All that hocus pocus nonsense, or my review of The Curse of the Bruel Coven

the curse of the bruel coven

The Curse of the Bruel Coven

By: Sabrina Ramoth

Publisher: Exit 80 Publishing

Publication Date: June 3rd, 2016

Format: eARC

synopsis

When secrets from the past collide with the present, the consequences may be deadly.

Vivienne Davenport is an ordinary teenager—at least, she thinks she is. Then the untimely death of her mother reveals a family secret. She’s adopted . . . and her real mom is a witch.
The truth only complicates Vivienne’s life further. Buried deep within her family’s history of magic is a deadly curse that has plagued them for generations.
When her birth mom disappears, Vivienne must tap into her suppressed powers to save her long-lost mother—and herself.
Can Vivienne become the witch she needs to be? Or will her newfound powers prove too much for her to handle? Only one thing is certain: She will soon learn that all magic comes at a price.

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review

3 star (dragon)

The Curse of the Bruel Coven was a quick and fun read that is a promising start to a new series. Vivienne is dealing with the aftermath of her mother’s death, and while doing some seemingly inconsequential research into her childhood for school, she stumbles upon some rather not inconsequential facts. And with that, she decides to seek out the woman who gave her up for adoption with her best friend in tow, totally unaware that this already stressful road trip is about to get a lot more problematic.

Now, the overall concept of The Curse of the Bruel Coven was fantastic. Witches in New Orleans and the politics between the families seemed promising, as well as the monster that stalked the Bruel coven, the curse incarnate. However, the book moved fast. Not in the sense that it grabbed your attention and time seemed to fly, but in the way that it moved from one scene to another with little transition and the characters’ motivations and their big reveals were easily glossed over. While the plot made sense, and did grab your attention, I felt that parts of it were not given enough page time to be fully developed. There is Vivienne’s relationship with her new found cousins and sister, and while I appreciate that the majority of them welcomed her with open arms, their relationship was kind of taken for granted and fell into place with little prompting and all too quickly for the lack of actual bonding that took place. In addition, I felt that Vivienne’s dreams and what they meant for the curse should have been given more attention and for a family that has a mind reader and is friends with seers, they wrote off her dreams as creative imaginings far too easily.

As the story wrapped up, I felt that it reached a conclusion far too simply and quickly. I wanted to see much more of the fallout from recent events and some more resolution for some unanswered questions. Despite how quickly the plot moved, I still greatly enjoyed Sabrina’s book and am looking forward to the second installment that will hopefully answer some more curse related questions and address some of the revelations made in the last chapters.

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