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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: 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 Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric.
But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books wwicked questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not wickeed from each other.
Hardcoverpages. Published February 7th by Putnam Juvenile first published January 25th The Cahill Witch Chronicles 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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She left me with a diary full of cryptic warnings and a responsibility that should have been hers. I will keep my sisters safe This is what I get for not reading the summary. For some fucking reason, I thought this was an adult novel. I thought it was ma Actual wickedd I thought it was magical realism.
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It’s not, it’s about witches. I thought it takes place in the modern US. Then Wickked thought it took place in 18th century US. That ended quickly when I encountered a family named the Ishidas there weren’t a whole lot of Japanese people in the US in the 18th century, ok? This book is an alternate history of the US with a Puritan-like religious sect called “The Brotherhood” in charge, in which witches existed and are persecuted. So now that we’ve finished discussing how dumb I am for wickee paying attention to the summary, let’s discuss the book itself: It’s a long book, and there is a decided lack of action.
This is an alternate history of the s US, expect plenty of courtship boorn tea parties with your witchcraft. She’s dowdy, she’s awkward, and she’s more a mother hen than a peacock. A sspotswood reference to how liberal the alternate Middle-Eastern countries are in comparison. The witches themselves are believed and abhorred by the Brotherhood for being women who live with other women, and it’s implied that they’re lesbians. They’re not, but it’s the prejudice. You must watch over your sisters for me.
Contrary to the fucking summary, year-old Cate Cahill isn’t “too pretty. Her mother passed away when she was 13, leaving her with a cryptic message and a mission to watch over her sisters. It’s a pretty important mission, because the Cahill sisters have a secret: Not even their despondent, grieving shadow of a father knows. It’s a secret that could kill them because they live in an alternate version of circa United States.
This US is ruled by The Brotherhood, a fanatical religious sect that doesn’t believe in the rights of women. This is because over years ago, they defeated the witches, women said to be powerful, wicked, evil, lustful. They are kept controlled, regardless of their lack of magic. The Brothers are afraid the witches will rise up again someday, Mother said, so they loathe the idea of powerful women.
We are not permitted to study and go to university as men do, or to take up professions. Since then, the Brotherhood has led a reign of purity, chastity, where women are subdued and submissive. The message is clear: They deserve whatever fate they get.
The Cahill sisters are witches who must practice their witchcraft in secret, and they hate it. Spirited Tessa cannot help using spells where she shouldn’t. Fiery Maura wants the freedom to practice her witchcraftshe doesn’t feel like magic is something of which they should be ashamed.
We were born that way. I wish you would accept that. Cate and her sisters are of marrying age, and a conniving neighbor with the aspiration of being the next Mrs. Cahill has convinced their dad to get them a governessa dour Sister. A convent-like organization for women who don’t marry.
Cate and her sisters aren’t fond of the idea She is young, she is beautiful, she is fashiomable Sister Elena is pretty—no, beautiful—with smooth brown skin and black ringlets peeking out from beneath her hood. And she may just be the ally that they need.
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Cate has more on her mind than just the secrecy of her magic, she’s of an age to marry, and for girls like her, there are only two choices once she turns Will she be marrying her childhood sweetheart, Paul Think about it, Cate. Can you do that? Finn squares his shoulders—which have gotten a good deal sturdier since the last time I saw him.
Or paid attention, at any rate. How long has it been since I actually looked? Adding to her headaches is her mother’s mysterious message, it seems like Cate and her sister are in danger. There is a prophecywill they be the one to fulfil it?
Hell, will they live long enough to see it? Immediately and without trial. This book was really, really confusing at first. I thought it was historical US, it’s not. It’s an alternate version of the US, where witchcraft exists and is stifled for fear. Around years ago, the Brotherhood gained power. They killed all the witches, they set up a Puritan-like regime under which women aren’t allowed access to higher education some Brethren don’t believe women should read at all and should be submissive to men at all times.
They use the witches’ power to justify suppressing young women and making them subservient. They would have women aping men— dressing immodestly, running businesses, even forgoing marriage to live in unnatural unions with other women. There are Japanese families and side characters. The governess has “brown skin. Furthermore, with the Middle Eastern circumstance these days where women are denied access to educationthis book makes a tongue-in-cheek reference to the liberalness of the Middle Eastern countries compared to the US in this alternate universe.
I hold back a sigh. Overall, I felt like the world building was very well-done, if confusing at first.
When I was her age, I liked to run through the gardens, and I suppose I was careless with my magic, too. Now I have to play mother for Tess and Maura, and ignore the wild girl that still bangs in my heart, begging to be let out.
wcked A really sympathetic character. She is a girl who is forced to grow old before her time. She has to play disciplinarian to her two contrary, wilder, free-spirited sister, and it sucks the life out of her to do so.