Beautiful Curse ~ Jen McConnell ~ Blog Tour Review (by Jaime!) and Giveaway!


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By Jen McConnell
Published on December 9, 2014
Published 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.



My Thoughts

When I saw the word curse, I was instantly at attention, but I will admit that the "most beautiful creature on earth" caused some mild (massive) hesitation. But I forced myself to keep reading, and the hesitancy eased. I am really glad that it did. Beautiful Curse not only has a gorgeous cover, but the story is a pretty darn good one.
The Psyche and Cupid myth isn't one that I know very well, not as much as some of the others, but I know enough about it that I was intrigued. Now, I am going to have to go read the full, original myth so I can see the parallels, but even without knowing that, I can tell you that this is a great book, on its own.
The characters were all wonderful. Mya shows growth throughout the novel, and Ross is a very intriguing, but mysterious person. The romance was very heartfelt and emotional. The pacing was perfect. I never found myself getting bored, or wishing the story would hurry. I was fully involved from start to finish, and very sad to see the book end. The writing was very well done.
The plot itself is mysterious, and I loved that. I don't want to say much, if anything, about it, because I believe that was one of the greatest parts, watching the story unfold page by page.
I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who loves a sweet romance, and a story that pulls on your emotions from the get go. I thoroughly enjoyed myself with this book, and I am curious to see what this author writes for us next. And, again, just look at that cover! It is beautiful!

About the Author

Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).

She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and proud member of SCBWINCWN, and SCWW.

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.


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6 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the novel! Thank you for taking the time to review it! :)

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  2. congrats to Jen on the new release! This looks and sounds amazing :) Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love re-imaginings of classic myths and tales. This sounds amazing. I can't wait to read it. Thanks!

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  4. I love retellings and I loved Jen MConnel's Daughter of Chaos, so I definitely want to read this one.

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  5. I love the story of Psyche and Cupid- so now I am very intrigued! I love the cover, but was unsure when I read about the MC being the most beautiful person on earth. After reading your review I can tell this is a book I should read. It sounds fabulous! :)

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway.
    ~Jess

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