Monday, 3 January 2011

The 13 Curses by Michelle Harrison

Title: The 13 Curses
Author: Michelle Harrison
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: Jan 2010
ISBN: 1847384501
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Rating 5/5 with merits

The cover on this is similar to The 13 Treasures, although this one is blue, whereas The 13 Treasures copy I had was red.

Yeyyy!  I thoroughly enjoyed the first in the series, The 13 Treasures, last year.  I'm always apprehensive when it comes to reading series books, as in an ideal world every book would be just as good as the first, which is not always the case.  The 13 Curses continued the series on the same high level with superb storytelling from Michelle Harrison, and was again another can't-put-it-down read.

In this, we hear Red's story, as her past unravels as she continues to search for her brother, who was taken whilst they were in a care home after their parents died.  Red's story is fantastic.  Not only does it show you another side to her, the book also expands and adds more history to Elveden Manor.  I love the idea that The 13 Curses brings, you hardly notice that most of the action doesn't happen until the middle or after, and by then I was totally absorbed in the plot.

I enjoyed the way that Red, Fabian and Tanya worked together in this.  Most of the faye characters bring added goodies to the plot and history.  The plot entwines and intermingles so effortlessly, it was a pleasure to read.  New characters are brought in, with Nell, the new housekeeper, being one of them.

I managed to keep awake just long enough to read this in one day.  The 13 Curses could be read as a standalone book, I don't know why anyone would want to miss The 13 Treasures though!  This book is so detailed, even the leading letter in almost every chapter has an illustration with it, which is very cute.

All in all, I can't wait for the next in the series, The 13 Secrets, which comes out in February in the UK. This is the first time I've read another book from the same author since beginning my book blog, and I'm glad I did :)

My favourite quote from The 13 Curses:
'To shout and raise the alarm when no one but herself would see the intruder would have been pointless.  Her only weapon was the element of surprise...'

Book synopsis:
'The Thirteen Treasures have become the Thirteen Curses. When fairies stole her brother, Red vowed to get him back. Now trapped in the fairy realm, she begs an audience with the fairy court where she strikes a bargain. Her brother will be returned - but only if she can find the thirteen charms of Tanya's bracelet that have been scattered in the human world. Returning to Elvesden Manor, Red is assisted by Tanya and Fabian and a desperate hunt begins. Soon they make a shocking discovery. The charms now have twisted qualities of the thirteen treasures they represent...and the longer they are missing the worse the consequences will be. Can Red, Tanya and Fabian find all the charms? And even if they do, will the fairies keep their promise?' 

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