Thursday 14 November 2013

Cursed (Voodoo Nights #1) by Lizzy Ford Review


Title : Cursed
Author : Lizzy Ford
Pages : 246
Source : Netgalley
PublishedNovember 17th 2013 by Evatopia Press

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 :

Adrienne gets a scholarship to a prestigious school for her singing and moves in with her dad. While there she hopes to find out what happened to her sister who has been missing for a few years. Her sister was marked with a curse so Adrienne needs to find out what happened to her. She knows about her families curse but it was supposed to have stopped with her sister, but now Adrienne sees the mark of her curse on her. 

Jayden is told by his father of their family secret. A secret so devastating that it sparked a family curse. A curse that had taken 99 other members of their family. He doesn't believe the curse nor does he believe in Voodoo, even though his grandmother is a Voodoo priestess.

When the two first meet they are drawn to each other. Is it meant to be or are other forces driving them??

This just about blew me away. I loved it!!! This is my first book featuring Voodoo so heavily. 
Its told from a few different POVs. Usually this can be annoying but Lizzy Ford did it effortlessly. The story flows from one to another and at no stage is it confusing. I loved that we got to see in to the minds of the others involved and not just Jayden and Adriennes.

Jayden, even though he is a rich jock, is such an awesome character. When he didn't stand up for Addy at the pep rally I was a bit annoyed with him but he did make it up a bit. He really likes her and does his best at times. He is dealing with things that he either doesn't understand or doesn't believe in but still sticks with Addy.

Addy was my favourite, She has the gift of communicating with the spirits and does Tarot for a living. She knows there's something about Jayden that is drawing her in and even though the cards tell her to beware she still falls for him. She is desperate to find out what happened to her sister, which leads her to getting involved with the local Voodoo gang. Jax, the leader had a relationship with Addys sister but is he all he seems? 

Then there's Rene, Jaxs brother. He is strong, mysterious, sullen and argumentative but he will protect Addy no matter what. He knows his brother is doing something bad but can he do anything to stop him!! Will he do what he must when the time comes?

I loved the Voodoo aspect of Cursed. Its not a subject that I read about too much but is very intriguing. I loved reading about Jaydens grandmother , who is a very powerful priestess and has seen some of whats to come (Im hoping she might feature more in the other books). I loved how important their families and their ancestors are to them and how they can communicate with them. They keep their beliefs alive and pass down everything through each generation. The story is rich with history and the author did an amazing job of bringing Voodoo to life. I loved everything about Cursed. The story is very complex and played out really fast once it got going. There's plenty of mystery and  suspense and with every secret revealed in the book a whole lot more came up. Lizzy Ford weaves a story that is unraveling slowly but keeps us hooked and wanting more. Cursed is dark and spooky and while reading it I had shivers in parts. I really don't know what else to say other than READ THIS BOOK NOW!! I so cant wait for book 2. 

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