Saturday, December 02, 2023

#BookReview: Curse of the Soul Collector by Cara Blaine

Synopsis: When a prince appears on a witch's doorstep, lost and injured, she lets him into her home...

But she is determined that her heart will remain tightly locked, and he will never have the key.

In a kingdom where magic evokes both awe and fear, Alma’s rare magical affinity causes the witch hunters to descend on her family, forcing her to abandon all she knows. For a decade, Alma conceals herself, estranged from a world that misconstrues her powers.

Prince Lorenzo grapples with the duties and expectations of his position, including the expectation that he marry a princess. In an attempt to appease his royal parents, he embarks on a rescue that strands him in haunted woods, injured and alone.

Fate or misfortune guides Lorenzo to Alma's sanctuary, where a fragile bond blooms between the prince and the wary witch. Yet, societal strictures and Alma's self-imposed barriers threaten to sunder them. Their hearts yearn to travel a forbidden path, but it is not to be. Lorenzo's inevitable departure and Alma's subsequent capture shatter their tentative hopes, as well as Alma’s heart.

While Alma grapples with her grief as well as her magic, she also must face her long held guilt about the death of her parents. Amid deceit and disloyalty, Lorenzo confronts the ultimate dilemma: duty versus true love.

Content Warning Note: This book is for the intended audience of NA (New Adult). It does contain:
explicit s3x
overtly threatened S/A
knife torture
bound prisoner


Rating: 2 Stars
My Review: The writing style on this one lost me.  I wanted to love it for the story and characters but sadly that just was not the case.  The writing made it hard to understand what was going on and really just kept taking me out of the story.  I am not really sure what was wrong with it.  But it just was not for me. The cover was the reason I wanted to read this but that was where the love ended.  I think it really was because if you take out the one spicy part this is really just a middle grade/juvenile story.  It didn't feel like New Adult or even Young Adult.  And that with the content etc. Just made it feel really off. 

Cara is a native desert dweller in southern Arizona, where she lives with her husband, two children, and their dog MacKenzie. Her biggest dream as a little girl was to be a writer. She has a degree in psychology and creative writing, and has been working with children in many different settings since high school. She is an award winning poet, and she began writing novels in 2022.

When she isn't working with kids or writing, Cara loves to read, paint, travel, eat really good food, and do yoga. She also enjoys family movie and game nights at home. Her favorite coffee drink is an iced decaf brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso, despite the obnoxiously long name.

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