Review – Cursed

Cursed book cover




Fallen Siren #1


S. J. Harper


Urban Fantasy


Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She’s cursed. He’s damned. Together, they make one hell of a team.

Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.
Special Agent Zack Armstrong just transferred into the San Diego Field Office. He’s a werewolf, doing his best to beat back the demons from his dark and dangerous past. As a former Black Ops sniper, he’s taken enough lives. Now he’s doing penance by saving them.
Emma and Zack’s very first case draws them deep into the realm of the paranormal, and forces them to use their own supernatural abilities. But that leaves each of them vulnerable, and there are lines partners should not cross. As secrets are revealed and more women go missing, one thing becomes clear: as they race to save the victims, Emma and Zack risk losing themselves.


4stars rating

I’ve had this series on my TBR list for so so long and while I did read the prequel a little while ago, I only now finished book nr 1 and I must say, I liked it! It was a quick and enjoyable read.


Was good, though sometimes it went a bit too far. I really don’t want/need to know the street names and the exact location when on a run. Well, unless you live in the area and want to follow the route I suppose 😀
Apart from that little hiccup along the way all was good with every scene clear and well detailed.

Character development:

Was good. We get to know Zack a lot better than we did in the prequel and we learned some new things about Emma and Liz. Emma en Zack really work well together, they have each other’s back, even after the short time they have known one another. A new, dark and mysterious player has entered the field and seems to have some interest in Emma (much to the chagrin of Zack teehee). Oh and we get an even darker picture of Demeter, the goddess who cursed Emma.

Pacing & Flow:

Were good. Excellent balance between conversation and action, keeping the story moving ahead without slowing it down or rushing it.

The book itself:

The book itself was well written with no (noticeable) errors. There is sex described (if that is important to you).

Final Thoughts:

All in all, I was very happy that the romance elements in the book didn’t become too much. While I certainly love me some romance (I live vicariously through the characters I’m reading about lol), for this series it would have just taken the focus away from the awesome writing. The main focus really was the case they were working on.