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A curse. A hidden identity. A dangerous love. Ten year old Persinette Basile was forced to flee the palace of Gaule for her life. Now at eighteen, she must find a way to return in order to obey a curse on her family line. The prince won’t know who she is. Not anymore. But she knows him and what he will do if he discovers her true name. Made to fight for her life to earn her pl A curse. A hidden identity. A dangerous love. Ten year old Persinette Basile was forced to flee the palace of Gaule for her life. Now at eighteen, she must find a way to return in order to obey a curse on her family line. The prince won’t know who she is. Not anymore. But she knows him and what he will do if he discovers her true name. Made to fight for her life to earn her place, she vows to find a way to break the curse no matter the cost. ------- To. The. Death. The words describing the tournament turn Prince Alexandre Durand’s blood to ice. The last warrior standing will win a spot at his side. As he's thrust onto the throne, forbidden magic, dangerous betrayals, and a complicated love could tear his reign apart. When the secrets begin to unravel, will Alex stay true to the laws and traditions of Gaule or will he give it all up for a woman who deceived him? Inspired by the Rapunzel story, this is the golden-haired princess as you’ve never seen her before.


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A curse. A hidden identity. A dangerous love. Ten year old Persinette Basile was forced to flee the palace of Gaule for her life. Now at eighteen, she must find a way to return in order to obey a curse on her family line. The prince won’t know who she is. Not anymore. But she knows him and what he will do if he discovers her true name. Made to fight for her life to earn her pl A curse. A hidden identity. A dangerous love. Ten year old Persinette Basile was forced to flee the palace of Gaule for her life. Now at eighteen, she must find a way to return in order to obey a curse on her family line. The prince won’t know who she is. Not anymore. But she knows him and what he will do if he discovers her true name. Made to fight for her life to earn her place, she vows to find a way to break the curse no matter the cost. ------- To. The. Death. The words describing the tournament turn Prince Alexandre Durand’s blood to ice. The last warrior standing will win a spot at his side. As he's thrust onto the throne, forbidden magic, dangerous betrayals, and a complicated love could tear his reign apart. When the secrets begin to unravel, will Alex stay true to the laws and traditions of Gaule or will he give it all up for a woman who deceived him? Inspired by the Rapunzel story, this is the golden-haired princess as you’ve never seen her before.

30 review for Golden Curse

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lia °booksnpenguins°

    When I learned that this was a Rapunzel retelling I was overly extatic because everyone who knows me even slightly knows Rapunzel is my favorite story/princess and that I luuuurve everything concerning our extremely long-haired gal. However, The Golden Curse is not only a very dubious retelling, but also the umpteenth 3-star book I have the (sarcastic) pleasure of reading so far this year. While I appreciated the try and the originality, the writing was repetitive and descriptive even when the p When I learned that this was a Rapunzel retelling I was overly extatic because everyone who knows me even slightly knows Rapunzel is my favorite story/princess and that I luuuurve everything concerning our extremely long-haired gal. However, The Golden Curse is not only a very dubious retelling, but also the umpteenth 3-star book I have the (sarcastic) pleasure of reading so far this year. While I appreciated the try and the originality, the writing was repetitive and descriptive even when the plot didn't require it to be, and the chapters were waaaay too long for a book so short, to the point it made it all sound boring and slow. Etta was a fairly annoying main character in my opinion. She kept doing things she shouldn't have done (for her life's sake, and for that of everyone surrounding her tbh), and the only time I found myself rooting for someone was when Alex (main character #2) found some balls and made a nice statement about same sex relationships. That's it. The rest was pretty forgettable. Also, I'm no writer but I'm pretty sure you just can't write something that takes place in the past and have the characters talk like petty millennials without it sounding stupid and anticlimactic. Oh, Flynn Rider. How I missed you. Bonus star for the slashing cover and this dialogue: "You're too shy, brother." "I'm a prince. It isn't for me to dally with servants." Tyson barked a laugh. "Alex, you're a prince, you can dally with whoever you'd like. And I thought you liked blondes." Alex gasped as if greatly offended. "I can't believe you would think I'd discriminate."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shaina

