Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review: The Curse Girl by Kate Avery Ellison

Title: The Curse Girl
Author: Kate Avery Ellison
Publish Date: May 14 2012

“When Bee is imprisoned in a magical, cursed house because of her father's selfish choices, she has just one plan... escape! But she must solve a riddle and help her fellow prisoners break the curse that binds them all before she can leave, and that is proving more difficult than she originally thought thanks to the bitter young master of the house, Will.

Will wants nothing to do with Bee or her help (and he certainly isn't planning on falling in love with her), but he might have underestimated just how determined and clever--and irresistible--she can be. ~ Cortesy of Goodreads

The Curse Girl is a really fun, quick read for anyone who loves fairy tales. If you like the story of Beauty and the Beast, get ready to be sucked into a unique and exciting retelling of the classic. The Curse Girl has it all. Faeries, vampires, werewolves, and of course, a witch. A witch who has gone insane and, instead of teaching the Beast a lesson on how to treat people, accidentally curses the wrong boy. Now it's up to Beauty and the boy she calls Beast (aka Will) to solve the riddle the witch left behind and finally break the curse.

The Curse Girl takes place in modern times, but due to the nature of the curse, Will and the house are sort of stuck in a time warp. Will was cursed about eighty years ago, but for him only four years have passed, so a lot of the goings on in the house are kind of formal, which gives the story the feel of the original Beauty and the Beast. Will wants Beauty to have dinner with him every night and stay out of certain areas of the house, things like that.

The house itself is one of the coolest things I've ever read about. The house was cursed along with everyone in it. It's constantly shifting and changing. Rooms moving around every time someone opens a door. The walls whisper and things scuttle around at night. It's very original and totally makes the book awesome!

Beauty isn't a very memorable character. She's fun to read, but a week from now I'll probably forget her name. And that name! Definitely not the most original thing Ellison could have come up with. But Beauty isn't a bad character. I liked her, she was spunky. But like I said, she won't stick with me after I've finished the book.

Will, however, was pretty swoon worthy. I mean, he's not going to make my favorites list or anything (and yes, I do have one) but he was definitely a pleasant surprise. Will's not your typical "Beast". In fact, he's not much of a Beast at all. He's a boy who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I victim of circumstance. It's really no wonder that he comes off like a jerk in the beginning of the book. I would have been a little perturbed as well.

The Curse Girl is definitely an interesting and totally unique take on an old fairy tale. It's a short, but very entertaining read. As many small things about the story bugged me, it never once actually diminished the entertainment value of the story. I highly suggest The Curse Girl to anyone looking for something light to pass the time.

P.S. Will and Beauty spend a lot of time in his library together, Library Lovers. And the entire time I just kept picturing this in my head.

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  1. I may need to read this some day, I love fairy tale based stories. (I love the sound of the house!)

    I may have to wait until I finish reading the series I have going now as that author's last name is Ellison which reminded me to read Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison and one other Ellison (a Kate, too) might get confusing keeping it all straight ;-)

    Thanks for the review :)

    1. Oh that would be confusing! Two authors with the same name. I hope you enjoy this book if you get a chance to read it :)

  2. LOL! Love the pic in the end! I'd totally marry the library instead of the beast :P

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

  3. Great review! I really need to read this book because I love Beauty and the Beast! It sounds really interesting though.


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