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Curved Horizon

(Camellia Clock Cycle #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Curved Horizon picks up a few weeks after the conclusion of Fortitude Smashed with Daisy Yuen and Chelsea Cavanaugh, whose Camellia Clocks draw close to timing out.

Navigating the in’s and out’s of love is hard enough as strangers destined to be soul mates and proves even more complicated when Daisy shares ugly, dark secrets that linger in her and Aiden’s past.

Meanwhile, Sh
Paperback, 324 pages
Published March 8th 2018 by Interlude Press
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rin ( ̄ヘ ̄)	 read/watch mo dao zu shi
aiden is so relatable like i, too, meow back at my cats

this was really damn good! i liked the first book too but had some problems with it. this book is way better!

it focuses on daisy and chelsea but also keeps exploring aiden and shannon's relationship. i love both of the ships so much. daisy and chelsea are as different as aiden and shannon (maybe even more) but they get together and damnnn. the book shows how important it is to talk with each other in a relationship and how people can be toge
Avery (Book Deviant)
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant

I would like to thank the people at Interlude Press for allowing me to receive an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Where do I even start with this book? 

If you look back at my Fortitude Smashed review, it'll be pretty obvious that that book ruined me. Curved Horizon did the same exact thing, except much more brutally. Where FS was subtle yet strong, CH was strong and distinct. Both books deal with similar heavy topics, like depr
Tyler J Gray
I love these characters! I just had to get that out. This is the sequel to Fortitude Smashed which made it onto my favorites of 2017! And i'm sure this sequel is going to be on my favorites of 2018! It's a character-driven soulmate AU. The first book centered around Aiden and Shannon, my review for the first book is Here if you wanna check it out, a M/M couple. This one still has them and leaves off where the first book ended but centers on their friends, an F/F couple that time out and are each ...more
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
*I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

In many ways, I have the same things to say about this book as I have to say about Fortitude Smashed — dramatic writing that can get overbearing but somehow still works for me, complicated relationships both romantic and platonic, a repetitive feeling to the whole book that can get aggravating but always gives way to really enjoying it by the end.

Some part of me feels like the author tries to tackle too much with th
Leigh Kramer
ETA 6/16/20: Due to recent revelations about the author’s harmful and abusive behavior toward BIPOC and LGBTQ+ people, I no longer recommend their books. I am allowing the review to stand for transparency but I am clearing the star rating.

"Fate gives you what you need, not what you think you want."

In the Camellia Clock Cycle series, everyone gets a Camellia Clock implanted when they're born, which counts down to the second they'll meet their soul mate. It’s like an arranged marriage of sorts. On
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“I didn’t need saving, just like we don’t need fixing.”

This book, this series just leaves me feeling all of these emotions and I love it.

I’ll be honest, the beginning is a little slow and I’ve noticed in both Curved Horizon and first book, Fortitude Smashed, the big emotional conflicty moment is about two-thirds into the book. And ooo-eee, did that scene leave me emotional!

I love how flawed everyone is and how everyone is growing and surviving and finding themselves. I love
Joyfully Jay
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Curved Horizon is the follow up to Taylor Brooke’s Fortitude Smashed. There we were introduced to the concept of the Camellia Clock, where people had small clocks embedded into their thumbs that would countdown to the moment they would time out and meet their “Rose Road,” or their soulmate. Aiden and Shannon, from the first book, are integral to the plot here and reading that book first would help readers to understand the plot and the characters a whole lot bett
Michelle Osgood
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Curved Horizon! Daisy and Chelsea were my favourite characters from Fortitude Smashed, and I was excited that this book would focus on their story. Taylor Brooke's writing is as sharp and descriptive as always, and it was a joy to return to this foursome and Laguna Beach. I loved the slow burn romance between Daisy and Chelsea--and speaking of burns, damn, this book has heat for being fade-to-black!

As Daisy and Chelsea learn more about each other, they also learn more about themselves,
K. Aten
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Solid 5 stars.

The book was an unexpected gem. I was captivated and pulled me through the story like a thread through the eye of a needle. It wasn’t a simple story told with simple words like I expected to find. This was prose in its most beautiful form. The gorgeous, descriptive writing drew me into this novel from the very beginning. Taylor Brooke has a way with prose that I’ve rarely seen and always treasured. I loved that the characters were so real and flawed in different ways. They had secr
Nov 27, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I liked this both more and less than Fortitude Smashed.

More because Daisy and Chelsea are wonderful and I adored them together, because of the friendships that are central to this book and how Aiden and Shannon and Daisy and Chelsea work together. I loved reading about those four just chilling and hanging out together.