    This book series boils down to the effects of an ancient fami!y curse continuing through each first born child in a magic family line to intertwine them with their worst enemy, the Durands. It's non-magical folks against those with powers. There is so much betrayal within, that I don't know where to start, so I will leave it a mystery! The curse was hard for me to understand at first, but the plot and the curse are revealed a little more as you read along. I began to understand more as I went and This book series boils down to the effects of an ancient fami!y curse continuing through each first born child in a magic family line to intertwine them with their worst enemy, the Durands. It's non-magical folks against those with powers. There is so much betrayal within, that I don't know where to start, so I will leave it a mystery! The curse was hard for me to understand at first, but the plot and the curse are revealed a little more as you read along. I began to understand more as I went and grew more interested in the characters and their fates. I downloaded the second one for several reasons...the first of those being that this one was-- Yes, a cliffhanger!! This is a very, very, different take on Rapunzel. 3.75 rounded up

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

    What a way to end that book! Thank goodness this whole series is written and I don't have to wait for the next book. I really think I'm gonna gobble up this series!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

    Oh, you must have thought I'm done dragging some books from 2018? Ha ha ha. That didn't happen, because we are here today with yet another book dragged. Wow, we're starting 2019 off on a great foot. Much like Death by the River, if anyone got a golden curse, it was yours truly with a golden curse of fucking boredom. And I'm one of the few people who thought the same. Wow, I'm just full of unpopular opinions these days. I can't tell if I'm in a slump, I'm crabby with reading so much, or the book su Oh, you must have thought I'm done dragging some books from 2018? Ha ha ha. That didn't happen, because we are here today with yet another book dragged. Wow, we're starting 2019 off on a great foot. Much like Death by the River, if anyone got a golden curse, it was yours truly with a golden curse of fucking boredom. And I'm one of the few people who thought the same. Wow, I'm just full of unpopular opinions these days. I can't tell if I'm in a slump, I'm crabby with reading so much, or the book sucked. Maybe a mixture of crabby Sophia in addition to the sucky book. Golden Curse is bloody and it's terrific! We've got a tournament, bookwyrms! To the death! The dark side of me loves a good battle showcasing the skillz of the characters; it's fascinating. In Golden Curse, Persinette (Etta) who joins a tournament to become Prince Alexandre Durand's protector so she can find a way to break the curse placed on her family. And wow, it's quite bloody. Swords are crossed and people are killed brutally. Don't expect much action to go on after. This is where the golden curse of boredom appears and I decided to call it quits after 65% of the book. After the tournament, which is full of action and blood and swords clashing, there is virtually nothing. Someone dies, someone gets thrown onto the throne, and someone mopes around grieving with no clue what to do. That last one I understand, though. And then, eventually, he says, I AM READY TO BE KING. I mean, are you ready to be king? All we've got is a dead king, lots of talk about some person named La Dame and how awful magic is, and oh, look, we've got a fricking romance that doesn't feel authentic. Oh, and they appear to be very close childhood friends YET THE PRINCE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE ETTA AND BASICALLY FALLS IN LOVE WITH HER INSTANTLY. 🤔🤔🤔 He does ask if they've met in the past though, and then just brushes it off after she says not at all. Friend, you're not going to go and investigate? Let's also not begin with how he constantly says something along the lines of, "I AM KING AND YOU WILL TREAT ME AS SUCH." But honestly without that line all the time I would have forgotten he's even king. Who is dis, what is dis, why is dis I have so many questions and lots of, "This is what it is because it is what it is." We are told that this person named La Dame (wow, what a name 😴) is an awful person who does magic and does awful magic things. We are told she's been around for centuries and cursed Etta's family generations ago. We are told she is now plotting to take over this kingdom. In addition to that, we are told: ~ Magic has no place and it never will - WHY ~ There are quite a few lost firstborns involved - HOW ~ A most powerful kingdom becomes weak eventually - HOW ~ There's a tragedy - WHAT HAPPENED ~ There's a curse - TELL ME MORE ABOUT THIS At a certain point, I just didn't give a single fuck about this book and didn't feel the need to continue. Besides, there are better books that capture my attention longer. I feel there are books more worthy of my attention. This review was originally posted on Bookwyrming Thoughts

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mandie

    This was an amazing retelling of Rapunzel!! I’m such a sucker for fairy tales, even retellings!! The author did a a wonderful job writing this story! It is action packed and full of suspense. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series as it comes out. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own

