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An Average Curse: A Tale of Witches and Magic (The Chronicles of Hawthorn Book 1) Kindle Edition
An enchanted Mist. A hidden island. One girl could be the key to her people’s salvation—or their destruction.
Flynn Hawthorn wishes she could fulfill the ancient prophecy. But instead, she suffers the daily shame of disappointing the Grand Coven with her painful lack of magical abilities. And while she struggles to wield powers that elude her, a dark threat grows and endangers everything she loves.
Her best friend Hazel tirelessly encourages Flynn, and secretly shares her own vast powers during training sessions. But some secrets may be impossible to keep. And wicked witches don’t play fair.
With the Shadow Witch’s dangerous powers piercing through the Mist, Flynn and Hazel must find a way to defeat the evil, or it will cost them their lives…
An Average Curse is the first book in The Chronicles of Hawthorn YA historical fantasy series. If you like inventive world building, characters that get inside your head, and deep magic, then you’ll love Rue’s fast-paced adventure.
Buy An Average Curse now to begin a bewitching tale today!
”A full-throttle, magical adventure.” The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
“This book is a mix between Harry Potter and Narnia. I loved it and can't wait to read the next.” ★★★★★
“…this is efficient fantasy — punchy and light, but never missing a beat.” ★★★★★
“Treat yourself to this delightful fantasy!” ★★★★★
“If you love magick and witches and adventures this is definitely the book for you!!!!” ★★★★★
This is BOOK ONE in The Chronicles of Hawthorn series.
"An Average Curse is a quick read that I enjoyed. It is full of fantasy, friendship, and magic. The characters and their relationships are complex and well developed, especially for a novel that's less than 200 pages...I definitely recommend An Average Curse for anyone who likes fantasy and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series." ~ Bound 4 Escape
"I found the story as a whole very captivating and entertaining . . . The two best friends portrayed the true power of old friendship plus the inclusion of some new relationships. And no worries, the book is not missing your beloved mean girl." ~ C. Bukowski, Book Wonderland
"The Chronicles of Hawthorn: An Average Curse. The characters are delightful . . . Take a trip with Flynn and Hazel through the Magical Dreamwood Forest . . . A magical, suspenseful story. Perfect for middle-school ages. A light read for adults." ~ B. Taylor, Reading is My Passion
About the Author
- ASIN : B01FG4KZJA
- Publisher : Sittin' On A Goldmine Productions LLC (June 20, 2016)
- Publication date : June 20, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 6206 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 192 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #384,782 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2016
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Wands dripping with sexy magic are one reason why that taste never leaves, as are iron swords and sparkly elves, mystical lands readers will never actually set foot on, and dreams of conquering boiling evil; they’re all reasons why we get turned on by the genre. In those worlds, which many authors actually map out, readers find spells, prophecies, elves, ogres, fairies and all the rest. And it’s the best.
In Rue’s recent novel, “An Average Curse (Book 1 of The Chronicles of Hawthorn),” readers will find almost all of this, including a map. Unlike other fantasy tomes, however, (where 25 pages go toward describing the local fauna), this is efficient fantasy – punchy and light, but never missing a beat. While written for the young adult crowd, it’s not a bad read for grownups either. Most of us adults have revisited Harry Potter, Narnia, the Hobbit, at some point. This is that kind of fun, especially for those of us into stories of youth and experience.
In the first Hawthorn book, readers are introduced to Flynn, Hazel and Po. These three friends always seem to have something going on, and find themselves knee deep in the thick of trouble before too long. The book is a magical trip inspired by New Zealand's Maori culture and deftly navigates fiction, mythology and reality. You can tell Rue did a bit of research here.
And, thanks to her, the fantasy realm is another spell richer.
Those who like fantasy, with a hot helping of magic wands included, and strong female leads ala Hunger Games and Vampire Academy, will find An Average Curse a worthy addition to their genre bookshelf.
Rue has written a delightful, fun adventure in "An Average Curse". We are introduced to our protagonist and can connect with her very quickly, as Flynn struggles with feeling outcast in a society where she ought to be a prodigy. Comfort comes in the form of her best friend Hazel, and later encounters with the "witch of the woods" and a boy the two girls befriend, called Po. Flynn struggles to convince the rest of the island that she does have the vaunted magical gift she is prophesied to have, relying on aid from Hazel and the "witch of the woods" to sell the illusion. Looming on the horizon is the threat of the Shadow Coven, who seek to penetrate the protection of the island where Flynn lives, and the Shadow Witch she has been foretold to save her people from.
I'll stop there for the sake of not giving away too many spoilers. But this is well worth the read, and I'm looking forward to purchasing the rest of the books in the series! My only criticism has to do with the pacing and introduction of story elements; the pacing moves pretty quickly and this first book ends on an abrupt cliffhanger. There also are several concepts, characters, and story elements that tend to enter or are introduced to the story with very little build-up throughout the book. The author usually takes the time to backtrack and explain some of these things after the fact for the most part, but it can be a little disrupting to the read at times. Don't let that deter you from giving this story a shot though; it is still pretty easy to follow and the read is enjoyable!
settle yourself comfortably till completing
Just completed this and truthfully can say it is great!! Magic as it unfolds to those struggling to use it and great expectations of those awaiting them coming into power....and those who wish to stop it are found in abundance. Settle in somewhere comfortable as you go on this journey...you won't be sorry!!
By Mesa Fama on June 20, 2016
There’s a great balance between describing the world around the main character and telling that characters story.
A great read.
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Written with charm of a fairy-tale and the depth of high fantasy Hawthorne is an amazing fantasy read. From the first lines of the prologue I was whisked into a magical world where charm and magic run parallel to danger and fear. The setting is wonderful, the training in magic, charming. I loved watching the characters relationships and understandings growth. At the time of writing this I have not only purchased book two, but I have started it. An Average curse is a strong, whimsical, and fantastic first book to what looks to be a very promising series. I can't wait to find out what happens next.
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