by Corey Ann Haydu
Teens and YA, Fantasy novel published by Simon Pulse on July 28th, 2020
Damsel meets A Heart in a Body in the World in this incisive and lyrical feminist fairy tale about a princess determined to save her sisters from a curse, even if it means allying herself with the very witch who cast it.
The Princesses of Ever are beloved by the kingdom and their father, the King. They are cherished, admired.
Jane, Alice, Nora, Grace, and Eden carry the burden of being punished for a crime they did not commit, or even know about. They are each cursed to be Without one essential thing—the ability to eat, sleep, love, remember, or hope. And their mother, the Queen, is imprisoned, frozen in time in an unbreakable glass box.
But when Eden’s curse sets in on her thirteenth birthday, the princesses are given the opportunity to break the curse, preventing it from becoming a True Spell and dooming the princesses for life. To do this, they must confront the one who cast the spell—Reagan, a young witch who might not be the villain they thought—as well as the wickedness plaguing their own kingdom…and family.
Told through the eyes of Reagan and Jane—the witch and the bewitched—this insightful twist of a fairy tale explores power in a patriarchal kingdom not unlike our own.
There are trigger warnings in the very beginning so please read and take care of yourself.
There are two point of views and they are explosive. Jane and Reagan are two girls from completely different walks of life and the parallels that Haydu drew between the two main characters were absolutely amazing. The book was very timely.
The #metoo movement is still going strong and Ever Cursed takes that movement and puts it in a way that perhaps is a bit more palatable to younger audiences while not taking anything away. Jane was turning a blind eye towards everything until it happened right in front of her. The way that a lot of people often turn away until it affects them.
Which is probably why it took so long to sound the alarm. Reagan probably didn’t do it correctly but she did something. She was the catalyst. Ever Cursed draws a lot of comparison from the world. The vocabulary used reminded me of the discussions after the protests, that are still going on by the way, where a lot of people were saying that doing so many protests and doing some drastic things to bring unrest to the country wouldn’t amount to anything.
Both in the book and in real life, change was brought. It gives you a bit of an inside peek into the #metoo movement. I loved it.
Let me know what you think!