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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  529 ratings  ·  68 reviews
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Although Elea’s the most powerful necromancer in history, she’s spent most of her nineteen years imprisoned in the Midnight Cloisters. Enchanted manacles keep her unique brand of soul magick in check. While the guards and initiates seem contented to torment her, the Cloister’s Mother Superior is obsessed with finding a s
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Published March 29th 2016 by Ink Monster, LLC
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Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4 Stars *****

I really like this magical fantasy! There's romance, adventure, and lots of magical encounters. This definitely satisfied my cravings for something exciting.

The story first introduces Elea and explains her normal life on her farm. She knows how to use a little bit of magic, but doesn't plan on becoming a powerful Grand Mistress Necromancer. Unfortunately her plans change when a powerful curse is placed on her. A deadly curse that will make her burn eternally.

She has five yea
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
After I had so much fun devouring Christina Bauer's Wolves and Roses, I knew I had to try her other series. I thought Cursed would have a similar vibe and be filled with tons of fun and snark. But once I read the first few chapters, I realized that these two series were worlds apart. While Cursed was an adventure that was filled with magic and heartfelt characters, it was impossible not to notice the darkness that permeated throughout certain parts of the story. This was an entirely different ty ...more
Magda Żmijan
What would you do to save yourself from a horrible death and even worse fate in an afterlife? Elea has to train her powers to defeat an evil mage who cursed her.

It looked like just another day on her farm - do the chores and get rid of yet another suitor. But this annoying candidate for her hand brings some scary news with him.

Her best friend is in trouble - he's about to die from an evil curse put on him by the Tsar. And it looks like Elea is about to receive this curse too. She'll have five mo
Aneta Bak
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Another breath-taking book written by Christina Bauer! Cursed takes on a new spin about the world of Necromancers and Casters and it is absolutely fantastic.

All Elea wants to do is work on the farm that finally became hers! She has no problems with using her untrained powers to chase away potential suitors that just want to take ownership of her farm. When Elea gets a message that her only friend Tristan is in trouble, she races to his bedside. Tristan was cursed by the new Tsar, and curse also
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave it 3.5 stars

CURSED started out pretty slow but quickly started catching my attention and once it did, I was interested until the end.

The events in CURSED happen really fast. We get some background, then jump into the action pretty quickly. Elea knows what she needs to do and doesn't let anything—even personal danger—pull her off course. Which really isn't surprising considering if she doesn't stay on course she will die. She works hard and I could definitely see that in everything she di
Ashley Dawn
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Elea is cursed. She has no way to escape the curse but to kill the man who cursed her. To do that she must become a trained Necromancer, but does she have enough time? Her plan is iffy at best but then she meets Rowan and things change. Her plan changes and perhaps her heart as well. Rowan is a Mage who has a power unlike anything Elea has seen before. Together they are in a race against time to lift the curse on Elea and free the land.
The whole cast of characters was great to me. El
Nov 03, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Katherine Paschal

Elea lives a simple life taking care of her parent’s farm until one day when she receives notice that her good friend Tristan has been injured. Elea goes to him, but finds that he has been cursed for opposing the new Tsar of the Necromancers and is left on his death bed with only moments left. Tristan tells her that because he holds her most dear, she too is cursed with the death curse, and has but 5 years left until she too will die and her soul will join his in eternal torment. Elea wants to f
Marija K.
I absolutely loved Angelbound series but this felt like it was written by a different author.
I got 40% in the book and couldn't continue. The world building was vague and rushed so it seemed like huge chunks of book were missing, and then some pages in she just crams a bunch of explanations instead of letting it flow gradually throughout the whole book. The characters were plain boring and the romance was ridiculous. It came out of nowhere and she literally fell for the first guy she met after b
Sarah Davies
Most days, Elea couldn’t care less about being a witch, even if she does have special powers over spirit and bone. Why bother with incantations when you’re a farm girl? Elea only uses her Necromancer magic to speed up chores and scare off suitors.

