Our Cursed Love
by Julie Abe
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Pub Date 12 Dec 2023 | Archive Date 26 Dec 2023
St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books
Julie Abe's OUR CURSED LOVE is a magical 50 FIRST DATES meets LOVE AND GELATO set in Tokyo, Japan—about destiny, the impact of the choices we make, and the magic of true love.
Six days to remember.
Love or lose him forever.
Remy Kobata has always wished she was destined to be with her best friend, Cam Yasuda. All the way from being neighbors from birth to mixing up magical prank potions together to their “just friends” homecoming date during their senior year in high school, nothing’s a secret between Remy and Cam—except for how much she is in love with him.
Remy is trying to work up the courage to confess her feelings during their winter break trip to Japan, when she gets selected for a mystical tea leaves reading and it reveals that they’re not meant to be together. After they stumble upon a secret magical apothecary in the back alleys of Tokyo, Remy and Cam are offered an ancient soulmate elixir, created before all love potions were banned by the magical government. They each have their reasons for wanting to take it, but what could go wrong with finding your soulmate a little earlier?
Except, after they drink up, their senior year trip flips into the worst vacation ever: Cam has forgotten who Remy is. If she can't help Cam remember her by midnight New Year’s Eve, they’ll both be cursed to forget each other. To unravel their past and rewrite the future, Remy and Cam must travel through Tokyo to rediscover Cam’s memories and make new ones—and maybe even fall in love all over again.
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Fantasy isn't a genre I usually gravitate towards but Julie Abe creates an engaging world in "Our Cursed Love" that will hold the attention of skeptics. I loved the typical teen romance plot mixed with magic and Japanese folklore. Japanese culture is another thing I don't have a whole lot of familiarity with and this book was a fun and engaging introduction. I would recommend!
Woeful tale of two teens in love that are reluctant to take the next step with their friendship. They are afraid to confess their true feelings and instead choose to 'wish on a star'. Unfortunately for them, they live in a magical world, and their wishes have real consequences. They each have a reason for partaking of a magical potion, but the potion's effect is vague, and the result is unexpected. It is a great tale of how to keep love alive by reliving the memories that mean so much, and demonstrates the power of being there in support of your partner. I loved the magical world hidden within the normal world. And, as someone that is a big fan of sweets, I enjoyed the mention of all the wonderful treats that they tried on their trip to Japan. It is a fun and upbeat story despite touching on serious matters such as broken families and parental neglect. An entertaining and heartfelt read!