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Reading: A Curse for True Love by Stephanie Garber

Read Time: 3 minutes
Published On: November 24, 2023
A Curse for True Love by Stephanie Garber

Okay, I have to say, ‘The Curse for True Love’ truly disappointed me. The hype around it made me read it, but it was just so silly and lackluster. I did like ‘Once Upon a Broken Heart’, but ‘The Ballad of Never After’ didn’t do it for me. Of course, the writing is enchanting and whimsical, but there is just no plot to be invested in or care about. Just vibes can’t save a book for me.

There’s a trend in the book community of reading books that lack a concrete plot, focusing instead on creating a certain ‘vibe’ or atmosphere. This niche is called ‘no plot, just vibes books’. I’ve given a few of these books a try, hoping to understand their appeal. But this niche is simply not my thing.

I have a hyperactive imagination. If it’s just vibes I’m after, I can effortlessly conjure them up in my mind. There’s no need for me to turn to a book for that. My imagination can craft vibes that are far superior and specifically tailored to my preferences than any book can offer, honestly.

I’m currently 80% through it, and sadly, it hasn’t shown any signs of improvement. The characters, to put it bluntly, are lackluster. Evangeline is a tired trope of an innocent female main character, and Jacks is nothing more than a fool. The concept of curses in the stories did pique my interest initially. However, it was disheartening to see it later being used as a mere tool for convenience to further the plot.

The actions of the characters are baffling, to say the least. I’m left scratching my head, trying to figure out why anyone is doing what they are doing. It all seems so pointless. The main curse that these three books in the series hinge on is that if Jacks kisses his love, they die. But this crucial plot point was just brushed aside and made completely irrelevant by the end of the book. Major loose ends were left untied, adding to the overall sense of dissatisfaction.

Amazon Blurb

Two villains, one girl, and a deadly battle for happily ever after.

Evangeline Fox ventured to the Magnificent North in search of her happy ending, and it seems as if she has it. She’s married to a handsome prince and lives in a legendary castle. But Evangeline has no idea of the devastating price she’s paid for this fairytale. She doesn’t know what she has lost, and her husband is determined to make sure she never finds out . . . but first he must kill Jacks, the Prince of Hearts.

Blood will be shed, hearts will be stolen, and true love will be put to the test in A Curse for True Love, the breathlessly anticipated conclusion to the Once Upon A Broken Heart trilogy.

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