain horror factor to the story as well as the setting of Harwood Asylum and its inhabitants. But the most frightening aspect of the story is the Brothers exerting their power more and more everyday.
Star Cursed will not leave you disappointed as the reader gains new allies and losing more than we were willing to give up. In this sequel we are forced to understand the true meaning of sacrifice.
Posted May 24, 2014
Wow. Just wow.
Excellent plot line, some really good swoons and an ending that will drive you mad.
I know it's not much of a review, but this is what I've been reduced to. Just wait...you'll understand once you're done.
Posted May 11, 2014
I hunted down this book. I finished Born Wicked on the way to Virginia, and knew I needed Star Cursed as soon as I finished it. It took almost five bookstores, but eventually I found it and DEVOURED it in an easy twenty four hours! I cannot wait to read Sister's Fate which comes out in August!
Posted January 1, 2014
. This world is frighteningly dominated by powerful, paranoid men. They will do anything to keep women powerless.
It's scary how it sounds like various times and places in our history.
That said, this is an interesting exploration of that situation. What does one do, as a woman, in a society where women are only useful for breeding and caring for men?
Anyone with a gift (in this case, magic or healing) is a danger to the norm and must be eliminated.
Who can you trust? What is the best way to try to improve things?
I have to admit that I was annoyed to discover that this is book two of a series. I stepped in without the original background and it ended without a full resolution. I thought I was getting a stand alone story (This was an ARC that I won in a give away). I'll have to decide if I want to go back for the first book and/or get the third.
Posted December 10, 2013
Star Cursed, the second book in the Witches of Cahill series, is a great paranormal read about an alternate world where witches are persecuted and believed dangerous by the Brotherhood. The witches hide in plain sight as sisters in a convent. Teenager, Cate, is believed to be the witch of prophecy that will turn the tide for the witches. However, she has yet to exhibit the signs of great power expected of the witch from the prophecy and time is running out as the Brotherhood ramps up their persecution of women who are suspected of practicing witchcraft. And if that wasn't enough pressure, her fiancé, Finn, has joined the Brotherhood to be closer to her, putting him at risk if the Brotherhood learns he is sympathetic to witches.
I enjoyed this book very much. There was action, forbidden love, sibling rivalry and a great set up for a confrontation between the sisters and the Brotherhood. Cannot wait for Book Three.
Posted December 10, 2013
"The last few pages, OH MY GAWD. HOLD ME PLEASE."
Okay, so obviously I wrote those words when I just read the book but now I’m going to add more to my review (which is kinda like my 4th review ever so please bare with me)
Now lets get down to business: Cate is with the Sisterhood trying to protect her sisters and unfortunately that backfires on her since Tess and Maura show up. (Poor Cate never gets a break) Now that Maura is back in the game you can definitely expect to see even more head butting. Will the prophecy come true? hmm
Star Cursed is one of those books that YOU THINK everything is going according to plan and I’m in my little safe bubble. But then POP something happens and I’m left reeling with all these emotions. LIKE HOW COULD A BOOK BE SO WONDERFUL YET PAINFUL AT THE SAME TIME.
I flew threw, pun intended, through the pages of Star Cursed. Jessica brought her A++++ game with this book and her writing is as flawless as ever.
If you haven’t heard of The Cahill Witch Chronicles I suggest you get acquainted with it because these books are simply amazing!
Posted December 6, 2013
I loved Jessica Spotswood's Born Wicked so much that I bought Star Cursed the day it came out and devoured it!
Oh my gods! It was so good. I didn't believe there was any way for this book to be better than the first. But I was wrong. I laughed. I cried. I screamed and yelled and cursed one particular character.
I need the final book, Sisters' Fate now. But I'm forced to wait until August 13. Eight more months!!! It's gonna be torture waiting. Trust me, you want to read this series. Star Cursed is definitely one if the best books I've read this year.
