Descendants of the Curse

Jessie's Awakening

Young Adult - Paranormal
240 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2020
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Author Biography

CS Kendall first sparked an interest in writing in the third grade and has been toying with various story ideas since.

Finally, a few years ago she decided to put pen to paper and really give it a go. The Killing Cure Series is her debut work.

In her day job she feels honored to serve as a therapist in a private practice setting where she is daily inspired by the stories of struggle, courage. and overcoming her clients entrust to her. Walking through the difficulties of depression, anxiety and major life transitions is a privilege she feels humbled to be a part of. She incorporates themes she sees in her work, of humanity warring with aspiration to be better, of suffering and triumphing. She believes it truly is the story of humanity, those common experiences and struggles--sometimes endured in silent desperation--that connect us all. And she loves to find creative ways to convey that to her readership.

CS lives happily with her family in southwest Michigan.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite

In C.S. Kendall's Descendants of the Curse: Jessie's Awakening, as far as Jessie was concerned the sins of the parents should remain with them and shouldn't be passed to the child. But that wasn't how things worked with the water. Turning seventeen had enough pressure, maintaining her straight As, a lead part in the musical, not to mention her relationship with Jake, and her best friend Addy. Jessie had plans, she had her life set out before her until her parents dropped a bombshell on her. Not only has she been betrothed to someone, but her family harbored a secret, and now she was of age it would come calling to her. Life as she knew it was over, and the thought of what she must do, who she must become, haunts her every waking second.

C.S. Kendall's Descendents of the Curse: Jessie's Awakening is a riveting young adult paranormal tale with a heap of trouble and a sprinkle of romance. The first-person narrative from both Jessie's and Tyler's perspectives allows you to get into the minds of the characters; Jessie, as she suffers and struggles to accept everything she has learned, and Tyler as he becomes part of her life, healing his own wounds while supporting her through a painfully familiar transition. I enjoyed the originality in regards to this particular supernatural style origin story, and how it touches on aspects of training body and mind and working with what you have rather than against it. Drama, threat, a loss of self, and a hope to hold on to the past drives this story of new awakenings and discovery.