Title: Cursed Love Blues
Author: Kate Wickens
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Cursed Love Blues has it all; gods and goddesses, lots of sex, music, and even vampires! The author doesn’t hold back with her descriptive prose, and this novel is, therefore, far from a clean read.
Ate is a disgraced goddess who is cursed to walk the earth in human form. Known as the goddess of infatuation and recklessness she finds numerous ways to pass the centuries. She comes across a young couple, Hako, and Sue, who are part of a band. The music element in the book is well written and beautifully crafted, weaving itself into most scenes. Ate becomes their manager, and the story unfolds as they embark on a road trip.
As we learn more about Ate in the present day, the author then switches between time periods, so we learn more about Ate’s previous encounters over the many years she has spent as a goddess in a human body. There are links to the past lives of those she meets, and this opens up to the twists and turns of the story arc.
I found this review quite difficult to write. Cursed Love Blues is well written. However, I didn’t bond with the characters at all and struggled to read it, opting for short bursts. Having said that, I did like the god, Hermes, as his humour was well portrayed. He enters the story by hijacking human bodies so he can interact with Ate and the other characters. There is a beautifully written scene where Hermes dances with Ate but hops from body to body as the dance progresses.
The author has delivered an interesting read which shows us how a god and goddess might view human life with frailties of body and mind, but it didn’t quite hit the spot for me.
I received a copy of Cursed Love Blues from the author via Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team, in exchange for an honest review.
Cursed Love Blues is due for release on 10th May 2017.
A disgraced goddess, scorned by the gods and condemned by an ancient curse to wander the earth in human form. But Atë is nobody’s victim. Indomitable, mischievous and ravishing, she is determined to enjoy all the sensual pleasures of the body and this world, even if they do come with a price.
She isn’t known as the goddess of infatuation and recklessness for nothing. Drifting across centuries and continents, through the countless lives of mesmerised kings, geniuses and fools, she is haunted by a secret ache for a human soul she has loved and lost over different lifetimes. When a young blues singer mysteriously disappears during a Mexican fiesta, Atë realises the key to freeing herself from her curse might finally be within her grasp.
Embark on a wild road trip that takes you into a twilight world of disgruntled angels, unreliable gods, desperate lovers, vengeful priests and friendly goats.
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