Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT Cursed Love Blues by @katexwickens ancient Goddess #Fantasy

Today’s team review is from Shelley, she blogs at

#RBRT Review Team

Shelley has been reading Cursed Love Blues by Kate Wickens


Title: Cursed Love Blues
Author: Kate Wickens
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
My Review:
Cursed Love Blues has it all; gods and goddesses, lots of sex, music, and even vampires! The author doesn’t hold back with her descriptive prose, and this novel is, therefore, far from a clean read.
Ate is a disgraced goddess who is cursed to walk the earth in human form. Known as the goddess of infatuation and recklessness she finds numerous ways to pass the centuries. She comes across a young couple, Hako, and Sue, who are part of a band. The music element in the book is well written and beautifully crafted, weaving itself into most scenes. Ate becomes their manager, and the story unfolds as they embark on a road trip.
As we learn more about Ate in the present day, the author then switches between time periods, so we learn more about Ate’s previous encounters over the many years she has spent as a goddess in a human body. There are links to the past lives of those she meets, and this opens up to the twists and turns of the story arc.
I found this review quite difficult to write. Cursed Love Blues is well written. However, I didn’t bond with the characters at all and struggled to read it, opting for short bursts. Having said that, I did like the god, Hermes, as his humour was well portrayed. He enters the story by hijacking human bodies so he can interact with Ate and the other characters. There is a beautifully written scene where Hermes dances with Ate but hops from body to body as the dance progresses.
The author has delivered an interesting read which shows us how a god and goddess might view human life with frailties of body and mind, but it didn’t quite hit the spot for me.
I received a copy of Cursed Love Blues from the author via Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team, in exchange for an honest review.
A disgraced goddess, scorned by the gods and condemned by an ancient curse to wander the earth in human form. But Atë is nobody’s victim. Indomitable, mischievous and ravishing, she is determined to enjoy all the sensual pleasures of the body and this world, even if they do come with a price.
She isn’t known as the goddess of infatuation and recklessness for nothing. Drifting across centuries and continents, through the countless lives of mesmerised kings, geniuses and fools, she is haunted by a secret ache for a human soul she has loved and lost over different lifetimes. When a young blues singer mysteriously disappears during a Mexican fiesta, Atë realises the key to freeing herself from her curse might finally be within her grasp.
Embark on a wild road trip that takes you into a twilight world of disgruntled angels, unreliable gods, desperate lovers, vengeful priests and friendly goats.
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10 thoughts on “Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT Cursed Love Blues by @katexwickens ancient Goddess #Fantasy

  1. This is a weird one, Shelley – I’ve just found this with a book. One I was looking forward to reading and kept thinking, ‘I ought to be loving this’, but did as you did, kept picking up and putting down. Ended up abandoning at 50%.

    Sometimes I think that all the ingredients are there, but somehow the actual STORYTELLING itself isn’t good enough to keep you wanting to turn the pages. Storytelling is a real art; I think it’s one of those ‘you got it or you don’t’ things. I’ve just read a self-pub travel memoir in which a disastrous cycle ride kept me engrossed and was so good I read it again, so well written I’m still thinking about it. The book I abandoned was a fantastically well researched bit of much promoted histfic. The main characters, though, remained just words on a page.

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  2. It’s a shame; we all know the author has put so much time and effort into writing a book – yet it doesn’t quite work. Then it’s one of the most difficult reviews to write. But that’s how we learn and improve – so thank you for being so honest, Shelley

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    • Thanks, Judith. I totally agree with you. It’s well written and clearly well researched but it didn’t ‘fit’ for me. Another reader may love it and not be able to put it down. That’s what makes us so unique I guess 🙂

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  3. It is a fair review, Shelley. We have all read books that are fine but just don’t connect with us (and sometimes the opposite is true. A book that is far from perfect might grab us despite its problems). Thanks again.

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    • Now that’s true, Olga! Two of my most read authors, Blake Crouch and Kate Mary, have aspects about their books that would make creative writing teachers cringe, and should make me go “Naaah!”, but I still want to read them. I think in this case IS just down to the storytelling capabilities, and those two have it in spades. It’s all about whether or not you can write sentences that make the reader what to carry on turning the pages.

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      • Or perhaps it was the TELLING of that story that was so brilliant. Plenty of people can think up a great plot, but it takes a writer with talent to make you want to read it when it’s written down. To my mind, ‘well written’ doesn’t mean ‘puts all the commas in the right places and understands sentence structure’. It means ‘able to make a reader want to keep turning the pages’.

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