by Armada Volya
Overview (from B&N.com): She paced the room, looking out the window, waiting for the sun to set. She didn’t think anyone would be coming over after her father was arrested; it’d be too dangerous to pay condolences to the daughter of a warlock. Still, she couldn’t take any chances. She couldn’t be interrupted, and she couldn’t speak to anyone until the next morning.
The last rays of bright red light filtered through the curtain and left Elizabeth in the night’s embrace. She opened the jar, read the spell one more time, making out letters under the moon’s meager glow, and then set up the candle. She walked around the tiny flame, careful not to put it out, and began chanting, weaving a part of her own soul into the words and feeding it to the fire.
“The harm to me is harm to you and all your kin and all your blood.”
The flame leaped, grew larger, consuming the wax in half the time it should have. Elizabeth watched the candle burn in silence, watched energy, the soul of fire, glide through the air and hug her body. She sensed the reassurance of the spell, its protection.
With a needle Elizabeth pricked her finger and let one drop of blood fall on the flame just as it was about to die. The wick hissed, and the last of the energy that smelled and tasted of vengeance came to Elizabeth.
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author, via LibraryThing, in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts: I’ll be upfront about the fact that I had zero expectations going into this book. The cover is kind of creepy, but I didn’t really let it settle long enough in my consciousness to make a judgement.
My first criticism is that the overview of Curse You is actually just a short passage from the story. It doesn’t give you any idea of what to expect from the overall story. It’s not a huge criticism because to be honest I rarely read the book’s description anyway. I usually pick what to read based on recommendations, the cover and/or the title of the book. Every once in a while I’ll pick something up based on the author.
The story itself isn’t too bad. You don’t really get to know the characters, except for Fredrick (who is a major d-bag and I have zero sympathy for) and then a very random switch in point of view to Robert (the healer/doctor). I’m pointing out that it was a random switch because the whole book is about Fredrick until the last 10 or so pages and suddenly we’re supposed to care about Robert’s point of view. I just didn’t get it.
I did like that it was about the persecution of witches/magic users. I usually love books about the Salem Witch Trials, so once I had that figured out I was a tad more invested in the book. The author definitely demonstrated a fair bit of knowledge of the general reaction to burning “witches” at the stake (i.e. no one stepped forward in defense of the accused).
As a whole, Curse You was an okay book. It wasn’t a spectacular ground-breaking read, but it wasn’t terrible either. It was just a middle of the road type book (a mere 39 pages). I liked it and personally plan to read the second book in the series. Would I recommend it? I would not recommend Curse You, but it’s currently available for free (from B&N, as of this publication) and it wouldn’t be a waste of your time.
3 out of 5 Bookmarks = Average as far as a books go.