Thursday, July 16, 2015

Book Review: Star Cursed

Title: Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Genre: Young Adult // Romance // Alt Universe // Witches
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: June 18, 2013
Format: Physical
Source: Borrowed (Library)

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate's friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.
Cate doesn't want to be a weapon, and she doesn't want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood's schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she'll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.
In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess's quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England (goodreads).

Star Cursed continues to impress me by making the character development a priority.

Plot: As seen in Born Wicked, The Cahill Witch Chronicles is not an action-driven novel, but its world, characters and nicely paced plot were enough to keep me glued t the pages. 

Star Cursed opens with Cate adjusting to her new life in New London and contemplating her role in the Sisterhood's plan. The plot is much intertwined with the characters and reveals itself as everyone's agenda comes to light. 

There is considerable more action in this novel than its predecessor if there are readers who thought that not enough was happening in Born Wicked. 

Characters: Strong-willed Cate and her sisters are some of the most developed characters I have come across in a long time. They each have distinctive personalities but it never seems like they are stereotypes. 

There are quite a few additional characters introduced in Star Cursed who added to the overall conflict and helped Cate grow. What I really appreciate about this series is that all of the characters are of shades of grey, none of the characters are inherently evil, but like in real life, everyone has their own agenda and their own goals to accomplish. 

World Building: We're transported from Cate's small town to New London which sounds bigger than is actually explored. I love how other countries and citizens influence the development of this English-esque world, but I would have preferred more exploration of New London as a city. 

Short N Sweet: Second book syndrome, what's that? Star Cursed builds in tension and slowly reveals the larger conflict at hand. I'm going to be sad when this series is over!


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