Everything changes when the evil Necromancer Tsar curses Elea. Now, she only has five years left before she burns as a ghost, tortured for all eternity. They say there’s nothing she can do, but Elea disagrees. Embracing her Necromancer ability, Elea tra
Jan 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I considered giving this 2 stars simply because it hit so many buzz words that appealed to me. Necromancy, magical familiars? Love that stuff. But the quality of this novel is about what you would expect from a bright high school kid.

Setting aside the simplicity of the plot, or how we are dumped into this magical world with gods and two different magic systems without much explanation at all? The author made a lot of typos that shouldn't be possible in this day and age, given how Microsoft Word
Nia Markos
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-paranormal
This was a surprising, interesting and well-crafted read. A world of magic, necromancers, castors, a heroine you root for, and the hint of a romance to be developed in the next books of the series. Elea and Rowan were well developed characters, supported by fleshed out friends and villains. The book is a perfect read for young adult audiences.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the story and the characters in this series. The editing for the ebooks was not great. There are quite a few errors as you read through (enough to make it very noticeable). But if you are the type that can read past the errors this is a good series to pick up.
Cas ❦
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2017-ebook
Initial thoughts: Ooh, curses! Elea has such spirit and I love that Christina Bauer didn't make it too easy for her and Rowan.
~I received a copy from the author and willingly reviewed it~

Elea has been cursed by the Tsar, Victor. Training hard to kill him and break the curse, almost five years later Elea journeys to the Midnight Cloister, where she knows Viktor will be. But her travelling spell backfires and she finds herself in the company of one talented and handsome caster, Ro
Eve (Functioning Insanity Reviews)

Rating: 5 Stars

There hasn’t been a book by Ink Monster that I haven’t completely loved and Cursed is no exception. We follow Elea, a girl with necromancer magic, who doesn’t see the need to use it for much but helping in chores around the farm. No formal training or anything. Then one day her best friend returns to town with the news that the new Tsar has placed a curse and she will burn and burn as a ghost tortured for all eternity in five years to the d
Marie -The Reading Otter
2.5ish Stars

This book was kind of just okay for me. The concept was pretty interesting, but the world building was a little weak at times. There was a lot that wasn't really explained all that well to fully give me an idea of what kind of world this was, the culture beyond one character. A lot was left to the imagination.

The plot was a little weak at times as well. The main character is supposed to be 18 at the start of the book, who finally just got full ownership of her family's farm. S
Hannah L (Reviewer)
A riveting story with action, love and vengeance, Cursed was a fantastic read. In a world of magic and necromancers, Elea is a young but powerful necromancer that is cursed by the evil necromancer Tsar. Given only five years to kill the Tsar to save herself and her best friend from death and eternal torture, she quickly becomes a powerful necromancer hell bent on murder.
I loved it. Just like every other novel by Christina Bauer and Inkmonster, Cursed was incredibly well written. Cursed has a v
I am lucky enough to receive an e-arc of this book in exchange of an honest review, huge thanks to Ink Monster and Netgalley.

Another kick-ass novel by Ink Monster! Trust Christina Bauer to deliver a super bad-ass heroine and majorly page-turning plot line. Cursed is definitely a must read for you guys who love PNR or UF.

The concept of necromancers and casters are definitely unique compared to our usual vampire werewolf stories (not that that's not interesting either). The whole story is so well
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
As I've said before, I'm trying to stay away from YA/NA because I just have so many books to read and I need to cut down somewhere. When I got the invitation to read this book, it intrigued me enough I had to read it. Besides, I have read Ms. Bauer before and liked her as an author. I am so glad I did read this book! I liked the premise of the main character Elea being cursed and having to take steps to enhance her Necromancer powers to save herself, her friend, and to go after the person who ha ...more
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Man How did I forget the wild adventure that this was!?

Cursed is about 22 year old Elea who is a farm girl minding her own damn business until...circumstances force her to become a super badass grand Mistress necromancer in order to defeat the villain who placed a curse on her and her people. After 5 years of rigorous training, Elea feels she is ready...until she meets a nomad named Rowan who turns her world up
Arec Rain
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is not my normal read as lately I have been hitting the erotica/contemporary romance hard. However, it had to do with necromancy and that is something I simply cannot pass up. Necromancy is something I am highly interested not only because it is rarely written about (compared to vampires, shifters, etc.), but also because rarely is the hero/heroine ever the necromancer. Usually the necromancer is the villain/antagonist.

