This is what you need to know about the story of Cate Cahill . . . she is a witch, awesome, right? Not when you live in an AU version of the late 19th century New England. To add to her witchy problem her sisters are also witches and tend to use their magic as they see fit. So much for keeping it on the down low. Of course, par the current situation in YA fiction, Cate must be part of a love triangle, just throwing that out there. Oh, there’s also a prophecy, can’t forget about a prophecy . . .I actually really liked the writing style and tone of Born Wicked. The descriptions had a very ethereal and mysterious quality that lingered throughout the story, and the prose was simple but effective. Unfortunately, despite being a witch, Cate is not a very captivating character. In fact, I gave my book the side-eye on more than one occasion due to Cate’s Judgey-McJudgerson attitude toward other women, and her constant I-know-better-than-you attitude toward her sisters. It was nice to see that some of those women that she looks down on do surprise her and show her that they, like her, actually have a brain and can think for themselves later in the story. However, It is nice to see a protagonist make difficult decisions to save and keep her family from harm, rather than that boy she just met.The two antagonists are made very clear in this book. Mr. Ishida is hardly in the book and just comes across as a typical big bad villain. While Elena is the much more layered antagonist, she’s mysterious and immediately makes you wonder what she’s up to, good or bad. I found her to be very accommodating to Cate for much of the book and was annoyed at Cate’s behavior toward her because Elena is actually a very logical character. Much of the book is Cate swooning over her two love interests, despite only having chemistry with Finn, who is an admirable character but has little back-story and lacks a bit in personality. The romance was typical, there was a little bit of insta-love, but I didn’t find it off putting.One of the big reveals was an obvious go-to trope and one that doesn’t sit well with me, and thus made this an even worse read for me. The most frustrating thing to me was the sisterhood full of women, all witches, who want to break through a dreadfully repressive society end up being just as terrible as the brotherhood who enforce a cruel and terrible life upon all the women living in New England. Like, for once, can we not go there? But that’s my opinion.