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The Cursed Series, Parts 1 & 2 (If I'd Known/Knowing You)

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“Trust no one. Everyone lies. You can only save yourself.”

It was supposed to be a Friday night like any other for Lana and her best friends. Three girls out to cause a little trouble. Break a few hearts. And try not to get caught. Except on this night, Lana Peri is the sole witness to a horrific crime, and she can’t say a word. Not if she wants to protect her friends. No o
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Paperback, 462 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Wood Street Publishing
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Courtney
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
HOT DAMN - This book was AMAZING!!! I CANNOT wait for the next book to release with parts 3 &4.

Part 1 is more of a novella and sets the stage for Part 2 and the next book (Parts 3 & 4). I loved every single bit of this book and was truly surprised by easily I could visualize everything.

The Cursed Series is definitely geared more toward YA age of 16+ because of scenes and topics that are brought up. One thing that I feel the need to point out is that 16 year olds in different situations a
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Chele'
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let's start with the title that had me so intrigued. The Cursed. Our heroines curse is honesty. If I think about it I would say mine is empathy. Your curse isn't necessarily something bad but there's always two sides of a coin and your curse can make you weak which is something our heroine, Lana refuses to be.

Lana has shot up on my list of my most favorite characters I've ever read about. I often forget how young she is because she is so wise beyond her years. Being raised by strong women all o
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Wickedly Sweet & Synful Book Blog Synclare Moss
Rebecca Donovan has officially been added to my “one click” list.
How do I begin this review?
First, it deserves 10⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Second, I’ve never read a story like this. It had everything. I’ve seriously stopped reading at certain points because I was dreading it coming to an end. I want more. I crave more. I need more to live..take pity on me, Rebecca!
Lana..oh Lana...nothing is as it seems. I love the depth of the characters. Layers upon layers of mystery and intrigue are revealed like peeling back
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Lien
Overall rating: 2.5 Stars

This is a it's-not-you-it's-me situation. I'm pretty sure. And I have a looot to say.

Part 1: ★★★★

Rebecca Donovan got me hooked with the first part. The whole concept about curses was fascinating and if you think about it - oh so true. I bow and applaud Rebecca for coming up with this!
The suspense, wow! Part 1 is a short novella and the beginning to the mystery that surrounds Lana in the second part. The first part was great! Shout out to Lana's badass friend Nina! You're
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Katie
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You’ll want to read this series! Such great books, can’t wait to read part 3!!
Trisha
"Trust no one. Everyone lies. You can only save yourself."


This was an up and down journey for me with this book but it ended solid and with enough mystery for me to want to read the next two parts! I will give this a 3.5 because the second part gave this a higher rating than the first part would have.

First impression: What are the curses? Is this going to get weird?

I'll fully admit the first part of the book nearly lost my interest entirely because nothing really happens until chapter 7. It
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bookish_affair
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
♡ CURSED STARS ♡
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" 𝑾𝒆’𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒄𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒅— 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒖𝒔."
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Where do I start from, she created this whole new world that now I'm obsessed with.
Rebecca Donovan's writing didn't disappoint me. The passion, love and angst was pouring out of the words she wrote.
This book had a fast driven plot with twist & turns that'll creep up out of nowhere.
It was so ADDICTIVE you couldn't stop reading it.
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“𝑰𝒇 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝑰𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒇𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒊𝒕, 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒊𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒔 𝒅𝒓𝒂𝒘𝒊
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Robin Powers
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was addicted to every single word because it was so intense. Who can she trust? Who’s behind everything happening around her? It was seriously making my head spin with theories. The characters all have riveting, quirky personalities and I pretty much love each and every one of them. The private school is just dark and mysterious...I want to know all of its secrets. This story was a page turner that I didn’t want to stop reading. I literally read it nonstop in one sitting. Perfection.
Amber Fenger
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Could not put this down once I started it. Everyone has curses and Lana is a girl who cannot lie. Lana seems to live life to her fullest. She tells people how it is and doesn’t care if people like her for it or not. Lana and her best friend Tori go to a party one night and from the time they go to the party and where the book ends, the night was going good but then some craziness takes place.

