I would just like to thank Freedom and Oftomes Publishing for the opportunity to read this book before the release date.
Author: Freedom Matthews
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing
Series: Curses of VIII #1
Release date: July 12th 2016
Genre: YA fantasy
Synopsis: If saying ‘I love you’ meant death, would you still say it?
The Wilted Rose, of faery-tale and folklore, is a pirate ship filled with unfortunate souls-each forbidden to love. One such soul is Valencia ‘Lennie’ Roux. Raised in a brothel and an heir to a curse; Lennie never expected to pique the interest of any man. Yet with the arrival of vivid-eyed Nathaniel, she is torn between wanting to know him better and fearing what that knowledge would mean.With Nathaniel bringing the crew’s total to six, the Wilted Rose sets offin search of the remaining two heirs. They hope that in reuniting, they will convince the faery Sorceress responsible for the curse, to end it. However lurking beneath the water is a long standing enemy of the Wilted Rose; who is determined to thwart their quest and bring down its leaders. Together the eight heirs fight for survival, friendship and love.
Freedom is a twenty-something book hoarder with a fondness for all things vintage. She lives in rural Hampshire, UK, with a hotchpotch of family members, ponies and wonky bookshelves. Creating stories has been a passion since before she can remember, and she has been consciously writing since she was 14 years old. An introverted and shy girl, Freedom found her voice in imaginary worlds and has continued to do so….
Read between: 2nd- 6th July 2016
To get an idea of this book, think Pirates of the Caribbean meets Pride and Prejudice with a dash of magic and myth thrown in for good measure- and that is this book. I received this book from the publisher and I’m actually surprised how much I enjoy it. I love fantasy but I wasn’t sure about the mix- but it works! Each of the crew members were far more than background characters, each had their own stories which made them and the story of The Wilted Rose fascinating.
Lennie, the protagonist, has been through a lot, like most YA heroines, and sometimes she lets it get to her. However, her troubles create a balance when Nathaniel Davenport-Lee joins the crew and she is both conflicted, but intrigued. Nathaniel’s entrance enabled her to move on from them, bury them deep, and replace them with new memories. Better memories. Ones she deserves.
As much as I love a bit of bloodshed, sword fights and cursed pirates, I was actually quite glad of the love story. It didn’t ruin the story and it also showed just how dangerous the curse was. Nathaniel and Lennie cannot profess their love for one another without causing the other one, to suffer the consequences, in death. The harder they fell for each other, the harder it got not to say it. I wanted them to be happy.
But of course, happiness, for Lennie especially, won’t last forever. Her heartbreak was painful and even though her behaviour and moods made her annoying in places, I genuinely felt sorry for her.
I have to admit though, her and Nathaniel’s relationship reminded me of Will and Elizabeth from POTC- another relationship where the male party is doomed. 😦
Rosa, the enchanted figurehead of The Wilted Rose was probably one of my favourite characters with her wisdom it was just a shame that her rival was so incredibly petty.
Inherited is a great opener for the Curses of VIII series. Freedom is a great writer for one so young especially when it comes to writing in the YA format. I didn’t find it hard to follow- the first person narrative made it much better to see things from Lennie ‘ s point of view.
Really enjoyed this book! Pick it up on release day and you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for reading! ~ Katie