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How to Break an Evil Curse

(Chronicles of Fritillary #1)

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Princess Julianna may be cursed to dwell in darkness, but she’s no damsel in distress.

How to Break an Evil Curse is the first book in a fantasy series about a princess who may be cursed to live in darkness, but refuses to let her curse define her life.

The King of the Land of Fritillary has incurred the wrath of his ex-bestie, the evil wizard Farland Phelps. Farland curses
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Kindle Edition, 410 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Black Spot Books
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Miranda Reads
Oct 16, 2020 is currently reading it
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 *:・゚✧ Isabelle
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: ppl who need a break from angst
3.25 stars

think: a good fantasy story, but just on copious amounts of crack

How to Break an Evil Curse is the story of Princess Julianna, who has been cursed as the king’s firstborn to die if she is to be exposed to even a sliver of sunlight. But in her 19 years of hiding in the castle’s ex-dungeon, she figures she’s had enough of it and risks venturing out where she runs into the boy who could possibly break the curse. But along the journey, Julianna realises that she might not be in the greates
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The Nerd Daily
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Catherine Lowe

Fantasy readers may expect Laura Morrison’s How To Break An Evil Curse [Black Spot Books, July 6, 2021] to follow the lines of other fantasy epics popular in the genre. However, this humorous take on a fractured fairytale is not just a “cookie cutter” young adult read, but one that will entertain younger readers while still appealing to older audiences with a good sense of humour.

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Alaina
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

How to Break an Evil Curse had it's cute and funny moments. In it, you will meet Princess Julianna and she has been cursed. Just your average first born is going to die thing.. so nothing too fancy. She lives in the dungeon.. because what child doesn't dream of that being their ideal room? Well, I mean.. it does help that the sun could kill her.. or maybe it was just the outside world? Either way, the dungeon life was for h
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Juan Manuel Sarmiento
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars
I'm not gonna lie, I wanted to read this book mostly based on its cover and also because of this fractured-fairytale-kind-of-vibe it has. A princess is cursed by her father's ex-best friend, and if she goes out at night she'll die. The only one who can break the curse is a specific boy with specific requirements. It sounds like a twisted Beauty and the Beast kind of story and I was so for it.

But I must say that once I dove into the actual story I felt kinda irritated for its constant and flat sa
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Vigasia
It started with two villains planning their revenge on the royal family. And I hoped the story will stay with that. I was a little disappointent when it changed focus on a royal daughter. It was fun, something light to read between heavier books. Good fairytale for people who love that kind of things.
Tina
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Black Spot Books For an opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
When I get ready to write a review I check out any other reviews to help me figure out exactly what I did or didn’t like about a book. Sometimes hearing someone else’s thoughts helps me put mine into words. I have to say I was surprised by the lackluster review of this book. When I downloaded it it was listed as an epic fantasy but it looks like they took the word epic out. I think thi
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Vaiomo ♡
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to the publisher for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This one wasn't really for me. I felt like I lacked something in the connection with Juliana. She was a bit bland in my opinion and turned out to be quite annoying. I kept hoping for some character development but sadly was disappointed with the characters just developing the annoying trait.

The plot is pretty basic. I mean the title literally states the plot. It's basically a quest to find out how to break an
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Caity
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really fun and funny book. I enjoyed the narrator; their snarky commentary really appealed to my sense of humor and I appreciated the more detailed background information and history they filled in. The main characters were well written and I appreciated their strengths and their flaws both were utilized well to move the story forward and made the characters likeable and fun. The overall concept of the curse being kind of ridiculous and the King, and subsequently many aspects of his ki ...more
Sowmya (bookishelflife)
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of the book in exchange of an honest review.

This book started off quite interesting, a banished villain living in the forest of loom for decades and an evil sorcerer who wants to see the downfall of the kingdom as well as has romantic interest in the villain- Interesting right? but that's where intrigue stopped for me, Unfortunately I had to DNF the book at 40%.I really tried hard to push through because the cover, title and the premise sounded ve
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Aly
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Funny fairy tale parody.

This is a fun, quick read. It follows the typical fairy tale story; princess is cursed at birth, needs a prince to break the curse, and has to fight the evil wizard. There are some crazy twists though, there's modern language sprinkled in, an omniscient narrator with a sense of humor, and a talking pool of blood. I liked that the book skipped around to different characters to show the whole story.

