Sweely Cursed Synopsis: Steve and Julie are an attractive and accomplished newly engaged couple in their early twenties who discover a book in a barn called “If You Read This You Will Die” which sets about a series of inflicting “curse trials” including jealousy, lust, disgust, rage, stupidity, self-pity, depression, and then death. “Sweetly Cursed” is a fun titillating read which also offers some deep and thoughtful questions about love, personality, marriage and destiny. – Goodreads
Sweetly Cursed Review
There are, quite simply, too many issues with this book for me to give a full in-depth review on my site. I don’t think it would be fair to the author or to the readers. I wrote one that was several paragraphs long before deciding that it would be mean to lay each one of my issues out for everyone to see.
Instead, I will simply say:
Sweetly Cursed does not know what it wants to be. I wanted to read it because the title was interesting, the romance/horror genre combination can be cool if done right, and the synopsis sounded intriguing. It tries to be a treatise on love, relationships, and sexuality. It tries to be a sickeningly sweet romance. It tries to have horror elements. Unfortunately, 80 percent of the time, these differing genres clash horribly with each other in way that makes it laughable. If this was labeled as a satire, it’d be a whole different ballgame.
It needs editing, badly. Not only for spelling, but for timeline errors. Example: The guy wakes up on the “Thirtieth” day of a 14 day long curse. Most of the spelling errors were wrong homophone choices (“bear toe” instead of “bare toe”), but there were some others contained within it. The writing needs refined. The simplistic style, the over-abundance of “tell, tell, tell”, and the metaphors all combined in a way that was not at all flattering to the writer.
The author, from the very brief interactions I’ve had, has been a very nice person and I hope to see them become wildly successful!…..but it won’t be with this book in its current form.