If you, like me, were a Twihard back in the days you will love this book! Eternal Curse is something of a tribute to Twilight, but with an updated plot and characters, and topped with a lot of added action, magic and mysterious murders. There is also an extra layer with grief and guilt that makes this book so much more than the ordinary YA fantasy.
Writing this review is a bit tricky, since I started this series with the second book. I got an ARC of that one from BookSirens and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to start over and read the complete Cursed series from the beginning. Kindly, the author herself therefore provided me with a copy of this first book. So, going into it, I already had an image of some of the characters and the importance of certain events. But I will try my very best not to let that influence this review or to accidentally make any spoilers…
This series follows seventeen-year-old Chloe, who due to the tragic death of her mother has moved to live with her aunt and uncle and cousin Abby in small town Keene Valley. Chloe struggles so much at first, with the guilt for having caused the accident that killed her mother, the anger for being abandoned by her father at a young age, and to settle in and make friends. I loved Chloe so much from the second book, but actually felt like it took a while for her to find her voice here. It wasn’t until about halfways that I fully recognized her fierceness, humor and integrity from the second book. I also liked Abby a lot less than expected. But on the other hand, I appreciated Trent so much more after reading this book and understanding more of his background, so that certainly made up for it!
The plot has a lot of elements that resembles Twilight, such as vampire soul mates, changing eye colors revealing feelings and the small town setting etc., but these elements are twisted into a completely new intriguing story. I especially thought that the part with Chloe’s mother and the grief and guilt in relation thereto added way more depth to this story. And Chloe was definitely no Bella Swan!
The writing style had a great flow and the story was very fast-paced and addictive. Some of the plot twists and the way the characters acted were perhaps a little too unrealistic and the love story was definitely on the insta-lovey side, but those are just minor complaints. All in all, this was a cute, intriguing and highly enjoyable story and I can’t wait to continue this magical series!
Thank you to the author Kara Leigh Miller for providing me with an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own.
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