Description from Author:
Being a teenager isn’t all fun and games for seventeen year old Ryder. After being thrown down the social hierarchy, Ryder Mason has one goal for her senior year- survive.
Within the first month of school, Ryder goes from bullied teen to a cursed half goddess with two boyfriends. As if that wasn’t enough, she travels into the Underworld to confront Hades about the curse and her missing mother.
Ryder delves head first into a Godly world as her two knights fight to seek her approval, her best friend’s loyalties are tested and people’s true intentions are shown in the first Curse Books novel.
So, I really enjoyed this book. I was supposed to read it months ago, but as mentioned previously, my e-reader gave up the ghost. It then became a struggle to find a new e-reader and reconnect with all of the author’s who gave me copies of their books for reviews. Taylor Lavati was one. She contacted me a couple of weeks ago letting me know part 2 of her “The Curse” series. I reminded her that I did not have a chance to finish part I, so she resent it in a format I can read.
I am so glad she did. This is a first book from a young, up and coming, author. She has a gift, a knack in writing. I cannot wait to read book II. For a first time author, Taylor has me intrigued. She has me captured and eager to find out more about the lives of her characters. She is a strong author when it comes to character buiding and detailing. She has done phenomenal research to assist in her character development. I am usually turned away by young adult or over sexualized stories, but Taylor does a fantastic job of keeping it “real” and not so over the top.
The Thousand Year Curse follows Eurydice, aka Ryder, through her trials and tribulations as senior in high school. Relentlessly bullied by a previous best friend, Ryder wants to just get through this last year of school without troubles. She only has her father to lean on as well as her best friend Junior; the only one who has ever stood up to her bully Becca.
In comes Ollie, aka Orpheus, who falls for Ryder, and Ryder falls for him. Things seem to going stellar, well kind of.
Ryder starts having some pretty strong visions and dreams. Compile the odd visions with her new strength and abilities, she is at a total loss as what has come over her. In her visions she sees a handsome man with green eyes. In comes Ari, aka Aristaeus, to teaches her and tells her who she really is. Ryder sets out to confront Hades, God of the Underworld, in hopes to find out who she is, and more importantly who her mother is.
I really enjoyed this book! I definitely look forward to book II. I NEED to know what’s going on with Ryder. Who she chooses as her soul mate. If she can actually change her fate. Who the heck her mother is. Does Becca ever get what’s coming to her?
Cast of Characters (Click names to be taken to Wikipedia for further character definitions of these Greek Gods/Goddesses/Etc.)
Eurydice/Ryder – Main Character.
Ollie/Orpheus – Boyfriend 1
Ari/Aristaeus – Boyfriend 2
Hades – Self explanatory