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Review: Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Genre: Paranormal Age Level: Young Adult Series: The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2
Genre: Paranormal
Age Level: Young Adult
Series: The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2

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.

3.5/5

Star Cursed suffers from a touch of middle book syndrome, and is not nearly as exiting as the first book. I know I’m in the minority here, but Star Cursed didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

Star Cursed connected the events in the first book with whats to come in the third – so basically a ton of setup. There really isn’t much that happens that relates to the main story line apart from a couple of scenes near the end. On top of that, the whole book showed the Brotherhood becoming stricter and the divide among the witches – neither of which required a whole book to depict them. There were no plot twists and the whole story was rather transparent and obvious.

The book focused more on people than plot, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but then the relationships need to really shine and not all did. I love Cate’s relationship’s with her sisters and the natural flow of the dialogue between them. Cate has finally stepped down from the role of mother, and it was a relief to see her acting more like a sibling. I loved Rory’s character too as she is totally not who I thought she was. Cate also gains friends in the Sisterhood, but also enemies. However, none of this escalated beyond petty feuds and I didn’t really care for any of it.

Cate and Finn. They are so perfect together. I loved all of the scenes when they were together because their relationship is one of the best I’ve read. I find the tension that is created by keeping them separate annoying, not romantic. But still. So perfect for each other.

I liked seeing the darker side of magic, and meeting the patients at Harwood. I am hopeful for the final book as there were many things set up in Star Cursed that can make Sister’s Fate awesome. The ending made me sad and angry because something horrible happens but it was still good. Emotional endings are so much more powerful then regular ones and I love crazy cliffhangers. Star Cursed was certainly an entertaining read that I enjoyed despite its faults. I really recommend this series!

Check out my review of Born Wicked!

Have you read this book? What did you think? 

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