BOOK REVIEW: Cursed (Voodoo Nights #1)
Age Group: Young Adult
Publication Date: February 9, 2014
Publisher: Evatopia Press
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?
Cursed is good. I enjoyed everything about it. Well, maybe I got annoyed a little but that's just me. I get annoyed a lot. I don't know much about voodoo, aside from what I've seen in movies and tv shows. So I don't know if the Voodoo part of this book is accurate or almost.
The main plot is so freaking exciting!
The first chapter is really confusing. Though, once you get to the next and the next chapters, the excitement builds up. The chapters are from different characters point of view. And while I love that I know what's happening there and here, I wish the author could've divided the long chapters.
If you take out the Voodoo part of Cursed, we'll end up with a story similar to Korean Dramas. I just can't help but compare the non-Voodoo elements of the book to The Heirs and Boys Over Flowers, both are Korean Teen Dramas.
We have the very handsome and very rich Mr. Popular, main love interest of the poor girl. Check. The poor girl who gets a scholarship to the most prestigious school in the area. Check. Someone who is in the bottom of the high school chain befriends the poor girl. Check. A very determined ex-girlfriend, and will make sure the poor girl's life is miserable. Check. Mr Popular has a sister who likes the poor girl. Check. And lastly, the second male lead. The guy who will do everything for the poor girl. But she will end up friendzoning him. Check! Check! Check! That's all in the book folks.
But there's more to Cursed than it's cliche high school drama. Adrienne wants to be a famous singer. If a school full of rich kids can help her, then she would go there even when they treat her indifferently. She also went back to find out more about her sister's disappearance. She started getting notes from unknown sources. When she bumped into Jax, a mysterious man who knows about her sister, she knows that she needs to dig deep for the truth. And she found about a curse...not just one, but three curses, for three wrongdoings, for the three families involve.
Characters are great...when they're dynamic .
I don't like how confusing and inconsistent the characters are. Like one minute they're strong and tough, the next they're okay with people dragging them down or bring their walls down.
"She even looked like an angel: A petite blonde with porcelain skin and eyes so green, he saw the color clearly from across the room. Her features were delicate and defined, her skin tanned from the summer."
Adrienne, the Chosen. I find her likeable enough. I wish she was stronger though. Aside from wanting to be a famous singer, so she can provided for her family, Adrienne also wants to know the truth about her sister Therese's disappearance five years ago. She is stupid most of the time. Girl, do you even know common sense? But when she picks up her cards and do readings, she seems like a different person. Towards the end she makes rash decisions that really turned the story exciting.
“I wasn’t the one who hit her!” Rene, the young man with blue-green eyes, retorted. “This stupid girl walked into our territory like she owned that shit. Besides, police won’t touch me.”
Rene, the Warrior. Rene is so freaking *swoon* awesome! I like guys WHO MAKE AN EFFORT. Not just who say they will. Rene is a gang member who always ends protecting Adrienne. He's no sweet. He ain't a jerk though. He has duties and he makes sure he does them. Fortunately, it includes protecting Adrienne. He helps her with her Voodoo transaction. And does favors for her. Adrienne is so freaking lucky. *rolls eyes*
And oh bad boys know humour too.
“So, what? I’m your girlfriend, and he’s your boyfriend? I get to know your secrets and he gets what? A fake you?”
"His skin was the color of milk chocolate, his eyes warm brown. He reminded her of a magazine cover model with chiseled features, large eyes, and an athletic frame pressed against hers that was muscular and warm. Even before he flashed a huge smile, his charisma was apparent in his confident, sparkling gaze."
Jayden, the Devil. Devil as in trapped. Not evil. Or maybe not? Jayden is so effing 2D! He likes Adrienne but doesn't even do anything to prove it. What effs me off is Adrienne has fallen in love with him. Already! He's sweet, rich, popular, smart, handsome...OMFG HE IS PERFECT. And it's not good. He's a flat character.
No book is without little romance.
I'm glad this is not freaking HIS EYES OH HIS EYES, THAT LIPS OH THAT PUCKERED LIPS, I WANNA KISS EM. Although there were... like that. But it wasn't all over the book. And romance plays a role in the plot. I'm glad that hormones didn't possess every character.
I already know which characters I want to end up together. (view spoiler) Though there's a 78% chance they won't end up together. So I'm crossing my fingers and praying to the Voodoo gods to align the freaking stars, and let my ship sail.
Great, great, great, awesome!
I like the Voodoo elements in this book, and the turns of events. It's slow in the beginning but when the plot started picking up it got fast. Secrets were pouring out of everyone's lives.
Highly recommended to everyone who likes paranormal