Curse Us All
by Armada Volya
Overview (from B&N.com): The doctor, knowing that he would fail, ran through the small streets, hoping against all hope that he might be able to at least save the two siblings. This time he was going to do the right thing, even if he failed, even if he was killed for it. He refused to stand by and let more people die, refused to be haunted by their dead faces in his sleep.
Robert Finch reached the house and knocked on the door. No answer. He ran to the back, hoping that perhaps a window might be opened. The sounds of the mob reached him. The shouts were getting louder with every second. Desperation and fear surged through Robert as he lifted a stone and threw it into the kitchen window. Glass broke into a thousand fragments. What was he doing? He was too late; he knew it before he threw the rock. He’d only get himself killed.
At last, Robert heard Fredrick’s dragging feet make their way to the front door. Fredrick just reached the kitchen when the door broke and let the blood hungry mob in.
Robert sat silently under a bush and listened to the angry screams, the killing and then silence.
Tears rolled down Robert’s face. He failed.
Would he have the courage to even try to save the next unfortunate victim of this madness? Did he do everything to save Fredrick? Or his children?
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author, via LibraryThing, in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts: A fair reminder, curses generally affect more than just the intended individual. Harry Potter’s entire story is evidence of that fact. The Curse Your Body series is yet another example of a curse with far-reaching consequences. I, of course, eat it all up as if I’m starving. In a way I suppose I am. Books and movies are the only drama in my life and I would prefer to keep it that way.
In Curse Us All, the author develops the characters a little more. We learn more about Fredrick’s kids and the curse. The consequences of the curse actually surprised me a bit. I wasn’t expecting what happened, so congrats to the author for that. So, I liked the plot a little more in Curse Us All because it centered itself more firmly in the fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal world. Whereas the first book, Curse You, left you wondering which category the series would be in.
I do think the author could do more to develop her characters. After two books, I still feel like I know next to nothing about the main characters. However, I do understand there’s only so much you can do with a short story.
Overall, I’m personally planning to stick with the series and am interested to see what happens in book 3. I’d recommend Curse Us All if you’re a lover of paranormal books that include the very popular werewolves and vampires. Besides, they’re really short and won’t take you very long to read. If that’s not your thing, then you can probably just skip this series.
3 out of 5 Bookmarks = I liked it better than the first book.