Krysta’s Curse by Tara West
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: YA Paranormal
Length: Full (155 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4 Suns
Reviewed by Orange Blossom
Everything about Krysta Richards is wrong, from her short height to her unmanageable hair. Her ability to talk to spirits doesn’t help things, either. Her physical flaws don’t seem to matter to Bryon, her lab partner. Just as the chemistry between them is about to ignite, a homicide detective asks her to summon a murder victim, her drunk father suddenly takes an interest in her life and her dead friends enlist her in a crusade to save their decrepit cemetery. She dreams of gracing the cover of Cosmo, but if she can’t get her life back to normal, she’ll be labeled the poster child for Weirdo.
I love YA fiction. Especially if it has great humor and tone. And that’s exactly was you get in Krysta’s Curse. I was familiar with Ms. West’s work before beginning this book but this was the first I’d actually read any of her books. And I’m glad I did. It was enjoyable from beginning to end.
Krysta’s Curse is that she can see the dead. She can talk to them and they can talk back. The dead have this uncanny ability to find her and sometimes they have requests. Things that they want her to do that she really doesn’t want to do. Things that mess with her personal life. But really what choice does she have? I really loved the old ghostly couple Krysta does her best to help throughout the story. They definitely made me chuckle.
This is the 3rd book in Ms. West’s Whispers series. And though I hadn’t read the first two books in the series, I was able to enjoy and follow this book about Krysta without a problem. The author does mention events that had taken place previously in the other books to help fill in the gaps. You see, Krysta’s two close friends have supernatural powers too. To find out more about them, you have to read the two previous books.
The object of Krysta’s affection and her lab partner, Bryon Thomas, gets wrapped up in her crazy life as well. With things so screwed up, she doesn’t know if they’ll ever get together. Bryon is great though. He has his issues and he has his flaws too. And who isn’t attracted to a gorgeous guy with a drama-filled life?
Due to the subject matter and eerieness in certain scenes (as an adult I was even weirded out), I wouldn’t necessarily suggest this book for young teens (or tweens) or for families who don’t approve of paranormal reading material. Having said that, Krysta’s Curse was an enjoyable YA book. The writing was fun and quick paced, the characters drawn realistic just like the kids town the street. I especially enjoyed the interaction between the three girls as well as that of Krysta and her dad. I just hope we find out more about Krysta’s other parent in another book one day. Well worth the read.