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Cursed: The Hunter Inside (Cursed, #1)

3.07  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  35 reviews
A war rages between kings and clans for centuries, their nations split and their kingdoms fallen. Caught in the midst of poverty and bedlam, twenty-year-old Aldor faces a choice. Should he leave home and start his life anew, or stay and protect what little he has? 

Aldor has only made one friend in his life and has never seen a legendary creature before. As soon as he steps
Published March 27th 2018 by The Parliament House
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Christopher Schmitz
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cursed: the Hunter Inside (Part 1), is the next book that you’ve got to get! As the father of teenage author I took special interest when sixteen year old Casey Millette queried my blog for a review. I thought I might have to reach in order to find nice things to say, but dang, this girl can write.

It opens with a phenomenal hook and the action keeps driving forward from there. In checking out her publisher, I also see that Parliament House (an IBPA member) is no slouch, either. They demand top-
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: parliament-house
-I received a free e-arc of this book for my honest review from the publisher-

Cursed: The Hunter Inside was a 2 and a half stars for me, as it was certainly entertaining and an interesting read, but with some flaws that made it less than three stars in my opinion. This is a good book if you are looking for an adventure filled world that has light fantasy and worldbuilding that is short but diverse.

My favorite parts were in the world building and monsters of the book. I wish there had been a be
Emmi Rose  (emmirosereads)
Feb 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: one-stars
*I was sent an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I really wanted to like this book. I thought it was amazing that Casey Millette was only 16 and getting her first book published. It was inspiring for me in hopes I could get my own book published. And I tried, I really tried but I just couldn't get into this book.

I'll start off my saying that I enjoyed Casey's writing and description well enough. The dialogue on the other hand just wasn't working for me. It simply felt awkward an
Sheila Goicea
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I received a copy of this book via The Parliament House in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


Content Warning: Death, Violence, Gore, Cannibalism


For having been written by a sixteen-year-old author, this book is a feat! There are several passages throughout this book which are a true joy to read. Millett’s sense of writing in high-fantasy style is there, and mimics a Tolkien-style world. Told from
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review-2019
A fantasy novel by teen author, Casey M. Millette, Cursed: The Hunter Inside has good bones that only just holds up the meaty 354 page body. Ms. Millette is a seventeen year old with a rather remarkable grasp of literature. Cursed: The Hunter Inside is in the vein of Lord of the Rings and/or Game of Thrones in terms of fantasy story. Overall this is a good book though it could be a little more streamlined plot-wise and at times the dialogue felt somewhat stunted and unrealistic. What this teen a ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Full Disclosure I received an E-ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This story showed great promise but unfortunately as the book progressed things became more and more disjointed. Lots of plot points and story threads are introduced into the story each one coming straight after the last one is finished. This made it seem like each "expedition" was isolated and often times felt rushed. The character development with the six main characters didn't make me feel co
David J. Garrett
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Caveat: I was supplied a free copy of this book, prior to imminent release.

One thing about reviewing, is you read a lot of books. Pretty soon you learn what your pet peeves are and I’m afraid this book suffers from what is rapidly becoming one of mine.

TGTQ or, “too good too quick” syndrome.

Maybe I’m getting old and cranky but it feels like it’s more prevalent than ever. The main character decides to go on an adventure and immediately discovers that they are absolutely amazing with no apparent
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
First I want to thank the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. I am honored!

All thoughts are my own and I will always be honest!

I put 4 stars because this has the potential to be a fantastic book/series! Really I rate it as a 3.5 though. Here’s why:

The action in this book was fantastic. That had to be my favorite part of all.

The world building was great but lacked in the beginning.

The characters...I just couldn’t connect with any of them. I felt like you really
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
*I was sent an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I'm a little conflicted when it comes to this book. The premises were very promising, especially when I read other reviews for this book that compared it to high fantasy. Maybe that's what made me set my expectations too high?
Let's start with what I liked. Casey M. Millette's writing is very good, especially considering that this is a very young debut author. I loved the eloquence and vividness of her descriptions. What I liked a
Mar 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Cursed: The Hunter Inside is about a world caught in the midst of war and how one young man, Aldor, and his band of misfits must race to capture a lost stone in order to save a kingdom.

