Monday, November 25, 2013

Cursed (Voodoo Nights #1) by Lizzy Ford Book Review~

Cursed (Voodoo Nights #1) by Lizzy Ford
Publisher: Evatopia Press
Publish Date: February 9th, 2014
eBook, 246 pages
Courtesy of Netgalley
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Parnormal 

The Red Man is coming ...

Five years after her sister disappeared, seventeen-year-old Adrienne finds the strength to return to her father’s home in New Orleans. But soon after she arrives, the mark of a curse appears on her, leaving her worried. Will she be the next victim of a four-hundred-year old family curse ... the next to be claimed by a serial killer roaming the back alleys of the city?

The day before his senior year begins, Jayden is given a skeleton key passed down through his family for generations -- a gruesome reminder of how his ancestors betrayed their own people and sold them into slavery. He doesn’t believe in the curse the key allegedly bears and puts it away with the intention of forgetting about its message. Until he meets Adrienne, a girl he’s compelled to for more reasons than her beauty.

He’s not the only one who notices her. A man in a skeleton mask and a voodoo gang member are also drawn to Adrienne. One is determined to protect her. The other intends to mislead her. Haunted by the mythical Red Man, all are connected to the ancient curse.

Can they overcome their misgivings about one another and prevent the dark prophecy looming over them? Or will they be lured away from each other by evil’s siren song?

Review + Rating
3 out of 5 stars

Cursed is a telling of dark magic and curses. While the story itself is good its a little dark for my tastes. I'm just not particularly comfortable with the topic of voodoo and dark magic and this book is heavy in that. The book takes place in New Orleans the obviously perfect setting. The characters are interesting and their backgrounds are slowly built up throughout the story allowing for the reader to get into the story at a nice pace.

I don't feel strongly about the book one way or the other but the ending is a cliffhanger and it will leave readers thirsting for more if not for anything more but to know how it ends. If it didn't dabble so heavily in voodoo I would feel more intrigued to purchase the sequel. It was just too dark for my taste. 


  1. This sounds interesting. I haven't read any books that are about voodoo or dark magic but I'd be willing to give it a shot. It's also good to know that the ending leaves you wanting more.

    1. It's a little too dark for me but I hope you enjoy it!

    2. I'm pretty sure they probably still have it on net galley.

  2. The cover freaks me out. Snakes!

  3. I think the cover is really cool! And the premise is definitely interesting... but I also don't like my books too dark. :D

    1. I think the second book is going to be substantially better. That's usually how it works out!

  4. I just got this book from Netgalley 2 days ago. I'm going to start it this week. I really love the cover of the book.