Blog Tour: Star Cursed by Ashley Lavering Review + Giveaway

Welcome to our stop on Ashley Lavering's Star Cursed blog tour. This tour is hosted by Lady Amber's Tours. 

Author Bio: A nomad at heart, I currently claim Nevada as my home. I have a wonderful husband and two young children that put up with my “writing time.” When she’s not pondering a spell that will magically calm the ferocious winds that plague the air around her, you can find her, with notepad in hand, frantically jotting down ideas in those short moments between caring for her girls and working full time at the Elko Institute for Academic Achievement.

Art and science have always been my yin and yang. Throughout my college career, I shifted between the two, but in the end I graduated with a Bachelors of Mathematics and Science from the University of Wyoming.

Charging into adventures and discovering something new has always been a passion of mine, but as a teenager I used to run screaming from a reading or writing assignment. Looking back, the irony isn’t lost on me. Now you can’t catch me without a book in hand or without an open word document. Every time a new idea pops into my mind my heart races and my hand twitch to write it. In that moment, I have my writer's high and pray it will sustain me through thousands of hours of revision.

Star Cursed
Curse of the Beast #2
Author: Ashley Lavering
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Retelling
Released: February 8th 2013
Review Source: Blog Tour
Available: Amazon

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Tayla will never forget Beast’s fiery-venom spreading through her body like an infection. Now, with her best friend Chel’s help, she must find a human true love before the last petal falls from her enchanted rose or the full moon will transform her into a wolf forever.

But Tayla never expected that her biggest obstacle would come from inside—a wolf presence threatening to take her very soul. At every turn, the she-wolf exploits Tayla’s weaknesses and gains enough control to sabotage her dates. Tayla struggles to control her unruly wolf and her forbidden attraction to Beast. But can she resist his southern charm, the she-wolf’s attraction to his alluring scent, and still fall in love with a human? 

Tangled in a web of wills, Tayla must risk everything to break the Curse of the Beast. With failure and possible death looming overhead, Tayla will do anything to find true love. But will one moon cycle be long enough to conquer her wolf and remain human? Or will she become a permanent member of Beast’s pack? Find out in the second installment in the Curse of the Beast series.

I have not read Curse of the Beast, Book 1. So when Yara asked me to read Book 2 for the Star Cursed blog tour I was a little worried I would not know what is going on. With a lot of sequels the author will often offer either too much back story or none at all. I believe Ashley Lavering included just enough to entice me to want to read Curse of the Beast! The story is a thrilling mix of beauty and the beast meets new age werewolf myths.

Tayla has recently been bitten by Beast, her werewolf guardian. She now has a month to find true love in order to break the curse of the beast. Tayla's bloodline was cursed long ago by a fallen star and all of her ancestors have been subject to the invisible pull that Beast has over them. Tayla's own mother, Rose, is now a wolf who can not change back into human form. Beast can though, he is wolf by day and by night he can change into a man. A very handsome and powerful man, that Tayla's inner wolf is very much drawn to.

Tayla enlists the help of her best friend Chel to try and help her find true love in the form of blind dates. The blind dates are failing miserably and for very comical reasons as Tayla's inner wolf fights Tayla at every turn. Her wolf wants Beast, he calms her and makes her feel at peace. Tayla slowly finds that it's not just her wolf that is attracted to Beast. But, Beast has always believed that the curse can only be broken by finding true love with a human. Because of this he tries all he can to train Tayla to control her sense of smell and hearing just in case she doesn't break the curse in time, she will be able to cope once her wolf takes over at the next full moon.

This was a very fun read and I very much enjoyed Tayla and Beast's story. I am now very much looking forward to not only reading Curse of the Beast but also wanting to see what happens next in their story. Some very big things happened at the end of the book and I can't wait to see how it all pans out in the conclusion to this trilogy.

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1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed your review. thanks for being part of the Tour!:-)


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