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Carved in Cherry

(Curse Collectors #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  32 reviews
One thing set Lydia Shaw and her store apart from the other antique shops in town…
Lydia’s collection was plagued by curses, and it was her duty to break them.
Rachel, Angie, and Jo knew nothing about their aunt’s secret life. In fact, they didn’t even know she owned an antique shop, until they inherited it. Unfortunately for them, Lydia passed down more than just her stor
Kindle Edition, 205 pages
Published May 31st 2014 by Anchor Group Publishing
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Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Before I dived into this story, I really wasn't sure what I was getting into at first, but because I have read other books by this author, I had a really good feeling that it was full of Paranormal and that I would love it.

The characters were phenomenal. I was completely reeled in by the characters in this story. I wanted to know more about the characters and what their parts were in the story and how they all fit in. I felt so bad for Jo though. I made a connection with her and just knew how s
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Magical story...

This was a really enjoyable, paranormal read....the characters were particularly well described and the plot was fascinating and unpredictable..

A magical story with intrigue, curses, runes and romance, and a totally unexpected ending; this is the first book I have read by this author and I look forward to reading more...I received a copy of this book from the author via Quirky Blind Date With a Book
Bin Blogs Books
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing adventure in rune-casting and curse breaking. Mystery, suspense and romance. I stayed up till the wee hours to find out how it would end. I cannot wait to read the next installment!!

Bit of a cliffhanger ending.
Jocelyn Sanchez
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge, I mean, huge fan of this author. She's one of my most favorite authors, ever!! Elizabeth Kirke's writing is wonderful. She knows how to draw a reader into her world and be enraptured by what they read. Starting this book, I thought it would be like her other series, the More than Magic series, but I was pleasantly surprised that that wasn't the case. It was different, unique, and although it was a paranormal book, like her other series, it was very different.

Her characters were inte
A Book Vacation
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fun look at the world of runes and magic, and I appreciated the humor throughout the novel very much. The sisters are intriguing characters, very well developed, that I enjoyed immensely, and I just love Peter. From the first moment we meet him, in his comical stance as he attempts to protect the shop with a sword against the sisters who have no idea who he is, I knew I was going to get a kick out of his antics.

Full review to come.
Katie Blythe
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Rachel, Angie, and their adopted sister Jo recently inherited an antique shop from their late aunt Lydia. They go there to check the shop out, clean everything up, and see if there’s anything worth keeping or throwing out. While there they come across a worker named Peter who is quite shocked and thinks they’re burglars and arms himself with an antique sword. After being scared, the girls explain who they are and eventuall
Alyse Miller
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Three sisters inherit an estranged aunt's antique shop--what could go wrong? When your shop is not so much an antique haberdashery as it is a front for breaking curses, a lot! Let's just all hope three sisters, with three very different goals, personalities, and motives, can figure out how to cure a curse before one of them doesn't make it out of the shop alive.

This was my first book by Elizabeth Kirke, and even though I do not read much paranormal romance, I could not put it down! I was complet
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carved in Cherry by Elizabeth Kirke is a book that I received under a Quirky Blind Date with an Author. It was a fun read full of magic and curses that had to be broken. Three sisters find that they have inherited their aunt's antique shop in a Old Town, a small town that was established in the 18th century. What they find out is magical and also frightening. They have decisions to make about the old shop - keep it, trash some of the contents, or sell it. Is it a coincidence, fate of destiny? Wh ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I am very hard to please when it comes to books about magic, ghosts or the supernatural. That is why I don't tend to read them often. However, I thought this book was very good. I feel like my review is going to be lacking because the things I found interesting would probably give away too much about the story so I don't want to go into too much detail. I will say that it was a fairly original concept and the characters were believable and likable. The st ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I opened this book up because I was in a space where I just wanted something a little different than I had been reading. I AM SO GLAD I DID!!!

This was a quick moving story about discovering one's true self and looking beyond what we think is true. It's magic and mystery at it's finest. I was able to visualize what was written and was transported to a different place in my mind.

I read every single word that was written. I was so bummed when it was over because the second of the series does not a
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Read!

I really enjoyed this story. I loved how the story flowed and the odd happenings in the the shop. Rachel, Angie, and Jo have absolutely no idea what they are in for when they go to assess the shop that is left to them by their late aunt. Peter is really awesome as well and does his best to do what he he feels is right and to protect them. I loved how all my questions were answered as the story progressed. I can’t wait to read the next book!
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magic, Curses and hint of romance

This is the first book I have read by this author but it won't be the last. I loved it, devoured it in one sitting. Three sisters find out they have inherited their Aunts antique shop but all is not what it seems. The shop is a cover for cursed object and when a trunk curse the oldest sister Rachel its a race against time for Angie, Jo and Jake their Aunt Lydia's Apprentice to break the curse.
Can't wait to read the next book in the series
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Loved It

I wasn't sure what to think when I started this book, but I got an unexpected surprise. It was really good. I love antiques, have always thought that they all had a unique story, a life that they lived before ending up in some second hand shop. This was a great book!
Lindy Ryan
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this darling story of magic, curses, and unlikely romance between a set of sisters, an aunt they never knew, and a world of foreign magic. Elizabeth Kirke does a fantastic job of world-building and creating engaging characters--heavy on para, light on romance. Can't wait for Book 2!
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Breaking the spell

Fun adventure of using rune stones and the adventures of spell breaking with a romance sprinkled into the story. It’s a book that introduces characters that you want to grow to know.
Linda Romer
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Carved in Cherry A Curse Collectors Novel Book One by Elizabeth Kirke

