The Brother's Curse

The Brother's Curse Saga Book 1

Young Adult - Horror
344 Pages
Reviewed on 03/02/2021
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Author Biography

Christine M. Germain is a Haitian American author of Dark Horror Fantasy Fiction. Born March 8, 1981, in Brooklyn, New York, she found her passion for writing in 1993 and wrote her first horror story at twelve. Watching horror movies and reading young adult horror fiction novels influenced her passion for writing a story with a protagonist that looked like her.

In the movie world, African American women were never portrayed as strong lead in horror films or books. Instead of waiting to see if that would happen, she decided to create a story that she would love to read and watch on the big screen that catered to more diverse characters.

Admiring authors such as Stephen King and R.L. Stein, Christine pursued her writing journey majoring in literature and graduated with a performing arts degree. Known for an imagination unlike any other, Christine is ready to take you to a thrilling shapeshifter world with the first novel of her Saga, "The Brother's Curse."

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

For the legion of shapeshifting demons to resurrect, an amethyst necklace must be retrieved and liberated. To retrieve this artifact, the wearer must die! This is the story of The Cursed Brothers, a thrilling horror novel written by Christine M. Germain. Crystal had just returned to Lakeview Falls, a year after her parents’ brutal murder. Her birthday was fast approaching, and she received the amethyst necklace posthumously from her late mom. She also developed romantic feelings towards her new next-door neighbor, Jason. Unfortunately, her friends started disappearing one after the other. The culprit was the necklace, and two immortal demons were after it. Only Crystal can fight this battle. She will choose her destiny, whether to live or die. What will it be?

Whoosh! The Brother’s Curse by Christine M. Germain offered a lot and lived up to its genre. Christine is such a fantastic storyteller that I felt the energies emanating from the novel. The plot was unlike anything I’ve ever read, very detailed and otherworldly realistic. I loved the sprinkle of humor that tempered the tension and fear. Character development was top-notch, and I loved their unpredictability. John and Trey were my authentic heroes in the book. They were the ones who truly loved; walking their talk all the way. I loved the writing style and the way words flowed effortlessly–almost poetically. The book cover was also very attractive and informative, telling me what to expect. This is the first book, and I can’t wait to read other works by Christine.

Ricky C

This book keeps you turning pages. The protagonist Crystal is brave and full of heart, which makes much of her story heartbreaking. The characters face some of the most terrifying things imaginable, and there are many touching moments between them that bring tears to one's eyes.

Moving, believable relationships, an electric, unpredictable plot, and an evil force as brutal as you can imagine. All these are only some of what carries this brilliantly written tale of love and tragedy.

This is the kind of book you don't forget for a while. The shocking moments stay with you and, unlike many novels in the horror/thriller genre that has minimal character development, TBC is full of realistic, believable characters that make you feel for them and want nothing but their best. Moreover, the diverse representation in these characters is refreshing and something we need more of in fiction today.

This author is definitely one to keep an eye on. I wouldn't be surprised to see her mentioned among the greats one day soon. Her talent for entertaining and shocking readers while also conveying deeper meanings, is inspirational.

NG Review

I haven't read any horror stories lately but used to be a big fan of the Goosebumps series. That's when I came across this book. Even though I was skeptical about buying a new author's book, I was taken aback by the brilliance of the author. The horror element is well executed and will give you chills. On top of that, the surprise plot twists and unexpected turn of events are sure to put you on the edge of the seat.

Ivan

A young woman receives a necklace from her late mother and finds herself the target of demonic forces looking to reclaim said necklace and free their captured kin. This was a good read all around. The tone and pacing are consistent, the characters are all great with likable leads and fantastic villains. If you like supernatural horror novels then this is a good one for you. Check it out and see what you think.

Jae

I struggle with keeping interest in anything I read, especially books. Authors try so hard to sound enlightened and smart when using imagery; all I want is to be able to picture what's going on without use of a dictionary. This book/author literary breaks all the proverbial rules and is actually for a normal person, like me, to enjoy... and one hell of a story line that will have you clutching your pearls! I was nosey after reading this book and began to do a little research, THE AUTHOR HAS 2 MORE BOOKS THAT IS PART OF THE SAGA READY TO DROP (seemingly soon). I can't wait to read more from her.

Brady

I thought the story was well written and the flow made sure that I couldn’t put the book down. The characters have their struggles which makes me enjoy horror (not every character is hearts and flowers!). There is some silent comedic moments that made me chuckle, which is another aspect of horror I love. There are many twists and turns that make you engaged with wanting to know more, and even wanting the next book quicker (hint...hint)!

Phillip

If you are looking for a great horror book to read, get yourself a copy of this book. The suspense of this story will have you turning the pages and you will not want to stop reading.

The author did a fantastic job with the plot twists in the story. I can’t wait to read more.

Zee B

The Brother’s Curse immediately starts with a mystery in Lakeview Falls, Michigan in 2025. There are young boys disappearing and getting murdered by someone.
As if that’s not enough, an old woman yells a prophecy right into the face of the sheriff and his deputy investigating the gruesome murders, about a mysterious “she who holds the stone will put everyone’s lives in terrible danger!”
Meanwhile, 24-year-old Chrystal is coming back to town, a year after the horrible and still unsolved murder of her parents.
But Chrystal’s arrival does not end happy as tragedy overshadows the joyous event.
As Chrystal spends more time at home she struggles with John, her current boyfriend and Terrance, her past love interest, and meets a potentially new one in the mysterious Jason.
Gabby, Philip, Trey, Alex and Derrick are a wonderful supporting cast to Chrystal as more inexplicable disappearances plague the small town.
And then Chrystal receives a gift that will change her life forever.
This dark paranormal horror story, sprinkled with romance, will keep you turning the pages all the way till the end, rooting for the sassy and smart Chrystal. And that twist at the end will make you sit on needles for the sequel!