Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Born Wicked Review

My second historical fiction book read in 2012!!!  I am nearly half way to meeting my goal of 5.

This cover is totally strange.  Cate love gardening especially roses but not sure why she is laying in the grass or wearing non-period clothes.

Born Wicked is an alternate history of witches near the turn of the Twentieth Century in New England.  Cate and her two sisters live with their father in Maine in the late 1890s.  New England is crazed over witches.  They used to run the place, but now the religious Brotherhood is in charge and rounding up witches.  Cate and her sister are witches and they were training under their mother, but she died and now Cate is trying to keep their magic a secret.  Then, she finds out there was a prophecy, once that fits her, that she will be the strongest witch in 100 years and will bring the witches back into power. Only Cate hates being a witch.  She hates having to hide and worry about being arrested and sent way. She hates that by her next birthday, she will have to choose if she will marry (and be formally engaged) or join the Sisterhood, but others will make these choices for her.

I love that this is an alternate history.  It combines historical fiction and elements of dystopia.  I love how that works together.

As almost all YA books right now, this is a series and I will have to wait another year for the next installment.  Cate and her sisters have me intrigued.  All their carefully laid plans have backfired.  I don't know what will happen next.

3.5/5 stars on Goodreads.

What do you think about alternative histories?  Like 'em?  Hate 'em? Ever tried one?  Any suggestions?


  1. I like alternative histories. I recently read "Nation" by Terry Pratchett, which I really liked. I don't think they count as historical fiction, though. They count as alternative history :-) (In my book, Philippa Gregory counts as alternative history, too. Bleh.) "Faithful" and "A Northern Light" count. You should read some Celia Rees to round out your five, which you can borrow from me, if you want.

    1. I think it counts because YA Bliss, the blog hosting the YA Historical Challenge(http://www.yabliss.com/2011/12/ya-historical-fiction-challenge-2012.html ) , counts it as historical fiction on her Goodreads page. I will take what I can get.

      I think I am going to read a few non-historical books and then maybe borrow your Rees. I am definitely going to read some of what is on your list.

  2. Ah, well it can count for your challenge then--but I am just sayin' that it's not for-reals historical fiction.

    1. I realize it is not for-reals, but I am happy to count it. Maybe I'll get hooked on the genre and end up reading a whole bunch more.