Cursed (The Devil's Roses, #1) - Tara Brown When I first started reading 'Cursed' felt like it was missing something. I just couldn't make heads or tails out of some things that were happening in the book. I also felt an instant disliking to some characters for no other reason than gut instinct and the inner thoughts Aimee. At one point I didn't even like Aimee. I vented a lot while reading and surprised myself that I didn't give up on it.

I was a bit aggravated to learn at 34% into the book that the updated version was available on It's not the authors fault but after updating the newest version to my kindle touch and taking time to skim the already read percentage, my comments that were already made using the outdated material more than likely made me look a fool. Things that felt obvious without being said were said in the updated version. So right now anyone who sees my goodreads, twitter or facebook must think I'm a complete idiot. But that in no way, affects my rating.

I found the prologue very intriguing. Throughout the read I found myself focusing on the new cop. It was almost and OCD related obsession. Which is the main reason I don't read many mystery focused books. TB did an excellent job at turning my focus by throwing little morsels of juicy information my way once I started skimming the updated version.

My mind is still reeling from the before and after of the update. The writing improved and scenes that were once confusing as though I might have missed a key point were brought into focus. I was thrilled with the extra scene though most confirmed my evil twin theory where Alise is concerned. I was a little disappointed to learn my favorite scene didn't make it to the new book. And yet somehow, with all the edits TB still managed to leave me burning with questions.

Our favorite Characters shifted throughout the book.
Blake won me first with his witty humor. But in the end he lost my love because a lie of omission is still a lie and I question the truth of his friendship. Even more in the end.
Alise with a twin like her who needs enemies. The way she strikes out at Aimee by going after every boy her twin sister crushes is mean. To make matters worse she does it while Aimee is dying of poison.
Gazelle Like any other broken teenage with a shitty like she acts out. But under her layers lies a young girl who after all is said and done; wants to live and love.
Aleks So much was focused around Aimee, I found it odd to learn Aleksander was the true focus of the book. I didn't like the way he avoided answering questions. Even in the end, he failed to answer (mine and) Aimee's questions.

Recommendation It's pretty good book for young adults to read. I don't think adults will be as thrilled with it. I will continue to read because in the end Shane blew my socks off.