Synopsis and Details:
Lark Espinoza could get lost in her music—and she’s not so sure anyone in her family would even care to find her. Her trendy, party-loving twin sister and her mother-come-lately Beth, who’s suddenly sworn off men and onto homemaking, don’t understand her love of cassette tapes, her loathing of the pop scene, or her standoffish personality. For outcast Lark, nothing feels as much like a real home as working at Bubble’s Oddities store and trying to attract the attention of the cute guy who works at the Vinyl shop next door—the same one she traded lyrical notes with in class.
Auden Ellis silences the incessant questions in his own head with a steady stream of beats. Despite the unconditional love of his aunt-turned-mother, he can’t quit thinking about the loss of his parents—or the possibility he might end up afflicted with his father’s issues. Despite his connection with lyric-loving Lark, Auden keeps her at arm’s length because letting her in might mean giving her a peek into something dangerous.
When two strangers arrive in town, one carrying a mysterious, dark object and the other playing an eerie flute tune, Lark and Auden find that their painful pasts have enmeshed them in a cursed future. Now, they must come to terms with their budding attraction while helping each other challenge the reflection they see in the mirror. If they fail, they’ll be trapped for eternity in a place beyond reality.
Series: Cursed Hearts #1 | Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult | Release Date: November 10, 2020 | Publisher: Filles Vertes Publishing | Pages: 350 | ASIN: B089YXJWZR | Format: ARC | Source: Author
Review with Rating:
If you are ever feeling nostalgic for the 80’s then Lyrics & Curses is a story that will bring you back to those glorious years. Set in 1985, this story is incredibly authentic in its setting and everyday interactions. Not just the setting though, but all the characters, their outlooks on life, and especially the music. There is a lot to appreciate in this story beyond the 1980’s vibes but to anyone who enjoys that time period, this book will be like catnip to a cat for you. I loved everything 80’s in this book!
The main characters are two young adults who come from rather difficult circumstances and it has shaped their outlooks as well as matured them. They both are drawn to each other and had found a way to communicate with each other that had been powerful to both of them but they hadn’t realized how much they relied on their brief interactions at school until Auden was no longer there. Both Lark and Auden were adrift in their lives not knowing what they really wanted to do with it but both knowing what it was they didn’t want out of it.
When they found themselves trapped in a supernatural reality, they quickly realized that they wanted more than that alternate existence. Together they were going to have to figure out the biggest puzzle of their lives and fight for their right to exist in their rightful lifetime. I loved that about Lark and Auden, they saw things for what they were and took risks when it needed taking. They were great characters and although there was a serious element to Lyrics & Curses there was also a humorous element about two unusual people connecting with each other. This story offers so much to readers that I would definitely recommend it to all!
*Thank you to author Candace Robinson for this eARC of Lyrics & Curses*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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About Candace Robinson:
I spend my days consumed by words and hope to one day find my own DeLorean time machine! My life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, watching classic movies, and living with my husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next. Things I love: nostalgia, avocados, horror movies, old music, cheese, and white chocolate!