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Ever Cursed

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  760 ratings  ·  253 reviews
Damsel meets A Heart in a Body in the World in this incisive and lyrical feminist fairy tale about a princess determined to save her sisters from a curse, even if it means allying herself with the very witch who cast it.

The Princesses of Ever are beloved by the kingdom and their father, the King. They are cherished, admired.


Jane, Alice, Nora, Grace, and Eden carry
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Simon Pulse
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Heather Smith It certainly reads like a standalone, and judging by the ending I think it is. But I'd certainly be down to read another book set in this universe!…moreIt certainly reads like a standalone, and judging by the ending I think it is. But I'd certainly be down to read another book set in this universe!(less)
Heather Smith There's some slight romance in the book, but not with the two main characters, and the focus is never fully on the romance, if at all. It's mainly abo…moreThere's some slight romance in the book, but not with the two main characters, and the focus is never fully on the romance, if at all. It's mainly about the sisters, the witches and their kingdom. It's also a standalone, I believe.(less)

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What's this book about?

At this point, I don't know.
Honestly, I don't even really care.

I'm buying it.
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
So much to unpack in this story. I’ll be thinking about it for a long time.
Oct 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This fantasy was an interesting read. I liked how simple this story was with easy to pronounce names and places. The story read slow for me. It stressed out about how loving the King and his family was. The story was also about the Witch and how they were punished for their use of magic. The punishment on the 5 Princesses were severe, especially Jane. Those Princes from different kingdoms were awful.

This book is told in the first person point of view following Jane, 17. Her mom, the Queen is fr
MissBecka Gee
I'm in love with the cover.
I'm in like with the plot.
I loath the presentation.

Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for my DRC.
♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)
Me: I don’t do cover buys no more.

*this book cover exists*

Me: Fuck *Geralt’s Voice*
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I basically read the entirety of this novel in one sitting because I simply could not put it down. It’s really an incredible feat to tell a story that perfectly balances a compelling plot, honestly portrayed characters and rich themes with a fairytale vibe woven all throughout, and I’m really in awe of what Corey Ann Haydu accomplished here.

content warnings (which were included at the start of my review copy): sexual assault, may be sensitive for readers who are struggling with, seeki
May 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a slow read. Nothing of note happens until about 30% in, and during that first 30%, you don’t really get to know the characters or the world. The subject matter is very heavy, and even though not much detail is presented until later in the book, you know exactly what kind of abuse is going on. It was depressing, and I never really connected with any of the characters. The sisters have some personality, but no
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu


The princesses of Ever have been cursed for nearly five years when this story begins. Their mother has literally been trapped in a clear box on display for all of the people of Ever. Each princess has their own curse which begins on their thirteenth birthday. Jane, the oldest daughter, hasn’t eaten since she turned thirteen almost five years ago. Because of the nature of the spell, she continues to live a strained existence. Once the spell becomes final or pe
Lauren Stoolfire
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu is an outstanding and lyrical feminist fairy tale. As the blurb states, it is a great combination of Damsel by Elana K. Arnold and A Heart in the Body of the World by Deb Caletti. If you've read either of those two novels, that description should give you an idea of what you're going to be in for with this new release. The story of the cursed princesses of the Kingdom of Ever is brutal and spare yet
Ashlee » Library In The Country
I just really adore this cover.
Kate (Feathered Turtle Press)
A beautiful, poignant and timely fairytale fantasy.

The Good
– Clean, accessible writing style
– Tidily includes and covers several important issues
– Lots of secrets to uncover and truths to speak
– Beautiful, emotional, meaningful story
– Inclusive and LGBT+ friendly

The Bad
– Writing style can be repetitive
– The necessity of Abbott
– Won't appeal to everyone

(Thank you to NetGalley and Simon Pulse for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review!)

Haydu has written about a great number
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Jessica Harrison
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

Ever Cursed is a book that readers will absolutely love or wish they’d never read. Truth be told, it’s a book that deals with important subjects, but it’s also one I wish I’d never picked up.

There’s a note at the beginning of Ever Cursed from the author, Corey Ann Haydu. It notes that the book includes content involving sexual assault, and that it could be triggering for people who have/have had eating disorders. And while I appreciated the disclaimer upfront, I still wasn’t prepared fo
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Nov 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: edelweiss
a cover like this deserved to be framed and placed in a prominent section of an art museum
Jan 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
I've got 14 minutes left in the audiobook, but I'm calling it. I can't take it anymore. For the first time in many years, I don't want to leave a review for a book. I know what the author tried to do. I appreciate what the author tried to do. I hate the execution with a passion.

