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Though Marlow is skilled as a cursebreaker, the one case she can’t seem to solve is the disappearance of her mother. Adrius, a scion of an affluent spell-making family and an old friend, asks Marlow for help with a life-threatening curse. Marlow is hesitant to assist due to their troubled past, but her feelings change once she realizes that Adrius’s case may be tied to her mother’s.

Though the premise of GARDEN OF THE CURSED instantly caught my attention, the book began slowly and it took a little while for me to really feel invested in the story. Once I did, it was hard to put down. It turned out to be an exciting and fantastic YA fantasy romance with great worldbuilding and interesting characters. Marlow gives off Veronica Mars vibes which I loved. I found the plot to be unique. I didn’t realize that this was book one of a series. When it ended with plot lines left unresolved, I was disappointed that I have to wait for the next book to find out what happens. I will definitely be reading future installments.

GARDEN OF THE CURSED was a fantastic YA fantasy romance that I’d highly recommend. It is book one of Katy Rose Pool’s Garden of the Cursed series. This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I will be checking out her other works and look forward to reading the continuation of this series.

Thank you to Henry Holt and Company for the gifted copy.