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Lizzy Ford: Cursed (Voodoo Nights, #1)

Some people are just great story tellers. In writing.

This isn’t out yet, I got my copy through NetGalley and as I tend to request more titles than I can possibly read, since I cannot tell from the blurbs how much am I going to like them. And now I have so many titles, I came up with a solution on which to read.

Basically, I start reading all of them (one at a time) and see which one catches my interest to keep on going. It is actually working even better than I expected. 🙂

So, to get back to Cursedcursed

I wanted to include the blurb but after reading it, I decided against it. It is also the reason why I didn’t think this book might actually be that interesting. I’m glad I was proven wrong about that.

As you can tell from the series title, there is a lot of Voodoo in this book. I’m sure there are people out there who would believe the reality of voodoo stuff happening in this novel, but I’ll call it paranormal YA novel.

There is a hundreds years old curse still being played out in present day, concerning tree of the four main voodoo families living in New Orleans.

Jayden, is actually a descendant of two of those families and doesn’t believe in those superstitions. On the other hand, Adrienne does, as her family is the bearer of the curse which kills the firstborn of every generation, supposedly ending with Adrienne’s sister Theresa.

And this is where it all gets complicated. In a wonderfully good way.

Adrienne gets into Jayden’s rich boy world and school on a scholarship. And New Orleans is where all this takes place – the post-Katrina NO which is not a lovely, nice place, especially where Adrianne lives with her father.

I did wonder a bit about the fact that in YA novels characters are usually the last to understand a particular situation. I mean if Addy is so good with tarot cards, shouldn’t she have learned by now how to take heed of what they say? Also, some of her reasonings make no sense to me (I’m blaming it on the author) but I do understand that teenage years are not the most rational. 🙂

I was  apprehensive this book might end with a cliffhanger but it didn’t. Or not as much as you would fear. I mean, it’s obvious there are going to be sequels (soon I hope!) so the story will have to continue, but for my personal reading peace, my questions were answered and I don’t feel the need to pull my hair out before the next installment is out.

 

Molly Harper: How to Run with a Naked Werewolf

I can see you all chuckling at my choice of titles to read. 😀

But this time the last laugh would definitely be mine. The book is just so much better than what the title might suggest. If you want to have a fun evening with a book, I would suggest this. Although you might want to start from the beginning of the series, I got my copy through NetGalley and only later realized there are actually two books before this one, although each story is for itself (the werewolf pack is the same).

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The thing is, the story of Anna/Tina is actually a good description of how easily a woman can fall prey to an emotional and afterwards a physical abuser. A story of rationalizations until you’re one of the abused women and have no idea where your life went wrong. Ok, Tina does but it’s not a happy realization.

We start the story where Anna and Caleb meet and of course, Caleb, the werewolf will help her deal with her own problems. Just by being a presence in her life, she will be the one doing all the work. Which is actually why I could read the novel and root for Tina without it ever becoming too much (because sometimes it can be too much for me and I cannot read on).

For such a light and fun read, Ms. Harper managed to get me thinking about many important things – how easily you get pulled into a sick relationship, how brave you need to be if you want to take control of your life, how life’s teachings aren’t easy but might be necessary to get you a happy life.

I’d say for a light, evening read, it’s actually a great value.

 

 

Robert Masello: The Romanov Cross

So many times in my life I thought about how I wished I knew if I was going to like a book or not. Reading blurbs just doesn’t happen and often I finish a book and then I have this terrible problem of deciding what next might prove interesting.

I am ashamed to say that I have quite a lot of titles I received from NetGalley and I’m not really going through them in a timely fashion – I can’t decide from the blurbs which one might be very good. So I decided to randomly start reading them and see how it goes.

It proved to be a rather good idea as I quickly both discarded some and found an interesting one to read. 🙂 The Romanov Cross.

“Nearly one hundred years ago, a desperate young woman crawled ashore on a desolate arctic island, carrying a terrible secret and a mysterious, emerald-encrusted cross. A century later, acts of man, nature, and history converge on that same forbidding shore with a power sufficient to shatter civilization as we know it.”

What I liked about this book is that even though there are some “supernatural” parts to the story, the romanov crossrest seems realistic. People and their actions sound real which is usually something I find  lacking in novels taking place in the real world. And the fact that it deals with the possible outbreak of the Spanish flu only makes it even more interesting in my mind.

If you’re wondering where do the Romanovs feature in the Spanish flu outbreak, I am not going to tell you, and you will never guess either.

I find the whole idea of the novel very intriguing and I finished the book wanting to learn more about what happened in Russia and with the Romanovs, just so I could check whether the ideas I got from this book are based in fact or the author made it work for him.

It takes a while for the story to pick up pace, in the beginning you have no idea why are you reading two different stories but once they start coming together, you’re hooked.

And now I’ve said that the story seems realistic, I should add that the storytelling has some horror elements. 🙂 The horrifying part being they seem possible.

Also, at some point, before you realize there are some supernatural parts to the story, you start wondering how some things would be possible (a pack of wolves surviving on a rather small island for decades?) but once the story gets you to realize there are some unexplained spiritual things happening in this world, you just go with it.

Which brings me to the fact that after reading the book, I was left wondering about the religious/spiritual inclinations of the author. There is a mention of both in the novel, but in a positive way when it’s spiritual, and less positive when it’s religious in the modern-day sense (being a believer of a particular religion).

 

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