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The Curse: Touch of Eternity (The Curse Series Book 1) by [Bold, Emily]
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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: 1041 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (April 16, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFDYBM4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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I impulsively bought this book because the cover was intriguing. Silly me. Out $3.99 and lesson learned. You think Stephenie Meyer is a poor writer? She is Hemingway compared to Emily Bold. The story line, including the sappy and often ridiculous descriptions of the characters, are laughable and irritating at the same time. Twilight similarities: The main character is a quiet, shy girl who thinks nothing of herself and dresses like a tomboy...Hello, Bella! The male romantic interest is...wait for it...immortal and feels extreme pain every time he is near her but he falls in love anyway and touches her despite the agony...Hello, masochistic Edward! The ridiculously named Payton (how many Paytons do you find in Scottish records going back 300 yrs?!) lives with other immortals...Ahhh the Cullens, and even has a beautiful but cranky sister...Rosalie! Nice to see you!
This book is a good reason to avoid ebooks that have not been published by reputable companies. It is pure and utter drivel.
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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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