  6. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Turk

    My First Alt - Fairy Tale!! ✨😍💕 I was an alternative fairy tale virgin before this book. If this one is anything to go by, I've been converted to another sub genre!!🎉🎉 Persinette 'Etta' Basile is the first born child of Victor Basile. He was once the Protector & friend to the King of Gaule. The first born children in their Basile bloodline were cursed long ago by an ancient & powerful Sorceress. Their curse kicks in on their 18th Birthday & is to protect their enemy, the rulers of Geu My First Alt - Fairy Tale!! ✨😍💕 I was an alternative fairy tale virgin before this book. If this one is anything to go by, I've been converted to another sub genre!!🎉🎉 Persinette 'Etta' Basile is the first born child of Victor Basile. He was once the Protector & friend to the King of Gaule. The first born children in their Basile bloodline were cursed long ago by an ancient & powerful Sorceress. Their curse kicks in on their 18th Birthday & is to protect their enemy, the rulers of Geule!! Etta's father was betrayed by the King when he suddenly ordered a purge of all people with magic from his land - by purge he meant slaughter!! Victor was able to escape with his daughter, Etta's mother was slain 😢 The betrayal was so deep for many reasons but one of the biggest was that it was Victor's magic that the King had used to ward his land so that the ancient Sorceress, La Dame, couldn't attack his kingdom!! His fear of her had twisted his mind against ALL magic!!😡 Etta needs to return to the place she left at 10 years old, the place her Mother was murdered, her Father was betrayed & she lost her best friend and crush ... Prince Alexandre!! She must return to the Palace, even though she was born with magic, because her curse is about to kick in & if she can't find a way to serve Alex they'll both suffer the consequences!!😳💥 Alex is going to be King one day, he knows this. He hates swords, doesn't like fighting - not because he's a wimp but because he prefers to draw & use a bow and arrow!! Close combat is gruesome so when his Father announces a Tournament to find his new Protector then adds it will be 'To the Death' he's horrified. Even more so when he meets a beautiful girl beforehand then discovers she's is fighting in it because so is his best friend, Edmund, and there can be only one winner!!!😳😳 His sister, Princess Camille, will revel in the bloodthirsty displays they'll witness, she's so like their cruel Father!! He'll do his best to keep his face blank as befits his role as Heir but his poor little Brother, Prince Tyson, who will be so excited to see some real fighting, will have a rude awakening, he fears! Tyson is strong at 15 years but he cares deeply for people and these Deaths will be brutal 😢⚔ Etta has Royal blood. Her kingdom no longer exists but if it did she would be Princess of the kingdom of Bela and Heir to the thrown!! It was a magical kingdom that stood against La Dame, she defeated them by enacting the curse 😡😡 Etta is determined to break the curse once and for all!!💥 I found this tale well written & engrossing. The Author chose where to take me & transported me there easily with her descriptive style & cast of characters that grabbed me and didn't let go - in fact they still haven't, I want book 2 and 3 asap please 🙏😀 I marked it down because of the cliffhanger, I hate the darn things plus other than Etta having long blond hair & a vague reference to a plant nicknamed 'Rapunzel' - I genuinely don't see the connection?? 😂 Having said that I just want to add I think Etta was fantastic, badass & stoic in the face of SO much 😭💖 A highly recommended 4 stars 🌟 from this Fairy Tale virgin 😂😎✨ Debbie, 1970, UK

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tory

    Boring persons without personality. What a pity

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marufa Hoque

    I expected a unique retelling of Rapunzel similar to "Ella Enchanted," but I found none. This book contains all the trope and problems of today's YA fantasy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Irestia

    2.5 stars, Dnf at 13% because this is just not off to a good start and I don't anticipate enjoying this, even though it has many traits that should make me like it (fairy tale retelling, fight to the death, magic forcing two people into close proximity, etc.). The story gives off a general sense of trying too hard, and the writing jumped from thought to thought, so the pronouns often had unclear referents. Plus, the dialogue is stiff and formal even when the MC is talking to her horse. Also, in 2.5 stars, Dnf at 13% because this is just not off to a good start and I don't anticipate enjoying this, even though it has many traits that should make me like it (fairy tale retelling, fight to the death, magic forcing two people into close proximity, etc.). The story gives off a general sense of trying too hard, and the writing jumped from thought to thought, so the pronouns often had unclear referents. Plus, the dialogue is stiff and formal even when the MC is talking to her horse. Also, in the short bit that I read, the story already had TSTL in the MC and the "come with me if you want to live" trope.

