Monday, November 14, 2016

ARC Review: Cursing Fate (The Fated #2) by Brenda Drake

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: November 21, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
220 Pages

There’s something strange about the Layne sisters, and Wade Diaz wants nothing to do with them. Especially the one who ripped his heart out and set it on fire before tossing it in the garbage several months ago. Iris. He can’t even think her name without unconsciously rubbing the spot in his chest where she left a gaping hole. But now her sisters are claiming some evil spirit is after his soul, and Iris is the only one who can save him. Well, at least his heart would stop hurting, right? Didn’t sound so bad.

Iris Layne has always been the sweet sister. She’s kind to everyone, including her best friend Wade… Until she makes a horrible mistake and breaks his heart. All she wants is to go back to before ‘the dumping’. Of course, Wade would rather see her in hell first. But then Iris touches her sister’s tarot cards and unleashes an evil curse intent on playing a deadly game where no one Iris loves is safe, especially Wade.

How do you convince someone they need your help when you’re the one who hurt them most?

The second in The Fated series follows Iris Layne, younger sister to Aster who we met in book one. Some of the Layne sisters have a gift - the gift of changing fates. After seeing her older sister mess with everyone's fate, including her own, Iris wants nothing to do with this magic. However, one accidental brush with a set of tarot cards releases an evil spirit into Iris and she's forced to face the magic that she was running from.

I'm going to be honest, I enjoyed the first book a little more than this one. It felt more whole. Cursing Fate seemed to focus more on the 'woe is me' side. But that didn't mean I didn't enjoy it, because I did. I still really like the idea of the fates and the curse that binds them. What I really liked about this book was we got to see where the curse came from. We meet the first fate changer who set the curse on the Van Buren's and began this legacy within the Layne girls. 

When the spirit takes over Iris it starts to extract revenge on those who the spirit feels have wronged Iris and through the spirit, Iris begins to unwilling change peoples fates. But what's unknown to her it that every time she changes a fate, she moves closer and closer to losing everything. What bothered me was how Iris initially handled this spirit. She kind of operated under the 'if I ignore it it will go away' mantra. I feel like if in a family where you know magic exists, when a spirit starts talking to you, you tell someone. By the time she decides to seek help, the spirit is strong enough to resist her. Well, duh. It was just little things like this that made me frustrated. Did you learn nothing from your sister???

Overall, this is a very interesting and new series. I continue to be interested in what's going to happen. I was happy to see Aster and Reese make an appearance and I hope to see more of them to come. I'm assuming there will be at least one more based on how this one ended. 

I received an e-copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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