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June 13, 2013

Review: Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #2)

Title: Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile 
Publication date: June 18, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult (Paranormal/Witches)
Source: Penguin Canada
Format: ARC
Pages: 384
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.
Ever since I finished Born Wicked, I had to get my hands on Star Cursed and find out what happens next to the Cahill sisters. I love witch/magick themed books and the fact that the storytelling by Spotswood is fantastic made me even more excited for what is to come for Star Cursed. I am happy to say that Star Cursed didn't suffer form the middle book syndrome. It also exceeded my expectations and I ended up loving it even more than Born Wicked. 
So much happens in Star Cursed and there are so many ups and highs that I ended up going through emotionally. Also we get to glimpse even more into the lives of the witches as well as witness even more gruesome and horrific acts done by the brotherhood in the name of their faith. I think the reason why I love this series is that there is no clear good and bad side. While the brotherhood is pure evil in my opinion, some of the members are forced to be a part of it in order to keep their families safe. Also, what I found surprising that even the witches covenant isn't made up of all good members that want the greater good, but actually filled with witches with hidden agendas and a need for power and supremacy. 
Of course Cate is in the middle of things, especially with the prophecy that seems to be pointing to her and her two other sisters. I have to say, Cate really grew up in this novel. She had her flaws, mostly for her unconditional trust towards her sister Maura.. us readers are given many hints and foreshadowing scenes that point to Maura turning bad, however I have to give Cate a break because she is her sister. However Maura just annoyed the hell out of me and I just couldn't believe where all her hatred comes from. This is one messed up girl. The bright light in this sister triangle is Tess. She is really a ball of sunshine and her relationship with Cate is just so adorable. However don't underestimate her because this girl is powerful. The difference between Tess and Maura is like the difference between day and night. Romance wise, we are not void of that; Finn was the anchor in Cate's life. He supported her decisions but at the same time voiced his own. He wasn't the typical 2D love interest we end up seeing in many YA books. 
I personally loved the fast paced plot as well as the introduction to many other important characters as well as the complexity of some of them. Coming to the ending, I have to point out that it was horrific to read. It isn't just a cliffhanger-ish ending, but one that makes you scream at a specific character as well as wishing it was possible to teleport to a book and be able to punch said character in the face. I am just so pleased with the direction of this novel and I can't wait to see what happens next for the brotherhood, the sisterhood (the witches), Maura (ugh), Tess, and then Cate and Finn. There is so much that happens in this book but everything ties together perfectly. I definitely recommend it to paranormal fans, especially fans of the Sweep series. 


  1. Ooh happy to see that you loved this one so much. I only skimmed your review because I still need to get started on this series but it makes me so excited that you loved it so much!

  2. I keep seeing great review of this one pop up. I feel like I need to go start the series. Although I am not a huge cliffhanger fan, it sounds like a great read.

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

  3. So glad to see that you loved this one!! I am really looking forward to it since I loved Born Wicked!! Fab review!!

  4. Hmm... looks like I'm definitely not going to like Maura in this installment! And I'm excited to see that Tess is growing into her power. Thanks for giving me a few glimpses into the book - now I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on it when it's released on Jun 18 :)

  5. I purchased Born Wicked, but still haven't read it yet! I probably should, shouldn't I? Haha. Cate sounds like a super strong heroine, which I'm sure I'll love. And Finn sounds like a fantastic love interest! I love the witch concept. I'll definitely have to read this one soon. Lovely review, Juhina! :)

  6. I still haven't read Born Wicked even though I still have it on my to-read list. It sounded like a great read but then I've seen some not so good reviews and I haven't read it. I'm so happy to see that this book was great. I hope I'll get to read them soon. Great review :)

  7. I won a copy of Born Wicked when it first came out, but I still haven't read it yet. But with your 4 1/2 mustaches, I'm thinking I need to get on that. :) And if I love it as much as you say, I'll check out the Sweep series you mentioned, too.

  8. Born Wicked was such a great book, and I can't wait to read this one as well. Wonderful review.

  9. I loved the Sweep series, up to a point, but then I got bored with it. I have Born Wicked on my tbr but haven't got around to it yet. I'm glad to see that this is such a good sequel. Maybe I need to move this series up my list :)

  10. Oh, I haven't seen this series before but it sure looks darn good! I myself love witch/ magick books so this looks right up my alley. Thanks for sharing, Juhina and awesome review! :)

    Sarika @ The Readdicts