In this fifth book in The Cursed series following teenager Chloe as she tries to navigate in a world of vampires, witches, lineage curses and epic love, the pace picked up again after the somewhat slower fourth book, and it was once again nonstop action, suspense and passion! I’m so happy for that, and for how this book completely pulled me back into this magical, addictive and thrilling world!
There was so much going on in this book; a new rouge witch arriving and the Zoya witch coven meddling with things, a long lost brother returning from the dead to stir things up in the Halston family, a vampire war threatening, the revelation of who Isach’s father is and why he doesn’t have a soul and what he might have bargained with to get it back, and some life changing decisions and desperate measures like assassinations and memory erasing to be made.
On top of all that, there’s a brotherly love triangle with feelings refusing to fade away even though the eternal bond has been broken. This love triangle is such a guilty pleasure for me! It’s so well done, Chloe has made her choice and sticks to it, but feelings have a way of behaving in unwanted ways… I absolutely think she made the right choice, but still, I can’t keep being Team Jax in my heart, secretly hoping for some twist that will allow Chloe and Jax to end up together after all…
In addition to all the supernatural, epic, world-changing things there was also so much happening in the “human world”, like graduation and a wedding. And the anxiety for the future, when leaving High School and everyone will be going in different directions. Not to mention the struggle to write the perfect wedding vows… I’m so happy that Ellie was back more in the story again and were being such a wonderful friend and wedding planner. I also really, really loved the wedding; it was the perfect amount of romance and happy tears without being cheesy.
I only have one minor complaint about Chloe wanting Abby to change. In the first books Chloe made all this fuss about not changing, not even to save Trent or to stop the curse, but now she’s suddenly fine with asking Abby to do it just to keep her company? I kind of have to agree with Isach here in that it seems pretty selfish and that having Trent’s baby seems to be more important than anything and like Chloe doesn’t really care that much about Abby. I also really missed Wyatt. There was no mentioning of him at all in this story, which I’m guessing, means that he will be back for another plot twist in the next book…
All in all, this was such a fast-paced and addictive read that I read in one sitting! This series is really becoming my favorite guilty pleasure read since Twilight! If you loved Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, you will definitely love this book too! I am now desperately awaiting the next book in this magical series, especially after that evil cliffhanger!
Thank you to the author Kara Leigh Miller for providing me with an ebook copy! All opinions are my own and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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