Sunday 2 January 2011

FCSS - 13 Curses Review

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? 

My Review
I couldn't wait to start reading this book, and I was not disappointed. It begins exactly where book 1 ends. Red is trapped in the fairy world and Tanya and Fabian are home wondering what will happen to her.
This book mainly focuses on Red for at least the first half. You find her in the fairy world and journey with her, not everything goes to plan and she gets caught by an evil witch. When another familiar character turns up they join together and they talk. You learn a lot about Red's past, where she came from, and what really happened to her parents and her brother. I enjoyed this and really felt like i could connect with her.
I found the authors take on the fairy world fascinating and i could really picture the surroundings in my head.
The only thing i would say that from reading the blurb on the book i was slightly confused, as for the first 250 pages, the book has nothing to do with hunting the treasures, last we knew in book 1 was that Tanya has the bracelet at home in one piece, so i puzzled on how she would lose the pieces. When it did get round to revealing this part of the plot in the story, we are closer to 300 pages in, and it's only a 450 page book, therefore the hunt for the charms seems a bit abrupt and rushed. 
In some ways this was a bad thing as i think she could have written so much more about the situations in which they find the charms, but on the other hand, she made it so there was just enough to get you hooked and then pulled you in as it developed. I really enjoyed Red's past and her journey through fairy and it kept the story flowing quickly once they were looking for the charms and so kept the excitement. 
Overall I think Harrison did a very good job with this book and i thoroughly enjoyed reading it, there were a few twists I didn't expect and some i figured out easily, . I can't wait for the next book to come out later this year. 

My Rating
I would give this book 8.5. A definite must read, really good.

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