Curse by Dale Furse

Curse by Dale Furse

Curse





Curse

Nell is looking forward to leaving the isolation of her beach and attending University in the city.

But when her father reveals that she is a product of two warring alien species, Nell’s life somersaults as ever-increasing evidence proves her family wrong.

She is something else.

She must now decide if knowing the truth is worth risking lives.

With friend Sam by her side, she travels to an alien world where she must defend herself against her growing number of enemies.

She must find a secret book that contains the truth about her ancestry—whatever that may be!

Author, Dale Furse takes us on a fantastic adventure to a world inhabited by bizarre beings. Confused by her life-changing experiences and facing an uncertain future, who can Nell trust to help her?

About the author

Dale has enjoyed many creative pursuits including playing guitar and singing in a band, acting and directing in theatre, writing novels, short stories, plays, songs and poems.

Her reading tastes are varied, and so too is her writing of highly imaginative, interweaving of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Space Opera, Horror, Romance and short stories that tend toward the more literary. After over thirty years of writing, she still loves her journeys to unknown places, meeting unheard-of peoples.

Dale lives in Queensland, Australia. Her home is west of Townsville and that’s south of Cairns but north of Brisbane.
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Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

OH wow.. I’ve just finished this book and absolutely loved it! If you read my reviews you know what a sucker I am for a book 1 scenario, so I was thrilled to read this.

Curse is a mix of a few genres so I don’t want to firmly place it anywhere. To call it simply a YA or SCI-FI read would be to not do it justice. It is, instead, a true mingling of some sci-fi, a coming of age story of Nell, some fantasy throw in for good measure.

You will become firmly invested in Nell, and happy that you have at least two more chances coming to follow her story- This isolated 17 year old girl wakes up one day to find she can talk to animals and is super aware of the thoughts and emotions of others- there is a secret, a mystery surrounding her existence that she must discover .. Do it, read it the book, discover with her.

By April Adams on August 27, 2014

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I want to make one thing clear, the book’s premise is very good. I enjoyed the story line. I just couldn’t get into it as much as I wanted to. It reads like a first draft or maybe a screenplay. It may just be that I don’t connect with the author’s style, but in my opinion the book could do with being run through a few beta readers or an editor. There were parts of the story that seemed disjointed, the dialogue felt not-quite-right, the character made decisions in a split second without putting you through any internal struggle or process. The transitions from one situation to the next were very sudden. I felt a bit slapped around and several times I had to re-read a few pages after going, “Huh?” Maybe it’s just me.

It was kind-of like one of those old wooden roller coasters – fun, but it whips you around and you’re a bit dazed after. I think that with just a bit of work this book could definitely be 5 stars. Or a great movie. I’d totally watch it if it were made into a movie.

The book is about 3 (and more) alien races and the main character, Nell, is a blend of 2 of them who looks human and lived on Earth until just before her 17th birthday when the “changes” would begin. The story line is very original, the different races were intriguing. I thought it might be an allusion to the horrors of racism. This story follows Nell through her coming of age and the machinations of those who would destroy her. Good stuff.

Like I said, I liked the premise but the crafting of the story could use some tweaking. Definitely worth the money I paid for it on Kindle. It’s a fast read, too. Read it in about 5 hours. If the author does some tweaking I would love to check it out and revise my review. I’m an author too, and I hope my critiques are not too harsh and can help in making a good book great.

By Veritas Vincit on December 9, 2013

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To be perfectly honest, I was looking for something fun and relatively mindless to while away a day or two, and this was a suggested option for me. I hadn’t read the description and simply dove in, determined to get lost in something mildly entertaining, but nothing that would wrap me up as completely as this book instantly did. First of all, it is one of the most unpredictable books that I’ve read in a long time, simply in the sense that there weren’t any of the tell-tale plot twists or hackneyed story lines, even in a genre like fantasy/sci-fi that does tend to use similar conventions. From start to finish, the book kept me guessing, and a book that can continue to surprise is always one worth paying attention to. I particularly like how Furse didn’t immediately pose Nell as anything but what she was, a normal, scared teenager facing the challenges of growing up. Normality is key to the believability of a story, particularly when there is so much else about the story that is unbelievable and “out there” so to speak. Grounding the narrative in a really compelling, strong young woman, and complicating it with a very odd father figure was a very real and human element of the story that drove it forward, even as it became clear that Nell was anything but. Readers need those points of relativity to make a story connect with them on a normal level, since it can be difficult for some people to fully immerse themselves into a fantasy world without some sort of lifeline to the real world. Furse provides those human moments in spades, and for that, I will certainly be reading the rest of the Wexkia trilogy. This was quite a fortuitous find!

By Rodney Carlson on October 26, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition

How can I tell you how much I liked this book without sounding like a fake review? Let’s start with, this book was put together well. It was full of action, conflict, and adventure. I worried over and cheered for the main character Nell through every turn she took. The editor involved did a great job making a fun and exciting story, smooth and easy to read. This was an entertaining and delightful treat. I can’t help but get the rest of this series. If you want a well written adventure full of new worlds, strange alien creatures, and dark conspiracy, then you will love this book. Follow along the travels of a young girl as she finds out she has much more to worry about than which college to attend.

By Nikki Bywater on January 19, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

Nell is about to reach her seventeenth birthday, she has found that she has special powers like she is able to communicate with animals, and for a while she has had very strange dreams. Nell is looking forward to going to university, but when her father puts a stop to this she wonders why. Nell soon learns the life she knows is about to change dramatically, and that her ancestry is not what she thought. Soon she finds her life in danger, she must face prejudice, and fight for her life to try and restore peace to a race that has become divided by finding the book of Wexkia.

I really enjoyed the story. I thought for a story about aliens it was a unique and original. Like most books that are the first in a trilogy this is setting the foundations for what I think will be a superb trilogy. I am looking forward to seeing how the characters and story develop over the next two books.

 

 

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