Cursed Audiobook by Keri Arthur (REVIEW)

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Review of: Cursed Audiobook
Keri Arthur

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On April 11, 2019
Last modified:April 11, 2019


Cursed Audiobook

By: Keri Arthur

Narrated by: Justine Eyre

Published by: Tantor 3/12/2019

Cursed (Kingdoms of Earth & Air #2) by Keri Arthur read by Justine Eyre

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Kingdoms of Earth & Air #2

12 hrs and 30 mins

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Cursed Audiobook

3.5 Hearts

This is the second book in the Kingdoms of Earth & Air series by Keri Arthur. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Unlit. I liked the world that Arthur had created. I liked the characters. I thought this was an urban fantasy series where we would follow the same character throughout the series. This is actually a paranormal romance where we have a different couple in each book. I don’t mind paranormal romances, it just wasn’t what I was expecting from reading the first book in the series. But, that’s not the first that this has happened to me and it isn’t a bad thing in my book. Here is what through me for a loop. While this story takes place in the same world, it isn’t anywhere close to the location of the first book. The characters are also all completely new. There isn’t much to bridge the gap between books one and two.

So this story follows Princess Nyx Bel-Hannon. Her father is the king, though he has not done what is required of the the ruler of Cannamore. The ruler for over a thousand years has been able to pull a sword from the crystal throne. However, Nyx is the one who pulled the sword, not her father or her brother. So the men covered it up so that she wouldn’t become the ruler. They also put bracelets on her that gave them full control of her and tortured her in several different ways.

Nyx is sent off to fit with other prisoners in what would basically become a suicide mission. Her father and brother want her to die. While we don’t see any of the torture firsthand, we do get some of the details, so beware of people to people who might be triggered by such things (and think of the ways that women are tortured).

It’s not a bad story. The action is pretty good. However, I didn’t really like the characters. Nyx isn’t a bad character. She’s isn’t prissy and has had a hard life. Her father and brother made things very difficult for her. I don’t know what it was that she didn’t click with me. I was also not pulled in by her love interest, Donal. Again, I don’t know why he didn’t click with me. He was a good guy and really stood beside Nyx and let her lead and just supported her when she needed it.

I really wish that I could put a finger why this story wasn’t as good for me as the first book. Like I said, the action wasn’t bad. The story plot was a good story. While the characters aren’t bad, they just didn’t click for me for whatever reason. Maybe it was my mood. I’m not sure. I did enjoy it, just not nearly as much as the first story. I do highly recommend that people give the series a try. I will still try the next book to see if it was just my mood or whatever because I do love this world.

Cursed Narration

5 Hearts

Justine Eyre is a favorite narrator of mine. I really enjoy the voices that she does. She does a great job with both male and female voices, no matter the size of the cast.

Author: Keri Arthur

Author: Keri Arthur

I’m a born and bred Melbourne (Australia) gal, and grew up sharing my life with dragons, elves, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters and the occasional talking horse. Which worried my family to no end. Of course, now that I’m actually making a living sharing my life with the above-mentioned creatures, they no longer contemplate calling the men with the little white coat. When not at my keyboard, I can be found at the gym, sitting in front of the TV, or off in the countryside somewhere taking random photos.

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Justine Eyre Audiobook Narrator

Justine Eyre

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks. With a prestigious Audie Award and four AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt, Justine is multilingual and is known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage in leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.

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I like to thank Tantor Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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ML Simmons Reviewer

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. it’s too bad that it wasn’t as good but I confess that I’m curious because I enjoy book 1 too

  2. Yeah, not as good, but still great for me 🙂

    • I didn’t like this one as much as the first, but I still enjoyed it.

  3. Sometimes it’s hard to live up to the first book. Excellent review, Melanie

  4. Well that is kind of disappointing if you went in expecting to get more of the characters from the first book. Companion series are good, but it doesnt’ sound like this is what you were wanting. Oh well…

    • I think it just caught me off guard, because this didn’t read like a romance. There’s romance in it, but it isn’t huge part of the story. So, getting a second couple threw me off. I will say the romance was better in the second story.

  5. Yeah when book 2 in a series deviates that much I usually am scratching my head too Thanks Melanie

  6. Always a trip when adjustments like that have to be made. Now, you have me curious about what didn’t set right for you. It’s frustrating to have it happen especially when you have to explain in a review. LOL Hopefully, the next book and pair will work out better for you.

    • It was still a good story, just not as good as I had hoped. I’m interested to see where the next story takes me.

  7. Interesting that this is pretty much completely different from book on in characters and setting. You don’t see that very often in “series”. Still glad it was a really good read for you! It does sound interesting for sure.

    • Yeah, you usually see that in spinoffs. Caught me off guard, that’s all

  8. Yes, it is strange that there’s little to no crossover in the series. I don’t think that would set well for me either. I didn’t know about the first of these I don’t think. I like the books I’ve read by her in the past. I hope the next one is better for you!

    • This series is the first that I’ve read with Keri Arthur. I is an interesting series.

  9. Bummer it wasn’t as good. I have the series marked to listen. It is hard when you don’t love the characters. Maybe I should listen to another of her series first.

    • This is the only thing that I’ve tried with her. I’m going to try book three when it is available and see how it goes. I would definitely try another series from this author.

  10. I am still on the fence about this one. Thanks for the review. I have a feeling I would feel the same, so I’ll wait to try this one another time. I was going to ask if you’ll try book 3, but I see in the comments above you are planning on it. I look forward to reading your thoughts.

    • The series just doesn’t read as PNR to me, so getting a whole new couple and series just seemed weird. Especially after reading Ilona Andrews descriptions of “romance”. Where if the couple was taken out of the story, it would collapse, it is romance. This doesn’t seem like that and getting a new couple for each book that isn’t a romance just didn’t feel right and I generally don’t get upset at the lack of romance in my stories. I’m in a rambling mood this morning, apparently. LOL

  11. I LOVE Justine Eyre! She is the greatest! I haven’t read a Keri Arthur in quite some time. Strange that there is no connection between books 1 and 2.

    • I thought it was a little strange too. It wasn’t a bad story, I just expected to be more of a continuation of the previous story, even if with new couple.

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