This book was a bit of a let down for me. From reading the blurb I was certain I would be taken on a great journey of action, adventure, love and loss but I wasn’t able to finish Cursed: The Hunter Inside. This is due to a few reasons, the first being lack of character development and the second, that there was n
Mar 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-d
**I was sent an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review**

First of all, I want to say how amazing it is that Casey is a published author at 16! It's an amazing accomplishment!

But, this book just wasn't for me. I found that the storyline jumped around a lot with no explanation of what is going on, there's very little information given on the mythical beings, very little character development (I can't actually remember most of the characters names as they seemed to become best friends i
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
*i was sent a free ARC of this book for an honnest review*
The spoilers are hidden, so you can read the visible parts of the review withouth getting spoiled.

Before diving into the review, I have to ask the author, WHO is your narrator ? I'm so confused. The story starts with Aldor narrating (so 1st person POV) even though it's written in the 3rd person. Okay, that was pretty well. But then comments start appearing in the text, comments which could only be made by an omnisicent narrator. ("he didn
Hana (linh_hermione)
**eARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own**

The best thing about this book is the gorgeous cover. I feel terrible rating it so low, but I honestly can't find almost anything good to say about it. The concept was wonderful, and the general gist of the plot could have made a really great story, but unfortunately it didn't deliver on execution.

It reads like a first draft: there were slight inconsistencies in the plot - just small things, but confusing eno
Jan 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
An eARC has been provided by the publisher for an honest review.

Cursed: The Hunter Inside tells the tale of Aldor, the son of a hero called Rowan, who leaves his hometown to start on an adventure of his own. He seeks his renown, slaying dragons and traveling to dangerous land with a band of men to retrieve a weapon of immense power, Haran’s Stone.

First Impression:
This novel is riddled with grammar errors and misspelled/unnecessary words that are impossible to ignore even if this is j
Dave Wickenden
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
How many sixteen year old authors can hit a breakthrough fantasy novel through the roof. Now ask, how many have a successful series in hand. Not too many! But Ms. Millette has done just that. She has created a new world for adventurers to explore and rich characters to love and hate. There’s magic and monsters galore.

Cursed: The Hunter Inside has everything! Betray, romance, high adventure and even talking trees.

This is a young author to watch!
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Cursed: The Hunter Inside is an exciting fantasy book containing quests, legends, super cool creatures (including a dragon!), and, of course, a hero on a mission. I loved the vivid descriptions and the determined characters, and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
**Disclaimer** I was sent an E-ARC of this book by the publisher for an honest review.

This was a fun, quick read. I loved the adventure, the hints of things to come in future books of the series, and the sweet, wide-eyed wonder of the writing style. I will most definitely pick up the next book in the series, because while I did have some issues with the character development, worldbuilding, and sometimes the writing itself, I have a feeling most of these things will get more fleshed out in futur
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I really wanted to love this book, I really did.
On paper it ticks all my boxes: fantasy universe, found family with a ragtag bunch of misfits, quests. And the author, she’s sixteen years old and has got a book published! #livingthedream

Unfortunately her age showed. As much as I wanted to, I couldn’t get into this book with the medieval setting at odds with the more modern attitudes of the characters. There seemed to be running threads through the book that ultimately lead nowhere. This may be su
Lauren - SERIESous Books
**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest voluntary review. All opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

I have a bit of a hit or miss relationship when it comes to adventure novels and this one lies somewhere in the middle.

For one thing, I loved the vibes I got while reading this novel. It's very reminiscent of Lord of the Rings in its style though it lacks the considerable depth those novels have. But it follows the same prototype of a group of see
Apr 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*I was sent an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

So maybe this review is a little harsh but I want to give my honest opinion on this book.

I received an ebook copy of this over two months ago now from the author and I was super excited to dive into it from the beginning but I was severely disappointed. Maybe it’s because she started writing it when she was 12 but I had a lot of issues with this.

The amount of ‘quests’ the main character Aldor went on in this book was excessive to
Though I enjoyed parts in the book..I have a few things that keep me from giving it a higher rating.

