Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric, too pretty, too reclusive and far too educated for their own good. 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 even 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 families destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends 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, Sisterhood – not even from each other.
Cate Cahill is a greatly relatable character whose worries and problems seem fairly realistic thanks to great world building and a wonderful alternate reality from our own. I enjoyed her fierce determination to do what she thinks best and her love for her family is predominate throughout the book. She was very easy to like and root for.
Her sisters were a little more frustrating for me, but I still enjoyed them all the same. I really liked that all the supporting characters had individual voices and personalities. No one was a carbon copy and that made me deliriously happy.
This wasn’t exactly a quick read for me and took a little more concentration than other YA novels I’ve read, but I think that’s a great testament to the development of the book and the fact that it does not have a simple plot line.
I liked that though the book is about witches, they were well developed and not stereotypical. The ability to turn winter into spring, the ability to change your mind, hear your thoughts, move things etc was really neat and enjoyable.
Overall this was fantastic and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series which is called Star Cursed. I’ve also noticed there was a cover change, I must admit I think the original hardback copy is absolutely gorgeous, but then again they already go my attention didn’t they?