Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu | Review

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Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu | ReviewEver Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu
Published by Simon Pulse on 07.28.2020
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Damsel meets A Heart in a Body in the World in this incisive and lyrical feminist fairy tale about a princess determined to save her sisters from a curse, even if it means allying herself with the very witch who cast it.
The Princesses of Ever are beloved by the kingdom and their father, the King. They are cherished, admired.
Jane, Alice, Nora, Grace, and Eden carry the burden of being punished for a crime they did not commit, or even know about. They are each cursed to be Without one essential thing—the ability to eat, sleep, love, remember, or hope. And their mother, the Queen, is imprisoned, frozen in time in an unbreakable glass box.
But when Eden’s curse sets in on her thirteenth birthday, the princesses are given the opportunity to break the curse, preventing it from becoming a True Spell and dooming the princesses for life. To do this, they must confront the one who cast the spell—Reagan, a young witch who might not be the villain they thought—as well as the wickedness plaguing their own kingdom…and family.
Told through the eyes of Reagan and Jane—the witch and the bewitched—this insightful twist of a fairy tale explores power in a patriarchal kingdom not unlike our own.

(Last Updated On: January 22, 2022)
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I was super excited to read this book and be a part of the awesome tour for a few reasons.

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First of all, the author teaches in VT, which is where I’m from and where I grew up. I don’t know why, but anytime I can make a connection to someone from VT, it makes me super happy!

Secondly, this beautiful cover. It’s so gorgeous. I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover, but I couldn’t help it with this title!

I do have to say that this story started off a little slow. Just push through it! It does pick up a lot the more you read.

One thing I really loved about this book was that it had alternating points of view between both Jane and Reagan. I’m a sucker for books with multiple points of view, and this one did not disappoint.

I honestly finished this book in one sitting because it really sucked me in after I pushed through the slow beginning. I just didn’t want to stop reading!

Despite the book really picking up in the middle, I found that I wanted a bit more from the ending itself. I won’t get into it too much because I don’t want to spoil anything!

If you’re looking for a book to read this summer that you won’t be able to put down, be sure to pick up Ever Cursed.

About the Author

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Corey is the author of YA novels, OCD LOVE STORY, LIFE BY COMMITTEE, MAKING PRETTY, and THE CAREFUL UNDRESSING OF LOVE, as well as the middle-grade novels RULES FOR STEALING STARS and THE SOMEDAY SUITCASE. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program, Corey has been working in children’s publishing since 2009

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In 2013, Corey was chosen as one of Publisher Weekly’s Flying Starts. Her books have been Amazon Book of the Month Selections, Junior Library Guild Selections, Indie Next Selections, and BCCB Blue Ribbon Selections.

Corey is also on the faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.

The first two books in Corey’s new chapter book series HAND ME DOWN MAGIC, hit shelves June 16, 2020. Shortly thereafter, her next YA, a feminist fairytale, EVER CURSED, comes ou July 14th, 2020!

Corey lives in Brooklyn with her husband, her daughter, her dog, Oscar, and a wide variety of cheese.

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