Book Reviews

REVIEW ➼ Awful Curse by Elena Monroe


He was King of Arcadia Prep until she came for his throne…

We moved around a lot, too much.
The shine of my highly respected and decorated military dad’s badge wore off after I became heavy baggage.
I was the new girl thirteen times in two years and every time I had to tape up another box I grew more resentful. Forced to forget everyone I fell in love with, laughed with and bonded with.
For a certain price you could unburden yourself from your hormonal teen at Arcadia Prep too.
I’m reckless.
I’m impatient.
Purple hair, a don’t care attitude and my Doc Martins all screamed leave me alone, fending off any new relationships.
I vowed to keep my heart safe this time, locking it away right under my anger but he knew exactly where I hid the spare key – in his mysterious eyes the minute ours locked.

I was stuck – the essence of a God in some kind of limbo of high school.
I was meant for more than this.
Being king here meant nothing.
Arcadia Prep wasn’t for the weak. The expectations, the pressure, the standards, the success and privilege smug on everyone’s face wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
I thrived in chaos.
I’m fearless.
I’m ruthless.
The new girl was not my cup of tea.
She stomped her doc martins all over my tradition, rules and my reign.
We all have secrets. Mine were paper weighted down by my heavy crown.
Her violet eyes and her abrupt attitude spewed sass all over my black on black. She didn’t faze me until I realized she was after my crown… 

We were Fate and Destiny wrapped up into unavailable responsibility.


Elena Monroe is a new to me author and the concept of this book really caught my attention. I’m not a huge fan of fantasy, however, with Awful Curse it was the perfect balance of contemporary and fantasy that sucked you into the story.

Bolton is the king. He is the alpha of Arcadia Prep. Arianna is the new girl. She is fearless and strong. The chemistry between these two is out of this world. They are drawn to each other. They are meant to be together. I love how much of a role the secondary characters play throughout this story. It is so easy to fall in love with each of these characters for different reasons and want to know more and more of each of them as individuals but also the entire group as a whole.

Awful Curse is full of tension, mystery, drama, lies, love and some heat. I love the idea of Gods and Zodiacs with the perfect mix of that high school bully romance feels. This is the first book of the Celestial Bodies series and it kicks the series off with a bang and I can’t wait to see where this goes and the growth of these characters as the series continues.

A MUST READ for fans of both fantasy and contemporary romance.