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Awful Curse

(Celestial Bodies #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  425 ratings  ·  155 reviews
He was King of Arcadia Prep until she came for his throne…

We moved around a lot, too much.
The shine of my highly respected and decorated military dad’s badge wore off after I became heavy baggage.
I was the new girl thirteen times in two years and every time I had to tape up another box I grew more resentful. Forced to forget everyone I fell in love with, laughed wit
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Published February 24th 2020
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Karla Lopez
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
YOU GUYS WHAT DID I JUST READ???? What a heck of a ride that story was. I want to start off by saying that I’m not a fan of fantasy, but this book I LOVED IT!! The angst, the suspense, the characters they were everything.

This story held some of the most intense unapologetic characters! And I’m here for it. They were strong and admirable, but at the same time I wanted to shake them. Elena did an incredible job using Gods and signs to tell this story. I didn’t understand signs before, but the way
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“First time we were released, the Victorian Era. We were meant to influence the people, propel evolution forward, inspire change…”

Urban Fantasy has long been a sub genre of romance that I’ve loved. It’s been hard to find very many of them that aren’t the same exact trope though. They all are at school, they all revolve around a girl that doesn’t know she has incredible powers and they all sorta blur together with their illustrative covers.

Then enter Elena’s debut urban fantasy series , The Cel
Halle Reads
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 🌟 Stars


▪▪▪ She was painfully normal. She was naturally curious, though, which made observing her a dangerous game. My new favorite game. ▪▪▪

Awful Curse is book 1 in the Celestial Bodies series and holy heck was it an insanely addictive and intruiging ride that kept me guessing until the very end and boy did I enjoy every minute of it.

This is a fantasy new adult romance based off of astrology and greek mythology and set in a gothic inspired elite boarding school complete with secrets, lies,
Amber Salazar
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Elena, you kill me with your books! Can you write anything but perfection? Each book is better then the last, you always have me hooked and salivating for more! This was my first Fantasy book that I actually finished, I was obsessed from the first chapter to the last. I couldn’t imagine a life now with out Bolton and Arianna in it ( and Nyx..😜). I love how you’re able to write such strong characters that mesh so well together. Arianna alone is truly one of my favorite female characters, which is ...more
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Damn this was so interesting! I'm not even sure what I just read. It was mysterious, entertaining, fascinating and I can't wait to get more and learn more about this world. ...more
Katie Pearce
An honest review in exchange for an ARC:

I’m not going to star this one, and I’ll tell you why. I really, and I mean REALLY, wanted to fall in love with this world. But, sadly... that’s not what happened.

Now, the ideas were exciting and fresh—it did have some Fallen by Kate Lauren vibes but, nothing too crazy. I love Greek Gods and I’m always hoping to find a book I’ll love with them, it just doesn’t happen often.

So, why didn’t I fall in love with this one? I just... didn’t connect with the ch
Victoria Weston
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've read books by this author before and I really like her style of writing. This book is a fantasy and I didnt really know what to expect.

The Celestial Bodies.

This is the first book in this series.

Arianna is a very sexy, strong minded woman and knows what she wants and how to get it.she moved around a lot and has been the new girl a lot of times and has had to start over a lot.

Bolton is fearlessand is a real alpha male and is a very sexy guy and him and his friends have a lot of pull in the sc
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
And I'm officially over with this shit.
I don't know what those reviewers, that gave 4 and 5* to this book, smoked but it was good shit.
One of the stupidest books I have ever read in my life. Please look at my profile and see how many books I've read. This is not a gratuitous remark.
Full of plot holes, inconsistencies and continuity issues. Not to speak of grammar and spelling mistakes galore.
I have a tendency to finish books, even the bad ones but I'm rethinking my strategy after this one. It c
Kodie Mackay
Normally when reviewing a book I have so much to say I can't filter my thoughts. This one I'm so opposite it's not even funny. I'm literally sat here flabbergasted at wtf I just read.

Be prepared for rambling.

