[Review] Cursed

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Title: Cursed

Series: Beholder, #1

Author: Christina Bauer

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Published: March 29, 2016

Source: Copy provided by Netgalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

Most days, Elea couldn’t care less about having Necromancer magick. Who needs to conjure skeletons and sprits when you’re a farm girl? Elea only uses her powers to speed up chores and scare off suitors.

Everything changes when the evil Necromancer Tsar curses Elea. Now, Elea has five years left before she burns as a ghost, tortured for all eternity. They say there’s nothing she can do, but Elea disagrees. She decides to embrace her Necromancer powers, train as a magickal assassin, and kill the Tsar… All before his curse kills her. Impossible as it may sound, Elea thinks she has it in the bag, but then everything goes horribly wrong.

That’s when a handsome mage named Rowan steps up to help. Elea wants an ally, but she doesn’t need all the mixed-up feelings that come along with Rowan’s crooked smile.

An assassination mission is no time to fall in love, but Elea’s heart may have other ideas…
From one of my favorite independent authors, Christina Bauer, comes a new series that may as well be put on my, well, favorite new series. I loved reading her Angelbound series and when I saw an e-mail asking me to review Cursed, I almost fainted and immediately downloaded it on my Kindle.

Necromancers have always been one of my favorite beings and though the whole necromancer thing in the story are a bit dull compared to what I know, I still ate up the story like candy. Let's start off with Elea who begins off as an untrained necromancer who doesn't want to learn more about her abilities. As someone like me, I couldn't believe her not wanting to be one and get more powerful and under control. She is a solid character and her strong nature is always a favorite trait for me.

I really loved how Ms. Bauer was able to have romantic traits in the story without delving into the abyss of love at first sight or, really, any "love scenes." I can imagine something like that is hard to do and it kind of reminds me of the anime, Bleach, where the whole story line contains no romanticism because even though it didn't contain it, the lack of it didn't at all affect the story or make it terrible or boring.

The story itself was well written as expected by Ms. Bauer. She engaged us in a fun, new story with a unique plot and characters you could both love and hate with a passion. Cursed is a wonderful start to what could possibly be an awesome new series. I look forward to the next book, Concealed, to come out and I'm kind of bummed I have to wait now. Boo!

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