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The Cursed Series #2

Eternal Choice

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Forced to move to California with her father, the same man who abandoned her ten years ago, Chloe is once again starting over. Only this time, she has a perky new stepmom and an annoying baby brother. To make matters worse, the sea of snobby rich kids at her new prep school pretend she's invisible. As if all that wasn’t bad enough, she has this gnawing sensation that she’s forgetting something important.

And then Trent Halstead crashes back into her life, bringing with him everything she's forgotten and the devastating news that there’s a coven of witches after her, and no one knows why—until Chloe discovers the answer in a box of old family photos. Now, she's keeping a secret that could save Trent's life. There’s just one problem: his salvation will come at a cost. Her destruction. And that’s a price she’s not sure she’s willing to pay.

**Eternal Choice is the exciting sequel to Eternal Curse.**

425 pages, Kindle Edition

First published October 20, 2020

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Kara Leigh Miller

33 books265 followers
Born and raised in the small town of Mexico, New York, Kara Leigh Miller was an only child who was forced to find ways to entertain herself. Playing make believe with her Barbie dolls and stuffed animals was her first real taste of storytelling before she became old enough to develop a love affair with the written word.

She began her venture into the publishing world as a wet behind the years author back in 2010. She started her career writing erotic romance, but in 2014, she had an awakening of sorts... Realizing the adult market wasn't for her, she shifted focus and began writing Christian romantic suspense. Dangerous Love and Jaded Love were her first published Christian novels. Now, she's shifting focus again and devoting her time to writing young adult novels.

Kara now lives in Michigan with her husband, four (of five) kids, four pit bulls, and two cats. She's a master multi-tasker!

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Profile Image for ♥Milica♥.
999 reviews308 followers
June 8, 2021

I like it even more than the first one. If this trend continues, I won't be alive after book six.

Chloe's absent father swoops her away to Malibu and yet another new school. Of course she isn't happy, she left everything behind in Keene Valley and can't wait to go back home.

She starts working to make her dream a reality and that's when her memories start coming back, right when two familiar boys she couldn't place showed up in her life again.

They were supposed to stay away and let Chloe be happy but nothing is ever that simple. And she's in danger, being hunted by a coven of witches. They couldn't just leave her to fend for herself now could they?

First off, the beginning of the book wasn't what I thought it would be, but in a good way. It was so "human". I really liked it and almost didn't want Trent to show up at all. Jax was very likable and he's officially become my favourite over the course of the book.

I also liked how the stepmother wasn't evil and that Chloe didn't resent her baby brother. And even her father came around too.

And that concert? Chloe was living her best life and let me tell you I was so jealous. I have seen Asking Alexandria live but never Black Veil Brides. I got goosebumps when BVB came out, it was almost like I was there with her. They're a band that meant a lot to me (and still do) at a certain point in my life and I was so happy they were included.

I feel bad for Simon though, he was so nice to Chloe when no one else was and he didn't even get a proper goodbye.

Trent had his good moments but I still ended up getting annoyed by him. Why was he so upset over the possibility of her becoming a *word I'm not going to use so I don't spoil it*? It's not the end of the world. And that way she wouldn't have to give up as much.

I'm glad that Whitney didn't become an Olivia, even though she gave me those vibes at first. It's good for Chloe to have a friend who knows what's going on. With that said I do miss her other friends.

Honestly, I saw the family secret coming in the first book but it was executed well. I just didn't suspect her father would know about it.

Now for the ending...that wasn't fair. She should've had a chance to explain. But I suppose that leaves a lot for the next book, which I'm eagerly awaiting.

*Thank you to BookSirens for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
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2,812 reviews121 followers
November 4, 2020
The first book in this series was really exciting. It was in a way an old fashioned YA like Twilight, but it made sure to fix the issues we had with Twilight. There was no stalking involved, there was no emotional pressure involved and the relationship between the main characters felt a lot healthier. I was therefore quite excited to read the second book in this series. Especially because there is a world full of mythology waiting to be explored.

However, although the second book is never boring, it's very much suffering from the middle book syndrome. It's dealing with the aftermath of the first book and it's setting up the final book in this trilogy (I guess?), but along the way not that much is happening. There are two reveals, of which one was quite easy to guess if you're familiar with the genre, but there's most of all a lot of talking and a lot of personal drama.

In a way it's quite impressive that a book filled with conversations, with characters keeping things from others, with decisions to be made that are not being made, never gets boring. And that's mostly because the characters are really interesting and complex and although from an outside perspective the witholding of information seems a little stupid, it's also easy to understand why the characters do it. On top of that there is a lot of tension between the different characters and they each have their own dilemma's and choices to make.

