IndieNext Top Ten! Fall in love, break the curse. It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. A prince? A monster? A curse? For seventeen years, Nell has lived a rather lonely--but fairly normal--life.
Then one day an alligator speaks to her, and from that moment on, BIG changes come barreling, sweeping her away from any hint of normalcy, and taking her good friend Sam with This book is an amazing fantasy ride, full of unique characters and vivid scenes. Then one day an alligator speaks to her, and from that moment on, BIG changes come barreling, sweeping her away from any hint of normalcy, and taking her good friend Sam with her.
This story surprised and delighted me at every turn. I don't want to give any spoilers, but The Curse of Wexkia has a lot going on. It's a little bit sci-fi, a little bit fantasy, a little bit teenage angst, a little bit rebellion, and a little bit sweet budding romance. While the story ends very satisfyingly, there is definitely room for a sequel, and many more adventures.
How can I tell you how much I liked this book without sounding like a fake review? It was full of action, conflict, and adventure. I worried over and cheered for the main character Nell through every turn she took. The editor involved did a great job making a fun and exciting story, smooth and easy to read. This was an entertaining and delightful treat. If you want a well written adventure full of ne How can I tell you how much I liked this book without sounding like a fake review? If you want a well written adventure full of new worlds, strange alien creatures, and dark conspiracy, then you will love this book.
Follow along the travels of a young girl as she finds out she has much more to worry about than which college to attend. An exciting and intriguing 'coming of age book'. Dale has a fertile imagination which is able to see the world through a young person's eyes. She is an Australian author worth reading and I look forward to reading the rest of the Wexia trilology and anything else she writes.
Definitely a page turner. The character development keeps you interested and attentive the whole way through, while the action and excitement tops the whole thing off perfectly. Can't wait for book 2! This is the same book as 1st edition Curse of Wexkia. Still great for all ages. My original 5 dt stars stands. Dec 13, K. It is a feast for the imagination with vivid imagery and non-stop Spellbinding action. For me this was quite a refreshing and engrossing read! The Author delivers her story with a perfect blend of mystical fantasy, Science Fiction, a touch of romance, mystery and personal growth.
I was pleasantly pleased with the fact that I could not put it down yet, it moved along seamlessly and quickly so I didn't have to. The author provides her readers with a fresh and engaging plot that becomes quite thought provoking. How well do you really know a person? And how much do we truly know ourselves or our heritage? I feel that all people keep many aspects of themselves hidden from others.
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That is a simple fact. I found the Flow of the dialogue to be excellent and engaging I found myself immersed in the vivid scenery and emotional entanglements as each scene progressed unto the next. This author knows her craft and it is brilliantly portrayed in the way this story unfolded.
Nell, our wonderful heroine is so easy to connect with on an emotional level. I found myself connected to her honesty, her flaws and moved by her courage to keep moving forward in her quest to help her race and save herself, she is pushed out of her comfort zone throughout every step of her journey and the reader can relate to her fears and insecurities but, we cheer her on with each new triumph. For a New Writer Ms. This new author certainly showcases her seasoned writing skills and creativity in a way that pulls the reader into her story by dropping subtle hints to keep you guessing laced with little tidbits to keep your curiosity peaked.
I look forward to seeing the next book released in this trilogy.
I give this one two thumbs up! It was an entertaining and engrossing read with a unique story plot I haven't read before. If you enjoy delving into the depths of Alien worlds, magical abilities and mysterious quests, then this is a great Book to curl up with! I want to make one thing clear, the book's premise is very good. I enjoyed the story line.
I just couldn't get into it as much as I wanted to. It reads like a first draft or maybe a screenplay. It may just be that I don't connect with the author's style, but in my opinion the book could do with being run through a few beta readers or an editor. There were parts of the story that seemed disjointed, the dialogue felt not-quite-right, the character made decisions in a split second without putting y I want to make one thing clear, the book's premise is very good.
There were parts of the story that seemed disjointed, the dialogue felt not-quite-right, the character made decisions in a split second without putting you through any internal struggle or process. The transitions from one situation to the next were very sudden. I felt a bit slapped around and several times I had to re-read a few pages after going, "Huh? It was kind-of like one of those old wooden roller coasters - fun, but it whips you around and you're a bit dazed after. I think that with just a bit of work this book could definitely be 5 stars.
Or a great movie. I'd totally watch it if it were made into a movie.
The book is about 3 and more alien races and the main character, Nell, is a blend of 2 of them who looks human and lived on Earth until just before her 17th birthday when the "changes" would begin. The story line is very original, the different races were intriguing. I thought it might be an allusion to the horrors of racism.
This story follows Nell through her coming of age and the machinations of those who would destroy her. Good stuff. Like I said, I liked the premise but the crafting of the story could use some tweaking. Definitely worth the money I paid for it on Kindle. It's a fast read, too. Read it in about 5 hours. If the author does some tweaking I would love to check it out and revise my review. I'm an author too, and I hope my critiques are not too harsh and can help in making a good book great.
This is a cute fantasy story of multiple species from different worlds about a teenage girl successfully meeting a large host of unexpected and unique challenges that she was not prepared for by her previous rather quiet life. The world she finds herself on is colorful and exciting but not overwhelming. It does a good job of providing a backdrop for the adventure which is the real point of the story.
