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The Curse Girl by Kate Ellison
Young adult author Kate Ellison gives a modern-day twist to an age-old tale.
The Curse Girl
By Kate Ellison
Ellison Books (May 2011) Ebook
Back cover: When her father tries to steal magic from the mysterious mansion outside her home town, seventeen-year-old Bee is the one who becomes a prisoner of the beast who lives there. But the so-called monster, Will, isn’t anything like she expected. He’s the same age as she is, for one thing. He’s also really handsome, contrary to the local legend.
Well, maybe the whole “beast” thing is meant to be metaphorical, because he’s a total jerk.
Between the house’s weird magic and Will’s snobby attitude, the situation is nearly unbearable, and Bee only wants to escape. But there are some major complications. The curse won’t let anyone leave, for one thing. Worse, the house and everyone in it are trapped in a separate time, watching the seasons fly by outside while they barely age at all.
Bee knows she has to figure something out fast before her boyfriend and family grow old without her.The witch who cursed Will left him a riddle to solve and an hourglass of sand to track his time left. And although she’d rather eat dirt than help Will, Bee has to work with him to figure out the riddle so they can break the curse, or she’s going to remain a prisoner in the curse house forever.
Because the hourglass is almost empty . . .
Lara’s Review: Bee is a modern-day teenager thrust into an awkward position. In order to save his wife her father has made a deal with the Beast. A deal she soon realizes is fraught with inner turmoil and hardships, not just for herself, but for all those trapped in the magical house. Bee and the Beast (Will) don’t hit it off, but as time moves on, they start to realize they have a common goal – to break the curse. As their journey together progresses they begin to see the beauty each possess and a change of heart has the two characters falling in love.
Kate’s rendition of this tale stayed true to the theme of the orignal story, but she put her own twist on them. Such as Will’s nasty attitude made him beastly. Rose, his sister, had roses growing out of her hair. The more she turned into a rose, the more they knew time was running out for all of them. The house was magical, and time passed differently there than it did outside. One of my favorites was Bee’s love for books because she loved making origami. The only paper in the house was in the books, so needless to say she tore that library up. Another twist was the addition of the Fae Lands, a place where unusual and magical creatures gathered. This in itself would be a great backdrop for a completely different story. On a side note a writer and/or avid reader might notice a some things to be edited.
Overall, the book was a good read. It was definitely written with its audience (12 – teen) in mind. As an adult I enjoyed it, but found the teenager attitudes a little frustrating at times, but their innocence was quite refreshing. The characters were engaging and their dialogue stayed true to their age, occupation and era they were from.
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