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Born Wicked: The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book One [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Jessica Spotswood
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7. Februar 2012 Cahill Witch Chronicles (Buch 1)
Blessed with a gift...cursed with a secret.

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship - or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood - not even from each other.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Putnam Juvenile (7. Februar 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 9780399257452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399257452
  • ASIN: 0399257454
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 12 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,1 x 14,7 x 3,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 272.120 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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"A tale so captivating you don't want it to end."
(Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade series)

"An intriguing story of witchcraft, family responsibility, and unrequited love."
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"...the fate of the Cahill sisters inspires genuine dread by the time the cliffhanger ending arrives."
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Jessica Spotswood (www.jessicaspotswood.com) lives in Washington, DC, 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.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Magie und Liebe 17. März 2012
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Inhalt: Cate lebt in einem alternativen Neu England um 1900. Früher haben hier Hexen geherrscht, doch sie wurden irgendwann niedergeworfen und nun regiert die Bruderschaft des Herrn mit eiserner Hand. Damit es nicht noch einmal zu einer Herrschaft der Hexen kommt, werden alle Frauen unterdrückt und klein gehalten. Sie dürfen nicht zu selbstständig werden und müssen sich immer den Männern unterordnen. Die einzige Wahlmöglichkeit, die ihnen bleibt, ist entweder zu heiraten oder sich der Schwesternschaft anzuschließen. Doch selbst dann sind sie nicht außer Gefahr: Ständig werden junge Frauen vor Gericht gestellt, da sie angeblich Hexen sein sollen und nach ihrer Verurteilung wartet nichts Gutes auf sie.
Auch Cate und ihre 2 Schwestern sind Hexen. Seitdem ihre Mutter gestorben ist, muss Cate sich um die Familie kümmern und dafür sorgen, dass ihr Geheimnis verborgen bleibt. Doch Cate hat nur noch wenige Monate, bis sie 17 wird und entscheiden muss, ob sie heiraten wird oder sich der Schwesternschaft zuwenden wird. Was passiert dann mit ihren Schwestern? Damit beginnt für Cate eine schwere Zeit. Sie bekommt einen Heiratsantrag von ihrem besten Freund Paul, doch er möchte mit ihr wegziehen und Cate müsste ihre Schwestern alleine zurück lassen. Außerdem schlägt Cates Herz eigentlich für ihren jungen Gärtner Finn. Als Cate dann auch noch erfährt, was sich wirklich hinter der Schwesternschaft verbirgt, weiß sie gar nicht mehr, was sie tun soll. Doch die Zeit läuft ihr davon...
Über all dem schwebt eine alte Prophezeiung und als Cate diese entdeckt, steht ihr Leben Kopf.
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Seit dem viel zu frühen Tod ihrer Mutter muss Cate sich um ihre beiden jüngeren Schwestern Maura und Tess kümmern - und das ist keine leichte Aufgabe. Alle drei sind nämlich Hexen, was nicht einmal ihr eigener Vater weiß. Diese Tatsache müssen Cate und ihre Schwestern um jeden Preis geheim halten, denn Hexerei ist streng verboten und die Bruderschaft zeigt Hexen gegenüber kein Erbarmen, selbst wenn es sich nicht einmal um echte Hexen handelt.

Um ihre Schwestern zu schützen muss Cate jedoch in ihrer Nähe bleiben, was vielleicht nicht mehr allzu lange möglich sein wird. In wenigen Monaten ist ihr siebzehnter Geburtstag und bis dahin muss Cate entweder eine Verlobung bekannt geben oder der Schwesternschaft beitreten. Und wenn Cate, deren Familie zwar Geld hat, deren Mitglieder aber trotzdem als Sonderlinge bekannt sind, keinen Antrag bekommt, wählt die Bruderschaft einen Ehemann aus ihren eigenen Reihen für sie aus ...

Born Wicked ist ein sehr gelungener Debutroman, bei dem sich alles um Hexen und ihre Fähigkeiten dreht, was eine willkommene Abwechslung zu Werwölfen, Vampiren und Co. darstellt.

