Taylor Lavati’s The Thousand Year Curse contains a healthy dose of drama, action, and romance. The novel opens with the young protagonist, Ryder, struggling to survive high school. After finding herself betrayed by a friend and publicly humiliated, Ryder becomes a social outcast, relying on her best friend to get her through the experience. The start of her senior year, however, proves that her life is about to change.
The new boy in town, Ollie, sinks his claws into Ryder as soon as he meets her. Seeing as how he’s charming and all too attractive, Ryder can’t help but fall for him. But, when she meets mysterious Ari, the situation becomes a bit more complex. On top of battling between the two boys, struggling to get a hold on her emotions, Ryder finds herself becoming a little bit stronger, faster.
Something’s not right.
Determined to get some answers, Ryder relies on her own strength and the two boys. At the end of the day, nothing will be the same.
Lavati’s novel, the start to a trilogy, introduces a great set of characters. Ryder, headstrong and witty, is relatable. She’s just a normal girl trying to cope with a friend’s betrayal. Ryder comes to many realizations throughout the novel, which complicates her character and adds more depth.
Lavati prevents the relationship between Ryder and the two men vying for her attention from seeming too formulaic by adding in an original, unique twist rooted in Greek mythology. This twist gives an interesting backstory to the two men; we’re excited to see where Lavati takes them in the next installments.
One of the more exciting parts of the novel is Ryder’s trip through Hades’ Underworld. It’s plain to see that Lavati did her research on this mythos; readers get to immerse themselves in the world that Lavati has created. Each layer of the Underworld comes to life with Lavati’s descriptions.
Overall, The Thousand Year Curse is a fast-paced read, complete with good characters and a unique plot.
© 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
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