This s
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really captivating story, I wasn't sure what to think about it going in I hadn't read anything like it before. I can say I really enjoyed it though.

Elea is a Necromancer who hasn't bothered to learn anything about her gift until one day she becomes cursed by an Evil Necromancer Tsar. Elea takes things into her own hands and trains to kill the Tsar so she can end her curse.

I loved Elea I thought she was a strong character she was enjoyable to read about. I liked reading about Necroma
Vesper Vesper
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

From one of my favorite independent authors, Christina Bauer, comes a new series that may as well be put on my, well, favorite new series. I loved reading her Angelbound series and when I saw an e-mail asking me to review Cursed, I almost fainted and immediately downloaded it on my Kindle.

Necromancers have always been one of my favorite beings and though the whole necromancer thing in the story are a bit dull compared to what I know, I still ate up the story like candy. Let's start off with
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elea is a Necromancer but only uses her magic for doing chores on the farm and getting rid of suitors. When she rushes to save her friend Tristan she gets cursed by an evil Necromancer that she will die in 5 years and haunt the earth as a ghost forever. She uses those five years studying with the best magic makers she can find and than goes on a quest to find the evil Tsar and destroy him to break the curse. Rowen, a handsome mage offers to help. This is the first book in the Beholder series and ...more
Alli Davis
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely LOVED this book! Christina Bauer is an amazing writer and I'm already desperate for the next book.

Cursed is the perfect blend of "magick", adventure, deception, evil bad guys, kick ass heroines, and the perfect sprinkling of romance. The world Ms. Bauer is building is such a beautiful blend and balance of magic and non-magic, darkness and light, and so much mystery. It reminded me a bit of Garth Nix's Abh
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting premise. But it felt like a rough draft. There were a few typos, sure, but really it was the feeling of displacement that I got, a sense of detachment from the action, that spoiled some of it for me. There were lots of cool, ideas and characters but they felt underdeveloped, like everything was at 85% completion.

I would read a sequel, though I wouldn't pay $4 for it, but this one felt much too scattered.

I liked the writing in the Angelbound series better- the plotting felt much tig
Arlene Arredondo
An exceptionally engaging tale, full of twists and magic.
Love the strong and willful character, Elea, and how she fights against all the odds of burning for eternity bound by a curse cast by a powerful Tsar on her beloved friend Tristan. She has only five years to change her fate and become a powerful Necromancer. Her path will be filled with challenges, friendship, deception and maybe love.
Great start to this New Series of paranormal fantasy fiction “Beholder”.
Note: I received a digital copy f
The Damsel in the Library
*Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for providing me with an early copy in exchange for an honest review.*

DNF @ around 30%

This girl trains five years to become this super sorcerer and then promptly fails to do anything. She's supposed to have mastered all her emotions and then proceeds to blush, clench fists, be embarrassed etc. like a complete teenager. "Strong female?" Yeah right.
I thought I might skim to the end to see her (of course) not die, but it's too boring even for
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***ARC received in exchange for an honest review***

Ok, Im not usually not one for the whole necromancer thing but I AM a big Christina Bauer fan so I thought, fuck it, lets give it a go.

Am I disappointed?

Uh, no...this is Christina Muthafuckin Bauer we're talking about here. The woman does not disappoint. Her wonderfully endearing, kick ass characters (we don't do weak bitches) & ultra unique plot make Cursed a magically delicious tale.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gods, this was an awesome read!

See, I don't usually read fantasy. I don't know why but it's just never my first choice. This book has taught me that I really should give it a chance more often, because if there are other books like this one, I really want to read them.

It was pretty cool getting into this whole world, getting to know Necromancers and Casters and all the magick. I loved Elea and all the other (good) characters. It made me really sad when, you know, bad things happened. (view spoil
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