Thursday, October 31, 2013

Review: Cursed

Title - Cursed
Author - Lizzy Ford 
Series - Voodoo Nights #1
Genre - YA Paranormal
Expected Publication Nov 17th 2013
Format - Arc Ebook


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 received Cursed in return for an honest review from the author. Adrienne hasn't been to her father’s home since her sister disappeared but with the scholarship for her singing voice it’s the chance to figure out what happened to her sister. Returning to New Orleans means a whole new school, filled with rich kids but when she’s invited to join the cheer squad and the quarterback is showing interest Adrienne thinks things are looking up. When her chance to preform rolls around her voice is gone she knows she’s been cursed by Kimmie the mean cheerleader after all her ex is the quarterback.

Adrienne believes in voodoo after all her family has been cursed for over 400 hundred years and her sister is the latest victim as she searches for answers she’s haunted by the mysterious Red Man. She will find an unlikely friendship in Rene a gang member denying his own destiny. When the quarterback shows an interest even after her humiliation Adrienne is excited yet worried, because her father won’t like it. Jayden has his own secrets he doesn't believe in voodoo even if he does believe that Adrienne can read the cards. As the two are thrust into a dark world will Adrienne make it away safe from the Red Man or will he find her?

I like Adrienne she’s not perfect she’s a little special and she’s not perfect. She speaks like a real person not with perfect grammar which I think makes it easier to connect with her. She seems more human to me and that’s why my heart went out to her when the mean girls cursed her. At first I wasn't sure about Jayden but he isn’t your typical jock his grandmother is crazy cutting off Adrienne’s ear lobe and calling her a white zombie but as we got to know him better I felt he really cared about Adrienne. I also like Rene I almost kind of like the idea of him and Adrienne but I like the gang guy who’s a good guy.

Cursed is a fast paced paranormal novel that captures the imagination and heart. I've only read a few books with Voodoo so the concept is still new and exciting with the authors own unique touches. The characters are memorable your drawn pulled into their lives connecting with them for the emotional ride. I liked all the characters they are well written with real personalities which I find refreshing. I think the author did a fantastic job creating an exciting concept that mixes romance, magic, suspense and the power of voodoo. The story is well written from start to finish it was hard to put down till the very end and all I want is to read the next one. This isn’t my first book by Lizzy Ford she continues to impress me with each book. Can’t wait to see what happens next.  
5 out of 5 stars

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