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(Cursed Magic #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  4,142 ratings  ·  240 reviews
The night Claire Tanith’s small village is attacked, her mother sends her alone into the cursed forest, the one she’d been forbidden to enter all her life with these mysterious words: ‘They will protect you.’

On the run from her attackers, she soon finds the forest is not as abandoned as she’d once thought.

Beautiful and elegant, the elves seem to be everything the legends s

Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published July 21st 2012 by Casey Odell
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Stjepan Cobets
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
My rating 3.4

Cursed Magic # 1 by Casey Odell is a solid fantasy work, nothing more, but it has the potential to be a much better book. Although the beginning of the book had hints that it might be really good, the story flared up and dragged us into some romantic YA story that irritated me at times, due to the sometimes naive main character. I was expecting more of a fantasy book, and I got just before the end of the book an indication that I hope will in sequels story move in the direction that
Goddess Of Blah
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many negatives to this book. However, the plot, suspense, action, chemistry/romance and fun factor supersede the the negatives.
The positives - the author doesn't plunge into the plot, but develops it slowly. There are times when you feel as though you could hit Claire (the main protagonist) over the head. However, generally, the plot itself is intriguing enough to curb these minor irritations and nuisances.
I enjoyed the
Apr 30, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I am going to preface my review with a statement. I think it is incredibly brave to write a book and put it out there for the world to read. I think it take tremendous time and effort to write, and even more to self publish. That said, self publishing is becoming more of a trend as it is easier than it used to be, especially with everything being digital. You can publish e-only books and with just a few bucks, you can buy the softwa
Sep 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, dnf, freebies
DNF at 40%

If this book has a plot, I'm not aware of it. The novel starts nicely with a young woman running for her life. You realize she's not the brightest of the barrel, but you probably don't expect her to be the village idiot. My words are sarcastic, but the gist of them is unfortunately true.

She meets murdering centaurs, her mother disappears, she's imprisoned by elves but she never reacts. She flutters along. They hurt her (briefly), keep her confined, then compel her in a mission she is
May 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started out really promising. . .we meet Claire as she is running for her life and you really can't get anymore exciting then that. But after I while things just had that "haven't I read this somewhere before" feel to it. A girl with strange powers escorted to somewhere she doesn't know by two men, or elves in this case, one that is happy go lucky, but has a serious side when its needed and one that is cold and distant, but really is very caring. Its not the first time I read a story w ...more
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, own
I won this book through Goodreads. The story itself is very interesting but it is very slow to come to fruition. In Book 1, we are introduced to 5 main characters: Claire, her mother, Aeron, Farron, and Bren. That is about the extent of it. There is a mission, a tattoo, and a missing person all of which remain a mystery throughout the entire book. The book ends appropriately but all of the questions raised in the beginning are left completely unanswered. I enjoyed the playful dialogue between th ...more
E.K. Carmel
I set this novel as part of a reading challenge this month. The challenge turned out to be actually finishing it. Normally, I wouldn't have continued reading past the point I screamed at the heroine to stop being such an idiot.

This is one of those stories that relies on mysteries to the point of ridiculousness. The heroine's town is attacked out of the blue by centaurs and the people scatter. Her mother sends her into the forbidden forest, saying she'll be safe there. Why? Who knows. It's the co
Valerie Waters

There may be some spoilers on this review.

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I felt like it took way too long to get any answers (until the second to last page!) I loved Farron's character. He was mysterious and flirty. He was great.

Some things that bugged me....
First of all WHEN was this book taking place??? The girl work pants but when she was in "society" she wore a corset and one point there was mention of riding a carriage. Well if they were riding in a carriage then she
Well, well, well...that was an interesting read. I certainly enjoyed myself with it. Most of the characters were charming, I liked the world it was set in and it was just an all-round good read.

However, don't mistake this for there being nothing wrong with it - it certainly had its faults. The biggest one (and the most taxing on my sanity), being our main lady Claire. My god was she annoying. She was so childish, and stubborn, and just far too big for her boots. She was just arrogant with nothin
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Cursed was pretty much a mixed bag for me, because some bits were good whilst other parts were a bit hit or miss! I initially selected Cursed because I was intrigued by the idea of a series based around elves. More often than not we come across vampires, aliens, witches, magic, shifters and faeries but rarely actual elves.

The setting is a fictitious, sort-of-past (I kept thinking of 11th Century England) but with magical and mythological creatures. The book starts with an attack on human girl Cl
Jul 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
dropped at 15%. I got tricked by the cool cover design. a poor abandoned girl with a misterious tattoo and an even more misterious knife and two beautiful elves (obviously the happy and the dark) going walking around the forbidden forest for a misterious mission. (I really never heard this storyline...)

Would be interesting if better written.
or maybe not.

After spending 10 pages with a character that is closed in a room for several days without even trying to learn a little bit of this new
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a great deal for a freebie. I liked the characters (mostly), the imagination and creativity, the action, the humor and 'bickering', and the main plot to the story. The setting was interesting cuz it's like fantasy/modern/historical all at the same time. The main character got on my nerves a little with her denial, but she just seemed younger than her age. Overall, pretty good and I would like to read more to see what happens, but it wouldn't be search & rescue looking for the rest. Enjo ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The only one single problem with this whole me... was that .....
COME ON!! I'm pretty sure there is not a single other heroine in any book that could possibly ever be THAT gullible.
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Won this book through Goodreads First Reads! :)

There were quite a few things I did like about this novel and quite a few that I did not.

