Luke can uncross almost any curse—they unravel themselves for him like no one else. So working for the Kovrovs, one of the families controlling all the magic in New York, is exciting and dangerous, especially when he encounters the first curse he can't break. And it involves Jeremy, the beloved, sheltered prince of the Kovrov family—the one boy he absolutely shouldn't be falling for.
Jeremy's been in love with cocky, talented Luke since they were kids. But from their first kiss, something's missing. Jeremy's family keeps generations of deadly secrets, forcing him to choose between love and loyalty. As Luke fights to break the curse, a magical, citywide war starts crackling, and it's tied to Jeremy.
This might be the one curse Luke can't uncross. If true love's kiss fails, what's left for him and Jeremy?
I read the blurb and immediately knew that this would be a must-read for me, so I started my reading with very high expectations.
And then the rains came...
While I did like the story a good bit, this one wasn't an easy read for me, to say the least.
With 56 chapters and roughly 293'ish pages (according to my eReader), the book wasn't insanely long, but it definitely *felt* long to me.
There was something about the writing style that didn't quite flow in my mind, like books normally do. I'd often find myself needing to go back and re-read paragraphs, just to make sure that I'd read the passage correctly.
In large part, this was due to the fact that there were just Sooooooo. Many. Em. Dashes.
740 of them, to be precise. I counted. Twice!
Em-dashes are fine, when used SPARINGLY to interject more information into the middle of a moderately-related thought; however, seven-HUNDRED & forty of them? Sweet Jesus, I wanted to shoot myself in the face.
Then we have the interactions between Luke and Jeremy, whom I loved separately, but by half way through the book, I made the following review note:
OMMFG, can these two boys EVER talk without it turning into an argument???Spoiler: The answer was a resounding "NO" -- until very shortly before the story ended.
See, I used an em-dash. One. Mainly to prove that they *can* be used in moderation.
So while I experienced some bonding and the beginnings of genuine feelings, their relationship ended up feeling like one or the other was constantly walking on egg shells. That didn't read as a deep, meant-to-be love to me, but more of an "I give them three weeks" situation. So the romance didn't leave me fully convinced that this was a one and only true love match.
Luke hadn’t texted or called. Well, of course he hadn’t. Jeremy had acted totally princessy. He wouldn’t have called himself, either.Which brings me to my next point. Jeremy's "princessy" behavior *was* a real thing here, and Luke constant pushing, thinking that he always knew best, until everything exploded, that got old, too. Witnessing those high-octane emotions over and over again was a huge exercise in frustration.
The plot was very solid and didn't end quite as I'd expected, but I did feel that it could have easily been edited down by about 100 pages (and 600 em-dashes) and readability would have benefited greatly.
Despite what I saw as shortcomings, I'd still rate this one at 3.25 stars, because the story was fairly unique and mostly entertaining, with pretty on-point humor.
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an accurate, unbiased review of my experience while reading the story.
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