Gender swap retelling of Beauty and the Beast: Curses by Lish McBride #bookreview @PRHGlobal #partner #retelling

Curses by Lish McBride book cover US edition 2021

GIFTED / It has been months since my last post, but while I have been gone I have written some reviews, and today I bring you one of them.

Curses by Lish McBride reminded me how much I love Beauty and the Beast and how I enjoy it’s retellings. It’s like I can’t get enough of them.

This book was published on 20th July 2021 and it has 480 pages. I want to thank the team from Penguin Random House Global for sending me an e-galley of this novel (in an exchange for an honest review).

About the book:

FROM GOODREADS /

Merit Cravan refused to fulfill her obligation to marry a prince, leading to a fairy godling’s curse. She will be forced to live as a beast forever, unless she agrees to marry a man of her mother’s choosing before her eighteenth birthday.

Tevin Dumont has always been a pawn in his family’s cons. The prettiest boy in a big family, his job is to tempt naïve rich girls to abandon their engagements, unless their parents agree to pay him off. But after his mother runs afoul of the beast, she decides to trade Tevin for her own freedom.

Now, Tevin and Merit have agreed that he can pay off his mother’s debt by using his con-artist skills to help Merit find the best match . . . but what if the best match is Tevin himself?

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Review:

I don’t know if my brain is in post-covid or what, but when I first started reading Curses I was sure it had 280 pages. In fact, that is the reason why I picked it up in the first place. I wanted a short book that I would finish quickly.
However, as I was reading, the story went on and on and on… (I read it on kindle) and after I finally finished it it said it has 480 pages, which makes much more sense, as it dragged.

The story is gender swapped retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with cast of characters that have potential to capture your heart.

I can’t honestly remember when was the ast time I read about characters I can see myself wanting to revisit, because I find them so likeable and like I know them in a way.
It was probably years ago, back when I was reading Vampire Academy, Iron Fay and Clockwork Angel for the first time.

My favourites were Tavin and his cousin (Val I think, but don’t quote me on that, I am terrible when it comes to remembering the names).

The story started off good and I was very excited, very invested into all that was happening, especially in all the characters making connections with each other.
There was a scene involving Tavin and one other female character that was NOT Merit, and their chemistry was so strong you could cut it with a knife. I wished for them two to be with each other, but I guess the author had another plan…

Closer to the middle the story started to drag and I lost the motivation to continue with reading (with pace I read with at the very start), and then as we got closer to the end, the story became little… ridiculous I would say.
At times it felt rushed, and the motive and the way the villain wanted to reach their goal were illogical to me.

3 stars rating

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