And although it would of course be perfect if they could make those choices without being pushed in one direction by another, it's quite clear in this second book that in some situations that's impossible. Choices impact others and that means that others have to make their choices and you might not like the outcome of their choices. The entire process of conflicting emotions, of choices and consequences is written down very well and realistic. Just like the characters are asking the right questions and fighting for the right reasons.

And after all the talking the book ends with a bang and I feel that a really exciting story arc has started now and that makes me quite curious to read the final book and to see how everything plays out and what choices eventually will be made.
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481 reviews7 followers
January 11, 2021
Twilight meets The Covenant movie in this cute, fast-paced and addictive story full of magic, vampires and a coven of witches on the hunt for revenge.

This second book in The Cursed series follows seventeen-year-old Chloe, as she’s lost her mother and been forced by the father that abandoned her as a child to move across the country to his new family. Grieving her mother and feeling lonely and miserable at her new snobby prep school, Chloe can’t wait to turn eighteen and get to decide for herself where to live. In addition to being lonely, she also has the feeling that she’s forgotten something important. But just as life takes a turn for the better, with high school hottie no. one, Simon Parker, asking her out for a date, her memories start coming back as well as two guys from her past. As if that wouldn’t be enough, the devastating family secret Chloe discovers in a box of old family photos, forces her to make the most devastating choice in her life – give everything up for the boy she loves or lose him forever?

I had the pleasure of receiving an ebook copy of Eternal Choice from BookSirens, without having read the first book in The Cursed series. This second book can be read as a standalone, but I do believe that some parts of the story would have made more sense if I had read the first book. Now there were parts that were a bit difficult to fully understand without all the background information.

Nevertheless, I really rooted for Chloe at once and I especially appreciated that she was not just another version of Bella Swan. I loved that she had so much depth and integrity and that she was not swept away or feeling dizzy just because Simon Parker took an interest in her. I really enjoyed her fierceness and the bantering between her and Simon. And then the twist… not having read the first book the twist was so much more unexpected! I really enjoyed the turn to magic, with the vampires and witches showing up and the epic love story unfolding!

I just have two minor complaints. The first one is that the story was a bit too unrealistic at times. And I don’t mean the premise that there are witches and vampires and old lineage curses demanding sacrifices of descendent in order not the threaten balance of things, I’m all for that! I mean things like getting into cars without hesitation with suspicious persons you know you can’t trust, or coincidences that are just a little too obvious. The second complaint is the second love triangle. Yes, there are two of those potentially… The first one was really greatly done and so sweet and understandable. But the second one felt so unnecessary and made me believe less in the main love relationship. If you’re willing to give up your life for someone, your aura really shouldn’t get all hazy red with lust every time you’re close to someone else. This brotherly competition was all a bit too much Vampire Diaries for me.

But those two minor complaints set apart, this was such an entertaining and addictive read that kept me on the edge all the way through. And that cliffhanger! Now I can’t wait to read the next book in this magical series! But first, I need to read the first book (Eternal Curse) to get the full picture, I really feel that this book, and the series, deserves that!
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Author 3 books191 followers
November 29, 2020
Vampires and witches intertwine with curses and a bit of romance in a read, which never offered a boring moment.

Chloe's not happy. After her mother passed away, she's forced to move to California to live with her father and new stepmother, leaving every friend and loved one behind. But she turns eighteen in another month and is determined to use that to move back to the life she loves. In an attempt to appease her father and step-mom, she agrees to start tutoring, but the student she gets is packed with secrets. When she meets his brother, strange flashes of what appear to be memories have her realizing there's more to her life than she thought. Soon, she discovers everyone has been keeping information from her, the kind which will edge her closer and closer to a choice between life, death, and love.

I did not dive into book one first but headed straight into this one. And that wasn't a problem, at first, since Chloe starts a new life in this book in almost every way. Even her own past doesn't play a really huge role until about mid-way through the book. When her world flip-flops, however, it would have been nice to have read the first book first, since I did find myself playing catch-up. But even that wasn't a huge problem, and I enjoyed this one the entire way through.

This has a lot of teen drama. Chloe hates her new life in California, misses her mother, misses her friends, deals with school like an outcast and yet, ends up with the hottest guy there chasing after her. So, cliches are in full spin during the first part of this one. And she acts like a teen with a bit of an attitude and lack of gratitude or understanding for her situation. Simply said, she came across a bit spoiled to me, especially since her step mom was very sweet and nice. That said, the book takes a very positive spin (on the intriguing plot end of things), when the two strange guys show up and start stalking her. Dark secrets and dangerous surprises knock the cliche pretty much out of the tale and allow more and more excitement to settle in. By the end, the spoiled teen girl is gone and a much bigger problem lies in wait.

