Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cursed Wolf (Curse of the Moon #5) by Stacy Claflin

A stone in the shoe is irritating. A stone around the neck is a nightmare.

Victoria should be happy. Elated. Enemies have been defeated and her new life has endless possibilities. But things never stay uncomplicated for long. Not for her. The wolf essence stone was supposed to cure wolves of their shifting curse. Instead, it adheres itself to her, and casts a new curse on almost everyone surrounding her. Even worse, it speaks to her—leading her to a disturbing and heartbreaking realm where no one can find her and no one can follow. Each time she disappears, she returns with no memory of what transpired and is left with a feeling of dread.

Toby suffers more from the curse than the rest of his pack. The wolf essence stone seems to actively hate him and often repels him away from the love of his life. Compounding their problems? A secret society wants the stone for their own nefarious ends and the evil witch who created the curse has also resurfaced—and everything they do puts Victoria’s life in jeopardy.

All the supernaturals must band together in an epic battle for control of the stone. But before it’s over, one or more of them may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

I read the first book in this series awhile ago and I don't think I've read any of the books in between before reading this book.  I can say that there were a lot of things that I was missing- back story, relationship progression, etc., but I feel like I had a handle on most things that were happening.  This series is probably best read in order though!  :)

Paranormal characters are in full forces in this story.  Witches, werewolves, valkyrie, vampires, shape shifters, you name it, it's probably in this book or in this series!  

One thing I really loved about this book was the sense of community and family in the core group of characters.  They work well together and look out for each other.  Individually I didn't feel much emotional connection to the characters, but I really enjoyed them as a whole.  

The beginning of this book is a bit slow as everyone is fawning over Victoria but things do pick up resulting in a very climactic ending.  The author leaves a few openings for future books which look promising- especially the one involving the Jaguar!  

Content:  mild violence, kissing, implied intimate relations between a married couple with no details.

- I received a copy of this book from the author.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

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