So, I kind of really enjoyed this book. I was supposed to read it months ago, but as mentioned, my e-reader gave up the ghost. It then became a struggle to find a new reader and recontact all the author's who gave me copies of their books for reviews. Taylor Lavati was one. She contacted me a couple of weeks ago letting me know part 2 of her "The Curse" series. I reminded her that I did not have a chance to finish part I, so she resent it in a format I can read.
I am so glad she did. This is a first book from a young, up and coming, author. She has a gift, a knack in writing. I cannot wait to read book II. For a first time author, Taylor has me intrigued. She has me captured and eager to find out more about the lives of her characters. She is a strong author when it comes to character buiding and detailing. She has done phenomenal research to assist in her character development. I am usually turned away by young adult or over sexualized stories, but Taylor does a fantastic job of keeping it "real" and not so over the top.
The Thousand Year Curse follows Eurydice, aka Ryder, through her trials and tribulations as senior in high school. Relentlessly bullied by a previous best friend, Ryder wants to just get through this last year of school without troubles. She only has her father to lean on as well as her best friend Junior; the only one who has ever stood up to her bully Becca.
In comes Ollie, aka Orpheus, who falls for Ryder, and Ryder falls for him. Things seem to going stellar, well kind of.
Ryder starts having some pretty strong visions and dreams. Compile the odd visions with her new strength and abilities, she is at a total loss as what has come over her. In her visions she sees a handsome man with green eyes. In comes Ari, aka Aristaeus, to teaches her and tells her who she really is. Ryder sets out to confront Hades, God of the Underworld, in hopes to find out who she is, and more importantly who her mother is.
I really enjoyed this book! I definitely look foward to book II. I NEED to know what's going on with Ryder. Who she chooses as her soul mate. If she can actually change her fate. Who the heck her mother is. Does Becca ever get what's coming to her?
© 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
The Price of Love | 2017