Sunday, November 3, 2013

Ashley Stoyanoff's Review: Cursed by Lizzy Ford

★Ashley Stoyanoff's Review★
Voodoo Nights Book 1#
By Lizzy Ford

Title: Cursed (Voodoo Nights, #1)
Author: Lizzy Ford
Number of Pages: 246
Expected Release Date: November 17, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Shelf: ARC Copy
Rating: ★★★

Goodreads: Here 
Authors Website: Here

~Summary from Goodreads~

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 Review~

Voodoo, family curses, serial killer, black magic, mystery, suspense, action, romance, betrayalDoesn’t this sound like an awesome mix?  Well, guess what … Cursed has it all.

Like always, Ford’s writing sucked me in from the first page.  The writing was awesome; the descriptions and details, amazing. The detail put into the Voodoo culture and history was incredible.  

Addy was such a sweet girl.  You just can’t help but like her.  She may have been a little wimpy at times, but she had a good heart, and right from the start I wanted to protect her.  

Jayden, well, Jayden wasn’t my favorite.  He had this sweet exterior, but to me he came off as a jerk.  He had no respect for his mother’s side of the family, and even the way he treated Addy was just … jerk-ish.  He smiled a lot, and said a few nice things to her, but it just wasn’t enough for me to like him.  Really, what kind of guy leaves a girl bleeding at a free walk-in clinic without even walking her inside!  I don’t want to spoil anything soI’m going to just leave it at I didn’t like him AT ALL.  But I did love to hate him, so thatwas a plus.

And then there was my favorite character, Rene.  Strong and dangerous and protective.  He was quiet and tough, but every once in a while, I got a glimpse of that softnessunderneath his hard exterior and I loved it.

There’s a possible love triangle brewing, and I’m totally voting for Rene.  Gotta love the bad boy!

And of course it left off at a cliffhanger that has me dying for more!

If you haven’t read Lizzy’s books yet then do it!  Do it now!  You won’t be disappointed.

**I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review**

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