Less because while the writing was still as beautiful and unique and almost poetic as in book1, it also started to get frustrating at parts because things -big and important things
I just love these dumbasses so much
Annie ~ Queer Books Unbound
If you've read Fortitude Smashed and loved that, you'll like this one too!
Curved Horizon is an amazingly layered story with amazingly multifaceted characters.
Definitely recommended. :)
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Sometimes Daisy was taken aback by Chelsea’s beauty; a subtle nuance, like honey or rum, built a flavor in the back of her throat. It didn’t strike all at one time. Chelsea’s beauty didn’t bite. It lingered in every quick flick of her lashes and parting of her lips, every breathy sigh and tentative touch.
Chelsea Cavanaugh was beautiful like autumn, Daisy decided. She left you wanting."

Curved Horizon is a wonderful soulmate romance. It's my first time reading this series and reading a soulmate r
N.G.Peltier N.G.Peltier
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
finally read Daisy and Chelsea's story and enjoyed alot. Daisy and Chelsea are such opposites but they fit so well. As with book 1 there are some heavy themes dealt with here so at times it was tough to read (so heed the author's warnings) but it was fun watching these two realize they were each other's Rose Roads.

They were of course shocked! But the progression of their relationship was well done. I loved watching them learn each other and ultimately fall for each other. Apart from Chelsea and
Jude Sierra
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
review to come
Thank you very much to Interlude Press for providing a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger warnings in novel: suicidal thoughts/discussion of suicide, depression, parent abuse/domestic violence, sexual assault. A fully list and relative chapter numbers is provided at the beginning of the novel. 

Curved Horizon is the second book in the Camellia Clock series about soulmates, destiny, love, and life. This strong sequel follows the ex-girlfriend and old friend of the love
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars, 2021, series
Details can absolutely ruin a book for me, and that was the case with this one.

I don't get it. The whole book I'm just frustrated and screaming at the pages that I just don't get it. What I will say is that, ironically enough, on the craft side of things, I do get it. Like I said in my review for book one, it's still evident that the author cares about these characters and wants you to care about them too. I can respect that, and I thought the writing wasn't bad at all. Besides, I flew through i
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I got my copy from netgalley and the author was kind enough to give me an extra copy to be able to read on my phone.
The story is picture perfect from beginning to end. It has diversity in skin color, culture, and sexual preferences. It does deal with realistic everyday life problems and I cannot get over Aiden and Shannon from the first book and how much I love their dysfunctional but extremely emotional love. I love Aiden for being well represented as someone who doesnt come out of his shell a
Naomi Tajedler
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Fortitude Smashed, and getting to follow Daisy and Chelsea through their own Rose Road was my secret wish at the end of it.
Lo and behold, my wish became a reality!
I absolutely loved this story - Taylor Brooke has a talent for pacing, rhythm and progression of the narrative that leaves me wanting for more.
More importantly, or just as importantly, I particularly appreciated the nuanced way she shows the growth of her characters. All of them move through their grief, their regrets and sorro
Riska Sleepless
I might be in the minority with this but I didn't like it as much as the first book? I loved the first third in which Chelsea Cavanaugh became one of my favourite female characters but the middle third felt very disjointed to me, like a series of heart-to-hearts interspersed with relationship developing scenes. What happened somewhere around the beginning of the last third hit me hard and I was basically glued to the book for a long time but then the ending was a little disappointing and (but th ...more
Terri Jones
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I found this novel a little slow, the emotional punches were very effective, and the prose is unusual and beautiful. I suspect I would've enjoyed this more if I could buy into the Camellia Clock premise. That i can't is no one's fault of course. And I did finish the book, so it didn't slow me down that much. Loved the artists, and the people who love them, and that is the heart and soul of these two books. ...more
#1 Fortitude Smashed ★★★★★
#2 Curved Horizon ★★★★★

rep; daisy (mc) is demisexual, chinese, and has ptsd. chelsea (mc) is bisexual. shannon (mc) is bisexual. aiden (mc) is pansexual and has dissociative dysthymia and anxiety.


Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2018-reads
I really enjoy this take on the idea of soulmates. The way the characters don’t fall instantly in love and instead work to become friends and eventually more is really a beautiful story. Plus there’s a character on the ace spectrum! I'm always looking for and loving well written characters on the spectrum! ...more
It is my humble opinion that a non-Asian author is swerving way out of their lane when writing an interracial relationship in which an Asian person feels inferior to a white person.

Yes, I know Daisy’s reasoning is because she’s an artist and Chelsea is a doctor. No, that does not alleviate the inherent racial tension raised when a white author writes a PoC calling themselves “not good enough” for a white love interest.

More notes:

- The author knows that Daisy speaks Mandarin and comes from Suzhou
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Taylor Brooke Barton (they/she) is a traveling story-teller, occult fanatic, and a science fiction junkie.

They worked as a special effects makeup artist for many years before they wrote their first book. When they're not writing, they're exploring the Pacific Northwest, backpacking, or reading.


Their New Adult titles are listed as Taylor Brooke

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Camellia Clock Cycle (2 books)
  • Fortitude Smashed (The Camellia Clock Cycle, #1)

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