Fans of young adult urban fantasy with lots of romance...tip-toing into the reverse harem in some ways...will enjoy this one quite a bit.
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222 reviews1 follower
September 27, 2020
Just finished the 2nd installment in this series. It was entertaining and fast paced. The storyline and character development were a little more in depth especially with Jax. Chloe is still a little naive, but all in all she’s likable. The addition of a few new characters was well done. The storyline was more creative in this installment and I’m enjoying the direction I think it’s heading. Still struggling with some similarity to Twilight, but the author is branching out into more of her own unique story now.

I’m a little conflicted on the almost-love triangle angle though. A twin bond is just something you don’t mess with. I was enjoying the new friendship between them vs the slightly pushed conflicted attraction going on now. This is reminiscent of Stephon and Damon in Vampire Diaries. Another great reference but I really don’t want to see a mishmash of Twilight / Vampire Diaries because this author is too talented to fall into the copy cat category. If I see anything even attempting to imitate NIklaus from The Originals- (my most untouchable image of future vampire soulmate - my German Shepherd who I love dearly is named after him), I will cry with disappointment...lol.

Overall, I found it be a really good read and I am continuing to be interested to see how the author further develops this storyline.

Thanks to the author and Booksirens for an ARC and my review is honest and my own.
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505 reviews35 followers
November 22, 2020
Chloe has now lost all of her memories of Trent and has just moved in with her estranged father, her stepmother and stepbrother. In spite of going to a wealthy prep school and being sought out after by the most popular boy in school, Chloe can’t wait till she turns eighteen so that she can return to live with her aunt and uncle.
Then, something strange happens. A new student shows up at Chloe’s school causing her to have strange sensations of deja-vu when she’s around him that she can’t explain.
Eternal Choice was even better than the first book! As I had hoped, we get to see a lot more character development especially with Jax (he’s really growing on me).
One of the aspects I enjoyed the most about this book is Chloe’s hesitancy to be with Trent even though she loves him. Chloe is one of the few young adult characters that seriously thinks about her future. Other young adult main characters treat high school as the summation of life, as if everything else afterwards doesn’t matter. It’s nice when a character has hopes and dreams of their own.
I can’t wait to see what will happen in book three. Eternal Choice ended on a cliff hanger and I just need to know what Chloe, Trent and Jax will do next! What can I say, I'm obsessed!
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906 reviews9 followers
November 1, 2020
After being left hanging in Eternal Curse I was very happy to receive the arc for Eternal Choice. Because now that Chloe was taken back to California with her father, after ten years of absence, she has to start all over. But although she misses her live with her uncle and aunt, she still has trouble remembering some of the details of her time there. During the story some things get more clear and without revealing the total plot: you will understand more about Chloe's background and the relationship with the Halstead family.
In this second installment you can see that the parallells between Twilight and this series are disappearing. Chloe's story takes some unexpected twists and turns. And also her feelings toward Jax are interesting: will there be a triangle relationship? The story is fastpaced and I think I read it in one sitting (and yeah... it was after midnight when finished...).
The cliffhanger ending isn't my favorite: because now I have to wait for Eternal Bond, and it kills me! But in all four out of five stars from me and a special thank you to FireChicken Press for providing the arc.
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154 reviews2 followers
November 14, 2020
Initially this book started like so many others...broken family, teen forced to leave her school and start at the end of her junior year at a high class Academy with all the rich kids, everyone there hated her, and she had to live with her dad, his shiny new wife, and two year-old son.

AND then it diverged from its seemingly ho-hum plot and the author took us on an adventure with witches, vampires, and a curse that only Chloe, our main character could break. There was only a couple problems with that. She knew nothing about it and she conveniently had her memories wiped so she was really of no help. She couldn’t even recognize any of the people involved.

Our author describes the inner turmoils, hopes, and feelings of the main characters so well that you could almost feel the anguish and hope with them. I can’t wait to find out what happens next. Is Chloe really the only one that can break the curse? And does she break it? I won’t tell so you will have to read it yourself!

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Profile Image for Beverly.
133 reviews
October 4, 2020
when I first got a copy of the book I was so worried that I wouldn't get it and it couldn't be read as a stand alone. But that quickly changed. It wasn't confusing at all and though you know that something big happened in the first book, you quickly find your way and fall in love with the character.

I almost finished the book in one sitting but, I have online school it's that good. The author has a good knowledge of her characters and their back stories are very intriguing, you immediately wanna know more.

