Author- Jessica Spotswood.
Publish Date- 25th January 2012.
After her mother dies Cate Cahill has her hands more then full keeping a close watch over her two younger sisters- the three girls are Witches and they learnt how to control their powers and hide them from the likes of the Brotherhood, the men who closely watch all girls and ship anyone who could be at all magical away, but things are starting to get more and more out of control; Cate has to choose either someone to marry or a life serving the Sisterhood (who aren't all they seem...) and with a romance in the making with the wrong suitor she doesn't know what she can do. All she knows is... she's got to keep her family safe. Because if the Brotherhood find out what they are, well, it's either prison, an asylum. Or death. And is willing to out aside her life for the ones she loves...
Thank you to Penguin for this review copy!
What I thought:
I'm not quite sure what I expected of Born Wicked- One. I adore the cover; it might not be to everyone's tastes, but the dress, the thoughtful pose, the flowers and the slightly haunting darkening background really capture me. It says a lot about the story too, because Cate's one place of solace is her garden.
I wasn't enthralled by the story, not all of it, I didn't find that the writing style suited my preferred reading style, but I did find the romance between Cate and Finn Belstra to be a very beautiful one, and I feel that I can link with Cate in the way she's willing to put her dreams and wishes aside if only to protect her family. And I love that she isn't a proper young lady, but different from all the girls going out to tea in that time, though I am a heartfelt lover of period classics.
Overall I'd give it a three out of five- I didn't like the writing but the story, cover and romance were fantastic!