ARC Book Review: Cursed

Cursed CoverBook: Cursed by Lizzie Ford

Expected Publication is November 17, 2013 by Evatopia|Expected Number Of Pages: 246

Where I Got It: Netgalley.com, which hasn’t influenced my review in any way.  Promise!

Series: Voodoo Nights #1

Genre: YA Paranormal

You can find Cursed on Goodreads|You can find Lizzie Ford on Twitter, Facebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: The Red Man is coming…

Five years after her sister disappeared, seventeen-year-old Adrienne finds the strength to return to her father’s home in New Orleans. But soon after she arrives, the mark of a curse appears on her, leaving her worried. Will she be the next victim of a four-hundred-year old family curse…the next to be claimed by a serial killer roaming the back alleys of the city?

The day before his senior year begins, Jayden is given a skeleton key passed down through his family for generations — a gruesome reminder of how his ancestors betrayed their own people and sold them into slavery. He doesn’t believe in the curse the key allegedly bears and puts it away with the intention of forgetting about its message. Until he meets Adrienne, a girl he’s compelled to for more reasons than her beauty. 

He’s not the only one who notices her. A man in a skeleton mask and a voodoo gang member are also drawn to Adrienne. One is determined to protect her. The other intends to mislead her. Haunted by the mythical Red Man, all are connected to the ancient curse.

Can they overcome their misgivings about one another and prevent the dark prophecy looming over them? Or will they be lured away from each other by evil’s siren song?

I definitely liked Cursed, and I liked the idea of a curse that hovers over two different families because of things that happened hundreds of years earlier.  I also really liked the role that voodoo played, especially because it’s something I haven’t seen a lot of in paranormal books.

I liked the connections between Adrienne’s family and Jayden’s family, and how connected they are, and how things could be very different because of trying to break the curse.  So, the origin story for curse was interesting, but it seemed more complicated than it could have been.  I’m not sure if it’s something I need to go back and read again, or if it wasn’t explained as well as it could have been.

I also liked how there were a variety of people who did and did not believe in voodoo.  It definitely makes it interesting to see how things are going to work out when one person is very much believing that the curse doesn’t really exist.  There is a lot going on, in terms of voodoo and what we learn about it.  It is quite a bit of info to take in, but Ford also does do a great job at not overwhelming you with the particulars of how voodoo works in this particular world.  I also liked how the prophecy was worked in, and I can’t wait to see how everything will all play out, given how things went in Cursed.

I’m a little bit iffy about the ending.  It feels a little incomplete to me, and while I get that it’s the first book in the series, it was also a little too abrupt for my liking.  Still, I’m definitely interested in where things are going, and if the curse will broken, and all sorts of other things that I don’t want to spoil for anyone.

Final Thoughts:

I liked Cursed, and the idea of a 400-year-old curse is a really interesting one!  While the ending was a little too abrupt for me, I’m still interested in where things are headed.  Cursed gets 3 stars.

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