Sunday, September 29, 2013

Blog Tour and Book Review: The Pirate's Curse by E.J. Stevens

Title: The Pirate's Curse
Author: E.J. Stevens
Series: Book Five in the Spirit Guide Series
Published: October 2013
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal

Book Description:
When Yuki starts smelling salt brine and seaweed, she finds her summer vacation hijacked by pirates...the DEAD kind. 

Will the ghost of Black Sam Bellamy, Prince of Pirates, lead Yuki and her friends to treasure or terror?

A new Spirit Guide adventure you won't want to miss!

About the Author:

E.J. Stevens writes poetry, urban fantasy, and young adult paranormal novels. E.J. is the author of the haunting collection of dark poetry FROM THE SHADOWS, the chilling collection of paranormal poetry SHADOWS OF MYTH AND LEGEND, the young adult paranormal SPIRIT GUIDE series (SHE SMELLS THE DEAD, SPIRIT STORM, LEGEND OF WITCHTROT ROAD, BRUSH WITH DEATH) and the IVY GRANGER urban fantasy series (SHADOW SIGHT, BLOOD AND MISTLETOE, GHOST LIGHT). 

When E.J. isn't at her writing desk she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. She currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.

My Thoughts and Review:
I can't even begin to tell you how incredibly sad I am that this series is coming to a close, that this is the very last book. I have been with these characters from the very beginning and have grown to care about them like I would any of my friends. It is so bittersweet to know that after this, there won't be any more adventures for Yuki and her friends. Bittersweet but also exciting because you want them to all get their happily ever after and truth be told, I am anxious to see how it will all play out. 

I fell in love with the spunky feisty Yuki after book one. She has such a great personality and she always stays true to herself, even when being different would have made her life ten times easier.
Cal, Emma and even Simon are all there for Yuki and together, they form quite the bond. A lot has happened to them over the course of the series that had solidified their bond and created one heck of a unity between them, even when they don't always get along and agree on the best course of action for the dangers that always seem to lurk around every corner.

I am so happy with the way Ms. Stevens choose to wrap everything up. It all came together so nicely and even though this is paranormal, very realistically as well.

I loved how once again the four friends (and their two side kicks) really came through for one another and shinned. 

It is sad to see this series end but I am completely satisfied with the way it all did. The epilogue was wonderful and exactly what I needed in order to say goodbye to this wonderful group of characters.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author. I was not compensated for this review.*


  1. I hate when series I love end, it is like losing friends. So glad it wrapped up well and felt realistic. Wonderful review!

  2. It's often devastating to say goodbye to a series you love so much, but I'm glad the final installment was satisfying for you. I love the cover!
    Great review, Ali! :)

  3. I've loved pirates forever and making them ghosts just bumps it up. What fun!

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

  4. I'm glad the series ended well, I'm always terrified for series to end cause I hate to be disappointed. I haven't read this series yet but hopefully one day...

  5. It is nice when it ends that way you want it to for sure!

  6. Yes sometimes is hard to end a series especially when you've be through a lot with characters. I'm glad you enjoyed this one and that the last book was satisfying :) I need to check out this series. Great review :)

  7. I'm so happy that you've enjoyed this series, because I've been meaning to start it for YEARS.

  8. You really should try it Christy, Yuki is fabulous!

  9. This series is new to me. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Great review.

  10. It's always a shame when you have to say goodbye to a beloved series, but it sounds like this was just the satisfying end you needed. Lovely review! :-)