November 22, 2020

#BookReview: Lyrics & Curses (Cursed Hearts #1) by Candace Robinson @literarydust

Synopsis: Lark Espinoza could get lost in her music—and she’s not so sure anyone in her family would even care to find her. Her trendy, party-loving twin sister and her mother-come-lately Beth, who’s suddenly sworn off men and onto homemaking, don’t understand her love of cassette tapes, her loathing of the pop scene, or her standoffish personality. For outcast Lark, nothing feels as much like a real home as working at Bubble’s Oddities store and trying to attract the attention of the cute guy who works at the Vinyl shop next door—the same one she traded lyrical notes with in class.

Auden Ellis silences the incessant questions in his own head with a steady stream of beats. Despite the unconditional love of his aunt-turned-mother, he can’t quit thinking about the loss of his parents—or the possibility he might end up afflicted with his father’s issues. Despite his connection with lyric-loving Lark, Auden keeps her at arm’s length because letting her in might mean giving her a peek into something dangerous.

When two strangers arrive in town, one carrying a mysterious, dark object and the other playing an eerie flute tune, Lark and Auden find that their painful pasts have enmeshed them in a cursed future. Now, they must come to terms with their budding attraction while helping each other challenge the reflection they see in the mirror. If they fail, they’ll be trapped for eternity in a place beyond reality.

*Set in 1985 and full of nostalgia! Perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Pretty in Pink!

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: 
What a wonderfully nostalgic story. As an 80s baby this was an awesome read. I loved seeing things from the past brought back to life. This story also impacted me with the music. I've always felt that music plays a huge part in our lives so this really resonated with me. I had to create a play list and add all the songs that were exchanged between the two main characters Lark and Auden. I really liked Auden and felt so much for him as he struggles with falling in love and with thinking he's going crazy like his father. I liked Lark but there were times when I thought she was being a little rude when it came to her mom. I understand that there was past trauma but like her sister kept pointing out at least she was trying to make up for it. She might not be the best but she had good intentions. There were a few times the pace of the story felt like it was lagging but overall it had me hooked and I couldn't put it down. 

Triggers: addiction and mental health issues (schizophrenia) 

Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words and hoping to one day find her own DeLorean time machine. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, watching classic movies, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next!

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