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Cursing Fate

(The Fated #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  29 reviews
There’s something strange about the Layne sisters, and Wade Diaz wants nothing to do with them. Especially the one who ripped his heart out and set it on fire before tossing it in the garbage several months ago. Iris. He can’t even think her name without unconsciously rubbing the spot in his chest where she left a gaping hole. But now her sisters are claiming some evil spi ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 21st 2016 by Entangled Teen Crave
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A huge thanks to Mrs. Drake for giving me the chance to read and review this book. This has not affected my thoughts on it whatsoever.

Actual rating: 4.5

Cursing Fate is a great sequel to The Fated series, it was so fun to read. The plot is just as interesting as the first book, but the book itself is far more intense than Touching Fate.
The POVs are once again beautifully executed, and the writing style is even better. But I can't help but feel like there was a huge accent on the storyline, and it
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this one as much as the first one, and was surprised by the different tone of this one, which I found to be darker (Iris gets possessed) and more mature (her struggle really reaches to you through the pages, and everyone's decisions are what show what they are made of). Also you find a couple of girls in love which I also enjoyed, because this kind of things helps normalize sth that already should be normal.
That said, the book is a great lecture, with a come back to characters we had m
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
After Iris Layne had her fate changed when her sister touched a tarot card Iris had thought she had lost her chance at a relationship with Wade Diaz forever. As much as Wade doesn't really want anything to do with Iris now though he still cares about her and when he sees she's in trouble he can't help but want to help her out. However when Iris touches her sister's tarot cards she unleashes an evil spirit intent on playing a deadly game where no one Iris loves is safe, especially Wade.

Cursing Fa
Jillian Quinn
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I plan to post this review on my blog shortly. As always, you can find a complete list of my reviews at

*I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion*

My Thoughts...

Last week, I read and reviewed Touching Fate, the first novel in The Fated series by Brenda Drake. I loved the magical realism and paranormal vibe in the first book, and I was wondering how Drake was planning to continue this series with Astrid
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Cursing Fate was a surprisingly decent, enjoyable read. I didn't go in with too many expectations and a fast paced plot combined with likable characters had me gobbling it up in a day.

This book is the second in The Fated series, the first book being Touching Fate. I'd seen Touching Fate around when it was first published but... I did sort of kinda brush it aside because, TBH, I didn't like the cover. I actually really like Cursing Fate's cover and as it can be deemed as a standalone with the POV
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Cursing Fate" continues the Fated series with the next sister, Iris, but could easily work as a stand-alone. Aster has gone off to college, leaving her fate changer days behind her. Iris's fate had been altered in the first book to break up with the wonderful Wade (her BFF turned boyfriend) and get back together with the jerk Josh. She quickly also broke up with Josh, but the damage had been done. Although the family is in the loop on Aster and how their fates were altered, Iris is unable to te ...more
Suze Lavender
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Iris hurt someone she loves very much and she couldn't help it. She tries to make things right, but the situation is complicated. Her sister made a mistake and Iris is the one who's paying for it by losing Wade, her best friend and soul mate. The worst part of the situation is that she can't even tell him the truth. How can she win him back?

Wade lost the girl he wanted to be with for the rest of his life. Iris has broken his trust and when she attempts to restore it he's reluctant to agree. When
Paula  Phillips
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
You know how some series you don't have to read the first book, but often it does help - The Fated series is one of those series. I haven't read the first book, but after the first couple of chapters of Cursing Fate, I was able to understand the backstory of the characters. Cursing Fate is the story of Iris and her ex-best friend and ex-boyfriend Wade and how like the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, their life got flipped upside down. Iris comes from a family of tarot card readers and supernaturals; t ...more
Note: I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Admittedly, I'm more of a contemporary/non-paranormal reader but Cursing Fate piqued my interest, particularly given the romantic arc. However, I was sadly disappointed. This just did not work for me, largely due to the author's writing style. It felt like she was trying much too hard to sound like a teen. It came across like an adult trying to sound like teens. This is one of my biggest pet peeves with YA and I
Heather Cashman
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun, sexy without being overdone, and it was fun to see other characters from the same family come into their own. I hope the next one is about Daisy! Pretty sure I'm right. The only sad part was that there wasn't more to read, but I guess the best stories always leave you wanting more.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

You may remember I reviewed Touching Fate (The Fated#1) a few weeks back! So Cursing Fate focuses on Iris and Wade. Iris and Wade are just working on being friends after she shredded his heart awhile back. Well in book 1, if you remember her older sister Aster changed her fate and that caused her to break up with Wade. Iris needs a tutor and Wade agrees to do it. Iris is also struggling with her friend
Angel Hatfield
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Iris’s sister Aster was a fate changer and when she touched a tarot card Iris’s fate had changed and she broke up with Wade and she crushed his heart. Iris and Wade had known each other since eighth grade then they became friends and and then it grew into more. Iris was not a fate changer but then Aster went off to college she found the hidden tarot card and a strange voice called out to her and Iris is pulled to the tarot cards. cards. Once Iris touched the card she let loose an evil spirit nam ...more
Megan (Under the Book Cover)
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Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review!

Cursing Fate is the second installment in the Fated series by Brenda Drake and what a fantastic sequel it is! I really enjoyed the first one, despite having some reservations about it, but I absolutely loved this one.