Part two takes us on a journey. Lana is sent to a school out of state. She has no idea as to where she is
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Brianna
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this series so far. The story is intricate and beautiful written. You really don’t know what you don’t know! I love way the RD writes the characters in this story. They are all vastly different and their “curse” is woven right into the storyline. I am waiting patiently for parts 3 & 4! I have so many questions and theories I can’t wait to see which ones I was right about and which ones I was wrong about!

Amy
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These two books will leave you speechless.

For one thing, Rebecca Donovan introduces you to characters you simply cannot help but become obsessed with.

Lana narrates the story, taking you first (in Part 1) to her life in middle Massachusetts. On the cusp of sixteen and the daughter of a woman cursed with the belief that love exists for her and that she will find it. That this never seems to happen only entrenches Lana’s belief that love itself is a curse, forever dooming those who suffer from it t
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Barbara
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given this series to read for an honest review. I have to say right off these two books weren't what I was expecting from the title.. Rebecca Donovan writes alot of detail so that you feel you actually know the characters and places. Lana is a cynical , tough young teenage girl from the wrong side of town, out one night with friends she ends up at the wrong place and time that turns her life up side down. She ends ip in an exclusive boarding school for the wealthy with kids her own age fro ...more
Chelsea Richardson-Audacious Reads
Part 1: If I'd Known review-

This book is such a whirlwind of events. It keeps you hooked and wanting more. It seems like Lana is constantly in the wrong place at the wrong time walking in on Vic committing a crime and then again at the Point party when he could of nearly killed Allie. Starting out I wanted to hate Lana's character, she seems so "bitchy" just like others see her. I was pulled into the story and I have so many questions like what's up with Vic and why is he such a psychopath and f
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Jypsy
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Imagine, virtues, such as Belief and Honesty, are curses."..it's these traits, the ones we deem to be the most honorable, that cause the most destruction." Take false belief/hope. It's paralyzing to believe in an improbable outcome or someone who will never exist as you wish. Honesty is the curse of the main character. How is it a curse?"Every day, I see what lying can do." Lying causes negative outcomes usually. Is it better, then, to always be honest? Truth is a dangerous thing to handle with ...more
Paige
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is addicting!!! I love everything Becca writes and these books don’t disappoint!!
Stacie Boren
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in a Giveaway on Instagram. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟The Cursed Series by Rebecca Donovan. Everyone Lies, You can only save yourself. Lana and her friends go our on a Friday night and get into the hottest party spot in their small town but everything goes wrong and continues to get worse the entire night and Lana ends up in juvie and refuses to talk in order to save and protect her friends. Her lawyer pulls some strings and Lana instead of serving time in juvie is trans ...more
Verna Loves Books
The Cursed Series by Rebecca Donovan is refreshing, yet intriguing. I just couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved the main character, Lana. She was one of those people who told the truth no matter what. I really enjoyed that she never lied or sugar coated anything, even though it got her in trouble more than once. Her character is vibrant, fun, remarkable, and true to everyone she cares for.

Honor, Loyalty, Respect, Confidence, Perception, Nobility, Compassion

This series is raw, real, and will
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AJ's book-reMarks
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had I'd known

Went in blind not knowing anything about the story or the author. Have to say the ride was bumpy. In book one getting to know Lana Peri, a little young feisty girl who loves with her whole self (mind, body, & soul). She finds herself in more difficult situations which carry over into book two. More characters and culprits are introduced and than bam! She leaves you hanging until God knows when the next book is due out! Shit! Why do I do these things? The story is fabulous the wa
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Kiki
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I devoured the words of this book in less than 24 hours. The story was out of this world amazing. The twists and turns had you on edge. You think you knew one thing and then you were proven wrong the next instant. Rebecca takes us on an adventure full of suspense, mystery and angst. You are so hooked to this story you don’t want it to end. A beautiful amazing read. I can’t wait for more!
Megan
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Cursed Series has left me speechless! With a full list of unanswered questions & one epic book hangover I cannot wait for book three in this series.