Trigger warnings: sexual harassment, rape, eating disorder, parent abuse

Because of the content matter, this review will have spoilers.

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Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for providing me with an eARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I do not think words can describe how much I needed this fairy tale without knowing how much I needed this fairy tale. WOW.

The story mainly focuses on two characters: Princess Jane, a royal in the Kingdomn of Ever who lives within the confines of a stone castle with her father and four sisters, and Regan, a young witch who rashly cast a spell five years ago to punish
Oct 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Eh. This story was a slog to get through. Languid pacing, unnecessarily long exposition, and short inserts of the actual action of the plot that moved the story forward. The climax wasn't climactic at all, and the second ah-ha big reveal was weighed down with repetitive narrative over and over again. The topic of sexual assault is just thrown in as a weak plot device for a severe subject matter that wasn't utilized in a way that made any sense to the story and wasn't substantial enough. There is ...more
May 03, 2020 marked it as want-to-read-new
This will be amazing or utter poop
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well, that wasn't what I was expecting. Full review to come. ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

I adored the feminist messages that Ever Cursed set forth. The story itself fell a bit short for me from time to time, but I absolutely appreciated the themes the author was incorporating into the book. So let's break down what I enjoyed versus what I did not so much.

What I Loved:

• Obviously, the "I am woman, hear me roar" chant is strong with this book! After so very long of being u
Amanda Belcher
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
(3.5) I found it hard to focus on this book but I think that probably has more to do with my headspace this week than the book itself. I was very intrigued by the magic and how it functioned in this world. The world building was subtle but became powerful as we learned the truth about its legends. There were parts and certain things I felt could use expansion and I wanted to know more about and the ending felt almost too tidy. However, I was intrigued by the characters and while it read like a s ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this read a lot. Yes there some sensitive stuff in it. It was nice fantasy read I liked and could read again and again.
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars.
Gorgeous cover
Chance (temporary.escaper)
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Thank you to NetGalley for giving me an eArc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is very similar to Damsel by Elena K Arnold! That being said- it was not an easy read at times. It’s not super detailed in those hard moments, it’s more skimmed over, but it still happens.

I was a little disappointed overall though because the world building, character development, and magic system were all lacking for me! Things were explained, but I still felt confused and unsatisfied. It was
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received an electronic ARC from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing through NetGalley.
Based on the book blurb, this should only be a 1,5 star review. However, I read it straight through in one sitting and enjoyed the story but did not feel it empowered women nor addressed more than surface sympathy or healing for abuses suffered throughout.
The book is written in alternating POVs - Jane (oldest princess and cursed with the To Be Without spell) and Reagan (witch who cast the spell). Readers
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(I received an ARC from #pansing @definitelybooks for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Book review: Ever cursed by Corey Ann Haydu

Ever cursed by Corey Ann Haydu
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: 5/5 stars


(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

This book will be available at all good bookstores once it has been released on 14th July 2020.

This novel is told in alternate POVs between Jane (the cursed) and Reagan (the witch who cursed her family) which
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 16-and-up
Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with a digital arc of Ever Cursed via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am truly at a loss of words with this book, which is saying a lot because I rarely shut up. Every piece of Ever Cursed feels wholly its own. The way the magic works feels so simple and poignant that it blows my mind I haven't read anything similar to it before. The entire nature of the curse is so unique and interesting but that's not really what the stories about
DNF at 10%

TW's for sexual assault and eating disorders

I'm just going to call it quits with this one.
I just can't wrap my mind around a supposed feminist story in which the main character, a girl, decides to punish other women for the crimes of a guy. The "logic" of it is completely lost on me.
Also the writing style was headache inducing.
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I saw this book I knew I wanted to have it. Everything about it screamed my name. The fairytale like elements, the princess, the witch, the curse and the beautiful cover that is really intriguing and fascinating. I tried to get an ARC from Netgalley, but didn't get that one. I had high hopes the book would be in a book box, but that wasn't the case either. So, I didn't have much of a choice, I had to buy the book myself.

And from the very first page I was sucked into the story. Fi
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