I've given it 4 stars simply because it's not finished. It's a mother fucking cliffy. I don't like them and normally stay clear just because they drive me to the brink of insanity. However this one took me by surprise hence the shock of that ending although I will say I caught on by 90% beca
Paula  Phillips
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I wasn't 100% sure what to expect with Awful Curse, just that it had a paranormal aspect to the novel and was set in a college environment and considered a potential bully romance. The book starts with our main character Arianna moving to a new school - Arcadia Prep as she fell into trouble with the mayor's son at her old school. This according to her father is a final resort as he is off on another top-secret military mission. Ever since her mother died, Ari has been feeling unsettled and movin ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It's got tons of potential, but it left me with many questions. That being said, I hope to get more answers in the next book.

The characters are children of gods trapped in Arcadia, which is a boarding school. They navigate life for 14 years, repeating their senior year trying to find one person who can free them... all so that they can return home. Sounds simple enough? It's not. They've sacrificed the lives of innocents after thinking and hoping and being so sure the
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Wow firstly what did i just read!!!

Anyone that really knows me knows i haven't read a paranormal book in many years but damm did the cover draw me in and so glad it did. This book took me to another word of Gods demigods. I really didn't know how this book would go with me as last time i tried reading a paranormal i ended up not finishing it as i just couldn't do it , but i really didnt have that problem with this one loved it cannot wait for the next one .
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
this was my first Elena Monroe book and it was definitely different from what i usually read but it was good. this story was one roller coaster ride and i couldn't get enough of it.

the characters mesh well together and once you get started you can't help but be pulled into these characters. the steam was off the charts and i loved every minute of this!

this was definitely an interesting read for me and i'm glad i read this!
i'd definitely recommend this!
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Awful Curse

4 stars

WAIT WAIT WAIT. HOLD UP. What was that ending? How is it okay to end a book like that and expect us to be fine?!?!

I don’t know what I’m supposed to be thinking or how I’m supposed to feel....

I’ve been majorly anticipating this title not just because I love all of Elena’s works but also this just sounded so fucking good. And in terms of concept, the world, the characters it was very intriguing, I did really enjoy that aspect of it. I think Elena writes really unique and amaz
Queen of Nothing At All
That was a mix of so many cool stuff not done right xD
Kera (featherboundbooks)
I am reeling from this book right now.
I was graciously provided an arc from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The only reason this was not a five star rating was because there were frequent moments in this book that seemed muddled. Like I couldn't follow because of gaps in the story. But honestly, even that wasn't enough for me not to LOVE this book. Like, A LOT!
February 23, 2020
I reread the first half of this book in bits and pieces and have since realized tha
Sarah N
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5stars! First of all....can we get a round of applause plus a standing ovation?! Because that cover is incredible! If that alone doesn't want to make you one-click, then consider an eye exam. That aside, Elena Monroe delivers an exciting and captivating new world in Awful Curse!

I loved the main characters, as well as each additional POV from side characters! Monroe pens a strong and badass heroine in Ari, and a magnetic hero in Bolton. The concept was really interesting, and I was drawn in by
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Hate me tomorrow. Right now, I’m busy bowing.”

First off, I’m obsessed with this book.
I love the vivid world the author has painted. It rolled through my head like a film and I never want to leave. Ever.
So many beautiful elements that tie this story together. The author leaves clue here and there while I gathered them up stuffing them in my bag and spreading them out on the table to put together the mystery. You get fantasy, mystery, drama, love, lust, hate, lies, and betrayal.. it’s extremely
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-star, 2020-read


“Because I'm king, they won't disobey me, and you're mine.”

Okay so when I first got this book I was a little reluctant, with the whole fantasy aspect. But omg once I started reading, I literally devoured it. I just wanted to know everything, I couldn’t wait to go to the next page and GET SOME FUCKING ANSWERS!

Arcadia Preparatory School for the forgotten, left behind, and otherwise independent. It is also a school with zodiac gods, blending in
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Why would a king fight a knight?"

I've been stewing on this review for a while because I just didn't have the words to explain my thoughts on how absolutely incredible this book is.

