How To Break an Evil Curse By: Laura Morrison

A solid four star read. Juliana is a princess cursed by her father’s ex-best friend, the evil wizard Farland Phelps. The key to breaking that curse? A young man who meets all of the ridiculous criteria. 

From the beginning this book is fun and funny. It’s sarcastic and very open with the way it presents a sheltered princess realizing her father really is an awful king and that the way the world works is very different from the way she thought it did. 

A book filled with pirates, a women’s rights movement, various roguish groups and less than stellar guards the book takes the reader for a fun ride. 

The reason I can’t give this book a five is because for all the things it does right, down to the footnotes in a lot of the chapters, there are a few things it does wrong. It felt like some of the characters were forgotten about until much later in the book, and that some plot lines just stopped mattering only to be shoved in at the very end. It wasn’t done as smoothly as possible. Coupled with a character that is the only one to get hurt due to never having been in a real fight before, and then being the only character who gets hurt, it got a little redundant. 

The world building is fun and feels relatively solid. The narrator is fun and the style reminds me a lot of The Princess Bride in all the best ways. Listening to a story told by someone who was there and also has the best sense of humor and quick wit. 

While many characters are introduced and it may feel a little easy to get overwhelmed, the core group stays small through the majority of the book and when any new characters show up, they’re around long enough to be remembered. 

All of the characters are distinct, each with their own specific voice that makes them stand out. It’s just a shame that some of them were forgotten until the last two or so chapters and it sort of interrupted the action for me. 

All in all, a really fun, fast read. 

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Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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