Posted December 3, 2013
If you’re looking for a series book with a Happily Ever After then you should probably look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for something absolutely gripping, a book that will draw you in on every page, and will make you throw your hands up at the end and scream “whyyyyy?!?!?!” (that isn’t hyperbole, that was my actual response), then please, please check out ‘Star Cursed’, and the first volume of the Cahill Witch Chronicles, ‘Born Wicked’.
There are so many reasons to like these books. The world building is intricately structured, with such an intelligently written focus on gender roles. Just like in our world there are different factions within groups arguing about how to change the status quo and bring women back into power. 'Star Cursed' brings us to New London, a location which we only heard about in Born Wicked, a place where the Brotherhood rules even more strictly, especially as increased restrictions on women are being put into place.
While all the characters are layered and interesting, Cate is the real reason why these books work so well. Cate is so strong, even when her hands are tied. She cares so much, and she wants to do what is right. She doubts herself, like anyone would, but she really grows into her own in this book, embracing her power and seeing how magic can be very good or very bad, depending on who’s wielding it.
Without getting too much into spoilers, I just adore the relationship between Cate and Finn. I would be remiss if I didn’t point out how lovely they are together, and how refreshing it is to see a pair who suit each other so well, and respect each other so much. But while the romance is spectacular, the even stronger relationships in these books belong to those of the three sisters: Cate, Maura, and Tess. There is such an intense dynamic at play here, especially between Cate and Maura. Their bond is very complicated, but it’s one that Jessica Spotswood writes flawlessly.
As you may have been able to tell from my first paragraph, it’s putting it kindly to say that the ending of this book is cliffhanger-y (an official term) and heartbreaking. Even though I thought I saw it coming, it still completely broke me, just like the ending of ‘Born Wicked’ did, except this time even more so. As of writing this review it’s been a couple of weeks since reading the book, but I still feel all those emotions. When I think about the book my heart races and I want to start counting days until the next book’s release, except I know acknowledging that wait will break my heart even more. Basically? Jessica Spotswood sure knows how to leave her readers dying for more. I would seriously dislike her for that ending if a) she wasn’t so sweet a person, and b) her books weren’t so brilliantly crafted. Highly, highly recommended.
Posted December 3, 2013
This book series has to be made into a movie, by far the best series of Witches I've read, way better than Beautiful Creatures.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 1, 2013
I've read so many books, but Jessica Spotswood's Star Cursed really stands out. It has so many components in it- suspense, action, and romance. This book will keep you on your toes to navigate the many plot twists and turns. It's definitely a must-read for anyone!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 30, 2013
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I know that it is early into 2013, but like 2012 (at least so far) Jessica Spotswood has tied with Veronica Rossi (Under The Never Sky/Through The Ever Night) for my fave books of the year. AMAZING! This book was simply perfect! I absolutely loved Born Wicked, but I think that I LOVED Star Cursed even more. Jessica Spotswood is a rock star author for sure! Everything from the plot to the characters to the writing to the ending to the... everything, was so flippin good! I have no words to express how much I am in awe of this book! The only problem with reading it so early is that now I have to wait for what feels like ten thousand years for book three! That ending left me NEEDING to know what happens. Well played, Mrs. Spotswood, well played indeed!
Posted November 29, 2013
After reading this book there are a few things I have realized. First, I love, love, love this series. Second, Jessica Spotswood may be evil (probably not but after that ending I’m not really sure). And finally, I have to wait until 2014 (most likely) to read the next book of the series and I don’t know how I am going to make it that long - let me just take a second here.
I would probably sell my soul to the devil to get a copy of book 3 tomorrow if offered – don’t judge me for this. Be warned– If you haven’t read any of this series, you may want to stop and back away from this post. I am going to do my best to not put any spoilers out there but I can’t promise anything.
Star Cursed picks up shortly after Born Wicked leaves off. Cate has moved to New London and is living with the Sisterhood who is training and protecting her. It is clear she regrets not being able to say goodbye or explain anything to her sisters and Finn and even after 6 weeks with the Sisterhood, she hasn't really made any friends or made an effort to become close to the people around her. It is clear Cate is becoming a stronger witch and although everyone still believes she is the witch mentioned in the prophecy, she still hasn't had any visions. On top of all of that, everyone recognizes that the Brotherhood is becoming more and more dangerous, not only to the Sisterhood but women in general and there is a real fear that things can only get worse.
