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The Curse: Touch of Eternity (The Curse Series) [Kindle Edition]

Emily Bold , Jeanette Heron
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Book Description

A centuries-old curse, a mysterious amulet, and a young love reignite a vendetta that had died down long ago…

When seventeen-year-old Samantha goes on a school-exchange trip to Scotland, she takes with her an old pendant that she found amongst her grandmother’s belongings. As soon as she arrives at her host family’s home, she is drawn into the country’s tales and myths. Then she meets the dangerously attractive Payton –a mysterious Highlander who soon conquers Sam’s heart. Caught up in her feelings, she doesn’t realize how much danger she’s in. Payton’s past holds a dark secret. A secret that has bound together both their families’ fates for hundreds of years and is now also endangering Sam’s life.

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About the Author

Emily Bold, born in 1980, has already published a number of books including her debut novel Gefährliche Intrigen - a bestselling eBook in Germany. She writes historical romance and her novels are full of love, passion and adventure. Emily also writes young adult fiction. The Curse: Touch of Eternity is Emily's first book translated into English.

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  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (April 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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136 of 158 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kinda cute, probably good YA story April 21, 2013
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I don't usually go for teen/YA books, but this one had (I thought) an interesting setting and characters that could have made it go to the next level, as in being a decent read for anyone.

Okay, it did have cool elements. BUT...the heroine, exchange student Sam. Like, OMG, you guys, she totally is so desperate for male attention. She will DIE if he doesn't say she's pretty. "Really? You think I'm pretty?" Tee hee. She lies to go meet a strange boy in a strange country. She pines for him even when he's inexplicablly distant and angry and ditches her at a pub (but OMG, you guys, she totally didn't even get carded!).

The cool premise, of a family suffering a 270-year-old curse of bleak, cold immortality takes a back seat to the young heroine's dithering over, "Should I call him? No, he should call ME!" and her sudden blinding belief that she is in love. As far as I know, she doesn't know the guy's last name and she met him him maybe a week or two ago.

Girls, listen up. That is NOT love. That's INFATUATION. Do NOT go and change your lives because you develop intense feelings for a boy over the summer. OMG! Those will totally fade. Seriously.

Some rather cursory descriptions of local landmarks and history are thrown in, more as filler. The mystery, the curse, the history are elaborated on somewhat, but...the story never leads up the the fascinating potential of the first chapter.

So. I realize this girl is 17 and hasn't yet kissed a boy. But can girls REALLY not think of anything except how being near that special boy makes their no-no area warm up? Even with a huge supernatural event going on, and danger, and, y'know, stuff like that.

The other issue is the same I have with Edward Cullen. This 19-year-old boy is really a 289-year-old man.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not like this at all March 31, 2014
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This book is like a cross between Highlander and Twilight, with few of the better qualities of either. It's got immortal Scots, plus a lot of Highlands imagery (which mostly seems to have been gleaned from books and internet travel web sites, as opposed to any trips the author may have taken to Scotland). It's also got an incredibly bland heroine. Sam is an American teenage girl on a trip to Scotland, and her only distinctions seem to be as follows: A) she is mysteriously irresistible to the "hero" Payton, due to her ancestral line, and B) she is super wishy-washy about her feelings towards Payton's past. Payton, also largely bland, is rather Edward-Cullen-like in many ways but especially in his tendency towards unstable, stalkery behavior.

This book contains multiple passages wherein male secondary characters express attraction for female secondary characters in really appalling ways. For example, one of Payton's brothers is hot for a girl he's only just met, while she is still tearfully sobbing and tied up by the scary kidnappers from whom he is helping to free her, and the girl is supposedly lucky, because Payton's brother is such a sexy catch. And for an even more extreme example, there's some backstory wherein a guy "falls in love with a witch". And we know his love is deep and true, because even though he's married to another woman, he... keeps the witch locked in a tower where he can rape her nightly. None of that says Romance to me at all. Rape is not condoned in this book, thank goodness, but it's really not a far stretch to read warily into the supposedly romantic parts in the same book where a rapist is described as being "in love". Infatuation, perhaps, maybe, darkly, but not love!