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The Smutbrarians
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Storyline 5
Overall Rating 4.5
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Reviewed by Robin

Lana and her best friends went out to have a little fun and party on a Friday night. Except this night, Lana witnessed a crime and now her life will never be the same. Forced to protect her friends, she’s sent to a boarding school for privileged teens as part of her punishment. Just as she starts to make friends, she receives threats and disturbing notes. She thinks she can trust her new friends but more an
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Kali McQuillen
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read, 2019-arc
Holy crap!! I started reading this and was pulled in right from the start. I loved Lana, she may be young but she sees the world differently from just about everyone around her. When her curse gets her sent to the private school she doesn't know who to trust.

It's hard for her to trust. Is she going to trust the wrong person? I was almost biting my nails to see what was going to happen next. The suspense was killing me! I felt like I was right there with her trying to figure out everything.

Then a
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Janine Bürger de Assis
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, arc
First of all, I don’t know how to review this book without only saying: go read it!! But I’ll try! Intriguing, fast paced, great characters, wonderful writing. It’s only the beginning. I really believe this is the kind of book you should go blind. Don’t try to read spoilers, don’t read the last page first, just enjoy the ride. From the first page you don’t know who to believe, how everything connects, where the story is going. I spent the whole book trying to decipher all that is happening behin ...more
Naadira  Moodley (BookedMercy)
Okay, wow.... Just wow. I am speechless. This series is definitely one of a kind. This was a very complex book. It was intriguing. I got sucked into this word filled with mystery and a lot of secrets.

Lana is not an easy person to get along with. She does not have many friends or people she can tolerate. She is brutally honest and that honesty sometimes hurts people but although she always speaks the truth, one night changes her life forever. In this case, she was honest but only the partial trut
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Emily
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m still trying to wrap my head around what just happened. That ending though! I did not see that coming. I literally sat there stumped and lost in thought for at least five minutes after reading the last page to let it sink in.

This book was so intriguing and had such a sense of darkness and mystery in it, that I’m still left with so many questions needing to understand what and why things happened! I can’t wait for Parts 3 and 4. I need them now! I need answers!

One of my favorite parts about t
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Dina Maio
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Attention, Attention! There is another book! Thank goodness. This was almost too much to handle. I did not realize there were more books beyond these two. Luckily there is. Rebecca weaves a very intricate tale of wealth and privilege with mystery and secrecy that I did not see coming. I will not say any more, as I do not want to ruin the story for you. Just know that the book is so much more than the blurb. If you need me, I will be sitting here in the corner biting my nails while I wait for the ...more
catherine lawrence
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!! I’m not going to lie. I spent so much time going back and rereading parts because I was confused about what was happening. Pay attention and don’t get lost.
This book is amazing. So many plot twists.
That ending though.
OMG!!!! That ENDING 😱😱😱
Rebecca did amazing on this and I’m so excited that I got to read this. This book was enthralling.
Melina Kissel
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up all night to read this. Could not put it down.
Anto Butera
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I'm confused right now. So, so confused.

But, for once, I'll try to write a review that doesn't talk about how the book ended and, then, what it was about. I'll go the other way around.

Let's see...

let's begin

Fair warning, this is gonna be a long-ass review. I had a lot of thoughts about these books, and I'm gonna be using this as a cheat sheet to remind myself how this story went once the next part of the story gets published (so SPOILERS, duh).

not sorry

As we all already know, this edition consists of 2 books in 1.

I
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Rebecca
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading indie romances, after taking a much needed break from all types of writing since I had just finished my Masters in English, one of the first authors I came across was Rebecca Donovan and her Breathing series.

MAN, did Emma and Evan’s story just about do me in, but while my emotions were all over the place, I refused to stop and regroup…I couldn’t put it down because Donovan’s prose captivated me; her writing was seamless and thought-provoking, and I reveled in the wa
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Optimism seeps from every pore of my body. I truly believe that what's supposed to happen... will! In that regard, I don't know how to give up; it's not part of my biological make up.

I'm a passionate (and some would say, overly enthusiastic) person. I learn by doing (and have been burned more times that I'd like to admit), but I will always throw my entire self into whatever I do - fail or succeed
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