Beautiful Curse

Beautiful Curse

by Jen McConnel

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BN ID: 2940153768601
Publisher: Jen McConnel
Publication date: 10/13/2016
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 214,543
File size: 501 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Jen McConnel is an award winning author. She writes Young Adult and New Adult fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on her yoga mat, teaching, or wandering off on another adventure.

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Beautiful Curse 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
VoluptuousBDiva More than 1 year ago
{Review of different edition} First of all, I believe that this cover is hauntingly beautiful. This author has created a magical web that quickly entwines you. Well written with beautiful characters that will leave you breathless. This modern retelling of Psyche and Cupid is worth the read. {I requested a copy of this book for reviewing purposes and made no guarantees of a favorable review. The opinions expressed here are unbiased and my own.}
Aisazia More than 1 year ago
The author does a good job retelling the story, I liked this modern version of Cupid and Psyche, but that's all it was, a retelling. There were no spin-offs or twists to the story which I would have liked. I think the author does a good job taking the classic and making it a modern story some teens can relate. However, there are aspects of the characters and story where I personally find unrealistic and not believable. The writing is ok but not intricate and doesn't stand out. I think the plot and pace could have been developed a little more. The first two parts of the story were glossed over. I enjoyed the third part which really was the main chunk of the story because we got to see more into the world but it still sped by so quickly that I couldn't really enjoy it. A better rhythm would have been nice. I liked Mya well enough but I felt she was a weak heroine. She let herself be pushed around more than I would have liked. I think she emphasized on her beauty more than necessary. While a good person, I don't think I would describe her as a completely selfless person. She didn't do volunteer work or any other humanitarian acts which is what I expected as a person who is beautiful on the inside but I suppose that's all subjective. Taking care of her father is a kind thing but not sure if that warrants the internal beauty they describe her. The author does do a good job capturing the voice of teenagers and I liked that part of the story took place in Ohio. Midwest represent! I don't read too many books that take place in the Midwest. I had no problem imagining the beauty of the place that Mya stayed but I'm still not completely sure where it was even located. I did enjoy that the servants had different personalities. The end tied up the main arc but not really any of the minor loose ends. There are some questions I had about the story that were not answered which I found frustrating. How did the beautiful curse even happen? What about her parent's marriage? I wanted to like it more but those unanswered questions prevented me from having a full satisfied ending. Overall, not a bad read, I read it easily and quickly. If you're looking for a complicated retelling with a twist or surprise, you won't find it in this book. However, if you want a simple and expected contemporary retelling, then you'll enjoy this story. 3 out of 5 rating for me! (A copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from YA Book Bound Tours in return for a fair and honest review. First of all, I have to comment on the book cover. I continue to be blown away by how gorgeous it is every time I see it! Onto the book itself - this is a contemporary retelling of Cupid and Psyche but you don't have to know the myth itself to enjoy or appreciate the story. It is heartfelt and mysterious, funny and heartbreakingly sad. This story shows you just how hard it can be to 'beautiful'.  I really felt sorry for Mya as the story starts and progresses. She literally wakes up one morning and has been transformed. She doesn't know why and doesn't think that it can be anything bad. She is just thankful! She soon realises, however, that her beauty is costing her more and more and retreats further into her shell. Through one circumstance and another, she finds herself in an enchanted castle that reminded me slightly of the one in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The disembodied voices, the magical wardrobe and not even mentioning the dining arrangements - I loved it all. Don't think though that it's all sweetness and light because it's not. Mya has a meeting with Ross' mother and what a Queen B**tch she is - exactly how I've always imagined her to be. There is one part of the book that I need to mention without going into any detail but it's that something happens at the end that mirrors something that happened at the beginning. It may be a small thing but to me it just help make this book into the wonderful and enchanting tale that it is.  This book takes you on a journey through high school, to museums, to enchanted castles and even to visit Hades. All on the shoulders of a 16-year-old. This tale is magnificently magical and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to all fans of YA/Paranormal Romance. (There is loads more that happens in the book but this is a review, not a dissection!)