This book follows Iris, the sister of Aster from Touching Fate. With Aster and Reese gone at college, Iris has been left to
Suz Jay
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
In the previous installment of the trilogy, TOUCHING FATE, her older sister changed Iris’s fate, causing her to dump good guy Wade for bad boy Josh. Iris tries to rekindle her relationship with Wade by having him tutor her in math. She comes across her sister’s tarot deck and becomes possessed by Crina, the fate changer who cursed the Van Buren family. Wade, along with Iris’s little sister Daisy, must rid Iris of Crina’s spirit before she gains permanent possession and kills Daisy and Wade in th ...more
Cursing Fate by Brenda Drake involves Iris, Aster's younger sister. Iris and her relationships were thrown into chaos in Touching Fate when Aster learned that she is a fate changer. Now, in the sequel, Iris is being possessed by the young woman that caused the curse that ensured the death of any eighteen year old boy in Reese's family line. I felt Iris's struggle, through the author's creative writing, and also her panic as Crina continually tried to take over Iris' body! The people that care fo ...more
John Clark
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I thought it started slowly, once the supernatural aspects kicked in, I was quite intrigued. The flashbacks to the original ancestor responsible for Iris' losing chunks of her life and doing/saying things completely out of character, help flesh out the plot nicely.
Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was so much more fun and enjoyable than the first book in The Fated series. So much went down in this book and I was engaged throughout the whole book.

Iris is one of the twins in the Layne family, she had feelings for her best friend Wade for a long time now, when she finally confessed things got messed up because of Aster, her elder sister's new fo
The second in The Fated series follows Iris Layne, younger sister to Aster who we met in book one. Some of the Layne sisters have a gift - the gift of changing fates. After seeing her older sister mess with everyone's fate, including her own, Iris wants nothing to do with this magic. However, one accidental brush with a set of tarot cards releases an evil spirit into Iris and she's forced to face the magic that she was running from.

I'm going to be honest, I enjoyed the first book a little more t
Andrea Heltsley
I was a bit disappointed that Astrid and Reese weren't in this book except for a few pages. I adored them so much in Touching Fate, the first installment in this series. Touching Fate was one of my favorite books of last year.

No worries, though! I quickly became entranced by the other members of Astrid's family. We get to spend more time with Iris, Violet, and Daisy. This book is dedicated to Iris and her story.

I felt so bad for Iris! She had her fate changed by the events unfolded when Astrid b
books are love
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

In some ways this was better than the first in the series because we get to see the repercussions of what happened in the first book. We see Iris and how she is doing. We see how she grows and becomes stronger. Her life changes and not for the good but she also truly does become more mature and learns so much from all that occurred.

We see Wade and how he is doing as well. These two are so meant to be together but fate keeps dealing them bad hands. In this
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Cursing Fate is the second book in The Fated series, but it also works as a stand-alone novel (If you’re planning on reading the whole series, start with the first book because Cursing Fate contains some spoilers for Touching Fate.)

Having read Touching Fate, all the characters were familiar to me and so Cursing Fate drew me in from page one. I felt it started off with an even quicker pace that the first book and things quickly got complicated and the relationships tense. The events of the first
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2016
Thanks to netgalley and Entangled Teen Crave for my ARC and in exchange for honest review.

It was interesting and fun read from beginning to end. This was second of the series and it could be stand alone. I didn’t read the first one but I got into it without previous series.
Iris Layne was middle out of three sisters. She is loved by everyone at home, at school and by her friends. When her best friend Wade became her boyfriend, Iris sister had used a spell on her to change her fate. Layne sister
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would recommend you read the first book in the series first which I'm afraid I did not. The first book I think sets up the characters and storyline. This book can be read as a standalone and it does catch you up on the events of the first book however it gives you key information about the plot of the first book therefore soiling it.

Iris family have potential for magical gifts. In the first book her older sister can change people's fate. She changes Iris fate and the guy, Wade who she is supp
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Suggest reading Book 1 FIRST.

This is another Fated story revolving around the Layne sisters. In this one - twin Iris is reeling from the after-effects of her older sister's gift. You'll get a lot more out of this book if you know Aster's story (which was a 5-star read imo).

This one starts out at the Science Fair and we see that Iris is still pining for Wade. Her best friend who turned into something more before Iris unceremoniously dumped him due to extenuating circumstances (see Aster's gift re
Melissa Menten
This story focuses on Aster's younger sister, Iris, and her love interest, Wade. Aster has gone to college and Iris finds the hidden deck of tarot cards, inadvertently allowing an evil spirit, Crina, to take possession of her. Crina is bent on taking complete control of Iris and, by changing fates of people Iris knows, plans to undo the curse which trapped her spirit in the cards for hundreds of years.

The pace is quick and it is easy to root for Iris as Crina begins to hurt her friends. I did t
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
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Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trad-pub, pwm, name, kindle, 2016
<3 I needed something escapist, and this fit the bill perfectly. Sweet romance with a magical realism feeling, it's nice to escape to a world where the biggest problem is curses and changing fates right now.
Devoured this, and grumping at how long it is until the next one comes out. Lucky for me, she has more than one series going (I don't know how she does it!!)
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the series but can be read as a standalone.I really enjoyed this book but i liked the first one better its still a great book and i cant wait for the next one give them a read you wont regret it
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Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing ...more

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