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review 2017-05-17 09:51
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Cursed (Beholder #1) by Christina Bauer
Cursed (Beholder Book 1) - Christina Bauer
Christine Bauer takes you to a new world, where magic is (roughly) divided into two - Creator and Necromancer. When Elea's best friend is dying, she finds out that not only will she lose her best friend but she will also be the next victim. She has five years to learn all she can, to have a chance to beat Viktor, the originator of the curse. Fear can be a great incentive though, and she does succeed. Now, all she has to do is beat Viktor and she will be free of the curse. Simple, eh?!

This is primarily a Fantasy tale, with magic and misuse of the same, throughout the book. I loved how the Sisters of Zelle were described, and the necromancer/creator magics were opposite and yet complementary, if given the opportunity. The characters, whether they were good or bad, were all believable and well-rounded.

There is a hint of romance between Elea and Rowan, but it most definitely takes second place to the main story.

Well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that I found, this is a wonderful start to a new series and I look forward to returning to the Beholder world! Definitely recommended.

* I received this book from NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. *

Merissa
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review 2017-05-12 08:05
Review Blitz - Cursed

 

  

 

A countess flees home—and the family curse requiring her to marry a prince—to hide out in the South Carolina low country. There, she meets a man who’s not quite a prince…but who steals her heart all the same.

 

Find out what happens in the fifth installment in Jennifer Chance’s Crowns and Gowns series, CURSED!

 


Synopsis:

 

When the prince she was supposed to marry falls for someone else, Edeena Saleri is done with Garronia's courts, crowns, and family curses. She grabs her sisters and escapes to the nobility-free coast of South Carolina, USA.

Refuge isn't anything like it's supposed to be, however. The family's island vacation home now borders a singles' retreat, which Edeena's sisters embrace all too eagerly. Worse, the private protection firm Edeena hires is run by the most infuriating man she's ever met--a rough-hewn, dark-eyed, charismatic charmer named, of course, Prince. He's not a royal and he's nowhere near noble, so there's no way he can break the family curse. And yet...

Vincent "Prince" Rallis has spent his whole life justifying his name. The son of hardworking immigrant parents, he's hustled for every dime, finally building a personal security firm with the muscle and grit to live up to its promises. He's used to keeping his cool, but when the high-strung, high-class Edeena shuts him down despite her obvious interest, pride demands he fight for her--even if he has to track her back to her glittering court to prove his point. Only once Prince arrives in the seaside kingdom of Garronia, he finds his troubles are just beginning.

Sometimes love in Garronia can be magic. And sometimes you're just
 Cursed.

 

 

Available at: Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ Amazon AU ~ Amazon CA

**also on #KindleUnlimited**

 

Add Cursed to your GOODREADS TBR stack!

 

 

 

 

Cursed (Gowns & Crowns, #5)Cursed by Jennifer Chance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #5 in the Gowns & Crowns series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. I recommend for complete understanding of the series, and to avoid spoilers, I think this incredible series should be read in order.

Vincent AKA “Prince" has been hired to watch over the semi-royal family of sisters who have arrived here in South Carolina. He cannot help being attracted to the oldest of the siblings, Edeena. She is the one who hired his company. Now he must find out what this is all about.

Edeena must make a path for her sisters to build upon. She has to fulfill a family dream in order to break a long ago curse. What she wants really will not matter. If she let's time run out, there are more consequences to come. And.... time is running out.

This series just has so many surprises! These characters are just amazing. The banter is funny. The sexy times are hot. This is just such a fun read. This author never lets me down.

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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About Jennifer Chance:

 

Jennifer Chance is the award-winning author of the new adult Rule Breakers series as well as the contemporary romance modern royals Gowns & Crowns series. A lover of books, romance, and happily-ever-afters, she lives and writes in Ohio. In addition to her work in romance, she is also Jenn Stark, urban fantasy author of the Immortal Vegas series, and Jennifer McGowan, YA author of the Elizabethan spy series The Maids of Honor. She is truly NOT trying to become 27 Jennifers, but it's getting a little dicey. 

Connect with Jennifer: Website | BookBub | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-05-12 07:24
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Cursed: Gowns & Crowns, Book 5 - Jennifer Chance

This is book #5 in the Gowns & Crowns series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  I recommend for complete understanding of the series, and to avoid spoilers, I think this incredible series should be read in order.

 

Vincent AKA “Prince" has been hired to watch over the semi-royal family of sisters who have arrived here in South Carolina.  He cannot help being attracted to the oldest of the siblings, Edeena.  She is the one who hired his company.  Now he must find out what this is all about.

 

Edeena must make a path for her sisters to build upon.  She has to fulfill a family dream in order to break a long ago curse.  What she wants really will not matter.  If she let's time run out, there are more consequences to come.  And.... time is running out.

 

This series just has so many surprises!  These characters are just amazing.  The banter is funny.  The sexy times are hot.  This is just such a fun read.  This author never lets me down.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2017-04-13 20:05
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling,John Kerr Tiffany,Jack Thorne

I will keep this brief. 

 

There was little I liked about this book. The little there was were the three young characters Albus, Scorpius, and Rose. I loved that they were not cast as repeats of their parents and that their background did not determine their character or actions, which, I guess, it the main message of the book/play.

 

That was it.

 

Other than this....oh, dear.

 

The story is like a Greatest Hits compilation of all the best loved or most famous parts of the HP series that is thrown into a mix with Back to the Future.

 

None of the characters from the original books were anything like they should be. 

I mean, come on, Snape ending his sentences with "..., boy" rather than "..., Potter" ? It made him sound like he was taken out of Gone with the Wind, not HP.
 
I also had problems with McGonagall, Harry, Dumbledore, ... really anyone who was in the original stories. 
 
There was a lot of cringe-worthy dialogue, too. And then, of course, there was the twist...
 
I will not give it away, but if you really think about it, it is absurd and also made me go "eew".
 
Anyway, I read it. Thankfully, I was able to borrow the book rather than buying it.
 

 

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review 2017-04-10 05:11
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling,John Kerr Tiffany,Jack Thorne

I knew the general consensus about this book was that it was a disappointment, which put me off reading it for awhile.  So I was a little surprised as I began it, because I was really enjoying it and didn't understand why there was a fuss.

 

Then Act 1, Scene 10 happened.  Now I get it, because from scene 10 the whole thing just got a little silly and twee.  Attempts at anything deeper and more authentic were mostly a failure and as much as I did like the characters (especially Scorpius), even to the end, the situational part of the plotting just did not work.  It felt like Harry Potter after Disney got ahold of it.

 

Ah well, I'll still go see it performed if it ever makes the rounds. 

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