Vor allem das Setting, das Jessica Spotswood erschaffen hat, ist besonders interessant. Die Handlung spielt kurz vor Anbruch des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts, in einer alternativen Vergangenheit von Neuengland. Nachdem die Bruderschaft die Herrschaft der Hexen vor Jahren beendet hatte, setzt sie nun alles daran die Frauen klein zu halten und jede mögliche Hexe hart zu bestrafen. In ihren Augen sind alle Frauen schwach und sündhaft, weshalb sie sich ihnen sowie ihren Gesetzen zu unterwerfen haben und Bildung wird ihnen fast vollständig untersagt, damit sie gar nicht erst anfangen selbst zu denken.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent YA alternative history 7. Februar 2012
Von Amanda - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Okay, let me start this review with full disclosure: I really wasn't that interested in Born Wicked. In fact, I only read it because I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the book, and thought: Why not? From the very first page I was very pleasantly surprised at this book: start, unique, well-written and honest characters in a truly compelling plot that's unlike just about everything else in the YA genre right now.

Set in an alternative version of turn-of-century New England, Cate Cahill has always known what her future would be: marriage, or a life-long commitment to the celibate, religious Sisterhood. In a world controlled by the oppressive, religious Brotherhood, witches are hunted down and either sent to an asylum, a prison ship, or executed. Cate has been hiding her secret for years -that she and her two sisters, following the legacy of their deceased mother, are witches. Not only must Cate protect her sisters, but she uncovers an unexpected prophecy and learns secrets of the Sisterhood that will challenge the very fabric of the Brotherhood.

The first thing that drew me into this story was the elegant writing style and unique alternative history that pulls from America's Puritan period and the Salem Witch Trials to create a lush history that's easy to get lost in. And to top it off, Cate is a down-to-earth, honest character that's well-constructed, realistic and easy to readers to relate to. I thoroughly enjoyed her feisty, rebellious spirit and drive to protect her sisters from anything that would threaten them.

It was interesting to see how author Jessica Spotswood handled religion, magic and feminism here, especially since I felt like she did a nice job of juggling these themes without ramming them down the reader's throat. For example, when I first started the book I was a little concerned that Spotswood was going to paint religion in a negative light for oppressing people, especially women. But while the Brotherhood is obviously religiously-based, it was far removed from a recognizable religion (in fact, the Brotherhood felt more like a somewhat corrupt amalgamation of numerous religious) to not feel like some sort of attack on organized religion while still portraying feminist ideals without bordering on the super radical (I would note, however, that this book has virtually no appeal to male readers).

It didn't take long for Spotswood to win me over with Born Wicked. I was riveted to each page up until the very end, and I can't wait to see what happens next in Cate's story. Unique and unexpected, Born Wicked is a lush piece of fiction that's truly a delight to read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Almost perfect. 7. Februar 2012
Von Mandi Kaye - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When I started reading this one, it took me awhile to get into the flow of it. The story started pretty slowly, but picked up about a third of the way through. If you find it starts too slowly for your liking, punch through - it's worth it.

This world is brilliantly devised and written. It seems to take place in the 19th century, but it's hinted at that this is not the same 19th century from our past. This is a world where witches once ruled, but now the Brotherhood is the authority - seeking to subvert and oppress women. Every single trial and punishment I can recall from the book was a girl or woman - never a man. Women accused of witchery were either sent to an asylum or they mysteriously disappeared.

This is the world Cate Cahill and her two sisters have grown up in - as witches. Cate has spent the three years since their mother died trying to protect her sisters and keep their secret, all while watching other girls from the town be accused, tried, and punished for witchery.

I can't imagine the strength of character required for Cate to stay sane while living through the events of this book. My heart aches for her - for the choices she was forced to make, and for the sacrifices she made.

My only complaint with the book is that it ends in the middle of the story. I know that it's a series and will pick up in the next book, but it always bothers me when nothing is tied up at the end of a book.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Same Weaknesses as Every Other Hyped YA Today 30. März 2012
Von S. Su - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There's no good way for me to start this review except to just come straight out and say that this book disappointed me. With a pretty cover and interesting premise but lacking in world-building, solid pacing, and full characterization, BORN WICKED seems to exemplify all that is characteristic of recently published YA that are big hits but technically weak. So what follows is probably going to be more of a what-not-to-do essay for YA writers, and I hope to God that future writers and publishers will take these points into consideration before publishing their books.

Every day Cate Cahill worries that today's the day she and her younger sisters Maura and Tess will be exposed as the witches they are. The Brotherhood, which controls almost every aspect of life in New England, nearly wiped out the Daughters of Persephone several decades ago, and Cate fears for their lives every day.