A fun magical read. I enjoyed Carved in Cherry, a story about Rune Casting and Breaking Curses. I loved the characters in this story. My favorites are the three sisters, Rachel, Angie and Jo. They all have great personalities and I admire the bond these sisters have with each other. I also enjoyed Peter's character. Peter is an apprentice Rune caster who is very charming.
A lot of strange things happen when they receive word t
Crystal Gray
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! Elizabeth had you wondering through it all. Runes and curses and dreams oh my! This was an all around great book. I really can't wait to read the next one. This would be suitable for teenagers if you don't mind the mild sex scene, it wasn't anything that kids nowadays don't already see on TV.
4.5 stars

So this was like Warehouse 13... but better

Song Choice: "Murder in the City" by the Avett Brothers, "Alone Together" by Fall Out Boy

First thoughts: so like i said already this is like Warehouse 13 but better. if you don't know what warehouse 13 it is a awesome sci-fi show, you should check it out, after checking out this book. So the thing that made me drop my rating just a bit is a very personal thing and i am trying to figure out myself but i think i know what it is but its a big d
Jenny - Book Sojourner
Simply put, I loved Carved in Cherry! I already loved Kirke's More Than Magic series, and had high hopes that I would love this series as well. I'm thrilled she did not disappoint. But this is not just some copycat of her other series. The Curse Collectors series is completely unique, yet the writing is consistent with what I've come to expect with Kirke.

Here we follow along with sisters Rachel, Angie, and Jo as they embark upon dealing with the antique shop they've inherited from their aunt. Bu
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, paranormal
An awesome start to a new series from Elizabeth Kirke. I loved her More Than Magic series and while rummaging around for information on the third book I was pleasantly surprised to discover this newly released gem. This book was well-written and once I got into it was utterly impossible to put down. I love the writing style and how each character is clearly defined. The third person omniscient perspective took a bit of getting used to as most books I've been reading lately are in first person bu ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rachel, Angie, and Jo are your average sisters. All three of them are new adults, trying to build careers or finish school, etc. Everything changes when they are informed of their aunt's passing. They barely knew her, but now are the owners of her antique store. Upon arriving, they meet an unknown employee named Peter, and the knowledge that the store is not quite what they had expected. Everything in it is cursed. They enter the world of rune-casters, magic, and the occasional bit of romance. W ...more
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Kirke’s. Her More than Magic series awakened my love affair with YA. Kirke’s writing has a way of drawing you in and wrapping you up all cozy and tight from beginning to end. You will not want to put this book down. Those in her inner circle refer to her as #sneakilyobvious because she puts in all in her books. You, as the reader, just need to uncover it. Elizabeth Kirke’s books are the sort that you can read again and again with new discoveries each time. The woman ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I will admit it. I am addicted to Elizabeth Kirke's MTM series and came into this new series with very high expectations. I am embarrassed to admit that I feared that she could not deliver the real to me characters that make her MTM series one of my all time favorites. I should know better. Carved in Cherry was phenomenal. Set in an antique store the sisters inherited from their aunt, it is filled with magic, history, and the unknown. Add in the mix a cat who may not actually be a cat, a residen ...more
Cheree Castellanos Edits
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! Follow 3 sisters through and adventure they never would have seen coming. When their Aunt Lydia dies, they inherit her antique store. The all get together to sort through and sell the place. But once they get there, they get surprise after surprise! They aren't dealing with simple antiques, but a family inheritance they never new was even possible! This is such a great story that you just sit down and get lost in it. The characters are so great you instantly love them all but definite ...more
Carrie Blair
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my kind of book! I loved Carved in Cherry and couldn't put it down until I was done. I'm anticipating the next book, Wrought Iron Roses! In this book three sisters inherit their late great aunt's antique shop. When they finally get there, things aren't as easy as they thought it would be. The antique shop is overflowing with items, too many to sort through in a week, and it also comes with a young man, an employee living there. Interesting, magical, things are happening; you won't be bor ...more
Kelly Risser
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start? I loved this book. Elizabeth Kirke had me from the beginning. I love the idea of an old antique shop with room after room of unknown, magical objects. At one point, the Room of Requirements was mentioned and I totally get that analogy. I want to go and explore in there! I love the closeness between the three sisters, Rachel, Angie and Jo. And then there's Peter, and the mysterious Ethan. Wow. I'm ready for book 2 now.
Rita C
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story. I need to read the rest of the series to know whether I really like it or not, because it felt unfinished.
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! I read this book as part of a book club and we were all thrilled with the twists and suspense. I loved how the book ended without a total cliffhanger, but still suspenseful enough to want to read the next book asap. The authers writing is very straightforward and descriptive so I never felt confused or lost. Also, if you search her up on facebook, she really enjoys talking with her fans!
Amber Proud
**This book was provided by the author to Nerd Girl in exchange for an honest review**

This story was very well written. The author wrote it in third person perspective. Although it does jump from character to character's point of view. It's fast paced and very easy to get lost in. The characters were created very beautifully and the plot was executed perfectly in an unique way.

Sisters Rachel, Jo and Angie inherit an antique store after their aunt passes. Once they arrive at the store they reali
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Elizabeth Kirke wanted to be an author before she even knew what an author was. She used to say that she wanted to be an artist, but that was only because she was too young to write and had to tell stories with pictures instead. She hasn't stopped writing since she learned how. It wasn't long before she dreamed of becoming an author and couldn't be happier now that that dream is a reality.

If she i

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