  10. 5 out of 5

    E Varady

    Not for me I know this book had a lot of 4 and 4 star reviews, so I guess I am an outlier in thinking it merited two. Like another reviewer noted, the carousel storyline is almost non existent. As I am not a huge fan of fairytale retellings, that wasn't a huge loss. Still, I dislike when a book doesn't live up to what it is supposed to be. Overall, the story is pretty shallow. Etta and Alex are super childish for their ages and life experience. Alex bullies people ( bad people, mostly, but still) Not for me I know this book had a lot of 4 and 4 star reviews, so I guess I am an outlier in thinking it merited two. Like another reviewer noted, the carousel storyline is almost non existent. As I am not a huge fan of fairytale retellings, that wasn't a huge loss. Still, I dislike when a book doesn't live up to what it is supposed to be. Overall, the story is pretty shallow. Etta and Alex are super childish for their ages and life experience. Alex bullies people ( bad people, mostly, but still) and Etta is supposed to be his protector but she spends most of her time away from him or not doing protector things. The adults in this series don't take either Etta or Alex's roles seriously, which means Alex is constantly being told what to do as long and Etta is uselessly staring at her feet. I guess there is consistency here, since neither are particularly capable. Still, it makes for a bad story. FYI the romance is paltry and goes from 0 to 100 in about 5 seconds. There's almost no build up, and it just gets dropped in because hey, why not. I didn't mind the sex (it's not even described) but it was like why is this even happening? Super awkward to the storyline considering how little plot or character development happened. This book just didn't wow me. It was too young in ways that weakened the storyline, nothing much gets accomplished, and nothing surprising happens. Descriptions are minimal because we spend almost no time in each scene. Even the initial tournament is over in a flash; that should have been something that lasted much longer and felt harder. Instead it's like Etta waltzed in and didn't have to try. Boom, she's the protector. Boom she becomes friends with the Prince and sleeps with him. Boom he finds out who she is and has her captured. Everything is just so...shallow. If you are a reader wanting a more in depth experience, I suggest you skip.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    “Magic was evil. That’s what they’d been told when it was scrubbed clean from the face of Gaule. Alexandre Durand’s father-the king-made sure it couldn’t hurt them any longer.” This is a quick, refreshing take on the tale of Rapunzel, centered around Etta, descended from a family with magic, and Alex, her childhood friend and the future king - two people tied together by a generations-old curse. I am a huge fan of fairy tales, but find many YA adaptations I’ve read to be lack-luster in recent yea “Magic was evil. That’s what they’d been told when it was scrubbed clean from the face of Gaule. Alexandre Durand’s father-the king-made sure it couldn’t hurt them any longer.” This is a quick, refreshing take on the tale of Rapunzel, centered around Etta, descended from a family with magic, and Alex, her childhood friend and the future king - two people tied together by a generations-old curse. I am a huge fan of fairy tales, but find many YA adaptations I’ve read to be lack-luster in recent years. I’m delighted to say that wasn’t the case with Golden Curse. Not only is the cover lovely, the story itself was interesting and the characters engrossing. While there *is* a smidge of insta-love (which I’m not a fan of 99% of the time), Lynn does a phenomenal job of keeping the story fairly fast-paced and intriguing, and has a refreshing take on the “chosen one” trope. The characters themselves are kept few, distinct, and fleshed out in a way that draws you in and makes it easy for the reader to get past those tropes (if they bother you, like they sometimes do me). If you’re looking for a fresh take on a classic tale, with a delightful set of characters, I definitely recommend! *this is my honest opinion of an ARC copy*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Kiefer