When a warning note from a stranger and her mother's diary reveal to Cate a dreadful prophecy that affects them all, Cate finds herself ever more mired in the events and relationships of Chatham: trying to decide what the new friendships of several popular girls in town means, dealing with a suspicious new governess, fending off the advances of her childhood friend, falling for someone completely inappropriate for her, and delving more into her mother's history and the details of the prophecy. The more Cate explores, the more she realizes that few people are who they seem...and they all seem to want something from her. But what about what she wants for herself?

So let's begin by going down that list, I guess. BORN WICKED claims to take place in an alternate history of the world, but unless your copy of the book came with the Editor's Note saying so, it's extremely difficult to figure out the "rules" of said world. BORN WICKED is set in an alternate world where New England is religiously oppressed and women dream of someday going to "Dubai" and engaging in freedom of expression. All of these similarities-but-differences beg the question: so where in the course of Earth's history did things change? Only that is never explained in the book. There is no explanation of any "turning points" that led to this alternate course of history. Instead we simply have proper nouns like Dubai and New London and Mexico and the Indo-China War with no anchors in our own history. We have details like dress shapes and vague descriptions of architecture but the details seem to be a jumbled mix of Victorian, American Colonial, and Asian history.

Look. If you want to write a fantasy, then just make up different names and say that your inspiration came from the Salem Witch Trials. Dune is often said to be an allegory of the Middle East oil crisis, but it's not set in the Middle East of our world, is it? If you want to write a story that has its roots in our world, then you damn well better explain in the story how your fictional setting came about. People seem to be confused about how to world-build different genres. For the record, science fiction, dystopian, and alternate-history settings require MORE world-building than fantasy, because they are a what-if regarding a possible different future or past track that we could take. Science fiction, dystopian, and alternate-history settings must, if anything, read like contemporary fiction: the world in the story must be completely natural for readers.

I think I've said enough about that one subject. Moving on.

Some people think it's a good thing that the last several chapters of a 300-plus-page book are dramatic and full of startling revelations and villains going BOOM and protagonists agonizing over difficult decisions that they must make in a pinch of a moment. This is not a good thing. It means that the pacing is uneven and that the rest of the book up until the last few dramatic chapters either drag painfully or could have been condensed into a few chapters without losing anything. You don't sell a 300-plus-page book by saying, oh my goodness, but just wait until you get to page 300. Page 300?! No. The first 300 pages need to be tight. They need to be informative. They need to ensnare the reader. The last few chapters CANNOT justify the first several hundred pages. I don't find the last few dramatic chapters of a book to ever justify the amount of time I spent dragging myself through the first several hundred pages.

And finally, characterization. Writers, minor characters deserve almost the same amount of thought and development you give to major characters. Consider that, if they were real (which is kind of the point of writing fiction: to make everything feel as real and believable as possible, no matter your intention for doing so), minor characters could and should have the potential to be protagonists of their own stories somewhere out there. All of the characters in BORN WICKED are kind of jumbled together in my mind. No one stands out. The Biggest and Baddest Villains are Completely Opaque-Black Badddd, but nearly everyone else's natures and backstories seem to be able to be summarized in just two sentences each. If you want your characters--and thus, essentially, your story--to be memorable for readers, this is not the way to go.

BORN WICKED is probably not better or worse than most of the other hyped YA out there, but, coming at the end of a looooong line of other hyped YA that display the same problems, it has, unfortunately, been forced to bear the brunt of my frustration with recent YA. BORN WICKED really isn't bad, depending on what standards you have. If you've found yourself enjoying most of the YA bestsellers of the past year or so, then BORN WICKED will be your cup of tea. If you are looking for standout YA that elevate the genre, though, it may be best not to have too high expectations for this book. I'm going to get off the computer and go hit some walls now.
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Born Wicked is about three sisters, with the eldest, Cate telling the tale. Nearing her birthday, Cate must soon choose her future: Marriage to a man she may or may not have a choice in, or spending her life with the Sisterhood. Either choice means leaving her sisters, sisters that have not always made the smartest decisions about hiding the magic they have. In early New England, the hunt for witches has gone to an extreme, and The Brotherhood takes girls who are even suspicious of having magic to an asylum, are forced to hard labor, or in more extreme cases, kill them. The Brotherhood preaches that women should be meek and mild, and discourages them of having passions.