Unfortunately, the crafting of the book is equally as poor as the storyline is good. This book fe This is a cute fantasy story of multiple species from different worlds about a teenage girl successfully meeting a large host of unexpected and unique challenges that she was not prepared for by her previous rather quiet life.
The book is rife with unbelievable responses and situations that detract from the enjoyment of the fantasy world and story line. While the lack of crafting the book may be overlooked by a young teen audience, the problems will keep any adult teacher, librarian, parent from recommending it. Harry Potter is pure fantasy that is well crafted.
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I suggest the author read more of the successful books in this genre to see where fantasy is great story telling and believable reality is the substance that supports the fantasy. The language needs to be reviewed for flow and age appropriate phrasing style. As an adult I give this book two stars. An older child or early teen might give it three stars. Now love is bringing about inter-species unions producing offspring that is putting the race back together, one family at a time.
Nell is turning 17 and ready for university. Her distant relationship with her father and her admiration for Sam are leading her away from the family home. A chance encounter with a a 3 out of 5 Stars Discover that earth is a hiding place for the decedents of a terrible disease that was cured by splitting a race into distinct species, each with their own set of talents. A chance encounter with a animal spirit plunges Nell into a chaotic world of possibilities. She questions her very identity. When her father forbids her to leave the surrounding area and her chance encounter with long lost relatives, she learns how truly unique she is and her place among the stars.
Is she to become the savior or despot of her people? She must unravel the meaning of the Curse before she loses her mind. I found the story original and thought-provoking. How does one come of age when no one knows exactly what that means?
Witness Nell's growing maturity and intense personality as she confronts the challenges ahead of her. It becomes apparent that Nell is anything but ordinary. The plot thickens when more secrets are revealed and it quickly takes you to a world so alien, it gets perplexing — in a good way. The air in Australia must be very conducive for wickedly imaginative writing as the Aussie author is able to create a world teeming with quirky characters and strange creatures with superhuman abilities.
The seamless interweaving of alien and human elements makes this a compelling read. I enjoyed it immensely. Nell is about to reach her seventeenth birthday, she has found that she has special powers like she is able to communicate with animals, and for a while she has had very strange dreams. Nell is looking forward to going to university, but when her father puts a stop to this she wonders why.
Nell soon learns the life she knows is about to change dramatically, and that her ancestry is not what she thought. Soon she finds her life in danger, she must face prejudice, and fight for her life to try and Nell is about to reach her seventeenth birthday, she has found that she has special powers like she is able to communicate with animals, and for a while she has had very strange dreams. Soon she finds her life in danger, she must face prejudice, and fight for her life to try and restore peace to a race that has become divided by finding the book of Wexkia.
I really enjoyed the story.
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I thought for a story about aliens it was a unique and original. Like most books that are the first in a trilogy this is setting the foundations for what I think will be a superb trilogy. I am looking forward to seeing how the characters and story develop over the next two books. I think the best way to describe the problem is a fluid problem. Some ideas do flow well from one thought to the next. It also seems some things are not described quite enough. A few times, mostly at the beginning, I had to go back a reread a paragraph or two to put together what was happening.
A few of the characters need more developing. I think this book is meant for middle school age readers, but as an adult, I did enjoy the story and the characters, and will start book two soon. PS - I don't like to post the same old review that Amazon posts, and it seems, everyone else, so if you want to know what the book is about, check it out on Amazon or Goodreads. Interesting middle-grade to YA science fiction, fantasy, coming of age, and off-world story of family, friendship, and aliens. Some friendly aliens and some treacherous aliens. I enjoyed the unique story line, the characters, and the 'powers' the different races posessed.
It dragged a bit in the middle, but that may be because I'm a lot older than the target audience for this story. Nice lessons of "one bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch" and "don't judge a book by it's cover" were also ve Interesting middle-grade to YA science fiction, fantasy, coming of age, and off-world story of family, friendship, and aliens. Nice lessons of "one bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch" and "don't judge a book by it's cover" were also very welcome in this book targeted at our youth. I will recommend it to my young teen. I recieved a free copy for review, and, will happily buy the next in the trilogy.
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Although the premise behind this story has promise, the plot and the characters, in my opinion, would benefit from further development. As it stands, it is quite patchy in places. The enmity between the Wintars and the Phibs is interesting; I would like to have known a bit more about this, and how Nell's mother and father got together. The strongest character is Nell's friend, Sam, although he doesn't have much of a role to play in the story other than be Nell's admiring sidekick.
I would have l Although the premise behind this story has promise, the plot and the characters, in my opinion, would benefit from further development. I would have liked to have seen a sub-plot develop in which Sam somehow contributes to Nell's success. As I said earlier, this book has bags of potential, it just needs some further development.
It is nice to see a book written where the main character lives in Australia and actually see a little of Australia come through, but not too much to confuse people from other countries. Maybe this is my pride of Australian heritage coming through. The story flowed well and mostly lined up all its points.
It was certainly full of action to keep the story interesting. A magnificent effort for a first book. The book has an well-thought out plot and remains interesting throughout. As what is obviously the first book in a series, the author left many interesting avenues to explore in further volumes, and left us dangling enough to want to know how events will ultimately play out.
Alternatively, however, the characters fell flat for me.