Suspense? Off the roof!and you are left in a constant cycle of 'and then what' .The plot is amazing, You think you have all the pieces and then something else happens.

Leaves you at a cliff hanger though can't wait for the next book to be released. I know good things take time but not too long I hope.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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446 reviews6 followers
October 10, 2020
I received an Advanced Reader Copy for an honest and voluntary review

This is book 2, the sequel to Eternal Curse. This book is also fantastic!! I haven’t been able to put either book, of this series, down!! Author, Kara Leigh Miller, has written another beautiful story ♥️ Each book just gets better and better!! This book added the addition of some new characters. Just like Eternal Curse, Kara has written likable and relatable characters. This world she has created is just uniquely beautiful
This book continues Chloe’s journey. This time, forced to leave Adirondack Mountain, and go with a father who abandoned her as a child, to a new town/school. She’s also forced to leave Trent Halstead. Chloe still handles her situation with grace and realism. Beautiful job there, Kara 😊♥️ This book is extremely suspenseful, and really has you on the edge of your seat!! The events set the stage for book 3, which I can’t wait to read 😃
121 reviews
October 18, 2020
I received this book as an ARC from BookSirens which I was really excited about because I absolutely loved the first one and I couldn’t wait to read the next in the series.

The story starts with Chloe living in Malibu with her father and forgetting all of the supernatural events that occurred during the first book. My only very minor complaint about this book is that it was a bit slow to get started, there’s very little supernatural stuff until you’re quite far into the story which was very different to the first story. While I can see the authors reasons for this, I was a little impatient for the action! I do like the way the author writes the characters though, even without the supernatural side of things, it’s hard not to get involved with the story even when there’s no action and I already can’t wait to see where things go in the next book. I definitely know which couple I’m shipping and I just hope that things go my way where the story gets wrapped up!
Profile Image for Jessica Robbins.
2,593 reviews39 followers
October 18, 2020
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

We catch up with Chloe as she is living with her dad and new stepmom along with an adorable toddler brother. She is not happy to be there at all. Her dad took off when she was young so she doesn't really know him and her new rich private school is full of snobs making it hard to make friends. This changes when Peter takes an interest in her though she just wants to be friends. Shortly after she meets Trent who sets off all sorts of deja-vu moments for her along with a headache after. Imagine her surprise when she discovers this is because her memories were erased. Once they come back all sorts of things change as well as she is danger once again. Secrets start coming out left and right until you hit the cliff hanger of and ending that makes you want book three now. Makes for a riveting and suspenseful paranormal/urban fantasy read. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.
Profile Image for Heather Brock.
234 reviews38 followers
October 12, 2020
Wow, I think I actually liked this one more than the first! You could still sense the influences from other series and sagas, but there were enough differences and ideas unique to the story to set it apart. I was unaware that there was to be a third installment in this series, and am so glad there is! There remain details to wrap-up and resolutions still to arise. Some of the story elements are formulaic and/or tropes, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story much. I did appreciate the one significant twist, and am curious to see how everything ends up for our characters. The writing seemed more polished in this sequel, with fewer repetitive phrases (deepened the kiss) than in the first book in my opinion. I am excited for book 3! I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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492 reviews2 followers
March 24, 2021
Chloe finds herself in California with her father, step-mother, and half brother in a new school that she hates. Her only friend is a young man named Simon who wants more then friendship but Chloe just doesn't feel that for him. But she is starting to remember or feel things that she doesn't know where they are coming from. Yet seeing him again (you have to read the book to find out) things are confusing yet others become clear. When a coven of witches are looking for her, Chloe is hiding from then knowing she can break the curse but she's confused. This is a great book , number 2 in the series The Cursed. We get some answers but there are more questions, dangers, and more coming. My emotion were all over the place while reading, I felt the anger, pain, hurt, love, desperation, and terror as if I was right there .
591 reviews2 followers
October 12, 2020
This author is a great writer. She tells a good story that keeps a reader interested. I think the MC makes terrible decisions which usually loses my interest after awhile but the author is talented enough that I keep reading.

I did not give this book 5 stars because again I did not like the ending. Yes, I was disappointed because I am a fan of Trent and I think the MC is being silly... but that was not the reason. I just felt there was too much withheld for the next book. I would prefer if she did not leave so many loose ends.

I am enjoying this series. I was not a fan of the Twighlight series at all and this book is fairly similar which speaks highly to the writing. I will read book 3.

