When I found out there was going to be another book in this series I was first and foremost, baffled.
The first book to this series, The Graces, was a mess that I only picked up because of the gorgeous cover, which was the only thing I liked. When I saw The Curses I decided to give the series another chance. The first book may have been a mess but maybe the second would be more coherent.
Like the first book, the plot kept changing over and over. I often found myself confused at what the characters were trying to achieve. At first it was that River was a danger and it was up to them to make sure they bind her powers, then they suddenly became obsessed with their dead cousin and finding out about her, and then, surprise, a trickster spirit comes out of nowhere and they have to get rid of that! The climax of the book is the Graces defeating the spirit, yet it only becomes the focus at the end of the book, not in the beginning.
Another thing about this book that frustrates me is so much of it feels like it keeps forgetting its own plot and follows white rabbits that don’t help move the story along. There were even times that important/interesting scenes were left out (such as the binding scene, something the characters had spent a large chunk of time debating over).
I can’t tell if the book was written or edited poorly.
Either way, the book is a total miss.