Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club Tours for providing me a digital review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Author: Jen McConnel
Published: July 29, 2015 by Swoon Romance
Sixteen-year-old Mya Jones is cursed.
She is, hands down, the most beautiful creature on earth. But beauty can wound, and Mya finds herself reviled and shunned by her peers. If there is even a chance that she could start over, Mya longs to take it, no matter the risks.
So when the strange Mr. Merk offers her a new life away from home, Mya is hesitant but hopeful. Only she didn’t count on the mysterious Ross, or her feelings for him.
BEAUTIFUL CURSE is a contemporary retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid.
What a disappointment. I had high expectations with this book because I just LOVE re-tellings and this one looked really good but it fell flat.
The story follows Mya as one day she turns beautiful. More beautiful than she could ever imagine and everyone around her changes. Her best friend is jealous and stops talking to her, all the girls think she is sleeping around with a teacher, and the boys are drooling after her. Her family is falling apart and she blames herself for it. Until one day a Mr. Meck comes and takes her away to a magical land. There she meets invisible servants and Ross, a mysterious person that she can only feel but never see. She promises to never look at him no matter what but of course curiosity wins out and she loses everything. In order to get what she lost back she has to work for someone who hates her.
Overall, the story was very 1 dimensional. I never felt anything for the characters and Mya was whiney and annoying. I never connected with her. She never really grew in the story. She was stagnant. The story took awhile to get into and nothing really happened until mid-way through. The pacing seemed off and the end kinda felt rushed. There was INSTA-LOVE which was pathetic. It happened right after meeting the guy…I mean COME ON!!! No buildup, nothing just love. The world building was lame and when Mya went to live in the castle she learned about Greek mythology and plants which made no sense because she NEVER used those skills. The Greek mythology aspect was weak and I wanted more. Never felt anything with Ross either or any of the supporting characters. They were just there and did nothing for the story.
I feel like there are better re-tellings of the Cupid and Psyche story out there than this one. Do you recommend one that you have read?
About the Author
Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn’t crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time. Her fiction titles include DAUGHTER OF CHAOS (YA), THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY (NA), and the recently released sequel, HER SECRET INHERITANCE. Visit http://www.jenmcconnel.com to learn more.
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