    I think I skimmed from halfway on. This book strived for fast paced, but instead I ended up with whiplash and too many grimaces. The main characters were hard to stomach. Mainly the heroine. Etta changes her mind so quickly on a variety of things, but we are told she struggled with each one. From her hatred of the Durands to her feelings for Alex, Etta completely reverses her opinions. And then! You find out she has always loved Alex. What?? After hating him for so long, she has always loved him I think I skimmed from halfway on. This book strived for fast paced, but instead I ended up with whiplash and too many grimaces. The main characters were hard to stomach. Mainly the heroine. Etta changes her mind so quickly on a variety of things, but we are told she struggled with each one. From her hatred of the Durands to her feelings for Alex, Etta completely reverses her opinions. And then! You find out she has always loved Alex. What?? After hating him for so long, she has always loved him? Really, it was hard to believe and I found myself so uninterested in finding out where the story goes and how everything resolved.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    I cant wait to see where this series goes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  15. 5 out of 5

    Mari

    Whelp, that one star was unexpected. A fantasy setting that seemed right up my alley—curses, magic, mystery forests, girl power, etc. The story’s execution? That fell short. Brief list of what didn’t work for me: - Although I didn’t like it, the book was way too short. Events that could have been fleshed out with action, character development, and backstory come and go without a thought. - The setting was medieval, but the dialogue was modern which instantly took me out of the story. - Why is magic Whelp, that one star was unexpected. A fantasy setting that seemed right up my alley—curses, magic, mystery forests, girl power, etc. The story’s execution? That fell short. Brief list of what didn’t work for me: - Although I didn’t like it, the book was way too short. Events that could have been fleshed out with action, character development, and backstory come and go without a thought. - The setting was medieval, but the dialogue was modern which instantly took me out of the story. - Why is magic bad exactly?? Everyone “just knows” magic is bad, and yet I never felt like it was explained. The kingdom is protected by magic wards, but magic suddenly becomes bad? - Inconsistent characters. Happy, sad, kissing, hate. Bah, they felt like soap opera characters. - Other various things that just didn’t make sense. Example: Why would a female protector wear a formal dress? She also leaves the party early? Good luck protecting anyone. - Various grammatical errors. Example: it’s not “when I was ten-years-old”, it’s “when I was ten years old”. And the incorrect use of dashes with random spacing in place of an em dash always irks me. Moving on.

  16. 5 out of 5

    G.K. DeRosa

    Loved, loved, loved this Rapunzel retelling! This was actually my first fairy tale retelling so I wasn't sure what to expect, but having read many of this author's books before, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. On a side note, M. Lynn is possibly the most underrated author out there. Her characters are so phenomenally written with so much heart that it's practically impossible not to fall in love with them. Etta is strong, brave and willful and the perfect match to the charming prince, Alex. T Loved, loved, loved this Rapunzel retelling! This was actually my first fairy tale retelling so I wasn't sure what to expect, but having read many of this author's books before, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. On a side note, M. Lynn is possibly the most underrated author out there. Her characters are so phenomenally written with so much heart that it's practically impossible not to fall in love with them. Etta is strong, brave and willful and the perfect match to the charming prince, Alex. The chemistry between these two is swoon worthy and kept me turning the pages till the wee hours of the night. If you love strong heroines, handsome princes and dastardly royals, you're going to love this book. Just one question - when is book two coming out?!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Where exactly was the Rapunzel part of this retelling of Rapunzel? Nothing happens in this book and yet everything happens. Etta changed her mind so quickly on things with no development to back it up. World building was poor. Where was the villain? I would have at least liked a scene at the end with her so we could get a feel of what makes her so terrifying. The way the characters spoke was much more modern than I prefer in my fairytales. I remember specifically at one point the hero calling his Where exactly was the Rapunzel part of this retelling of Rapunzel? Nothing happens in this book and yet everything happens. Etta changed her mind so quickly on things with no development to back it up. World building was poor. Where was the villain? I would have at least liked a scene at the end with her so we could get a feel of what makes her so terrifying. The way the characters spoke was much more modern than I prefer in my fairytales. I remember specifically at one point the hero calling his sister a bitch and it just made me roll my eyes. Also, don’t think I didn’t notice you naming Etta’s ancestors after Aurora and Phillip from the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty. Not cool.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adie

    Wowee. I just wanna say this is all over the place. The writing is jumpy and the story is erratic. The characters motivations and convictions change with almost no effort to sway their decisions. Their problems are solved with almost no effort or thought put into them almost as if it's just extra plot which it is. The main bad guy gets no screen time and the story itself is short. I honestly was just hoping for better from the story with this rating.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vivian (Bookish_Angel)

