Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Asha's Curse (The Ever After Series #2) by RaShelle Workman - Ashley's Review

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Title: Asha's Curse (Ever After Series #2)
Author: RaShelle Workman
Publication Date: March 28, 2015

My Review of Asha's Kisses

Synopsis: From the BLOOD AND SNOW world comes a brand new series: The EVER AFTER series. 

Asha's Curse is the second volume in this reimagined story of Sleeping Beauty. 

This story will be told over multiple volumes. 

Seventeen-year-old Asha has received her first kiss and that means her life is about to change. With the support of her three flitty aunties, her two best friends, and a gorgeous boy, Asha will uncover a world filled with fantastical creatures she never knew existed. 

The BLOOD AND SNOW World Order 
Blood and Snow 
Revenant in Training 
The Vampire Christopher 
Blood Soaked Promises 
Prey and Magic 
Masquerade’s Moon 
Seal of Gabriel 
Telltale Kisses 
Love Bleeds 
Eye of Abernathy 
Resolved to Rule 
Vampire Ever After 
Cindy Witch 
The Hunter’s Tale 
After the Kiss 
The Cindy Chronicles 
Vampire Lies 
Vampire Secrets 
A Beauty So Beastly 
Asha's Kisses (2015) 
Asha's Curse (2015) 
Vampire Nights (2015) 
A Beauty So Deadly (2015) 
The Gargoyle Realm (2015)


Review: RaShelle's Blood and Snow world is a lot of fun, and I love that she keeps expanding it with more classic fairy tale characters. I really enjoyed the first volume in this series, Asha's Kisses, so I jumped on the chance to read Asha's Curse! 

Where Asha's Kisses was just enough to introduce Asha, her friends, and her situation, Asha's Curse picks up shortly after Asha and Lawson start dating. We get to learn more about Asha and her curse, and I really enjoyed seeing how RaShelle incorporated the classic elements of the Sleeping Beauty story into her world. The basics are there - Asha has been cursed to die by a fairy who is pissed at her parents. Instead of being pricked by a spinning wheel though, Asha will die by being stabbed through the heart. So things are a little more intense here. 

There's also a little bit more development in the area of the relationships in this volume. Merida and Tiana end up with boyfriends, and Asha and Lawson are getting along pretty well. There's a lot I like about Lawson, but I'm still not entirely convinced about their relationship. I mean, as long as they're hapy it's all good, but with all of this curse stuff going on, I'm a little wary that Asha hasn't trusted him with any of this information though. I can understand that he might not believe her, but still.

And then we have Paxton. He just appears out of nowhere, and he seems pretty sketchy to me. I've learned in the Blood and Snow world never to trust anyone who just appears and take their word at face value, so I'm really interested in finding out what his true intentions are! I hope we find out more about him in Asha's Curse.

If you've read Asha's Kisses, you definitely want to read this volume! If you're new to RaShelle's Blood and Snow world, you could jump right in with Asha's Kisses - the stories, although connected, still stand well enough on their own. Some characters and places cross back and forth, but the story itself is unique to this series. I'd give this one a 4/5, and I can't wait for the next volume! 


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