Saturday, September 13, 2014

Review: Curse of the Beast (#1) by Ashley Lavering

Curse of the Beast (Curse of the Beast, #1) Curse of the Beast (Curse of the Beast #1) by Ashley Lavering
Published: April 2012, 270 pages
Source: Free on Amazon

Description: A dark shadow stalks the night, watching her—waiting to claim what is his.

Seventeen-year-old Tayla Jonas longs for a simple life, but after a traumatizing family loss, she is forced to be both mother and sister to her cousins while caring for her mentally unstable aunt. Moving to her grandma’s quiet town of Cody, Wyoming, Tayla finds some normalcy with her quirky green activist friend, Chel, who spends no time converting her to vegetarianism.

A few weeks into her new school, Tayla catches the eye of Kyle Harrington—the high school quarterback and resident millionaire—who can seduce any girl with his charismatic charm, including Tayla. But Kyle is anything but what he seems.

Walking through City Park, Tayla is unaware that an ancient curse has her in its crosshairs. The silver moonlight illuminates the path to her van, sprinkling shadows like evil twinkling eyes. Tayla’s skin prickles, and she turns. Something—or someone—is watching her.

A powerful werewolf steps from the shadows. An iridescent blue cord shoots from him and slams into her stomach, dissolving instantly. Pain wracks her body, and she tries to scramble to safety, but his silver eyes freeze her in place as the curse binds them together. The cord settles deep inside her body, coiling with dread around her heart.

Dismayed by the prospect of a werewolf for a shadow, Tayla fears for the safety of her friends and family. How will she keep the werewolf’s insatiable hunger in check? Her plans for a vegetarian lifestyle quickly dwindle away, and Tayla wrestles to fit her frazzled life back together—piece by piece. But what she didn’t expect was her attraction to the werewolf or the power of the full moon.

Will Tayla be strong enough to survive the Curse of the Beast? Or will it consume her like so many before? Find out in the first installment of this unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

My Review: One of my favorite fairy tales is Beauty and the Beast. This was such an interesting twist on a classic.

Tayla has had a rough life--her mother disappeared when she was very young, her uncle died, and her aunt has checked out of reality. Tayla has so much responsibility for her younger cousins and her aunt. After moving to Cody, WY, she finds herself living a more normal life, even attracting the attention of the star quarterback, Kyle.

Life doesn't stay normal for long. Kyle isn't what he seems and a visit to the city park leads to a meeting with a scary creature--a werewolf named Beast. An ancient curse links her to him and only time will tell if she's strong enough...powerful withstand it.

I was very caught up in the story and can't wait to read more. For me, the Kyle angle was hanging a bit and I hope it gets resolved.

Content: no language; some violence--mild-moderate; mild romance.

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About the Author:
Ashley LaveringA nomad at heart, I currently claim Nevada as my home. I have a wonderful husband and two young children that put up with my “writing time.” When I’m not pondering on a spell that will magically calm the ferocious winds that plague the air around me, you can find me, with notepad in hand, frantically jotting down ideas in those short moments between caring for my girls.
Art and science have always been my yin and yang. Throughout my college career, I shifted between the two, but in the end I graduated with a Bachelors of Mathematics and Science from the University of Wyoming.
Charging into adventures and discovering something new has always been a passion of mine, but as a teenager I use to run screaming from a reading or writing assignment. Looking back, the irony isn’t lost on me. Now you can’t catch me without a book in hand or without an open word document. Every time a new idea pops into my mind my heart races and my hand twitch to write it. In that moment, I have my writer's high and pray it will sustain me through thousands of hours of revision.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like I might have to download this one! I find it's kind of hard to find clean or Christian fantasy/paranormal. I'm not really into the 'sexy' fantasy and paranormal romance.

    Thanks for reviewing :))