I recieved an ARC in exchange for an honest review and upon starting, I initially thought to myself "is this for me?" And by around 4% of the book, I was intrigued by this strange sizzle with 6% I was hooked. What was Boltons issue?! Why did he react that way? As if the same thing happened to that particul
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, arcs
I have mixed feelings about the book. It’s been a couple of days since I finished it and still, I can’t decide how to express my thoughts.

At first, I was confused; I didn’t really understand what was going on. I still don’t understand some things. Chapter by chapter, I began to grasp the background story and started enjoying the book.

The concept of the story is pretty unique; I don’t think that I’ve read anything similar. I’m a Greek, so the whole Greek mythology aspect is close to what I grew u
May 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
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✿❀ Lauren, aka Coffee and the Bibliophile ❀✿

4.5 stars.

This book was just awesome. Such a unique story. Descriptive without being OTT. Suspenseful without the cheesy clues. Sexy without being drawn out or forced.

This book was definitely more fantasy than romance. The complexities of the interactions between all the characters was exhausting to read...which just means Elena Monroe knocked this out of the park. I can just imagine how her story notes looked trying to keep the names, signs, personalities, and roles in order.

I mean, Gods/Goddes
Danielle (The Caffeinated Book Addict)
I liked the idea of Awful Curse. I love mythology, Greek myths are one of my favorite things to read about, and the setting and everything was intriguing.

"He was an enigma wrapped up in beauty and pain."

But I was never fully able to connect to the characters. I liked Bolton and Arianna, but I always felt distant from them. I wasn't able to connect with them. I found myself losing interest while reading and not wanting to pick it back up because I just couldn't ever fully connect with these ch
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Awful Curse by Elena Munroe is an exciting and original book in the new Celestial Bodies series. The book’s main character Arianna is new to school…again. Being a military brat, she has been moved numerous amounts of times and she is hoping that this one may be her last, if only she can stay out of trouble. After living with a foster aunt and being moved for breaking and entering, her military dad ships her off to Arcadia Prep. A school which is a bit different from the others and comes across m ...more
Becca Steele
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love an urban fantasy, and Elena Monroe delivered the goods in spades with Awful Curse.

First off - the hot AF cover! Then onto the book itself - the story ticked all the boxes for a brilliant UF/PNR - sexy, sexy men (in addition to Bolton, I found myself surprisingly drawn towards Caellum!), mystery and secrets, magic and mayhem, and Arianna was one completely kickass female lead. The Greek mythology and the signs of the zodiac added the perfect fantasy element, coupled with an ending that le
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for you to release a book
I am ready for you book
Love it already

What a book
It was enticing and I was enticed
I enjoy and love it
Ana Manjić
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"This was all written in the stars....this was the calm, and she was my storm, lightning and all."

This is an outstanding one, well-plotted urban fantasy – can I say “fairytale” for me?! - full of vivid characters and magical world/ancient gods and co-existing with the contemporary.

"Because I'm king, they won't disobey me, and you're mine."
- I am more than human, I am almost god, I have a gift, I have a curse – my name is Bolton. Stuck in Arcadia Prep, the Pandora’s box, waiting for the one to s
Cierra McCauley (Cierra's Corner)
New and Exciting! Awful Curse was just what the doctor ordered! I love all things greek mythology and I love me some history! Let me start with I went into this book completely oblivious to what it was going to be, I didn't fully stop and let the words "Celestial" sink in I was just super excited for a Monroe book! And let me tell you, Monroe blows you away with a story like never before! I'm obsessed with Awful Curse! I was so not expecting this book to be what it was, such a wonderful surprise ...more
I've been going back and forth on whether I should give the star rating or should I just leave a rating at the end of the review like I always do (well, I did do that). Awful Curse has all the makings to not only be a great book but also one that I could have easily fallen in love with but sadly it failed to hit the mark.

The overall idea of the book is good and even though it does have a little of the Fallen series vibe to it. So while I did enjoy these two aspects of it, there were these littl
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Elena Monroe grew up in Florida scribbling down stories from a very young age. These stories were really just wavy lines filling the paper, but she knew each word, each emotion, each character's name, and there was no tricking her into forgetting what each line signified. Just like her unconventional way of writing as a toddler Elena is setting her own rules and just telling stories.

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