by Jen McConnel
Release Date: December, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genre: YA Fantasy, Retellings
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Goodreads Summary: Sixteen-year-old Mya Jones is cursed.
is, hands down, the most beautiful creature on earth. But beauty can
wound, and Mya finds herself reviled and shunned by her peers. If there
is even a chance that she could start over, Mya longs to take it, no
matter the risks.
So when the strange Mr. Merk offers her a new
life away from home, Mya is hesitant but hopeful. Only she didn't
count on the mysterious Ross, or her feelings for him.
Beautiful Curse started out quite mysteriously. Things happen without any reasons, like the main character suddenly getting so gorgeous, it's scary. So as the suspense continues on, the protagonist gets taken into this mythical, magical world, like an escape route to her problems.
I didn't read the whole synopsis, which I think is even better, because I was left in suspense who the love interest really was. **I didn't include that part in the synopsis.** When Mya, the main character was brought to a different world by the mysterious Mr. Merk, he told her that his master needed her there. Mya was completely in the dark when it comes to Ross. Not only that she doesn't know anything about him, but she can only be with him if she can't see him. She also can't see some invisible servants and butlers.
As I started to read on, this plot really reminded me of Jessica Day George's Sun and Moon,Ice and Snow, which turned out that they both were retellings of the same myth.
We start to see the trust begin to form between Mya and Ross, Mya does something that ends up breaking apart this mythical world and returning Mya to her old, terrible life. Soon, all our questions are answered and Mya does anything she could to save Ross.
It's really hard for me to explain this without mentioning the real myth, so I apologize for sounding all choppy and not thorough.
Overall, I thought Beautiful Curse was a really fun read. I enjoyed the suspense immensely and was really glad I got kept in the dark. It's really exciting to find out who those mysterious characters really were. :)
The Rating: 8~