Monday, September 18, 2023

Book Review: This Wicked Curse

 Title -  This Wicked Curse 
Author - Amanda Aggie
Genre - Slow Burn, Romantasy, 
Format - Arc eBook Review Copy
Published - August 31st 2023
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A cursed princess, a soulless pirate, and a deal that could change both of their fate. In a realm full of monsters, shadows are stolen, and promises are bound with blood… and sometimes marriage vows.

Princess by birth and sacrificial lamb by royal decree, Scarlet Midicious is ready to face her fate. She’s known her entire life that this day would come. Her wedding… The gauntlet… and likely her funeral.

However, on the night of the gauntlet she meets a mysterious man with striking green eyes and a sin-worthy smirk. He has no knowledge of what her gift is–that she has an extraordinary ability to control the living like puppets–but he knows the king’s daughters are gifted in some way or another.

He offers her a deal. If Scarlet helps him win, then he’ll make sure she has a peaceful life and a chance to see the world. In the face of a gruesome future, she accepts his terms. How much worse can it be? It's better than marrying a monster, and so far, that's applies to all the creatures who have entered.

There's only one problem... Okay, two problems.

The man she's just struck a deal with is Sebastian Hook, a notorious rebel pirate, wanted for crimes beyond her imagination. And there’s only one thing the infamous Dark One hates more than Pan. Witches. And Scarlet happens to be marked as one.

All aboard the Jolly Roger–if you dare.

This Wicked Curse is an enemies-to-lovers tale featuring a slightly unhinged, shadow daddy with a broken moral compass. The world is dark, but it’s also full of adventure and magic. This story is a spellbinding fusion of Peter Pan and Greek Mythology, reimagined into a dark pirate fantasy romance, and takes place within Amanda Aggie’s Seven Realms World.

AUTHOR NOTE: Please know This Wicked Curse predates the events of This Wicked FateIt is a standalone, like the rest of the Realm of Monsters series, and you do not need to read any of Amanda’s other books to understand or enjoy This Wicked Curse.


I received This WIcked Curse  in return for an honest review from the Author as part of the tour hosted by Book Of Matches Media. 

Scarlet's time has come to be married off to the winner of the gauntlet. With a chance encounter she meets one of the a man who offers her a deal that will change her life forever. When Hook wins the gauntlet she see's a chance to survive and travel the world. There is only one catch that her husband hates witches which she just happens to be. What will happen when he learns the truth? 

I love Scarlet she's willing to do what it takes to survive even if it ends up outing her and revealing the truth that she is a witch. I really like Hook he's a great counter part for Scarlet and complements her so well. The chemistry between the two is sizzling I love the banter between the two it just works so well. I loved a few of the crew on the ship like Smee and Zephyr are both great characters they quickly became my favorites as well as our lovely main characters. 

I love the world the author has created the mythology and fairy tale blending is fascinating and I was hooked right from the start. The story is an action packed romance filled with monsters adventures and just the right mix of romance. That characters are amazing I just loved them all and couldn't wait to see how their love story would play out. I ended up devouring This Wicked Curse in just one afternoon I couldn't put it down till the very last page. My only complaint is I wanted more and I hope to see them in future books because I'm not ready to say goodbye yet. 

I've never read a Hook retelling before and This Wicked Curse was my first and it nailed it beautiful creating a complex enchanting story. This isn't my first book by the author I actually read This Wicked Fate first and Love Eva and Finn. However, that being said I feel like Scarlet and Hook are giving them a run for the money. As much as I love Eva and Finn I think I have to choose Scarlet and Hook as my favorite duo so far. I can't wait for the next installment with all new characters to fall in love with. Amanda Aggie is a brilliant storyteller she creates the most unique and beautiful stories. 

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