September 2012, Mira Ink
350 pages, Paperback
Themes: magic, curse, special necklacem0, reincarnation, moving schools, living with an aunt, super rich school, mega mean girl, heaps of tense moments, very dramatic, heroine gets hurt, the cruelty of rumour, standing up for yourself, being chased, moderate teen romance, regular major peril, lots of humour
Summary from Mira Ink
"What’s a girl to do when meeting The One means she’s cursed to die a horrible death? Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But at the posh Upper East Side prep school she’s forced to attend, friendly faces are few and far between. Except for one that she’s irresistibly drawn to – Brendan Salinger, the hottest guy she’s ever seen and the richest boy in school, who might just be her very own white knight. But ever since Emma laid eyes on Brendan, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go dark wherever she walks and Emma’s been having terrifying, intoxicating dreams. Visions of herself in past lives – visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. OR ELSE. "
This book is awesome! I adore how mentally strong Emma is, the way she takes care of her cousin, how she gets into serious danger more than once, and her new friend Angelique. Angelique is definitely different to other friends Emma has had, especially with her magical pkwers which take Emma a bit of time to get used to. I like the way the curse affects Emma's life, the way it nearly caused a tragic accident. Emma isn't perfect which makes me like her even more. When she has a showdown with her enemy I was rooting for her. I'm delighted this 10/10 read is part of a trilogy.
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Check out the Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer which starts with Twilight - no curse involved but it has a similar feel. I wrote this review a while back - thanks to the movies I sort of adore Twilight as my fluffy watch/read.