Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cursed by Lizzie Ford


by Lizzie Ford

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?
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley*
This was a good book, a little slow in the beginning but it picked up at the halfway point when the characters started to interact more.  I especially loved the setting and the descriptions of New Orleans.  I love any book that takes place in New Orleans and the author did a great job of setting the mood.  It had a creepy, magical undertone to the book that made it great to read in the evenings when the hubby was asleep  :).
My favorite character was actually the grandmother that Jayden was so embarrassed by.  Of course, we all know by now that the creepy grandmothers are the ones with all of the answers.  
I liked the book, especially the dark atmosphere, and I especially liked the piecing together of a mystery.   I would definitely read something by this author in the future.

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