Book Review: An Average Curse by Rue

30187543Title: An Average Curse (The Chronicles of Hawthorn)

Author: Rue

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: June 20, 2016



On an island hidden from the rest of the world, Flynn Hawthorn, the ninth daughter of the ninth daughter, lives under a curse.

Her birth fulfills an ancient prophecy. She is destined to inherit the wand of the High Priestess and save her people by reuniting the separated halves of The Book of Shadow and Light.

But in a land filled with magick, Flynn is forced to live her life as a Watcher—born into magick, but unable to wield it.

As the threat from the Shadow Coven of Southeil grows, Flynn must pretend—with the help of her best friend, Hazel—that she actually has magick. Hazel would do anything for Flynn, but the game they are playing may cost them their lives…

Available on Amazon.


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

 An Average Curse is a fantasy for middle grade readers and older. I read It’s Not My Favorite and My Favorite Second Chance by Rue and I knew I liked her writing so I was happy to review An Average Curse. The first two books I read by her were women’s fiction and this one is fantasy for a younger audience, so it’s quite a bit different from what I am used to reading from her but this is my favorite book by Rue so far.

An Average Curse is a quick read that I enjoyed. It is full of fantasy, friendship, and magic. The characters and their relationships are complex and well developed, especially for a novel that’s less than 200 pages. 

I felt so sorry for Flynn. She is supposed to be the answer to an ancient prophecy. Unfortunately, she has shown no sign of having any magic, so no one, including her, can understand how she can save her people. When signs of her magic do start showing up, she doesn’t even realize it.

I definitely recommend An Average Curse for anyone who likes fantasy and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.


About the Author

Rue_2013BW(2)Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.

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