BlogHer Book Club: Born Wicked

I must say Born Wicked, by Jessica Spotswood,  is one case where I judged the book by it’s cover and got it all wrong. Or maybe I’ve been reading too much supernatural fiction set in the modern day to realized that this book was set in the past from the cover. I had a bit of trouble pinpointing when the book was taking place. By page 30, I had settled in to deciding it took place in Anne of Green Gables time* and a few pages later the author cleared up the matter by explicitly stating that the book took place in Rhode Island in 1900.

Overall, I really liked Born Wicked. It is chock full of things I like – witches, intrigue, scandal, redheads, creepy religious overlords, gardeners. Really, it has it all. The author did a good job pacing the book. The plot builds right from the beginning without tons of exposition, which is nice. I like books where you jump right in. I did get confused here and there (see location/era issues above), but it wasn’t anything that detracted from the book.

The biggest bummer is that it because it is the start of the Cahill Witch Chronicles series, the book doesn’t have a satisfactory ending so much as a cliffhanger. A successful one, too. I not only was surprised, but I really want to read the next book to see what happens.

Rather than recount the plot and inadvertently giveaway any spoilers, I thought I would try and give an idea of the tone.  It reads more like a modern novel than historical fiction. For the most part, people speak in modern day words (this is a big issue for me with a lot of fiction set in the past), the women are spunky but work within the system enough that I don’t feel like the characters are anachronistically feminist. The witchery is mellow – simple one word spells rather than long poemy things. (Long pages of spells drive me insane).

I really liked it and would recommend it to readers of supernatural fiction, young adult fiction and historical fiction alike.

This post was sponsored through my participation in BlogHer Book Club. I was compensated for my time reading the book and writing this post, but my opinions are purely my own.

*Turns out I wasn’t too far off, Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908.

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3 Responses to “BlogHer Book Club: Born Wicked”

  1. Suzanne says:

    Did you intend for me to read “It is chock full of things I like – witches, intrigue, scandal, redheads, creepy religious overlords, gardeners.” in the voice of Stephan from SNL Weekend Update? Because I totally did and then I LOL’d.

    I think I would have dismissed it based on the cover/title but 1900’s Rhode Island sounds much more my style. Thanks for the recommendation!


    Amy Reply:

    This is where I have to admit that I’m an old fuddy duddy who doesn’t watch SNL


  2. Audrey says:

    Aaaand now I’m SUPER sad I didn’t get chosen for the review. Will have to put it on my ‘to read’ list!


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