Review: Cursing Fate (The Fated #2)



There’s something strange about the Layne sisters, and Wade Diaz wants nothing to do with them. Especially the one who ripped his heart out and set it on fire before tossing it in the garbage several months ago. Iris. He can’t even think her name without unconsciously rubbing the spot in his chest where she left a gaping hole. But now her sisters are claiming some evil spirit is after his soul, and Iris is the only one who can save him. Well, at least his heart would stop hurting, right? Didn’t sound so bad.

Iris Layne has always been the sweet sister. She’s kind to everyone, including her best friend Wade… Until she makes a horrible mistake and breaks his heart. All she wants is to go back to before ‘the dumping’. Of course, Wade would rather see her in hell first. But then Iris touches her sister’s tarot cards and unleashes an evil curse intent on playing a deadly game where no one Iris loves is safe, especially Wade.

How do you convince someone they need your help when you’re the one who hurt them most?

Release Date: November 21, 2016

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Brenda Drake


Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).


I have to say, I was a bit disappointed in the second book of the Fated series. This second book is from the viewpoint of Astrid’s younger sister, Iris, which I thought was great to get another perspective on the whole “cursed family” thing. But it actually made the whole thing was more confusing for me. If you haven’t read the first one, Touching Fate, you’ll definitely want to read it before jumping into this one. And even with me having read it (though I admit it was about a year ago), I still felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of characters introduced in the first few pages.

Iris is at a school science fair, and it seems everyone that the author wanted to introduce in the book, were at that fair. To make it more complex, Iris was in the first book, but just barely, and I never felt like I knew her very well. So I am thrown in with a main character that I don’t connect with yet, and I don’t feel like Brenda Drake ever developed her in this book like she could have–like she assumed I already felt a connection. I felt similarly with how Iris’s love interest, Wade, was portrayed as well.

It’s a cool concept, but I didn’t feel really drawn in until about 3/4 of the way through the book when things were really getting crazy. Most of it seemed like back and forth “I love her and she’s hot, but I don’t trust her” from Wade and “leave me alone crazy witch in my head, oh hi Wade, I love you, please trust me,” from Iris.

I really wanted to like the book, but I’m going to have to give it 2.5 stars.

CONTENT (0-5 with 0 being none and 5 being A LOT)

Language: 3 -Some language including several uses of the F-word

Sexual: 3-Some references to sex, and an almost-sex scene

Violence: 2-Some punches were thrown, but it was pretty mild


Cursing Fate is available both digitally and in paperback. Click on the link below for more information.

Happy Reading!


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