Curse of the Beast
Curse of the Beast #1
Author: Ashley Lavering
Reading Level: YA
Released: May 1st 2012
Review Source: Author
Summary: (from goodreads) A dark shadow stalks the night, watching her—waiting to claim what is his.
Seventeen-year-old Tayla Jonas longs for a simple life, but after a traumatizing family loss, she is forced to be both mother and sister to her cousins while caring for her mentally unstable aunt. Moving to her grandma’s quiet town of Cody, Wyoming, Tayla finds some normalcy with her quirky green activist friend, Chel, who spends no time converting her to vegetarianism.
A few weeks into her new school, Tayla catches the eye of Kyle Harrington—the high school quarterback and resident millionaire—who can seduce any girl with his charismatic charm, including Tayla. But Kyle is anything but what he seems.
Walking through City Park, Tayla is unaware that an ancient curse has her in its crosshairs. The silver moonlight illuminates the path to her van, sprinkling shadows like evil twinkling eyes. Tayla’s skin prickles, and she turns. Something—or someone—is watching her.
A powerful werewolf steps from the shadows. An iridescent blue chord shoots from him and slams into her stomach, dissolving instantly. Pain wracks her body, and she tries to scramble to safety, but his silver eyes freeze her in place as the curse binds them together. The chord settles deep inside her body, coiling with dread around her heart.
Dismayed by the prospect of a werewolf for a shadow, Tayla fears for the safety of her friends and family. How will she keep the werewolf’s insatiable hunger in check? Her plans for a vegetarian lifestyle quickly dwindle away, and Tayla wrestles to fit her frazzled life back together—piece by piece. But what she didn’t expect was her attraction to the werewolf or the power of the full moon.
Will Tayla be strong enough to survive the Curse of the Beast? Or will it consume her like so many before? Find out in the first installment of this unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
I love this book. I love how Ashley Lavering wove the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale with the paranormal werewolf legends. I love how absolutely relatable the lead character Tayla Jonas is with her quirky personality and typical teenage insecurities. Tayla's relationship with her best friend, Chel, is interesting but complicated as the story unfolds and Tayla is forced to keep secrets. Along the way she also catches the eye of Kyle Harrington who is the most popular guy in school. Kyle has secrets of his own. His bad temper and dominating tendencies have Tayla regretting his interest.
Now throw in an ancient werewolf legend, from the prologue of the book, that seems to relate directly to Tayla's life when a werewolf steps out from the shadows. He releases a mystical bond that slams in to Tayla and creates an unbreakable bond. Tayla's tries desperately to protect her family and friends, keep up with her school requirements all while learning what her new connection with Beast means she must ultimately give up.
When I finished this book I immediately started searching for the next book in the series. To my frustration in wasn't available yet! I wasn't ready for the story to end and I will be first in line when the
next book in this series in released.
The remaining stops on the Curse of the Beast Blog Tour:
• Thursday, 9th—A Dreamland Teenage Fantasy * Book Review and Giveaway a free ebook.
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• Friday, 10th—Fire Star Books * Author Interview and Giveaway a free ebook and a swag bag.
• Saturday, 11th—Read Between the Lines * Book Review and Giveaway of a free ebook, a deck of Curse of the Beast playing cards, and a swag bag.