Sunday, November 17, 2013

Review: Cursed (Voodoo Nights #1) by Lizzy Ford

Cursed (Voodoo Nights #1)
Cursed (Voodoo Nights #1) by Lizzy Ford
Publication Date: February 9th 2014
Genre: YA Paranormal
Pages: 246
Format: Kindle
Source: Netgalley
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?
~My Thoughts~
*was provided with a copy from the author for my honest opinions*
The first thing that drew me to this title was because of that cover. It is absolutely beautiful and the first thing that came to mind when I saw it was American Horror Story: Coven. Guess what? This too takes place in the mysterious world of New Orleans! Which is why I was craving so much to get to this!
The author provides us with many points of view, I believe a total of 4, not once did I get lost. They were all unique and it was absolutely fun reading behind a very, very troubled soul. We got to learn the ways of a voodoo priestess, then we were able to see both sides of our leading love interest, and lastly our troubled soul. Losing a loved one will make you do crazy things when you're down in New Orleans, especially when you're around the culture of voodoo magic.
Now the leading love interest, Ugh! Typical YA formula right here. Makes me wonder if anyone had any other kinds of fantasies when they were teenagers? Are we all really the same or is it because of society?  Is it just what sells?
Okay, Adrienne moves in with her father when she gets a signing scholarship down in New Orleans. On her first day of school she bumps into the most popular guy, the football quarterback. They lock eyes and fall smitten. Though yes, the author gives this a reason, it's because their two families share a past and it's repeating itself. So, I'm okay with it. But still makes me cringe. However I'm glad that it does tie into the bigger plot.
Pretty much, if we got rid of the high school subplot I think I would have liked it a whole lot better. But I know that what happens there needs to happen, so Adrienne can make sure a bigger evil doesn't seep into our world.
Overall, I loved the voodoo world! I loved being in New Orleans and watching this dark and mysterious tale unfold right before my eyes. I honestly didn't see where this was going so I was surprised throughout! I can't wait for the second book cause it left off where things needed to be fixed. I hope all is fine with Adrienne. God, the author ended her point of view when things were reaching their climax! Actually a little bit of the same with Jayden. All I have to say is that these last few chapters will hook you and you'll be dying for the sequel!
P.S there’s a little love triangle that's brewing. Another typical thing so yeah, my eyes rolled a lot because of this.
Note: This title was meant to be published today, however it got pushed back till next year February. I don't know if it was for edit reasons or the author decided to change something bigger so I don't know if this review is going to make much of an impact if things like that change.
Will disturb your being
Sweet Readings Everybody!
Can't wait to read Lizzy's other title Zoey Rogue (Incubatti #1)
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