    Probably the new Throne of Glass series to look out for I would recommend this book to all fantasy YA fans! I loved the plot, characters, and the romance. I'm so scared to what will happen in the next book but I really hope that there's more romance to it! I got hooked with this book because of the high fantasy plot including curses and a prince!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Haines

    I’ve mentioned my love for fairy tales, yeah? I loved this book! It’s a Rapunzel retelling, but I honestly didn’t get the connection until the end. Even then, it’s a subtle connection. Etta has magic and golden hair, but until the end, that’s about the only likeness to the story. Regardless, it was still a fantastic book. There’s also a reference to Sleeping Beauty when explaining the curse’s history. M. Lynn is a new author to me, but after this book, I’m hooked. The story was quick-paced, but i I’ve mentioned my love for fairy tales, yeah? I loved this book! It’s a Rapunzel retelling, but I honestly didn’t get the connection until the end. Even then, it’s a subtle connection. Etta has magic and golden hair, but until the end, that’s about the only likeness to the story. Regardless, it was still a fantastic book. There’s also a reference to Sleeping Beauty when explaining the curse’s history. M. Lynn is a new author to me, but after this book, I’m hooked. The story was quick-paced, but it didn’t feel rushed. It was well written and easy to follow through the histories and changing POVs. It had everything you’d want from a YA fairy tale, but it was told in a more modern way while still taking place in a historical setting. For the most part, I loved the characters. Alex was very wishy-washy, especially in the end, but with everything going on, it was to be expected. Even if I didn’t like his actions. Etta was pretty awesome. I love a good, strong herione who doesn’t take crap from anyone. Those are the two main characters, but it was actually Edmund and Prince Tyson who were my favorites. Edmund is Alex’s best friend and head of his personal guard. We also find out early on that he’s in love with Alex. It is rare to see LGBT representation in a fairy tale like this and I actually loved it. It wasn’t a main plot point, he never acted on it, but it was there. Tyson is the youngest royal sibling, who has secrets of his own, and throughout the story we see this warm, caring character who you just can’t help but love. I fully intend on jumping into the next book ASAP. I’m so glad all three books are out already and I don’t have to wait for more of the story. There are two books after that as well, which are based on Cinderella and take place in the same world. The second book, Glass Princess, was actually just released today. I already can’t wait to read them. The covers are absolutely beautiful, and we all know how I feel about Cinderella retellings! If you like fairy tales, check out this series! I will definitely be continuing and looking for more of Lynn’s books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tiera McMillian

    I think this book was really good. It was a little slow on the up in up starting out but what an interesting reinvention of Rapunzel! I mean I did not even kind of recognize it. The world was a little slow unfolding but I was easily invested shortly in. I think the characters are pretty well fleshed out even though I was not a fan of Alex our MMC. He was just so indecisive and wishy washy through a lot of the story and it irritated me. Etta our FMC, loved her. She was strong and did not take any I think this book was really good. It was a little slow on the up in up starting out but what an interesting reinvention of Rapunzel! I mean I did not even kind of recognize it. The world was a little slow unfolding but I was easily invested shortly in. I think the characters are pretty well fleshed out even though I was not a fan of Alex our MMC. He was just so indecisive and wishy washy through a lot of the story and it irritated me. Etta our FMC, loved her. She was strong and did not take any crap from anyone. Etta has lived her life on the edge of the kingdom trapped by a magical boarder and unable to escape a cruel king who hunts her people for their magic. As if that weren't enough she is also cursed by a mad queen La Dame. The eldest from her generation must serve the kings family or be trapped in endless agony and then die. How is she to do this...when she and her entire people are hunted and murdered for their magic? Hiding her magic she enters a tournament to the death to become the heir's protector. Trapped in this cruel curse they feel each others pain, if one dies so does the other, and even though she hates him and the kingdom and what they stand for she cannot leave. She is cursed to serve. I was really wrapped up in this! Even with Alex being such a disappointment and too concerned with what everyone else is thinking. All is not what it seems in the kingdom however. When the old king dies the wards trapping the magic people in and out fail. Now La Dame waits on the other side. The reveals came pretty steadily but there still is a lot we don't know like the reason for the curse at all, though stories have been passed down I really feel like there is a lot more in store for our characters. I really hope Alex mans up soon.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lene Blackthorn

