Ryder has finally decided to take her life into her own hands, but things don’t always turn out as they seem. Ollie and Ari have made a pact that leaves Ryder alone until she ends the curse and chooses her soul mate.
With her knights absent, Ryder becomes independent, seeing things in her visions that force her to question the curse—and herself.
As strange things happen at Demi God Academy, Ryder realizes everything comes back to her. She must use the power growing within her to protect her new friends in ways she never imagined possible. But as new threats surface, she may not be strong enough to protect them all.
In book two of A Curse Books, Ryder discovers what it really means to be Eurydice
Back about 10 books ago or so I read and reviewed Taylor Lavati’s “The Thousand Year Curse“. This is part two of a series young author, Taylor, is writing. TTYC, first in the series, was a great break through starting novel for this author. It was well written, well thought out and well presented. I was excited when she reached out to me and asked if I wanted to read part 2, “The Curse of Betrayal.” I am glad she did. I love forging and creating a working relationship with authors or publishers. 🙂
Book two follows Ryder/Eury into her Demi God training academy. She finds herself in a new group of friends who help her adjust to the newness of her demi god powers and life. She is still stuck between Ollie and Ari, two lovers from many previous lives that have fought for her affections. Eury has an adviser at the academy who is helping her untangle the mess of a curse. Together they are hoping to find a way to reverse the curse.
Eury’s curse ends up hitting them head on, right at the heart of the school. Action packed attacks from the underworld causes Eury’s friends to band together. Ollie and Ari, both together, fighting to save Eury. Betrayal hits hard, harder than the curse, causing Eury to finally decide who her soul mate is. Broken hearted, and not totally married to the chosen one, she now has to continue her fight against the curse… and Hades. Top it all of with a nice twist of saving the mother she’s never known.
Personally, I liked the book as written material. However, the subject matter ventured a little too off of the curse itself for me. It made its way into the Olive Oyl tug o’ war between Popeye and Bluto. It focused too much on the young adult romanticism that is very prevalent in current YA genre’ books.
I do not want this to take away from the amazing talent this author has. She’s a fantastic writer. And, even though part two was filled with more romance than action, I still want to read part three. Taylor left off at such a vital, imperative part in the book, I can’t help but remain eager for part 3. That right there should tell you how well written this is. I am just not a huge fan of overdone YA/Romance novels.
Again 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
Hermes – Dirty rotten scoundrel in the book.
Hades – Self explanatory