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Lyrics & Curses

(Cursed Hearts #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Lark Espinoza could get lost in her music—and she’s not so sure anyone in her family would even care to find her. Her trendy, party-loving twin sister and her mother-come-lately Beth, who’s suddenly sworn off men and onto homemaking, don’t understand her love of cassette tapes, her loathing of the pop scene, or her standoffish personality. For outcast Lark, nothing feels a ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Midnight Tide Publishing
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Lyrics & Curses is the first of the Cursed Hearts duology written by Candace Robinson that falls in the young adult and paranormal genres. I've read most of Robinson's previous books and short stories, which meant I had to get an early release when this one became available. As the cover and title suggest, this book is ripe with drama, music, and the unknown.

Lark and Auden are near the end of high school, thinking about college. They've hooked up once or twice before, but they mostly don't see e
Candace Robinson
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Set in 1985? Stranger Things meets Pretty in Pink? Paranormal Romance? I’m in! I may be biased though since I wrote it! 😂❤️
Mara YA Mood Reader
May 20, 2020 marked it as to-read
Well, slap me into some Guess jeans, add a side pony, and call me Stacey!! Pretty in Pink meets Stranger Things??!!! 80’s paranormal romance?!!! I could die happy!
Lark and Auden both have home lives that are less than normal and find their shared love of music could become a lifeline to reality as they are transported into a mirror world and no one knows they could lose their very souls if they can’t get back. With an attraction to each other that seems to stutter stop before it even gets started, these two must find a way to break the curse they have fallen into the day two strangers came to town. Why has this happened only to them? Fate has a strange wa ...more
Alexa Whitewolf
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading an early copy of Lyrics & Curses and falling in love with the storyline up front! The dual roles of each protagonist, the doppleganger effect and the budding romance had me begging and hoping for an HEA!!! I won't give the ending away, but this book has everything you want in a YA paranormal read. Not to mention totally relatable characters, bringing the 80s to life, and a cool plot!! LOVED it! ...more
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This book was just so much fun to read. I was born in the 80's and absolutely loved the fashion and music, and this had it all. A lot of thought was put into matching songs with each chapter, and now I really want to watch The Wedding Singer. And it was such a unique story that I really did not know what would happen next. I really liked Lark and definitely would be friends with her. Auden had his walls up, but I enjoyed getting to know him more as the story progressed. Also, I really want to wo ...more
Brandy Woods Snow
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**In all clarity, I worked as line editor on this novel**

What can I say, except I took a roaring ride back to the 80's with clothing descriptions and music descriptions so vivid I could picture myself back during those days! Loved the nostalgia, first and foremost, but don't let me forget the simmering romance between the two MCs and all of the obstacles (and supernatural curses!) they had to overcome to finally be together in the end. It made my little sentimental heart pitter-patter. Though I'
The beginning dragged on.

We didn't get into the thick of it until about 50% in.

After part III started everything moves quickly, but I felt like the supernatural aspect of the novel was barely explained, and what was explained left me unsatisfied.

There is such a thing as too much mystery. I felt like the set up of the characters took too long. A few instances of the characters being confronted with the supernatural and then being hit by the supernatural train, therefore starting the intriguing pa
Amber Hodges
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I loved following Auden and Lark and getting characters so real and true to themselves. They aren't your typical teenagers. They keep to who they are even when battling demons of their own. The beginning sucks you into them as people with a side of suspense of paranormal then by the end you are biting your finger nails unsure how things are going to play out. The book is very well written with a flow only this author seems to be able to pull off. I loved every secon ...more
Dave Wickenden
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I admit that when I first heard the title to this book, I wasn’t sure what I was going to get. I was pleasantly surprised.
Lark and Auden came together over their love for music and song lyrics. Both are full of self doubt due to their family issues, but when two strangers appear, they are shoved together into a walking nightmare. They have been cursed and must find a cure or they will cease to exist. Unable to be heard or seen by those around them, they only have each other to rely on.
The suspen
C. Lewis
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book took me there. I loved every bit of the vivid details in this world. The ominous feeling of the (spoiler) and how it seriously sent chills down my spine. Love, 80's, Love, Curses, Love, and some mystery and I was HOOKED. Auden and Lark hold a special place in my heart. Their journey is fraught with emotion and danger and healing. And Candace did an AMAZING job capturing all of it.
Going to admit I got to work on this book. ❤❤❤❤ And, I get to read the next one in the series well before e
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first thing that comes to mind: unique.

The story is set in the 80s & it’s executed perfectly. When I read it, I felt like I was transported back in time. :)

It’s the start of summer. Lark works at a Bubble’s Oddities with her best friend. Across the story, in music shop works Auden. When the school was still in, they connected with exchanging the lyrics of the songs (that reminds me so much of high school, I and my best friends use to do that all the time :)) just a few decades after :D) and
Sheila Goicea
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Amber R. Duell
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! So many little details bring the decade to life and the characters are instantly relatable. The whole concept of the mirror dimension is unique too. Go read this ASAP!
Katya de Becerra
If you're after a truly unusual story, Candace Robinson's got you covered!

Lyrics & Curses is her latest offering, and it doesn't disappoint. Infused with the 80s nostalgia, this is a deeply romantic and quirky romp as its two protagonists, Lark and Auden race against time to solve a mystery and save themselves from a terrible curse. Ouija boards, boomboxes, outrageously brave unitards, creepy mirrors and all your favorite songs can be found here. I promise that after reading this book you'll loo
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
*** Note : I received e-copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author for review copy. ***

* 4.5 Stars *

Lyrics & Curses was intriguing first paranormal book in Cursed Hearts duology that revolved around Auden and Lark, their shared love for music and how they try to stop the curse of another dimension. It was about troubled past and childhood, friendship, love, family and music.