Cate has taken care of her sisters since their Mother's death as best she can, however her Father is having a new Governess brought in. New people means greater risk of exposure, and Cate already has a hard enough time keeping her younger sisters in check. Now with new dangers coming at her from all sides and the discovery of a prophecy almost certainly about their family that puts them even more in danger, Cate is put to the test.

I enjoyed Born Wicked quite a bit, and I found the world intriguing. As someone who'd always been curious about the Salem Witch Trials, it's interesting to see a twist on a world where this is taken to an extreme. Cate is an interesting character who does the best she can with the rotten hand she's been dealt, and I felt for her continuously throughout the book. No decision she makes is easy, and she's often left between choosing from bad to worse. That said, the romance in Born Wicked leaves something to be desired, and definitely screams `insta-love!'. I had a hard time really feeling the emotions Finn and Cate as they seem to happen without any real evolution. While Cate has known Finn since childhood, she never really paid attention to him in the past, nor him with her. The characters seem to go from `friends' to `risking their lives for each other' in mere days.

In regards to Cate's sisters, I often wanted to throttle Maura, her next eldest sister. Headstrong and stuck in her ways, Maura listens to nothing Cate tries to tell her, and is continually putting not just herself, but her entire family at risk for completely selfish reasons. The youngest sibling, Tess is much more interesting, perhaps because we really see so little of her. Not being old enough to be involved in the social situations happening around Cate and Maura, Tess is often left to the background. A middle ground between Maura and Cate, Tess wants to learn how to use her magic but isn't as foolish as her sister about it, and she is the character I'm much more interested in seeing in the future.

While I had some problems with conclusions being leapt to that had no forethought leading to them, I'm interested to see what comes next for the sisters. The prophecy has yet to really come into play, and like any book in a good series, leaves off at a point where I need to know what happens next. Despite some slow pacing in the beginning, Born Wicked picks up in the latter half and I'd recommend it to fantasy fans.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Solidly original and soundly conceived. 29. Mai 2012
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Cate Cahill feels responsible for her sisters. After all, she's the eldest of the three, and she promised her mother on her deathbed that she would keep them safe --- from all things, but especially from the Brothers, the cruel, Puritan-esque men of the religious order that rules New England. Aside from mandating social order, the Brothers are obsessed with stamping out witchcraft.

Sound familiar? It should, but if you keep reading BORN WICKED, you'll realize it's far from a retelling of THE CRUCIBLE. This speculative historical fiction by debut author Jessica Spotswood imagines a New England that's possibly more frightening than the one that did exist in the 17th century --- and this novel is set at the turn of the 20th. Cate fears the Brothers not just because they have the power to accuse any girl of witchcraft and send her off to an asylum without a trial, but also because she knows they'd have good reason to do that with her. Cate, as well as her sisters Maura and Tess, are witches, and so was their mother.

Their father has no idea, and Cate has implored her sisters for years to keep their magic a secret, and to practice it as little as possible. Still, they can't ignore it completely; not only is it tempting and rightfully theirs (imagine being a musician and being told you shouldn't practice your violin, or being drawn to nature and having someone tell you that your paintbrushes and pencils are dangerous), but not using it at all can cause the magic to explode out of them at inopportune moments. Their father has no idea that all the women in his house are witches, and Cate wants to keep it that way. It's especially important that her sisters know how to control it, because soon Cate will have to announce her intention --- a rite of passage for every teen in the society --- to either marry or join the Sisterhood, a nun-like order of women who ostensibly work with the Brothers.

Secrets get harder to keep, and they start mounting when Father announces that the girls will have a new governess, Sister Elena. Maura and Tess are excited, and Maura especially forges a close relationship with the governess, who becomes her only friend outside her family. But Cate is sure there is something sinister about Sister Elena, and she's also understandably threatened about her position as eldest sister-mentor.

Set against a backdrop of tea parties, crazy church sermons, and forbidden romance, BORN WICKED is solidly original and soundly conceived. The beginning of a trilogy, it presents the beginning of a mystery that readers will be eager to see solved, and the world Cate and her sisters inhabit is just familiar enough to be readable while also being fresh and fascinating. Much like CHIME or PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS, it should appeal to fans of historical fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction, as it incorporates elements from all. Unlike many other books with similar themes, it doesn't read as if it's beating feminist ideas to death or obviously inserting a 21st-century consciousness into a place where it doesn't belong.

It might be a modern take on many elements of American history and literature, but the characterizations and settings don't feel misplaced or implausible. This should be a series well worth seeing all the way through.

Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gomez
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