Eternal Curse

Eternal Curse

by Toi Thomas



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ISBN-13: 9781629025827
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Pages: 272

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M_C_V_Egan More than 1 year ago
Eternal Curse Giovanni’s Angel by Toi Thomas explores the Dr. Henry Jekyll axiom “In each of us two natures are at war- the good and the evil”. It is however done in a romantic, spiritual perhaps one could even say religious manner. The main characters Mira and Giovanni are enchanting and relatable to any reader. The wisdom and experience of the third primary character Abraham enhances the story. It is a fun unique read that cannot be filed under any specific genre; it has a beautiful romantic aspect, a supernatural and some may well see it as religious fiction. I enjoyed that it is a blend and unique, as someone who does not read religious fiction or seek out romance as a genre I found those elements very well characterized and easy to accept by any reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SHADES OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Reviewed by Michele Hinton Giovanni's Angel is a love story, combined with faith and a touch of mystery. It crosses several genre. Who is Giovanni or what is Giovanni? The three main characters, Mira, Giovanni and Abraham are well developed. The story flows well, however in spots there is a hint of redundancy and slow reading for my taste, but then there are many more places where the reading compels one to see what happens next. Kudos to Toi Thomas for Giovanni's Angel; it will be a good book to sit in front of a warm fire with a cup of hot chocolate. I give this work 4 stars!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Genius scientist Mira lives a lonely life after her fiancé betrays her. But the “gray” stranger she meets online induces her to risk traveling alone, to an unknown place, to meet and spend time with someone she’s never seen. The story’s told in an interesting blend of omniscient and personal points of view. The wise narrator invites readers to look into a mirror at the start of the preface, then asks who they see. Giovani doesn’t know who, or what he is when he looks there. Mira doesn’t know if her life has any purpose beyond what she’s already achieved. And a surprising third character knows plenty more and says less. Giovani’s tale is told at the fireside and in dreams, with a voice reminiscent of old-fashioned horror tales. His nightmares of angels and demons inspire such heat his skin might burn, which perhaps explains his strange appearance, and the fact that his online persona has no image. Mira’s certainly surprised when she finally sees him, though readers might wonder if he’s really so terrible. Mira, believer in angels, still needs to learn faith. Giovani, dreamer of angels, has only anger and despair. And the old man has history and love. A science laboratory evokes Frankenstein then evolves into mini-hospital/research center, as Mira tries to learn what Giovani is, and genetic codes reveal their mysteries. Everyone else’s mysteries will be revealed too in tales within the tale as the story progresses, making this a long, slow, leisurely read, with intriguing mythology, lots of backstory, and a nice feel of isolation within the modern world. The real world does intervene with the occasional cell-phone call. But the world of millionaire hermit and unknown powers has center stage, while Mira and Gio learn to accept, and live, and love. Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy with a request for my honest review.
Zombimomi More than 1 year ago
When I first read the description for this book, I knew I had to read it. I am not a huge romance reader, but something about both the cover and the following words grabbed my attention: "What these two are able to discover will not only test their strength and will, but it will stretch the limits of their minds and catapult them into a world where earth, Heaven, and Hell collide. Eternal Curse is the story of a man who may just be the answer to a spiritual war swiftly heading his way - but for now, he just wants to be a man. " Toi Thomas does a wonderful job of creating a slow building romantic Beauty and the Beast style romance. Both of the main characters bring with them similar issues of mistrust and abandonment that make you feel an instant compassion for them. A surprise introduction of a third supporting character brings in the emotional glue that each Giovanni and Mira's characters seem to hide. Without this character, the bonding and story line would not flow as such a loving tale. It is a very good story of the human's mind dealing with the struggle of Good vs. Evil. This book had me smiling, laughing, crying and thinking about some very serious life questions. Once it got under way, I found it easy to get caught up in the lives of these three people. I was curious to know how they were going to help each other and what would become of them. I quickly found that there was just not enough book to read, because I had read all. I found myself thinking that I, myself have felt many of the same emotions that Giovanni had felt. The loner, the weirdo, she/he hates me because I said this... All the feeling and emotions made this a heartfelt read. I really loved that Mira was a "real world" woman. She was not the Barbie girl that is so often portrayed. I was disappointed, however, at several things in the book that detracted from both the flow and overall enjoyment. The first was, in the beginning of the book, it began reading almost as if you were reading a text book. The fact building process and point of view was somewhat off putting at times, esp. for this genre. As was, occasionally the way conversations would take place. They could be very dull with overly detailed information. The most disappointing thing for me was how after the length of time they had spent in their search was the abrupt revelation of who Giovanni is. There is such a big build up of ideas and what ifs and then *poof*, in a few pages it's done and pretty much left unresolved from there. The love story continues, the three companion's tales go on. Then the book is over. But what now? I'm hoping for another book. I would definitely read it because the potential for this tale is amazing. I will end my review with my favorite quote from the book. Mira to Giovanni, "If you're a freak, you're the best kind of freak; and yes, I like you just the way you are."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review by Jaq D Hawkins, sign-in isn't working The preface to this book was enough to show me that this writer can write. While I don't often read Romance, I make the occasional exception in any genre when I come across better quality writing. The sequence in the first chapter that eloquently expresses the changes in the experience of air travel over the last decade or so impressed me and struck a congruence with my own encounters with what was once an embarkation on an adventure and has become more like being processed for a stretch in a prison camp. I stopped flying years ago and couldn't have expressed the reasons better than the words in this chapter. The reader also gets a lot of back story about the character, Mira, in this chapter, but it soon becomes apparent why the information is necessary to put the events of the story into context. The fact that she is a doctor quickly becomes significant, along with other key points of her background. This is not your run-of-the-mill Romance. I hedge on using the word 'paranormal' as definitions seem to vary from one reader to another, but Giovanni has, shall we say, special attributes that are fascinating for the reader to discover along the way. No telling here, but plenty of showing as the layers of this character are slowly revealed. There is far more about the discovery of Giovanni's nature in the plot than the usual fare that one gets in Romance novels. The romantic angle is almost an aside for some time, though it becomes more important towards the end. The writing continues to be of a good standard throughout the book, although there are a few places where I felt the points were belaboured just a little too much. Still, it kept my interest and I found myself wanting to get the full picture of exactly what was different about Giovanni. We're not talking a few extra muscles here. All becomes clear as we near the end. Giovanni's background is told in a story within a story that fits into events as they happen. The inevitable romance between him and Mira develops slowly, in many ways very innocently, almost like a Cinderella story, only instead of a prince she loves... well, the reader needs to discover that for themselves. While the writing style is wordy, it is also meticulously correct and well-edited. Even after the climactic events near the end, I wanted to continue to see how it all finished. I found that the story wrapped up nicely and left the perfect opening for the predicted sequel, while still remaining a stand-alone story. As much as Romance isn't my favoured genre, I find myself interested enough to want to read the next book. Toi Thomas may well raise the bar in the Romance genre.