    Epic battle between good and evil, from a perspective of choice, decision, and love from a fairy tale. The curse was always Persinette's fate. Tied to serve and protect the royal family she hates, Etta has no other choice than to step into a palace full of enemies - a palace that was once her home. Her anger and fury are tried by the king, though - for the hate changes to love, albeit unwillingly. However, magic and secrets are deadly, and betrayal lurks in every shadow. A sad tale when one real Epic battle between good and evil, from a perspective of choice, decision, and love from a fairy tale. The curse was always Persinette's fate. Tied to serve and protect the royal family she hates, Etta has no other choice than to step into a palace full of enemies - a palace that was once her home. Her anger and fury are tried by the king, though - for the hate changes to love, albeit unwillingly. However, magic and secrets are deadly, and betrayal lurks in every shadow. A sad tale when one realizes the depth of the hate plaguing the imaginative world, but still full of hope for HEA. There are so many obstacles between Etta and Alex that I am surprises they even found a way to each other - maybe the curse can be a blessing from this perspective. I felt immediately connected to Etta's character, the bold warrior with potent magic at her fingertips, hiding her true self for protection of herself an the others. I do not agree with all her choices, but that only makes her human, not some kind of flawless noble hero. I am conflicted about Alex, about his anger outbursts, blindness to understanding and forgiveness, aching for his hard life as too young ruler in a bloodthirsty land, in a broken family; but I also see the light in him. And I ultimately loved Tyson. That boy is a sunshine in the darkness. I loved this story, and want to know more about how (and if) Etta and Alex find their way back to each other.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Miranda

    I really liked this book. Had been warned this was an alternate tale to Rapunzel, and that had me a bit on tenterhooks - not a fan of traditional/classic fairytales and their re-writes - but the truth is... I only remembered this detail close to the end of the book when the word Rapunzel does creep up (most of the time I was actually convinced I was reading a sort of spin off on Sleeping Beauty, go figure!). The characters were really well done, Etta is very vivid, Alex is very anooying, Camille I really liked this book. Had been warned this was an alternate tale to Rapunzel, and that had me a bit on tenterhooks - not a fan of traditional/classic fairytales and their re-writes - but the truth is... I only remembered this detail close to the end of the book when the word Rapunzel does creep up (most of the time I was actually convinced I was reading a sort of spin off on Sleeping Beauty, go figure!). The characters were really well done, Etta is very vivid, Alex is very anooying, Camille is... well, I wish we had a bit more inkling into Camille, because so far she sounds like the irritating mean girl with not much use in the story but to be a bit of a hassle for the protagonist, and I'm not keen on that as it comes out a bit lazy. As for Edmund and Tyson, those were my fave. The finale was very well done, it's a cliffhanger but at the same, it's not. I reccomend this book if you're into fantasy and magic, it was a thouroughly entertaining read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela James

    Etta and Alex I loved it! Drama, betrayal, magic and good versus evil are all present and accounted for. Etta and Alex were once friends before his father betrayed hers and they went into hiding, thanks to a curse they are tied together but when she comes back into his life, she has her own secrets to hold close...never fall in love with the enemy, even if they were once your best friend...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jesi

    3.5 pretty intriguing premise and I really want to see what happens to Etta from this point forward. Some subplots (romance) moved too fast for my taste.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    good plot but lacked the writing to support also, this was supposedly a rapunzel retelling but it’s really difficult to find those details

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nazanin

    DNF after 5 chapters. I just couldn’t get into it, the characters weren’t likable and I felt no desire to find out what’s going to happen. This just wasn’t for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Stinar

    It could be good but it's not It could be good... However, the characters are way too inconsistent. There really isn't much of a build up, or much of a description for the large events that happen. Overall it was very hard to read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eddie Mclemore

    Nope Couldnt really get attached to anyone of the main characters. Nice story li.ne though. I think this author will get better

