Star Cursed

Star Cursed

Book rating: 04 Hardback Cahill Witch Chronicles (Hardcover)

By (author) Jessica Spotswood

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  • Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 208mm x 38mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 18 June 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0399257462
  • ISBN 13: 9780399257469
  • Sales rank: 140,916

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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.

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Jessica Spotswood lives 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 favorite. You can visit her at www.jessicaspotswood.com.

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By Ashley @ Book Labyrinth 04 Dec 2013 5

If you’re looking for a series book with a Happily Ever After then you should probably look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for something absolutely gripping, a book that will draw you in on every page, and will make you throw your hands up at the end and scream “whyyyyy?!?!?!” (that isn’t hyperbole, that was my actual response), then please, please check out ‘Star Cursed’, and the first volume of the Cahill Witch Chronicles, ‘Born Wicked’.

There are so many reasons to like these books. The world building is intricately structured, with such an intelligently written focus on gender roles. Just like in our world there are different factions within groups arguing about how to change the status quo and bring women back into power. 'Star Cursed' brings us to New London, a location which we only heard about in Born Wicked, a place where the Brotherhood rules even more strictly, especially as increased restrictions on women are being put into place.

While all the characters are layered and interesting, Cate is the real reason why these books work so well. Cate is so strong, even when her hands are tied. She cares so much, and she wants to do what is right. She doubts herself, like anyone would, but she really grows into her own in this book, embracing her power and seeing how magic can be very good or very bad, depending on who’s wielding it.

Without getting too much into spoilers, I just adore the relationship between Cate and Finn. I would be remiss if I didn’t point out how lovely they are together, and how refreshing it is to see a pair who suit each other so well, and respect each other so much. But while the romance is spectacular, the even stronger relationships in these books belong to those of the three sisters: Cate, Maura, and Tess. There is such an intense dynamic at play here, especially between Cate and Maura. Their bond is very complicated, but it’s one that Jessica Spotswood writes flawlessly.

As you may have been able to tell from my first paragraph, it’s putting it kindly to say that the ending of this book is cliffhanger-y (an official term) and heartbreaking. Even though I thought I saw it coming, it still completely broke me, just like the ending of ‘Born Wicked’ did, except this time even more so. As of writing this review it’s been a couple of weeks since reading the book, but I still feel all those emotions. When I think about the book my heart races and I want to start counting days until the next book’s release, except I know acknowledging that wait will break my heart even more. Basically? Jessica Spotswood sure knows how to leave her readers dying for more. I would seriously dislike her for that ending if a) she wasn’t so sweet a person, and b) her books weren’t so brilliantly crafted. Highly, highly recommended.

By Pilar Albarran 29 Nov 2013 4

Star Cursed is the second book on the Cahill Witches series and as usual when reviewing a book that is part of a series, it is hard to keep spoilers from previous books to pop up here and there. So be warned, there might be spoilers for Born Wicked here and there. And it might contain some spoilers for this book itself too, although I will try my best to keep them to a minimum!

I have a confession to make about this book, it took me over a week to read it. Was it not engaging enough? Did it bore me at any point? Nope, those are not the reasons. The reasons can be quite the opposite, I was becoming so involved emotionally with the book, I kept on needing breathers here and there to deal with the righteous anger that kept grabbing me by the throat.

Cate is at the Sisterhood now and everyone thinks she's the prophesied witch that will get rid of the Brotherhood and will return the Daughters of Persephone to their right place. Cate is not adapting well to her new life, it was not a choice she wanted to make and she's still fighting it during the first part of the book.

Star Cursed doesn't have a middle book syndrome at all. Born Wicked was just setting up the stage and in this book things do start happening, and the stakes keep on getting higher. The Brotherhood keeps on getting more and more oppressive and the Sisterhood needs to decide on how to react, all out war consequences be damned, or find another way to stop them. Cate is caught in between the power grapples of the Sisterhood and once Tess and Maura join her at the Sisterhood, things just get even more complicated.

Maura, oh my, Maura has the biggest case of middle child syndrome ever! And even if my geek will be showing here, she also has a case of Anakin Skywalker's path to the Dark Side cause "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering..." I just hope that she doesn't completely blind herself to consequences and ends up the witchy version of Darth Vader...

The ending of the book is a cliffhanger, yes, one heck of a heartwrenching, mind-boggling, how the hell could that happen? sort of a cliffhanger. The one that will leave you rocking on a corner while the world goes on not acknowledging your emotional trauma. I'm sure book 3 will will raise the stakes even more, and I'm hoping there will be a way to fix what happend at the end of book 2!

Very well deserved 4 stars for this one!