Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Blog Tour: Cursed by Trakena Prevost - Review & Giveaway

The Guardian Chronicles #1

Trakena Prevost

YA Urban Fantasy
Evernight Teen
December 13, 2013

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Half-succubus Jazz Watkins spends her nights knee-deep in Chicago drug dens hunting Suecai—an evil kind of incubi and succubae who devour the souls of humans. But when a leader of the Suecai curses her, Jazz has to track him down. Either she kills him before the curse burns through her, or she’ll become a full-fledged, out of control, soul-sucking monster.

She’s got a handful of weeks, absolutely no leads, and only her sexy best guy-friend, Khan, covering her back. But will the growing attraction she feels for Khan get in the way of her mission to save her own life?

My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Cursed starts with a high-adrenaline action scene and just continues racing ahead. There really isn't much of a dull moment or a lull in this action-packed YA paranormal novel. This is another novel that is difficult to review without spoilers so I'll keep it brief.

Jazz is a teenage guardian--basically a hunter after the evil version of her kind. Being brought up in this atmosphere, she is very professional and focused for a teenager. She reminded me more of someone in their twenties... at least she carried herself that way. Sure she had her whiny moments, but who doesn't. She's a kick-ass heroine, a leader, and a major fighter. Her romantic feelings seem to confuse her, almost like they don't belong in her high-stakes life.

Best-friend and romantic interest Khan is a great sidekick. He always has Jazz's back--or at least tries to. She's a bit of a spitfire and has a bad tendency to take off on her own, leaving her backup breathing her dust. We are also introduced to Cal partway through which screams love triangle between the three characters.

I enjoyed the action scenes and the intriguing underworld created by Ms. Prevost. This is a fast-paced read as Jazz is thrown into action scene after action scene to stop the curse that could turn her into that which she hunts. The incubus/succubus angle (minus sex) is a bit odd. They suck human essence to survive. Jazz's sect only takes what they need leaving humans alive and well, while the other sect kills. The two sects area  bit confusing. I'm sure more will come to light as this is the first in a series.

About the Author

Trakena Prevost was born and raised in the great state of Texas, where everything IS bigger and the people are very friendly. She spends most of her time oscillating between being completely obsessed with reading and Korean dramas (to her wonderful boyfriends chagrin) and writing down the fantastic tales rumbling around in her head. When not reading and writing, Trakena spends her time working in HR for a major medical system in Houston, and hanging out with her family and friends.
Trakena has always loved the many worlds she's found in books, where everything was possible. As a child, you would often catch her enjoying a good story in the comfort of the AC, instead of wilting in the Houston heat (she showed great intelligence...even then). It didn't occur to Trakena that the fanciful stories she made up for fun could one day be out in the world, but now that they are she can't imagine it any other way!

Twitter: @trakenaprevost

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  1. I love any kind of urban fantasy, and the fact she is a succubus...makes it even better!


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