Review: Golden Curse
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
A curse. A hidden identity. A dangerous love. Ten year old Persinette Basile was forced to flee the palace of Gaule for her life. Now at eighteen, she must find a way to return in order to obey a curse on her family line. The prince won’t know who she is. Not anymore. But she knows him and what he will do if he discovers her true name. Made to fight for her life to earn her place, she vows to find a way to break the curse no matter the cost. ------- To. The. Death. The words describing the tournament turn Prince Alexandre Durand’s blood to ice. The last warrior standing will win a spot at his side. As he's thrust onto the throne, forbidden magic, dangerous betrayals, and a complicated love could tear his reign apart. When the secrets begin to unravel, will Alex stay true to the laws and traditions of Gaule or will he give it all up for a woman who deceived him? Inspired by the Rapunzel story, this is the golden-haired princess as you’ve never seen her before.
My rating: 4 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed Golden Curse. When I saw that it was a Rapunzel retelling I had to check it out and the cover is so gorgeous that it really just sold me on giving it a shot. From the first chapter, I was hooked and it is a miracle that I was able to put it down after only one chapter. Once I really started reading, it only took me two afternoons to finish. I was drawn to the story and learning more about the curse right away. I liked Alex and Etta almost immediately. The first chapter with Tyson and Alex had me laughing. I loved the pacing of the story and the detail the author added. This story was so rich with history and romance and action that I just couldn't put it down.
The characters were strong in this story. I loved Etta. I love her fierceness and determination to do what is right. I loved that she recognized that her feelings had to evolve once she met the new king. He wasn't his father and she still had feelings for him from when she was a child. She truly did what she had to do for her family and her people. She was a skilled fighter but just because she could kill did not mean she relished it. She had so much heart and feeling even if it wasn't on display on the outside. She was so conflicted and that made her that much more real and relatable. I also liked Alex. I liked him more before he became king. I like the carefree way about him and how easy his smiles were. How easy it was for him to joke with his brother and flirt with Etta once he met her. Once he was forced into the role of king, things got harder for him and he had to figure out how to keep who he was and figure out how he wanted to rule. His father taught him things that he doesn't know if he agrees with but will his court allow him to go against tradition? I can't wait to see what kind of king he becomes and how he grows out of the teachings of his father. I loved Tyson and Edmund. Tyson was a lovable and carefree teenager who made me laugh; it broke my heart when I saw how the problems of the kingdom robbed him of that. Edmund was so loyal and just a genuine person who was easy to like. Catrine was also a good character. Camille was despicable like her father and I did not like her at all.
I cannot wait to see what happens next in Golden Chains! I have to see what happens with Etta and Alex and if they will be able to get over their differences and work together to defeat an evil greater than both of them. Be sure to check out Golden Curse on Amazon!