Synopsis from Simon and Schuster:
Damsel meets A Heart in a Body in the World in this incisive and lyrical feminist fairy tale about a princess determined to save her sisters from a curse, even if it means allying herself with the very witch who cast it.
The Princesses of Ever are beloved by the kingdom and their father, the King. They are cherished, admired.
Jane, Alice, Nora, Grace, and Eden carry the burden of being punished for a crime they did not commit, or even know about. They are each cursed to be Without one essential thing—the ability to eat, sleep, love, remember, or hope. And their mother, the Queen, is imprisoned, frozen in time in an unbreakable glass box.
But when Eden’s curse sets in on her thirteenth birthday, the princesses are given the opportunity to break the curse, preventing it from becoming a True Spell and dooming the princesses for life. To do this, they must confront the one who cast the spell—Reagan, a young witch who might not be the villain they thought—as well as the wickedness plaguing their own kingdom…and family.
Told through the eyes of Reagan and Jane—the witch and the bewitched—this insightful twist of a fairy tale explores power in a patriarchal kingdom not unlike our own.
About: Ever Cursed is a young adult fantasy written by Corey Ann Haydu. It was recently published on 7/28/2020 by Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, paperback, 304 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up. According to the publisher’s website, Simon Teen is “delivering fresh, bold voices that inspire compulsive reading for teens and beyond. With a focus on high-concept commercial fiction, we’re proudly known as an imprint to push boundaries, to be daring and edgy and of the moment. Our dynamic books—from cult classics to electrifying debuts—embrace escapism and get people talking.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Ever Cursed on 8/8/2020 and finished it on 8/17/2020. This fantasy was an interesting read. I liked how simple this story was with easy to pronounce names and places. The story read slow for me. It stressed out about how loving the King and his family was. The story was also about the Witch and how they were punished for their use of magic. The punishment on the 5 Princesses were severe, especially Jane. Those Princes from different kingdoms were awful.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Jane, 17. Her mom, the Queen is frozen in a box. She’s convinced herself that she’s going to free her mom today from a spell that kept her from movement. The Witch casted a curse 5 years ago starting when Jane turned 13 and on until her 4 younger sisters each turned 13 because that’s when the Princesses come of age. When the last sister, Eden turns 13, which is today, the Witch will come back to undo her spell. Among the curses, Jane can’t eat and Nora can’t love. The second view was Reagan, the Witch who casted the spellbound on the Princesses. She wanted to punish the King. The King was known for his goodness and his daughters thought highly of him but they never ventured beyond their castle and therefore they never saw the truth. The Witch will send them on an adventure to uncover the truth and break the curse.
Ever Cursed was well written and different. I used to read a lot of YA fantasy and then I got so sick of it because every book seems to have a girl heroine who’s good with bow and arrows. That’s when I turned to thrillers for comfort. This young adult fantasy; however, doesn’t remind me of other YA fantasies I have read before. I appreciate the new ideas. This book was an okay read for me. I guess if there were some romance I might have liked more. There was a hint that one Princess wanted to marry another Princess, but just scavenger hunts and a person who did bad things without remorse just didn’t cut it for me.
Pro: sisters, family, cover
I rate it 3.5 stars!
About the Author:
Corey Ann Haydu is the author of OCD Love Story, Rules for Stealing Stars, Eventown, and several other critically acclaimed young adult and children’s novels. She currently teaches at the MFA Writing for Children program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter. Learn more at CoreyAnnHaydu.com. (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website).