As always, the characters are what draw me into a story and help me fall in love with it. This is no different. She has written a strong main character in Cate, a swoony male lead in Finn, and some truly bad, bad guys.
Throughout the story I was able to see how Cate struggled balancing what she wanted to do with what she needed to do. She also thinks things through and although some people criticized her for “over thinking” I thought that is what made her stronger. She wasn't always reactive and thought about the consequences vs. just jumping in without caring about the end results. Add to this the fact that she truly loves her family and Finn and I wanted her to come out of this book with everything she wanted.
Finn definitely provides the swoons in this book again but he also does more than that. He is the support that Cate needs and helps her to realize she isn't alone in all of this. Whatever she does, she does with him and he will do whatever he can to keep her safe. He loves her and definitely still wants to marry her…somehow. Now back to the swoons…I will just drop this little snippet from the Conservatory scene here:
“You worry about what the prophecy means for them, but I worry about you, Cate. Someone’s got to. You’d sacrifice yourself in a second to keep them safe. You’d sacrifice us.”
His words hand there between us, a reminder that I already have.
“I don’t know if I could do it again,” I say truthfully. “I know being here is dangerous for you. I should send you away, but I don’t want to give you up. It’s selfish of me.”
“Good. Be selfish.” Finn’s mouth claims mine in a searing kiss, and my mind empties of everything except his hands, his lips, his tongue.
SEE WHAT I MEAN???
Once Cate requests that Maura and Tess join her in New London, the plot moves along. With all of the sisters under one roof, the dynamic is somewhat back to what it used to be. Tess and Cate are still very close and Maura feels left out. I will take a second here to say, I don’t feel sorry for Maura at all. She essentially creates this tension between her and Cate that doesn't need to be there. If she were my sister I probably would have told her off and not let her get away with the way she acted. Really all I wanted to say to her the entire time was:
By the end of the book, I was happy to see the way Cate responded and honestly, one of the things I am most excited about in the next book is to see how she reacts and interacts with Maura. Maura is selfish and annoying and I’m glad Cate has finally come to her senses with her.
I highly recommend this series to anyone. It has an interesting story and some great characters (both good and bad). I will say that if you prefer a full story without feeling like “Holy Crap did that just happen and now I have to wait a year for the rest of the story” you may want to wait until the third book comes out. If this is you, definitely add this series to your to read pile for later. Anyone who doesn't have a problem with books that give you that feeling, what are you waiting for…get this now and dive righ
Posted November 27, 2013
I love this book! It was fantastic and I just love the story about Kate and Finn. They're my new favorite couple that I love to see together. The way that Jessica Spotswood brings her story to life is just amazing. You find out more about who is the prophesied witch is and how their powers are becoming strong while in the Sisterhood. Even though Cate is the main protagonist, I believe her sister Tess in the powerful one that the prophecy is talking about. The only terrible thing that happen (to me at least) was the unseen ending. I actually thought that it was going to end another way and was shocked that it ended like that. How do you coupe with something like that? I just hope that the next book, Sisters' Fate, ends on a better noteWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 15, 2013
Posted August 23, 2013
A Fabulous Sequel
I don't believe I ever reviewed Born Wicked. I think it just read it from the library in the midst of a bunch of review books, so I don't think I got around to it. But I loved the story. I loved the atmosphere and setting of the story. It's so Puritan *not actual Puritans though* but to a even bigger extreme. There's just something about that type of reading backdrop that really gets me.
Ok so Cate is a fabulously strong main character. She's so loyal and stubborn when it really matters. There is a lot riding on her magic, but when circumstances begin to bring Tess into it, the stress only doubles. It would be a relief for her to just carry it on her shoulders if Tess was spared. Ms. Spotswood decided not to allow that for Cate, *or me, the reader, that was weeping on her bed* but the plot was just SO GOOD!
