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Onto the review!
A curse. A murderous scheme. A choice.
A witch and her master capture a young faery and command her to kill their enemy. Adela has no choice but to obey. If she does not, they will force the location of her people’s mountain home from her and kill her. To make matters even worse, the person she is to kill is only a man struggling to save his dying land and mend a broken heart.
Count Stefan is a man simply trying to forget the woman he loves and save a land crippled by drought. When a mysterious woman arrives at his castle claiming to be a seamstress, he knows she is more than she seems.
Adela enlists the help of Damian, another faery, to try and delay the inevitable. He insists she has a choice. But with the witch controlling her every move, does she?
Adela’s Curse was such a delightful read! It’s about a faerie girl who forced to act against her own will, and enlists a faerie friend to help. Many aspects of the story really drew me in- like the setting of the story, the soft but amazingly sweet romance, and especially the clean, safe, and friendly atmosphere (friends, family).
Here are a couple of things I’ll pinpoint that I liked + didn’t like as much:
- It was really well-paced. I never for one moment felt like Claire was rushing or dragging anything, which is a rare find in a book.
- The worldbuilding of Myrnius was so good! Claire truly is a master of writing, and you can definitely tell that through her worldbuilding.
- The cover is pure gorgeousness.
- I normally don’t read about faeries. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book mainly centered on faeries. Despite this, Claire wrote and weaved words in really well, so nothing was confusing at all.
- Rafael + Lidia are the weirdest but most hilarious couple ever. XD
- My favorite books include genuinely good protagonists + the protagonists’ quirky, weird, witty, selfless (whatever it may be) friends (this is why I love Ranger’s Apprentice so much) (let’s not forget The Mysterious Benedict Society). This is one of the reasons why I enjoyed Adela’s Curse so much- Lidia and Damien stand by and support Adela while trying to help her, and they each have their own well-rounded personalities that I truly came to love and appreciate and enjoy.
- Count Stefan was so sweet! I really loved his character as I read his story (even if I didn’t like the sight of him at first).
- um as if I could find one
- Very light + sweet romance. There are mentions of barely-described kissing.
- Light mentions of magic. Ex: “The faeries used their magic to protect and nurture
Myrnius, as was their purpose on this earth.”
Overall, one of my favorite reads of the year! Claire Banschbach weaved an amazing tale of faeries, humor, friendship, suspense, and light romance in Adela’s Curse that any fantasy lovers would absolutely love and enjoy. 5 stars.
Recommended to 9+ for mentions of light magic and romance.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free PDF copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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