Sunday, 5 September 2010

Book Review - The 13 Curses by Michelle Harrison

The Thirteen Treasures have become the Thirteen Curses. 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?

In this installment, The Thirteen Curses, from Michelle Harrison we follow the story of Red who we met in the first installment- The Thirteen Treasures. For me, this second installment was amazing. Even now I’m sat here trying not to gush and say, ‘I loved this book just because.’

Due to the fact that the truth had come out in the previous novel, there was more freedom to give a back-story to the characters from the beginning rather than throw it at the reader all at once near the end. It was nice to go along for the ride with Red, to experience things for the first time with her and not try and second-guess why other characters are doing or saying the things they are doing or saying. It’s one thing to have a twist in the plot but it can get too much, causing you to race through the book for the characters motives therefore not enjoying the story as much as you would. With The Thirteen Curses you can enjoy every moment, detail, and storytelling with ease. There’s never a lull in the book, there’s always something going on, with a reason behind every action.

Michelle Harrison has done a wonderful job creating this refreshing world of fairies and weaving the fairies folklore and history into a subject matter done many times before. When the stories of the some of the ‘Thirteen Treasures’ are told to Red, the reader can almost believe them because they’re been written with such amazing detail. Even the descriptions of different fairies give the reader a clear picture of how they look. It’s this detail that gives the reader a sense of believability. Your imagination can take over and you could almost be sat with Red as she tells you her adventure to get her brother back.

In all honesty, my review does not do this book justice. I’ve yet to see a review do any justice for The Thirteen Curses. I wish this book had been published when I was younger. This is a magical book that every young person should read before they grow up. Even with that thought, anyone and everyone should read this book, whether they are young or old. All I can say now is go read this book and I hope you’ll love it as much as I did.

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