Even the paranormal elements here, which are pretty mild, are not well done.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Curse: Touch of Eternity April 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Thank you so much for this English translation! I wish I understood the Gaelic language so I could hear those phrases in the book. This story was totally enthralling from the minute I read the first sentence. I could not stop until I finished it. Yes, for some, this may be a fantasy. Since I believe in limitless possibilities, there is a ring of truth to the story. At any rate I believe in the feelings.

This is a story about a young girl going to Scotland as an exchange student to learn more about Scotland's history only to find out how own life was interwoven into that history. I could feel my own heart swirling in the mists. The story also gives you thoughts into your own history to think of how your ancestors are a part of you now. I loved the book and am looking forward to reading any sequels to this book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hate It July 31, 2013
By Gina
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This book was not worth my time. In my opinion it was extremely predictable. The main character Sam was so annoying. First off she goes to a foreign county and is mad about it. What? I'm pretty sure that if I was given a free vacation to somewhere like Scotland I'd be over the moon. Second while she is there she decides to go off with a guy she doesn't even know. Shouldn't common sense kick in here. She doesn't even think about the fact that she's lying to her host family about him. So there she is with a complete stranger who could possibly be a psycho serial killer and no one even knows where she's at or who she's with. Really? Third this guy treats her like dirt, but there she goes wanting to be with him. How desperate is this girl for attention? Finally she is so dumb. Her mind doesn't go further than: should I call him or not. This book was a total waste of my time and money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story, I thought it was about vampires at ...
Excellent story, I thought it was about vampires at first, but It isn't. It's a nice read especially for teenagers.
Published 1 month ago by Zeffie
5.0 out of 5 stars A good and true love story
Sam is a good girl and she is confident in herself. I love the supernatural element of the curse and the bits of back story we get. I also loved the characters!
Published 2 months ago by Samantha Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good my kind of book hope there is more coming
Published 2 months ago by Karen R Benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
An amazing story that spans 270 years and 2 countries. It really grabbed my attention and didn't let go until I was done. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Book Addict
3.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful beach book
Worth reading, albeit not a book to set all things aside for. I am curious if the next book will be a cookie cutter plot, or if it will bring MUCH needed twists...
Published 3 months ago by Heather
2.0 out of 5 stars juvenile - will appeal mostly to teens but isn't really appropriate...
I'm an adult who usually really enjoys teen fiction, but have to say that this just doesn't cut it. It's cheesy, and despite a decent premise and few fun moments of intense... Read more
Published 3 months ago by bored99
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work
A very nice and wonderful book, I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you to Emily you are a very good writer.
Published 3 months ago by T. Nicholson
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
Not sure if this story could possibly be more predictable. Standard teen angst, immortal people and conflict. Seems like a rerun of Twilight, but set in Scotland.
Published 4 months ago by Heather Spring
3.0 out of 5 stars Has potential
Prologue was very interesting. The high school part felt immature and to me was boring. The Scotland section picked up. The Curse has potential to expand into a good series.
Published 4 months ago by 2happydragons
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written. Kept my attention from start to finish. Will read next...
I would recommend it. Looking forward to next book

Good use of Scottish history and historical places.
Wish word pronunciation accompanied Scottish dialogues.
Published 4 months ago by Patti
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Emily Bold, born in 1980 in Germany, is a bestselling author of historical romance and paranormal romance novels as well as young adult fiction. Her novels are full of love, passion, and adventure. Her debut novel, "Gefährliche Intrigen" (Dangerous Intrigue), was a 2011 bestseller in Germany. "Sound of the Tide" is her sixth book to be published in English, following The Curse series for young adults and the Midnight series of historical romances.

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