Sunday, November 17, 2013

Review: "Cursed" by Lizzy Ford


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?

Backwoods, Ignorant, Crazy, and Poor, those are just some of the words that Jayden Washington would use to describe his Mama's family. His Grandmama is a high voodoo priestess, but Jayden doesn't believe in the stuff, surely none of it's real. However, Grandmama gives him a very serious gift with an even more serious warning, "Don't take the dog tags off, EVER. The damsel in distress, the white zombie, she will kill you." How is he supposed to take that?
Adrienne St. Croix has just moved to New Orleans from Atlanta. Her sister died 5 years ago here, but they never found her body to know the how's or why's.  There are two things she wants to do while she's here: 1. find out what happened to her sister, 2. make it in the music business. She's been excepted to an elite private school on scholarship because her voice is so good, but will being the poor scholarship student lead to her demise? The boys stop and stare at the beautiful girl with the white blond hair and eyes as green as emeralds, but that only leads to jealous females. As she finds more out about her sister and her disappearance, will she take her place in her destiny?
Oh, but don't forget Rene, the second in command to the voodoo gang that keeps things undercontrol in the projects. He's the warrior according to the spirits, and he's taken it upon himself to protect Adrienne. Could he make a love triangle?
Just when you think Lizzy Ford can't possibly get you more hooked in another series, you find out your wrong. This book is NO different, yet it is.  The story is so real you can see it playing in your mind as if watching it on a screen. It's rich in the voodoo culture and French language, full of all that makes up New Orleans post Katrina.  As the story is weaved, we learn more about what brings the curse together and the families involved. I love the fact that there's no guessing at the end of the book, you know who are involved, how they are involved, and why they are involved.  The tale of Jayden and Adrienne is of two star crossed lovers, fighting all the circumstances against them and then some.
I anxiously await the second book in the series, to know if and how the curse if broken. I wonder if there is someone in it for Rene and if so is it Adrienne or Tara? How will him being a warrior come into play? Will Kimmie take the hexes off and how do they come back to her?
This is a 5 STAR Read and then some, be warned, when you start it you won't want to stop.
**This book will cause sleep loss, crankiness in the morning, yearning for book two, and many pots of coffee to wake your zombie butt up.**

Lizzy Ford is the author of over twenty books written for young adult and adult paranormal romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.

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