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Review: The Cursed Sea

Title: The Cursed Sea

Author: Lauren DeStefano

Date of Publication: December 18th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Wilhemina Heidle, the exiled princess of Northern Arrod, the girl thought dead by her family and friends, must return home. The only way to save Loom, the cursed prince of the Southern Isles, is to revisit the castle and discover the origins of her own curse.

But home is very different from how she left it—Wil’s unstable elder brother is now king, leading a war against the Southern Isles. And the rest of her family must reckon with the truth of what happened to lead to Wil’s exile. With time running out, Wil must navigate the dangerous secrets within her family if she’s going to find the truth and save the boy she loves.

When she’s finally able to reach Pahn, nothing goes as planned, and suddenly Wil and her allies are fighting for their lives, again and again, as the Southern King is out to punish his children for all they’ve done. Traveling across cursed seas and treacherous kingdoms, Wil, Loom—and his ruthless sister Espel—have to work to make peace with their own struggles if they hope to secure the future of their kingdoms.

But when their plans lead them right back to evil marveler Pahn, and to Baren—who is more dangerous than ever—can Wil and her friends outsmart their enemies, this time, for good?

My Review:

I’m always scared when diving into a last book of a series but not as bad with a duology because the journey hasn’t been that long. Yet, I was still nervous because I loved the first book so much! I mean, King Midas-like stuff… Awesome, right? All that glitters is definitely gold!

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I still loved Wil, and she really grew as a character. She wasn’t the same girl we remember at the beginning of book one. Instead, she’s become stronger and braver and I really like her love for her family! My boys, Loom and Gerdie, were back! Gerdie is just my cute, little, science baby! Every time, he was on the page, I was consumed!

There were some twists, lots of fun, romance, and beautiful writing! The one thing I found a little odd was the POV shifts within sections. I can’t recall if that was done in book one, but I’m sure it was! I just wished POVs would have been switched by chapters or page breaks within the chapter! But other than that, it was excellent and the ending was perfect!

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December Reads 2018

I only have one for sure read this month and it’s the Cursed Sea which is sequel to the Glass Spare! I’m so excited to see where this one goes because I loved the first one so much!

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December Releases:

 

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What are you reading this month?

Review: The Glass Spare

Title: The Glass Spare

Author: Lauren DeStefano

Date of Publication: October 24th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

My Review:

I actually tried to read this before and gave up pretty quickly, but this was chosen as a group read this month with two of my friends. I decided to give it a second chance and thank goodness I did, because I loved it!

The world was amazing! Not to mention, I am a big fan of the whole king turning everything he touches to gold story, so that being an influence here, drew me in! There was excellent character development in here and each character had their own quirks.

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Wil was great and had her flaws. I’m usually not a big fan of the girl lying to a love interest about things, but here it was definitely understood why she needed to do it. The romance is normally my favorite thing, but it wasn’t here, even though Loom is an interesting enough character. But I actually loved the other characters more—Gerdie, Owen, and Zay. There was a part early on in the story that gutted me, and I was surprised I could feel that way so early on, but I did!

Wil’s power is incredibly interesting, she touches anything living and it morphs into emerald’s, etc. She wants to find a way to rid herself of what she believes to be a curse, so the journey is about discovery. The book does end on a cliffhanger, but not a horrible one (thank goodness). So, when book two comes out, I’ll be right on it!

How does this book sound to you?