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Friday, 12 December 2014

REVIEW, BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY - Beautiful Curse by Jen McConnel

Beautiful Curse
by Jen McConnel 

Release Date: December 2014

Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Mya Jones is cursed.

She is, hands down, the most beautiful creature on earth. But beauty can wound, and Mya finds herself reviled and shunned by her peers. If there is even a chance that she could start over, Mya longs to take it, no matter the risks.

So when the strange Mr. Merk offers her a new life away from home, Mya is hesitant but hopeful. Only she didn't count on the mysterious Ross, or her feelings for him.

BEAUTIFUL CURSE is a contemporary retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid.

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4 out of 5 (really liked it)

I received this book from YA Book Bound Tours in return for a fair and honest review.

First of all, I have to comment on the book cover. I continue to be blown away by how gorgeous it is every time I see it!

Onto the book itself - this is a contemporary retelling of Cupid and Psyche but you don't have to know the myth itself to enjoy or appreciate the story. It is heartfelt and mysterious, funny and heartbreakingly sad. This story shows you just how hard it can be to 'beautiful'. 

I really felt sorry for Mya as the story starts and progresses. She literally wakes up one morning and has been transformed. She doesn't know why and doesn't think that it can be anything bad. She is just thankful! She soon realises, however, that her beauty is costing her more and more and retreats further into her shell.

Through one circumstance and another, she finds herself in an enchanted castle that reminded me slightly of the one in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The disembodied voices, the magical wardrobe and not even mentioning the dining arrangements - I loved it all. Don't think though that it's all sweetness and light because it's not. Mya has a meeting with Ross' mother and what a Queen B**tch she is - exactly how I've always imagined her to be.

There is one part of the book that I need to mention without going into any detail but it's that something happens at the end that mirrors something that happened at the beginning. It may be a small thing but to me it just help make this book into the wonderful and enchanting tale that it is. 

This book takes you on a journey through high school, to museums, to enchanted castles and even to visit Hades. All on the shoulders of a 16-year-old. This tale is magnificently magical and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to all fans of YA/Paranormal Romance.

(There is loads more that happens in the book but this is a review, not a dissection!)

About the Author

Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).

She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and proud member of SCBWINCWN, and SCWW.

A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga.

Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!! Thank you for taking the time to read and review!! <3