At times it got a bit over the top ridiculous and pulled me out of the sto
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Bookish Ayushi
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has really surprised me - in a good way! The synopsis and the gorgeous cover intrigued me enough to give it a go and I am so glad I did. It has a truly fascinating story-line, great world-building and amazing characters. The writing is excellent and the narration is compelling. I loved the sense of humor depicted in the book. I was completely engrossed in the story and literally found it challenging to put it down. Fantastic!

Thank you NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest r
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Zandt McCue
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allow me to impersonate Stanley Hudson from the Office:


Fantasy is fantasy is fantasy is fantasy.

In other words, stop with the subgenres. Look, they exist for a reason. If you never get past what a book isn't, then you'll never appreciate a book for what is it.


Every other review I've seen makes sure to mention that this is a Fractured Fairy Tale or that this book is falsely advertised as high fantasy when it is really low fantasy. This makes me think of dog lovers. If I buy a dog and name it aft
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Melody Winslet
It’s taken me a while to get this review up because I did plan to finish reading How to Break an Evil Curse before I wrote my review, even though I was struggling to finish it. It’s been weeks now since I had the motivation to pick it back up, so I think it’s safe to say that this is a DNF for me (at 81%). I hate to write a negative review because as a writer I know how hard other writers work, so I’m going to keep this review to constructive criticism which will hopefully help improve the book. ...more
Cat Lowe
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Fantasy readers may expect Laura Morrison’s HOW TO BREAK AN EVIL CURSE [Black Spot Books, July 6, 2021] to follow the lines of other fantasy epics popular in the genre. However, this humorous take on a fractured fairytale is not just a “cookie cutter” young adult read, but one that will entertain younger readers while still appealing to older audiences with a good sense of humor.

The first in the Chronicles of Fritillary series, CURSE follows the story of princess Julianna, who was cursed befor
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Alex
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 7-8-and-9
Thanks to the publisher for providing a digital ARC of How To Break an Evil Curse in exchange for an honest review.

While I appreciate what How to Break an Evil Curse was trying to do, I feel like it failed in execution. While reading I kept being so sure I was reading some kind of satire that was going over my head but based off of this book's description as "the first book in a high fantasy series" I doubt that's the case. I know I talk about marketing too much and it drives people mad but adve
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hollie
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover and the premise sounded interesting but I was disappointed by the execution of the plot. I feel like this book has so much potential but it didn't quite reach it, just falling short of being an excellent novel which was frustrating.

Here are my thoughts:
- As I said above, the plot had a lot of potential. I would describe this more of a low fantasy/fairytale-inspired book than how it is advertised which I think is the first mistake of the pub
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Bookworms_ Best_ Friend
This book was an easy read and it was fun but they're were some pretty big issues. My first gripe isn't with the book itself but with how it was marketing It was marketed to me as an epic high fantasy with a sweeping story and setting but what the book actually is satirical and makes fun of fantasy. It actually does this pretty well and I think the loosely defined setting and time worked in it's favor. The other thing I didn't like about the story was it's ending. It felt unsatisfactory and wasn ...more
Marcy Thomas
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

DNF at 18%

I’ve been dipping in and out of this book since I got the ARC, but I can’t bring myself to finish it. I can’t stand the tone. I think the author was trying to sound cool and sarcastic, but all it did was come off as childish and immature. It didn’t make me buy the storyline connect with the characters if the tone didn’t suggest I should take the story seriously.

I don’t know who edited this, because there’s s
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KayBeth  Bookish
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
DISCLAIMER: This is a review of an ARC kindly provided to me on NetGalley via Smith Publicity . All opinions, reflections and critique are hereby of my own mind and intended as constructive feedback to the author, publisher and any who may read this novel.

Trigger Warnings: Mentions of blood and violence, gangs.