I recieved an advanced copy through BookSirens and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Profile Image for Kayla Irvin.
133 reviews1 follower
December 14, 2020
I was really hoping to love this as much I did the first one but unfortunately that wasn't the case. I just felt like nothing was really happening the whole time I was reading it. That said I will definitely try to continue on with the series. I want to see more of Trent. I really enjoy him as a character.

As for the plot, I liked where it went, but I definitely feel like there should have been a little more.

I received an copy of this book for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
409 reviews
October 9, 2020
This next book in the series has Chloe having a lot of deja vue, until all her memories come crashing back. Trent couldn't stay away as the Rose Coven witches are after her. She now knows the cure and has to come to a conclusion to what she wants to do. Until she made a very big mistake. Cant wait to read the 3rd book in this series and read the conclusion ends.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
120 reviews
October 28, 2020
I liked the second installment of the Chole and Trent story. When I started the book I didnt realize it was the second in the series and when I found out I was all excited to see where it was going next. I really enjoyed the storyline and the chemistry between Chloe and Trent but don't quite get what is going on between Chloe and Jax. It was a good read and can't wait to read the next one in the series.
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23 reviews1 follower
April 28, 2021

The second book in the series is just as amazing as the first! I could not put it down! I was on the edge of my seat and consumed with wonder/excitement/anxiety/curiosity with every page. I absolutely love this series and it is quickly become one of my favorites! I thought twilight was amazing but this takes everything to a whole new level! I can’t wait to read the next one!
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185 reviews6 followers
September 29, 2020
Amazing storyline. I started the book then realized I was missing things and needed to read the first book. It was awesome as well. Eternal Choice was a wonderful continuation of Chloe's journey. I totally enjoyed it. It was very well written and the characters were relatable. I can't wait for book 3. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily
3,589 reviews24 followers
October 13, 2020
The story is book 2, the sequel to Eternal Curse. The book is a good young adult paranormal romance read. The story has a good story line. The characters are good, and they have good chemistry. The story is an enjoyable and entertaining and fast paced paranormal romance read. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
42 reviews
October 26, 2020
I’m really enjoying this series. Can’t wait to find out what happens to the main characters. There are vampires and witches in the story and big decisions that must be made. Plus a love story. Can’t wait for the next one. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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2,281 reviews15 followers
November 2, 2020
As Chloe remembers Trent and their past, she is faced with difficult choices. The Rose Coven refuses to give her the time she needs, but they aren't doing a great job at explaining the urgency either. It seems she's neat at a decision when they intercept a visit home. Anxious for the conclusion to this exciting, intriguing saga.
27 reviews
November 27, 2020
What a great sequel!! I I really enjoyed the surprise twists in this book. I still enjoy reading the romance between Trent and Chloe.

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a review.
March 23, 2021
Eternal Choice

Things take an interesting twist in this sequel. Chloe’s true heritage is revealed along a couple other unforeseen twists. The story was a bit slow to start but did pick up in the end. It does leave in a bit of a cliffhanger.
March 26, 2021
The saga continues and continues not to disappoint. The storyline and characters are amazing if the first book and this book are any indication of what's to come I can't wait to sit down and devour the next one.
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639 reviews17 followers
October 6, 2021
Audiobook Review
Performance 5 Stars
Story 4 Stars
Overall 4.5 Stars

Be still my Twilight Heart! Eternal Choice is a roller coaster of emotions. Seriously, I am reeling after this one.

Narrator Andy Garcia-Ruse is ah-mazing. She lends a unique delivery to each character. Chloe's emotions are palpable. Jackson's flirty lust flitters about. And Trent's wholesome goodness wraps around me.

Profile Image for Nikki Bao.
538 reviews3 followers
March 24, 2021
Chloe is mad that she was forced to go to California with her father. She left behind her family and friends. She even left behind her love. Trent comes back and tells her a coven is after her. Why? No one knows. Can he protect her, or will the coven succeed in their campaign?
9 reviews
July 13, 2021
Edge of Seat

I really enjoy the characters and the storyline
Can't wait to see what's next in book 3
I can't stop reading
Profile Image for Chelsey M. Ortega.
Author 1 book3 followers
August 14, 2022

Eternal Choice puts Chloe and Trent's relationship in the love triangle category. And the other love interest is none other than Trent's twin brother Jax. I have to say, I was feeling love triangle vibes in the first book, Eternal Curse. Even though Jax was a big jerk, whenever he and Chloe touched, sparks would shoot through her skin. I am already team Jax, and nothing big has happened yet between them! I also correctly guessed that Chloe was the long lost Zoya descendent; though her dad knowing that and him hiding her by leaving her and her mom was a surprise I didn't guess. Can't wait to read Eternal Bond!
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