The cover, the storyline, and the two elves (Farron and Aeron) were really the things I enjoyed about this novel. The cover is definitely one of the most attractive book covers I've seen even though it is very simple. Farron and Aeron brought the book to life, there is no doubt about it. I'll be quite honest, I was reading this book through a blackout during th
Once I got past the bumpity start I couldn't put it down. I wish there had been more world building in the beginning just so that I could have a more complete idea of where the characters were coming from. There was some disorientation for me because I was unsure if this was based in our world or in a fantasy world in the beginning.

I also found a little bump when we find Claire go from captured prisoner to one of the team in such a short time. There was one passage that really had me shaking my
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Well it generally was a good book. But in the beginning to me it sounded like a modern day book, the 20th century. But later on, it started to sound the the midevil days. With all girls wearing dresses and kings still existed. Otherwise,,, great book. Great twist at end. General turns evil. U can tell somthing is up with him, but he is a great actor

So there is a girl, Claire, when one day her village is overtaken by centatrs. Yes, centars. They are not friendly, though, they are totally e
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish, 2013
I'm giving up at the 50% mark. This story started off with a rousing bang, with the main character and her mother fighting to escape an enemy attack. But for the last 35% or so, the story has gone nowhere. The characters are traveling through the poorly developed world and things are happening, but there's no plot or character development and the petty little actions the immature main character is taking are not sufficiently interesting to keep me reading. I can't even like her enough to remembe ...more
The BookBug
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
The start of this book was pretty gripping and I was led to a false impression that this was going to be another amazing read.
However, I found the beginning as mentioned before grabbed the readers attention but failed to continue to do this for the rest of the book, there doesnt really seem to be a plot to the book and the world for me is not one that I feel like I can step into (meaning it is not descriptive enough to imagine the fine details in your head)
All in all I would not read this book a
Julie Powell
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this story despite that it may have been for a younger audience, but then I like a good tale, regardless of the age group.

I liked the way the story progressed, and how the author delved into the thoughts and feelings of Claire.

Maybe it's because I like tales of a magical world and look forward to how it continues in book two.

Well written with a touch of magic, mystery and an unusual romance - though it was the magic and mystery that I preferred.

Yes, enjoyable.
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie
Over all I really enjoyed this book. The story was great and I loved the heroine. The writing was top notch and the supporting characters were very interesting. The only thing was that it dragged a bit in places. There were whole sections that could have been cut without impacting the story at all. Other than that I really liked it and will read book 2. :)
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would have been better if she hadn't put her hands on her hips for the 50th time! or he didn't curl his mouth up in amusement for the umpteenth time! I wanted to cut her bloody arms of and slap his stupid face with them! On a better note I'll probably read the next book as I'm curious as to what happens next.
Going to reread this as I vaguely remember it but don't have enough to write a good review for it.

Re read this in 2017 and I'm bored. CBA to finish it so I'll be taking down 2 stars.

Its just not capturing me, I'm halfway through from mere perseverance not because I want to read it.
Maria York
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cursed is a paranormal read with a ton of excitement, danger, emotions and tons of trees! Claire is pushed into a world that she thought were just tales! Danger is around every corner she looks, but the one constant is the handsome, trying, irritating handsome elf! It's a good read and makes you want to know more about what's going to happen next!
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
First time reader of this author and now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative series. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this series.
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved it and couldn't stop thinking about it long after I finished. I NEED the next book Awakened for more of Claire and her mysterious companion Farron the elf (dreamy sigh).
Ryan E
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really felt the characters in this series. such fun and a nice love story that has me on the edge of my seat . I can not wait until the 3rd book comes out !!!
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Claire and her mother own and run a tavern in a small town near the cursed forest. One day, the centaurs attack the town and burn it to the ground. Instead of running to the next town, the mother sends the Claire into the cursed forest to hide from the centaurs. This is someplace Claire has been warned not to go. But her mother won't come with her, she runs in the other direction to keep the centaurs from Claire.

Claire is captured by the elves and we find out that there is a tattoo on her arm t
Jane Balke Andersen
I ended up disappointed and annoyed with this book. It started out so well and had lots of great elements: centaurs, elves, mysterious forbidden forest, strange tattoo and a mission.

But these promising hints got lost in a poorly plotted book in which our heroine wanders flutteringly from one disaster to another. She never demands answers with forcefulness the situation requires and shows a level of stupidity I expect in someone half her age AND with a lack of IQ.

Much of the book I kept thinking
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A little slow starting, but overall I liked it.

There are some spoilers

I felt the main character Claire was a little bit naïve and immature. Being a barmaid in her mother’s tavern you would think that she would be able to read people better, especially men. She seemed to trust Bren no matter what because of his status in society. I did like the relationships clear head with the two elves that accompanied her.

I realize that there are I think three more books in the series. I just felt that there
Steve Phillips
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Cursed starts out with action, and it seems pretty clear that the story is going to go somewhere. Claire travels with the elves, clearly going somewhere. They go, and they go, and some stuff happens. She learns that some sort of magic has happened to her, and it has changed her somehow, but she doesn't know what it is. She's sort of curious, and the elves seem to know, but they won't tell her. She seems pretty much okay with that. So on they go, on their way to somewhere that will finally answer ...more
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