Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Star Cursed - Jessica Spotswood


Pages: 384
Published: June 18th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Format: Hardback
Genre: Y.A / Historical
Acquired: My own collection
Date Finished: 25th January 2014


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.

Quick thoughts: Vivid and imaginative, a fantastic continuation

I have been reading this one for a little over six months. Yet every time I picked it up I was able to slip back into the world that Jessica Spotswood has created. This series is fast becoming one of my top favourite series. Jessica's writing style is beautiful with vivid images and just the right mixture of magic and action. Her characters truly stand out as unique to the story and each has their own fascinating part to play in what was an amazing sequel to The Cahill Witch Chronicals.

In the second instalment we see things unravel and become even more dangerous as the Brotherhood cracks down on their search for the Oracle and Witches. The stakes are higher, lives are being lost, tension and fear is rising and the suspense is thickening. What I enjoyed the most was the progression of the story and the anticipation of approaching war. There is so much to be lost, yet a lot to be gained and it is so exciting watching it all unfold. From the betrayal of those Cate trusted, to the magic and the reality of what it means to be a Witch I was enthralled yet again in Jessica's storytelling.

Jessica does Historical so damn well, painting a rich tapestry with her eloquent settings, you truly get a sense of the bleak and beautiful atmosphere at times. There were some parts Star Cursed that were predictable, for the most part the twists are hard hitting and they kept me turning page after page. Admittedly I still find Cate as a main character to be frustrating, but I believe she really came into herself in this novel and I cannot say I would not feel the same given the circumstances. The way she tries to hold her family is admirable and while she doesn't always make the best choices, her choices drive the story and make me fall in love with the surrounding characters even more. Finn and Tess are high up on that list, they are such wonderfully explored characters.

The ending left me so so cold. I turned and looked at my own partner and almost cried. Jessica Spotswood [EXPLAIN YOURSELF] For all those who have read it, you will understand how detrimental it is, and how waiting until August of 2014 is just not right – it's darn right criminal. I want it right now. That ending – words...words have left me.

Think candles lit, pots of tea and a cosy read on a winter day or laying in the sun in the Summer sipping on a cool drink and getting lost in another time. This truly is a series to get lost in and fall in love with. I cannot wait for the third instalment and to re-read these books over and over again, If you have not yet picked up Star Cursed what are you waiting for? It is well worth the read.


♥♥♥♥ ½


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