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What made the experience of listening to Cursed the most enjoyable?
The story is fantastic. The characters are amazing!
What did you like best about this story?
I definitely loved the story the best. S.J. West tells a vivid story that captures the reader and holds you captive until the very end!
Which character – as performed by Christa Lewis – was your favorite?
Brand Cole was my favorite character performed by Christa Lewis. She did a great job making all the characters sound different and unique.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I read this in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down! I've already picked up the ebooks for the 2nd and 3rd book.. I just wish they were available on audiobook as well!
Any additional comments?
I'm new to S.J. West's books but I'm a fan!!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is such a hard review for me to write since I really can’t explain why I kept listening to this one. I think I have a love/hate relationship with this book. There were so many things I didn’t like about the main character and many of her choices/actions were unrealistic for someone her age. I usually don’t have an issue with suspending my belief when it comes to paranormal romance but I struggled with this one. All the negative comments aside, I just couldn’t stop listening to this one. What was it about this book?? I suppose I really enjoyed the mystery and just had to know everyone’s deep dark secrets. Although not all the secrets were revealed in this book. I’m sure I will purchase the next one because the price is right and I apparently need some answers.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
As a couple of other reviewers have commented - this book produces a bit of a love/hate relationship. The story concept for this trilogy is a really good one and will undoubtedly appeal to Twilight, Fallen, Mortal Instrument etc fans (although I wouldn’t place it in their league). I love the idea of angels living on Earth and falling in love with mortals, so was really absorbed at first and particularly keen to find out why the main character, Lilly, appears to attract so many near-fatal accidents but is miraculously spared death.
Lilly meets a series of ‘model-like’, wealthy men who fall in love with her and want to protect her from the accidents. Despite competing for her love and attention, the three male characters work together to investigate the dark forces that lie behind the attempts on Lilly’s life and their devotion to her and cooperation with each other is commendable, if unrealistic.
However, the sheer volume of men that fall in love with Lilly, the at-times ridiculous stereotypical characterisations and some of the situations the characters find themselves in were so totally unbelievable that my initial enthusiasm was wiped out by what came across as a shameless attempt to 'throw in' every assumed possible young female fantasy - I found this quite patronising.
The narrator has a fantastic soft voice that suits Lilly and even Tara really well, but is just awful as a British male as her 'British' accent and tone resulted in Brand come across as a highly patronising individual. It became pretty nauseating at times to be honest, and I rolled my eyes to the ceiling in utter disbelief at the shameless stereotyping and farcical situations which were unfortunately exaggerated by the narrator's poor interpretation of the male characters.
That said, bizarrely, I did feel compelled to buy the next two books just to find out what Lucifer really wanted with the main protagonist and what God had planned for his fallen vampire-angels and their werewolf children (hmm!)
This had all the makings of a fantastic trilogy but was let down, in my opinion, by the often ludicrous characterisations; the poor narration of the male characters, and a frankly over-zealous desire to tick the ‘appeal’ boxes for a lucrative female teen market.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful