Curses & Ash Paperback – Jan 3 2016
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About the Author
Tiffany Daune writes stories about magick, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. She is the author of Surface and the Coral & Bone series. When she's not lost in Editland, you can find her reading a book from her towering TBR pile or kicking back and watching movies with her family. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest surrounded by mermaids that are much nicer than the ones found in her books.
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Frankly there are few times when I feel that the sequel matches the first book, and even fewer times that it surpasses it. This is one of those few times. I am in awe with Ms. Duane and her ability to weave a picture out of words, she truly inspires me.
First of all I love that the beginning of the book matches the end of Coral & Bone, it was an easy transaction that left the reader feeling comfortable as to where the characters were.
Coral & Bone left us with the chilling fact that the dead Asair wasn't in fact so dead. Now Halen must make the decision to either trust her friends with the knowledge of his existence and face the consequences or keep it to herself. Which is the right answer, and why does she feel torn when talking to Dax?
They must extinguish the fires and open the portal to Etlis but a nagging feeling (and voice, I'm looking at you Asair) keeps her from revealing a truth. Tension rises between Halen and her friends, they can sense something isn't right and they want answers. But you should be careful what you wish for.
Helen has to face Dax, Asair, Natalie, as well people from her past and her future in order to get the full picture of what's happening. Things will get ugly and people will show their true colors.
Ms. Duane has the amazing ability to rip your heart out, and I say this with the utmost respect for her, the plot twists were definitely giving me emotional whiplash. I didn't expect them at all, and I think that's the best kind. The one that sneaks up one you.
In truth I could keep going with this review, but in doing so I feel I would give away too many good details so I will leave one final thought on the matter.
Friends are lost, friends are gained and Halen is once again left to save the world.
I give this book 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I recommend it to EVERYONE!
*I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. My thoughts above are just that, my honest unaltered opinion that have in no way been influenced*
I really enjoyed reading Coral & Bones , the 1st book in the series. I fell in love with the plot , writing style, and world building . I was expecting the sequel, Curses & Ash, to be like it. It wasn't ; it was much better !! I have no idea Tiffany was able to make a sequel that was so great , compared to the epic start of the series .
Sequels sometimes end up to be a disappointment , but Tiffany was able to break this stereotype.
The story picks from where the 1st book ended, with us wondering if Asair is actually inside Halen. This means that one will be hooked by the story directly.
In this sequel that is filled with surprises, hate, love, and a lot of ( OMG), I found myself unable to put this book down. The book was leaving me torn apart with every chapter I finish !
The book contained a story within a story that left me amazed. It was so creative , like that in Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.
Between the unfolding events, characters' pasts, and their lies&secrets, you will barely be able to put this book down.
As I approached the end, I entered a reading phase that I rarely ever visit; the shuffling between "Having a few pages left ,with events that are going to destroy me emotionally, that I pause with every page to delay it" & " Reading so fast to see how the story ends " !
How does Tiffany have all of this amazing creativity ???? Not only that, but she describes these descriptions and feelings perfectly ! No, perfect doesn't even begin to describe this ."
To sum it all up, this book left me emotionally exhausted , and impatiently waiting for the end of the series !
I give Curses & Ash 5/5 stars .
Tiffany Duane amazes me again! I fell in love so fast with her first book, Coral & Bone. I was so excited to read Curses & Ash! This book definitely did not disappoint!
After killing Asair, Halen returns and everything is different. Daz can no longer sense her, and she can hear Asair in her head. Asair is talking to her. Halen knows she can't let her friends know, they will kill her. Her mom finds out that Asair is inside of her and sends her to a mysterious person, in hopes of purging him. To make matters worse, Natalie, Halen's twin sister, is back, alive and evil. If Dax was Natalie's guardian before, is he now? Is he both Halen's and Natalie's guardian?
"She was curious about the relationship Dax had with her sister, and when she glanced across the hall at Dad's bedroom door, only a few feet from Natalie's, jealousy crept into her thoughts and snuggled up for the evening."
Halen has people telling her that Natalie is bad and others telling her that Dax is bad. She is unsure who to trust. To complicate things a little, Asair really messes with her mind in this book. Natalie, Halen, and Asair, the three blue moon sirens, have a quest to fulfill. Will Halen help? They need her. But what about Dax, her guardian? Can she trust her guardian? But Natalie is her sister.
This book is full of adventures and non stop excitement. After being thrown into this world by accident, Halen begins learning the truth. It has taken her a while, but she starts to see the truth about Dax, the truth about Asair, the truth about Natalie, and even the truth about her father. She really figures everything out in this book and its awesome to see her character develop. She is becoming more confident in herself and independent. The more I think about it, I realize that all the characters have developed and are now more complex. Many risk their lives for one another, deal with deaths, love, and lies. Tiffany Duane's characters are tough, and have to be, to handle everything that is and will be thrown at them.
I really love the world Tiffany Duane has created. So dark but so pretty and magical all at the same time. I get this beautiful eerie feeling, and I love it! Let's talk about the covers here too! They are so beautiful! The faces, the scenery, the accessories, and the eyes! These covers have me drooling over them! But the cover isn't the only beautiful thing. The words in the books are just as beautiful and unique as their covers!
Also, there's some new twists with the siren mermaid happenings and the shifters are big players as well. When there's a big fire all over the world, it comes down to getting down and dirty. If people find out about Halen's secret with Asair, if her friends aren't found alive after capture, if her sister really loses her mind... See there's all kinda things about to happen. And we are trying to let the whole world burn.
I want Dax and Halen to work out, but it's really complicated. I want her father huron and her to make a little leeway in their relationship. I would like to see a lot of things but I am not sure what's going to happen now. The world building was originally great in book one, and now, we are getting to the gritty parts of the characters. Don't worry, the world around them is going down in flames, but I am more worried about who's going to live to see it burn. :) I am totally looking forward to more. I know I kept things vague but this was a hard review to write without spoilers. Everything I think about saying will ruin something. LOL but just check out this fantastic series. Really. Book one will hook you and book two will completely lock it down. You won't want to let this one go. 5 PAWS!!