In The Curse of Betrayal, we see Ryder overcome some seemingly impossible barriers. She fights for life and succumbs to death. She struggles—and ultimately succeeds—to become stronger. She learns to be independent, but ultimately, she discovers who she really is.
ON THE PLOT: Overall, I really enjoyed the plot. I didn’t find any holes or inconsistencies. Ryder’s fight to understand love continues—and ends—in this book. We learn who she believes is her soul mate. Lavati included some saucy romance scenes, which I loved. I didn’t find her writing style to be too slow or too fast, and I think that’s difficult to accomplish. And on that note, Lavati did a fantastic job keeping me guessing. It’s no surprise that love is a strong theme throughout. When I thought I figured out the answers to everyone’s burning question (who IS her soul mate?), she threw in more paragraphs that made me second-guess myself. In the end, I was right—and wrong. And I’ve decided I like that feeling.
ON THE CHARACTERS: What can I say? I love them all. I think I fell in love with Ari and Ollie so many times now that it’s ruining my real-life relationship (Ha!), and that’s when you know Lavati’s doing something right. I find Ryder to be realistic and relatable. I mean, don’t we all have two hotties competing for our undying love? On a serious note, I really do like Ryder. She’s a god with human-like instincts and morals. I’ve read too many novels with gods that have completely lost their humanity; yet, we’re supposed to relate to them. I think Lavati did a fantastic job balancing these issues.
ON THE SERIES: I really enjoy reading this series. I think—in a market that’s often too crowded—this is rather unique. I was thrilled to see that Lavati brought in quite a few god-like features to this book. I’m excited to read the next—and final—installment.
ON EDITING: I found this book to be very well-edited (and I have a keen eye for grammatical issues). I found very few errors. In fact, it seems that Lavati grew as a writer—and editor—since book one.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone interested in young adult, paranormal romance, or mythological-themed novels.
© Taylor Lavati 2017
What Readers Have to Say...
"An absolutely heart wrenching read that shows us that at times no matter how much we hope, darkness will find its way to win. "
-Blogger's From Down Under for A Reliant Love
"So this book is the ultimate love story. I like how two ordinary people who is so different and still so alike in so many ways can overcome everything together."
-Angelica Berglund for For The Love of Hockey
"I never thought I would read a "zombie book", much less love one. The Last Legacy really surprised me. Even with the whole people-eating-people thing, it was a fantastic book"
-Melannie S for The Last Legacy
"I could not wait to start book two. If this book was as good as book one, then I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. It wasn't as good as book one...it was better. "
-Keely Retchloff for Finding Sam
"The powers, the love, the excitement, the drama kept me so enthralled. If you are looking for a GREAT series about true love and mythology, look no further... I wish I could rate 10 stars! Definitely recommend this whole series to all my book loving friends!"
-The Book Blog for A Curse Books Trilogy
"For the Love of Ash" by Taylor Lavati was a rare 5-star read for me. I honestly find many typical romances rather dull and predictable. This was not the case at all here; there was nothing average about the romance, overall storyline, and the long list of supporting characters."
-Summer's Book Blog for For The Love of Ash
"Wingless isn't what I would normally pick up and read, but thought I'd try it out and I am so glad I did. The characters and "worlds" she creates are done so well that you can actually picture them and feel like you are there right along with the characters."
-JLH for Wingless
For The Love of Hockey | January 2016
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