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Summary: Persinette ‘Etta’ Basile is cursed, bound to her enemy (and childhood friend) Prince Alexandre Durand; a cruel magic set into motion generations earlier by the ancient sorceress La Dame. A kingdom divided by magic. A tournament to the death. A forbidden love. Golden Curse is an enchanting twist on the well-worn tale of Rapunzel, with a little ‘star-crossed lovers’ debacle thrown into the mix for good measure. Damsel in distres Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Summary: Persinette ‘Etta’ Basile is cursed, bound to her enemy (and childhood friend) Prince Alexandre Durand; a cruel magic set into motion generations earlier by the ancient sorceress La Dame. A kingdom divided by magic. A tournament to the death. A forbidden love. Golden Curse is an enchanting twist on the well-worn tale of Rapunzel, with a little ‘star-crossed lovers’ debacle thrown into the mix for good measure. Damsel in distress becomes kick-ass heroine in this fairy-tale retelling where the golden-haired princess does all the saving. The good: The book opens strong as the reader is thrust into life in Gaule. We are given crucial world information that’s carefully interwoven between plot and dialogue, avoiding any clunky exposition. Each chapter ends equally strong, balancing intrigue and action, and keeps you turning the pages. I finished this in one day easy. M. Lynn knows how to write some damn good characters. I consider it a miracle that Persinette didn’t annoy me at all throughout the story. Normally, I struggle to like ‘chosen one’ heroine’s (and end up rooting for the villain, oops). More often than not their tragic backstories become a 300-page pity party, and their ‘I’m-gorgeous-but-I-don’t-know-it’ attitude just gets on my nerves. But Etta was easy to sympathise with, and her decisions, while sometimes not the best, are also understandable. Alex was compelling also. From the very beginning you feel the push and pull of Alex’s emotions and perceptions, swayed by love, betrayal and his conflicting morals. It’s his conflicted character that roots the story and packs a punch with the ultimate betrayal at the end. But my favourites were actually the side characters! Too often I see side characters getting lost in the plot, especially in fantasy. But not in Golden Curse. Edmund and Tyson were my favourites by far. They were easy to like, charming, well-rounded characters that you couldn’t help but fall in love with! (view spoiler)[ And best of all is: Edmund is GAAAY! Called it from the beginning. My gaydar was piiiinging! (As a member of the LGBT+ community I LIVE for queer representation!) (hide spoiler)] Even very minor characters such as Duchess Moreau and Maiya were interesting to read. And Verite! Ahh, Verite, my wild friend. I think I might love you most. The story keeps good pacing for the most part. My heart was actually thumping as the tournament was about to begin! M. Lynn did her research on fighting and armour and it shows. Nothing is worse than reading a fight scene, only to realise the author has no concept of fighting…or basic physics. As a lover of fairy-tales it was incredibly fun reconciling what I know of the original tale with how it was retold in Golden Curse. The not so good: There were some minor typos and grammatical errors (at least in my copy, but it is an ARC and there is time for them to be fixed). Small things, like: ‘a’ instead of ‘an’ before a vowel; accidental words that should have been deleted like, “her eyes were so focused on her his blazing stare”; and tensing issues like, ‘hasn’t’ instead of ‘hadn’t’. Unfortunately, they happened with enough frequency for it to be a bit of an issue. The above were all found within the first three chapters. There were a couple scenes between Alex and Etta that felt a bit out of character and out of place. (view spoiler)[ Alex and Etta’s first kiss and love scene felt somewhat disjointed and out of character. I understood why those scenes were included in those instances. But they way they were done was jarring and didn’t resonate with the characters as the rest of the story did. (hide spoiler)] Favourite quotes: “I will serve you. I’ll give you my soul. But if you ever again ask me if I’m okay, I’ll break that pretty face of yours.” ‘"You say you wish to know me, yet you do not listen. From your seat of privilege, you're incapable of seeing what's truly in front of you. When I say I have no people, I am not lying." She turned her back on him and walked to the door. As her hand grasped the metal knob, she spoke once more. "Everyone I've ever loved is dead."’ Overall: 4/5 stars Golden Curse is an intriguing and refreshing take on a classic fairy-tale. The world and cast are small, but well developed – a perfect case of quality over quantity. There are some edit issues, and some scenes could have been done differently, but overall the novel is a definite page-turner. I recommend this book to anyone who loves bad-ass female heroines, a fun cast and twisted fairy-tales. Do I want to read the sequel? Hell yes! Golden Chains, here I come! Theme song recommendation: Fire Meets Fate by Ruelle

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