Book Review – Cursed Fates – Zodiac Academy Book 5 – By Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti – 5 stars

Warning: May contain spoilers, but opening comments are spoiler-free. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

If you haven’t read book 4, then this review contains major spoilers.

I want to cry for these girls all the time. They never get a break for more than 5 minutes before it all goes wrong again. And if I hear one more person blame Tory for being star-crossed, then I’m going to lay the smack down on them.

What I liked…

I wanted Tory to say yes at the end of the previous book, but totally support her decision to say no in that moment. And now I love her constant questioning her decision and if she should have chosen differently.

I love more of the girls getting their own back on people who hurt them. 

In between the bad stuff, there are some cute and funny moments. I just love the fluff. 

I hate (but secretly love) more hardships for both girls. No spoilers on that, but it’s obvious at this point that things never go right for long.

More sibling tension between Darcy and Tory, which makes their relationship more realistic. 

Darcy. Honestly, I don’t feel overly strongly about Darcy most of the time compared to the others. I like her, but she’s not my favourite. But I feel so bad for her in this book. 

Tory. One of my all-time favourite characters now. Perfect balance of sass and sarcasm. Sometimes she gets a little too self-loathing for my liking, but that’s just her character. 

Caleb. No spoilers, but he does a few very nice things in this book for various people, and I think he’s becoming a good friend to Tory. Sure, he gets something out of it when he gives her an amazing surprise (probably my favourite scene in the whole book, maybe the whole series), but he’d probably do it for her anyway. And what’s brewing with him and a certain other person? I’m hoping that plays out in their favour. 

Darius. He knows he fucked up, and I like reading him stew in what he did to Tory and why she said no. I still hope they fix it, but he needed an emotional slap in the face to spur him into action.

Orion. Not impressed dude. You fudged up royally. Still love you. 

Spice. Woah. Spice is twice as nice when there’s 3 😏. I wasn’t sure I was going to like the dynamics when I realised what was about to happen, but it totally worked. 

I just love how the Vegas and the Heirs are finally on the same side with more playful rivalry mostly (emphasis on mostly). I think it started with the snowball fight at the end of book 4. I loved that scene. 

What I didn’t like…

I still don’t like Max, Seth and Xavier’s POVs. They’re fun characters but their POVs are… meh. But that’s mostly because I’m more invested in the other POVs, even Caleb. 

Final thoughts…

At this point, I can’t fault anything to the point I would take stars away. I’m invested in the story and the twins, Orion, and Darius, and even a few of the other characters as things blossom between them. Each book is an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish, and I freaking love it. 


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