Born Wicked (Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood
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 only six months left 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 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.
If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.
About the Author
Jessica Spotswood is a debut US author. She grew up in a tiny one-stoplight town in Pennsylvania. Now she lives in a gentrifying hipster neighbourhood 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 favourite. Born Wicked is her debut novel for teens.
Hi! For one of the features on my own blog, I ask authors to describe their main characters in 3 adjectives + a noun. I decided to use that method in describing my own characters for you. Mind you, these are descriptions from Cate’s point of view at the beginning of the book, so they’re biased:
Cate Cahill: bossy, stubborn, brave sister (from my pov)
protective, stifled, worried gardener (from her pov)
Maura Cahill: impulsive, romantic, yearning witch
Tess Cahill: clever, sweet, helpful sister
Mr. Cahill: absent, scholarly, clueless father
Finn Belastra: handsome, scholarly, progressive bookseller
Paul McLeod: mischievous, arrogant, flirtatious friend
Mrs. Corbett: horrid, nosy, lurking neighbor
Elena Robichaud: elegant, scheming, canny governess
Brother Ishida: awful, condescending, bullying Brother
Sachi Ishida: pretty, demure, cabbage-headed daughter
Rory Elliott: loud, laughing, bitter flirt
Brenna Elliott: spooky, sad, broken oracle