Thursday, 2 January 2014

Review - Cursed (Voodoo Nights, #1) by Lizzy Ford

Goodreads Blurb:

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:

*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Indie Inked and Lizzy Ford*

 4/5 stars

Adrienne moves to New Orleans to live with her father five years after her sister's death, having received a scholarship for a prestigious school. Marked with a family curse, Adrienne wonders if moving to New Orleans was such a good idea with news of a serial killer in the area.

Jayden doesn't believe in voodoo or in the curse that is supposedly linked with a dark family secret and key.

Linked by their pasts, Adrienne and Jayden must break a curse that might result in one or both of their deaths.

Cursed is a very intriguing book. I really enjoyed the voodoo theme and found the writing style easy to follow. The characters were likeable though I was slightly annoyed at the discovery that there might be a love triangle. The book ended, I felt, quite suddenly and I definitely want to read the sequel.
Overall Cursed was a pleasantly surprising and enjoyable read.