Writing was easy to follow and gripping filled with 80’ setting, style and
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
Thank you so much to Candace Robinson for the pdf download of lyrics and curses the writing in this story was just so good it made me feel like I was in the 80’s I just love their music so much I love most of the songs in this book, it starts off with lark working in the oddities shop and Auden working next store soon he becomes her coworker and strange things start to happen a man all in black with a porky pie hat and something weird in his hand a lady in black playing a flute all this weird st ...more
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After a series of bizarre occurrences and sightings, Lark and Auden find themselves trapped in a weird dimension and only they hold the secret to undoing the curse.

Candace Robinson has a way of making the main characters so relatable and likable. Their relationship was complicated at first but built up into something very nice. I love everything nostalgic and Lyrics and Curses made me want to be be transported to the 80s! I just wish I had a playlist to match the book!
Morgan Shamy
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book!!! It kept my attention the whole time and I was turning the pages quickly. Everything seemed to work and fit together—the characters, the plot, the pacing. The writing was tight and clean, and flowed where I didn’t even feel like I was reading. The story had an intrigue that kept me going throughout. I loved the paranormal elements with the mystery—it was a perfect combination. I loved the romance, and I honestly cannot WAIT to see what happens next!
Theresa Braun
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I love is how Robinson builds up details and suspense from the beginning and is able to make it pay off in the second half. Everything in Lark's and Auden's lives are hanging in the balance while they try to figure out how to stop the curse. (This is where things really rev up). Not only do we get fun '80s references (I love how music is woven into the story) along the way and some clever banter between them, but we get to witness their character development. Suddenly, not only do they appr ...more
Gerardo Delgadillo
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Set in the 80s, LYRICS AND CURSES is a novel about two troubled teens, who get involved in a peculiar situation involving an opaque object, a flute and two creepy strangers. Lark and Auden know each from school, and they also work at a "oddities" store and a vinyl shop respectively, which happen to be next to the other. Yet, Lark and Auden don't talk much in person, until trouble shows up and .. curses them!

This is a cool book with an 80s theme all around and some crazy events and twists!
If you are ever feeling nostalgic for the 80’s then Lyrics & Curses is a story that will bring you back to those glorious years. Set in 1985, this story is incredibly authentic in its setting and everyday interactions. Not just the setting though, but all the characters, their outlooks on life, and especially the music. There is a lot to appreciate in this story beyond the 1980’s vibes but to anyone who enjoys that time period, this book will be like catnip to a cat for you. I loved everything 8 ...more
Patricia Thibodeaux
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lyrics and Curses is one of my favorite books. It is set in the 80's, which is the best! I love getting to know both of the main characters. You really began to love both of their stories and how they became to be. I didn't want to put the book down. Everyone should read this book. ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a favorite book of mine! I’ve read it at least 4 “full” times, and I am NOT sick of it!!! I could read it four more times!!! I love this book!!!

First of all, the 80s theme was so cool!!! Being an 80s girl myself I was taken back in time. It was written extremely detailed as far as the 80s setting. Second, the lyrics!!!! All 80s, of course, but I especially love how she wove the lyrics throughout the story and Lark & Auden’s relationship. The paranormal mystery aspects built up as the
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review coming soon.
Amy Poirier
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a vibe!

Lyrics & Curses is a paranormal romance that's set in the 80's and centers around music. Every chapter header has a song title. For best results, I suggest listening to the songs as you read because they set the tone for each chapter, and it is EVERYTHING! Music holds the power to influence our emotions and memories. I was completely transported.

Also, can we wave our lighters in the air for the mental health representation in this story?! It broke my heart to see Auden stru
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, it's quite possibly my new favourite book by this author, next to Quinsey Wolfes glass vault. Set in the 80's we follow Lark and Auden, who, for the most part, travel in different circles until a mysterious man brings them together in the strangest way. It's full of suspence as they fight for their lives. I'm a sucker for the 80's and the setting is very nostalgic and the soundtrack is awesome. It also has some very endearing side characters. I'm very much looking forward to th ...more
Leslie Rush
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Lyrics and Curses" is a magic ride back to the 1980s, full of music and mystery. Candace Robinson executes the dual POV with skill and expertise, and keeps us in suspense from the first chapter, starting with the arrival of a masked, scary trenchcoat gangster. The chilling Mirror Dimension, home of the Mirror Keeper and its "doppels," will make you wonder if Lark and Auden will ever get the Happily Ever After they deserve.
The supporting cast, especially Lark's mother and the unfortunate Darrin
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
I got this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Now, I will be honest, I don't care for Stranger Things. I know! I know. I hear it from my partner all the time but it is what it is. That being said, I still loved this book! So I can only imagine how someone who liked Stranger Things would love this even more than I did! Plus, there is some great paranormal romance, which I'm huge sucker for!

Not to mention the music! And Pretty in Pink too! It's a wonderful 80's dream come to life in our modern
Jenny Hickman
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ARC received

Lyrics & Curses is the perfect balance of romance and mystery set in the 80's that will keep you guessing until the end. I fell in love with the characters and the premise and read it all in a single day (I just HAD to know what was going to happen!). If you love the 80's and music and love stories and curses, this book is for you.
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