Summary(TL:DR): A novel that had a good idea and some characters that gave a needed breath of life to the story, but was very let down by immature, disjointed writing, a confusing nar
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Susana Zemlyakova
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Entertaining satire of high-fantasy and fairy tale novels. Our protagonist, Julianna, is an unloveable, soulless (literally) and exiled princess with a sarcastic demeanor—the opposite of what a "good" princess should be. She has as retinue consisting of a ghosts and guardians and they go on a quest to find a prince that can break her curse (but she doesn't want it broken). All standard parts of the fairy tale canon. Throw in an evil wizard with dashing good looks, sprinkle in some women's rights ...more
Zoe
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 2.5 stars
This book was actually really hard to rate. It wasn’t a 2-star read – there were aspects I liked – but it also wasn’t a 3-star either – I don’t think the things I liked could outweigh the things I didn’t.

How to Break an Evil Curse is about Princess Julianna, who is cursed from birth to die if she is exposed to sunlight by an evil wizard. Thus, she has spent her entire life in the castle dungeons as far away from sunlight as she can possibly be. But being the inquisitive a
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Larissa Hinton
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

This book is full of adventure and humor. I mostly enjoyed myself. The characters were memorable and the plot had some good twists and turns. I wasn’t fully expecting the surprise twist at the end, but it was good. It was actually very predictable for the time period as well. It just fit and it gave me a good little chuckle.

Anyway, the only reason why I’m given this book 4 stars instead of 5 is simply due to the narra
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Cabria Chambers
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received an arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

First, I’d like to start this by saying I was drawn in by both the title and the cover, which is beautiful. And the summary seemed pretty spot on for what I might enjoy. I do love a good fantasy that involves a curse. And I especially enjoy the idea of an independent and strong young lady or woman. However, after reading it, I realized that while this may still be considered a fantasy, this should not have been descri
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Catherine Lowe
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fantasy readers may expect Laura Morrison’s How To Break An Evil Curse [Black Spot Books, July 6, 2021] to follow the lines of other fantasy epics popular in the genre. However, this humorous take on a fractured fairytale is not just a “cookie cutter” young adult read, but one that will entertain younger readers while still appealing to older audiences with a good sense of humour.

The first in the Chronicles of Fritillary series, How To Break An Evil Curse follows the story of princess Julianna,
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Lee Sharp
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Laura Morrison for the chance to review a complementary advanced reader's copy of the book, in advance of it's October 2020 publication. This will be on my list to purchase.

The book largely focuses on two characters. Princess Julianna is the daughter of a king, who was cursed by evil Wizard Farland Phelps, former friend to the king. Warren Kensington is a member of a seafaring traveling theater troupe and the anticipated magical cure to the curse. Other family members
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Lee Sharp
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and Laura Morrison for the chance to review a complementary advanced reader's copy of the book, in advance of it's October 2020 publication. This will be on my list to purchase.

The book largely focuses on two characters. Princess Julianna is the daughter of a king, who was cursed by evil Wizard Farland Phelps, former friend to the king. Warren Kensington is a member of a seafaring traveling theater troupe and the anticipated magical cure to the curse. Other family members
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Tonja Drecker
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm just going to start off that this book has simply been marketed wrong. The blurb create the impression that it's a dark fantasy and the supposed genre shelf its been shoved into, steer very much into this direction. However, this book is more like a fractured fairy tale with tons of snark and a good dose of humor. When read with that in mind, it's a good read.

Reminding a bit of The Princess Bride type of humor, this is an intriguing read which mixes a fun plot and with all sorts of adventure
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Joy (Books with Joy)
if you’re looking for a fairy-tale parody, this may be for you.

In ‘How to Break an Evil Curse’, the King’s firstborn is cursed to die if touched by sunlight. Princess Julianna, the unfortunate firstborn to the King of Fritillary is confined in darkness and dreams of a life of freedom. Disgruntled but also determined, Julianna decides to fight fate and live her life by escaping the somewhat nicely redecorated dungeon.

But first, how does one break an evil curse? Simple, really. The evil Wizard Far
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Taylor
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying I love the cover of this book. That alone would encourage me to pick it up. The premise of this story is great. A princess is cursed by her father's ex-best friend: if she goes out during the day, she will die. There has to be a way to break every curse, and this curse can only be broken by a very specific boy who meets very specific requirements. So, of course the King and Queen are seeking the boy in order to break the curse. And the caster is seeking the boy to kill him ...more
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