I got all the feels throughout the story. I yelled a lot at the Brotherhood for being so misogynous. The level they took their drive to stamp out women's voices took ignorance to a whole new level. There was a scene in the story involving books that I really cried over. It was a serious boo-hoo session.
Cate's sister Maura. Oh. My. Goodness. Can someone give me permission to just shoot her in the head so Cate doesn't have to?? I mean how obnoxiously prideful and ignorant can you be?? Cate goes to great lengths to repair the damage to their relationship, but Maura is way too caught up in herself to be much help for that.
Throughout the story, Cate really grows as a character. There is so much development, and I was really excited to see the risks she begins to make to change the Sisterhood's position for the better in a way that helps, not harms. Her relationship with Finn? Swoon. Yep, he's a wonderful fella to have in a life. Which brings me back to Maura. OOOOOOOOoooooo! I can't believe her. Ms. Spotswood broke my heart into pieces with that ending. *My lips are sealed though.*
Posted August 18, 2013
Posted August 1, 2013
I love this book and series, a great amount of intrigue along with your fun witch/magic theme and a surprise at the end that I personally wasn't expecting. I hate, hate, hate having to wait for next books in series to come out. Why do I always find books that are trilogies, series, etc?! You should definitely read this (but read Born Wicked first if you haven't read this yet!)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 25, 2013
Ever since I finished Born Wicked, I had to get my hands on Star Cursed and find out what happens next to the Cahill sisters. I love witch/magick themed books and the fact that the storytelling by Spotswood is fantastic made me even more excited for what is to come for Star Cursed. I am happy to say that Star Cursed didn't suffer form the middle book syndrome. It also exceeded my expectations and I ended up loving it even more than Born Wicked.
So much happens in Star Cursed and there are so many ups and highs that I ended up going through emotionally. Also we get to glimpse even more into the lives of the witches as well as witness even more gruesome and horrific acts done by the brotherhood in the name of their faith. I think the reason why I love this series is that there is no clear good and bad side. While the brotherhood is pure evil in my opinion, some of the members are forced to be a part of it in order to keep their families safe. Also, what I found surprising that even the witches covenant isn't made up of all good members that want the greater good, but actually filled with witches with hidden agendas and a need for power and supremacy.
Of course Cate is in the middle of things, especially with the prophecy that seems to be pointing to her and her two other sisters. I have to say, Cate really grew up in this novel. She had her flaws, mostly for her unconditional trust towards her sister Maura.. us readers are given many hints and foreshadowing scenes that point to Maura turning bad, however I have to give Cate a break because she is her sister. However Maura just annoyed the hell out of me and I just couldn't believe where all her hatred comes from. This is one messed up girl. The bright light in this sister triangle is Tess. She is really a ball of sunshine and her relationship with Cate is just so adorable. However don't underestimate her because this girl is powerful. The difference between Tess and Maura is like the difference between day and night. Romance wise, we are not void of that; Finn was the anchor in Cate's life. He supported her decisions but at the same time voiced his own. He wasn't the typical 2D love interest we end up seeing in many YA books.
I personally loved the fast paced plot as well as the introduction to many other important characters as well as the complexity of some of them. Coming to the ending, I have to point out that it was horrific to read. It isn't just a cliffhanger-ish ending, but one that makes you scream at a specific character as well as wishing it was possible to teleport to a book and be able to punch said character in the face. I am just so pleased with the direction of this novel and I can't wait to see what happens next for the brotherhood, the sisterhood (the witches), Maura (ugh), Tess, and then Cate and Finn. There is so much that happens in this book but everything ties together perfectly. I definitely recommend it to paranormal fans, especially fans of the Sweep series.
Posted July 16, 2013
I can't wait to read this book again!
Everything from the first book continues with this book...and then takes you steps further.
The Brotherhood makes you more angry. The drama between the sisters escalates. The romance is more forbidden.
Even though this series takes place in an alternate history of New England, the characters and story seem very plausible and REAL (yes, even with the magic!) Jessica Spotswood has a gift for turning characters into real people.
I'm looking forward to the third book in this series, can't wait!