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I don't usually read pure romance and although there are a lot of fantasy and cultural elements woven skillfully into the story it is ultimately a romance. Not a dig at the genre but I didn't feel this was obvious from the write-up so be sure a romance is what you're looking for.
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Story-wise it's a very familiar story. Proud and vain girl gets cursed for being horrible. And it's only through being cursed that she begins to learn being a better person.
Not that I'm complaining. The author made it interesting enough for me to listen until the end. But I think it's mainly because of the character's relationship with Death and Lo. And the most important of all is Smitha's character development. She really goes from being this really annoying girl (who I kinda thought deserved her curse) to this compassionate and selfless young woman. It's unfortunate that she started out so self-centered that it took a curse to finally get her to put herself in other people's shoes. But all in all, I loved the journey that got her to be who she is by the end of the book.
Readers/Listeners who usually find themselves rooting for characters in Smitha's vein would be satisfied with the ending. However, personally, I feel that there are a couple of loose ends that never get answered (such as what happened to the person who cursed Smitha in the first place and what exactly was this person's history prior to coming to Smitha's town). I get that Smitha forgives this person even without meeting this person again. But it just doesn't seem satisfying enough for me.
But maybe that's just me. All in all, it's a good story. I'm afraid it will be compared to Disney's Frozen. But it is its own unique story.
Those who like Fairy Tale-like stories and the more wholesome romances would like this book
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I cannot put into words how original, touching, emotive, fun, unique this book is. Another fantastic story from Charlie. Holmberg
I was not sure about this book when I first started it but within five minutes I realised it was going to be something special. Brilliantly read by Angela Dawe and the story is so very unusual.
Very enjoyable and looking for the next book in the series.