First off I have to say that Casey should be extremely proud of herself. Writing and having a book published at the age of 16 is such a huge accomplishment! And just so awesome.

I'm not sure if I will by accident put spoilers so if I do I apologize in advance.

Cursed: The Hunter Inside follows our main character Aldor as he goes on this question to find this stone..that most people think is a legend
The Book Nook Blog
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
A young man named Aldor has always been content with his life, but still felt as though something was missing. He decides to venture out on his own into the world which he knows little about and discovers many challenges along the way.

Soon Aldor is fighting dragons and legendary beings on his journey to uncover a mythical stone that could save his world. He sets out on this quest with his hand-picked teammates that are fitted with an array of skills; however, their skills will be put to the test
Heather Noriega
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Now before I start this review I want to appreciate that the author of this book is a teenager, and it is incredible to have such an accomplishment at a young age.
But I like to have an honest opinion when I do reviews, so here we go. Overall, the story line trying to be told was good. I had a very hard time following at times though, it was jumpy. We would be talking about one description and then jump to another to follow with going back to the original. It made it hard for me to picture what w
Andria Sedig
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I was sent an e-ARC of this book in exchange for a review.

This book was overall hard for me to enjoy because I felt that the pacing was really off in a lot of ways. There were ghosts and dragons and cowboy hats galore, but I didn't feel like I knew where anything was coming from or why a lot of things were happening. The main character, Aldor, has lived a pretty secluded life but is able to survive a dragon and is chosen to lead a dangerous mission for a King within the first two chapters. It ju
Catherine (Rin) Inkwell
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-read
I loved the detail on the characters and the funny dialogue that made me chuckle to myself! I don’t normally finish books the next day unless they kept me hooked! And by golly it kept me hooked! There was a bit of a grammar issue, where some of the sentences in the dialogue didn’t have the “” to separate it from the rest of the text. Then there was the “Guyies” that popped up which was a fun surprise. ;)

Which is all a perfect learning curve that I also need to work on myself xD

The story and plo
Seliah Jimenez
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
* I received an e-arc of the novel for an honest review*


The synopsis of this book had my book, the beginning had me interested, and by the end I was a bit underwhelmed. I’m sad to write this, because I have high respect for Casey publishing a book at such a young age, but this book just wasn’t for me. I think for a younger high-fantasy age group this would be perfect.

The plot didn’t really pick up until about halfway through, I was confused with events happening, and I jus
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a free e-arc of this book for my honest review from the publisher-

The premise was intriguing, young guy making his mark on the world, finding his meaning and learning his fathers history, goes out on this crazy adventure.
But I have to say this book frustrated me. I needed a bit more world and character building. I felt like I was thrown in and a bit flustered. Throughout the description we were told a lot of things straight forward where I’d like to be shown.
This would be a great m
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I honestly was not too crazy about this book. The beginning started off strong, but it spiraled out of control from there. The time frame seemed unrealistic and choppy, with details added out of nowhere and some things not explained fully. The story moves too fast because of this, and also because there are a lot of concepts introduced in a short amount of time. The moods change very quickly too. The story and characters hold promise, but the writing style is unprofessional and could be improved ...more
Story Gypsy
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This book shows the talent and imagination of a very talented writer who is only going to grow with age. She started writing this at age 12 and is now 16. The book was easy to read and follow, showed her creativity and imaginative with the various fantasy elements and read within the YA genre. Not without its imperfections, character development needs some building and more background for the setting but for a first book by a 16 year old, it’s a fantastic well written book and she should be so p ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this as an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review ☺

First of all, congrats to this talented sixteen year old for finishing and publishing a fantasy novel! Absolutely brilliant!

She did so well with the characters and the descriptions however the dialogue was a bit.. meh. But I’ve read worse.
There was a great flow to the story and I loved the adventure side! Very exciting 😍

There were many instances that could have been done better but all in all she did a damn good job for her age
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C. M. Millette, seventeen, has been into writing since she was five. Her love of The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia has inspired her to write the Cursed series. Casey lives just outside Atlanta, Georgia with her family and cat, Hudson. You can follow her on the Casey M. Millette Facebook page, Instagram, and the