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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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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130 of 152 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Curse: Touch of Eternity April 25, 2013
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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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12 of 13 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner August 26, 2013
By Lisa
Format:Kindle Edition
Although this book was written with the teen reader in mind, i found it to be quite a well written story. The Curse: Touch of Eternity was very original in story and setting. The author, Emily Bold has written a story you can't tear yourself away from. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history and supernatural type books but is tired of all the vampire junk that has taken over the teen market.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curses! August 10, 2013
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Although I had never heard of The Curse: Touch of Eternity series, I was intrigued by the synopsis and ordered the book. Boy! I'm sure happy I did. Emily Bold weaves an additive tale of Scotland, of life everlasting, of murder, and love in a novel well worth the read! You can believe I will read more of the Curses and other books written by this author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The curse: Touch of eternity.
I started this book thinking I wasn't going to like it. By the end of the third chapter I was hooked. I loved the characters, the story line, and the way Emily Bold writes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nadine Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars cute read
I like stories like this. The age old history of time gone by. Very entertaining not too long, so that's always good.
Published 1 month ago by Jacqueline F Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The Curse
This was a very entertaining book. I enjoyed the complicated interaction of the characters and the reactions of the curse. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sue Parks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Maria Rodriguez
3.0 out of 5 stars For me.... it was a light ...
For was a light, fast read.....a travel read. Not going to read the rest of the series.
Published 1 month ago by CT :o)
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Love love love this book. I couldn't put it down. It was one of those that has you on the edge of your seat with each turning page. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Country girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I finished this book within three days (would have been before then if I didn't have children lol) I cannot wait to finish this series
Published 2 months ago by Samantha O'Neill
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by robert ludwig
4.0 out of 5 stars No vampires - just good old fashioned curses!
Very fun story that takes place mostly in the Scottish Highlands, which is an unexpected place for most YA fiction these days (no vampires, just folklore and curses). Read more
Published 2 months ago by crsees2008
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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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