May 28, 2013

ARC Review + Giveaway: Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Title: Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles Book 2)
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Penguin Teen (Putnam Juvenile)
Release Date: June 18th 2013
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC (paperback)

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.

My Review:
I LOVED Born Wicked, and when you fall in love with the first book in a series, you sometimes worry that the sequel will not live up to your now high standards for that author. Well, Star Cursed not only met, but exceeded all of my expectations. 
I loved the dynamic between Cate and Finn. He is extremely supportive and loving and his desire to protect her is so admirable. He cares for her safety, but still trusts in her personal strength and doesn't try to hinder her independence. 
I love Cate as a character. She is strong, brave, and worries for her sisters. She had been thrust a large amount of responsibility at such a young age, and has to make some difficult decisions that could possibly impact many lives. My other favorite character is Tess. She is the cute, kind, and extremely smart little sister anyone would love to have! 
I feel like this book was a big turning point in the series. There are many revelations, and danger abounds around every corner. Harwood Asylum was especially well depicted, and definitely hit a 10 on the "creep" meter. Spotswood is a master of world and character building, but plot is the driving force in this one. You will be racing along, turning pages well into the night, because you NEED to know what happens next. 
The romance in this story is absolutely swoon-worthy, but is also filled with betrayal, intrigue, and tons of magic! 
I would recommend Born Wicked, and The Cahill Witch Chronicles as a whole to anyone who loves YA. There is definitely something for everyone here. I promise, if you pick this one up, you will not be dissapointed!

My Rating:
5 out of 5 STARS

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Thanks to Penguin Young Readers Group, I have a prize pack to give away to one lucky reader!
Open in the U.S. ONLY.

The prize pack will include:
- One Paperback Copy of Born Wicked
- One ARC of Star Cursed
Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #2)

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  1. i havent started the series yet, but i love reading about witches!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  2. I loved Born Wicked soooo much! For one thing the cover(s) are beautiful. Another thing, I loved the setting...a little bit steampunk and a lot of Victorian feeling and maybe something else. And Cate and Finn were soooo cute :D Thanks so much for this giveaway! I am super excited for Star Cursed and I can't wait to get it! Although I was a little scared about what would happen and how the sequel would live up to the first, I've been encouraged by your review :D

  3. I haven't read this series either but it looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  4. These sound really good! Thanks for the chance to win 'em!

  5. Oh my gosh I love everything about it! Mostly I love cate and Finn! They are both such great characters! I can't wait to see what happens in this book!

  6. Because I've always found books about/relating to witch hunts fascinating :)
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  7. I loved Born Wicked (ohh, Finn ;D) and now I must read the second one! :D

  8. I love books about magic and I've heard great things about this series!

  9. I haven't read this series yet, but I love these types of stories and I am looking forward to reading this series.

  10. I haven't read the first book yet, I love the covers of both books I think that is what first made me want to read them, a little superficial I know, but with reading your review I know I will enjoy the story too. Thanks for the chance to win both books:)

  11. I haven't read the series yet, but I love reading about witches, and I haven't read that many witch books! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  12. I love paranormal books and witches are my second favorite creature.
    This looks great! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!
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  13. I haven't read the series yet, but I've definitely read good reviews for them and I'm a sucker for pretty covers.


  14. I really loved the characterization of the sisters and seeing the intricacies of their relationships--and, of course, Finn! :D

  15. I haven't read the series yet but I really love witches. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I haven't read either of the books yet, but the series has been on my list since I first heard of it. I love the synopsis. I am a huge fan of witches. They are my favorite characters to read about. So I think this book would be right up my alley. And hearing so many wonderful things about it from so many people doesn't hurt either!

  17. I love anything to do with witches, so I'm super excited to read this series! I've read great reviews for both books too, so that makes me even more pumped. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  18. I haven't read this series, but I love the covers. I also enjoy things about witches.

  19. I haven't started the series yet but I've heard lots of great things about it. Plus, anything with witches captures my interest :)

  20. I haven´t read the books but besides those gorgeous covers. The witches make it more appealling

  21. AnonymousJune 07, 2013

    I haven't read the first book in this series yet but I LOVE anything to do with Witches and this book sounds SO GOOD! Thanks for the great giveaway! :-)

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  22. I have yet to read this series, but I'm excited to! Why? WITCHES!!

  23. So glad you enjoyed this and it was as good as Born Wicked <3 I can't wait to see more Finn!!

  24. Oh, so sad that I'm late to enter this giveaway. I have already bought the first book but haven't had a chance to read it. And then there's the 2nd installment already. I think I have to read Born Wicked soon :)


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