I think I’ve found an author I like as much as Frank Tuttle. Not that the books are really the same, but Benedict Jacka has that same ability to create dynamic and incredible characters. I just *have* to know what is going to happen to them. I *have* to keep turning the pages. So, like I do with a Tuttle book, I set aside an entire afternoon to read the second book in Benedict Jacka’s Alex Versus series: Cursed.
I loved it. It’s got adventures, magic, heart and some of THE greatest side characters ever. The mystery is even better in Cursed than it was in Fated. On top of all that, Benedict Jacka takes time to fully create and portray bad guys/suspicious characters. They aren’t just pure evil. Well, some of them are definitely more evil than others. But people are never easily defined in real life and the author does a good job of using that. There is some good to the bad characters, and Alex Versus, the main, is astute enough to recognize that even the bad guys can sometimes be of use. These sorts of relationships create enough tension to caused ripped pages. You never know what to expect, and you can’t turn the pages fast enough. Reading a Benedict Jacka novel is not only a delight, it’s downright FUN.
When you’re done, you’ve met at least one or two characters that you’d love to have over for dinner. I’d especially like to invite Alex’s seamstress over. How UTTERLY cool would that be???? Lord knows I can use the help with my wardrobe…
This series is going straight to my top reads for 2013. Good stuff. Five plus stars.
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