by Jen McConnel
Release Date: December 2014
Summary from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Mya Jones is cursed.
She is, hands down, the most beautiful creature on earth. But beauty can wound, and Mya finds herself reviled and shunned by her peers. If there is even a chance that she could start over, Mya longs to take it, no matter the risks.
So when the strange Mr. Merk offers her a new life away from home, Mya is hesitant but hopeful. Only she didn't count on the mysterious Ross, or her feelings for him.
BEAUTIFUL CURSE is a contemporary retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid.
Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).
She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.
A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga.
Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.
I was really intrigued by the premise of this story as I had never come across a retelling of Psyche and Cupid, apart from Beauty and the Beast.
I liked the idea but I felt that the story was missing some key points. The beginning was good but it may have been spread out for too long considering the events that occurred in the middle and the end were crammed in.
I also felt that some of the moral values in the story were vague or, at best, warped.
There didn't seem to be a clear ending as a lot of the issues that arose were not dealt with and most of it was just swept under the metaphorical rug. I'm hoping there will be another book to answer the questions that have yet to be answered.
I'm not sure what else to say without sounding too negative. These were just some points that stood out to me. I believe there was a great story underneath it all and anyone who can look passed insta-love would be able to see this.
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