Books by Marianne Curley

BROKEN by Marianne Curley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A Bella-like protagonist, bland heroes and a Bond villain make for an unremarkable contribution to the growing legion of trite teen paranormal tales. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
Three love interests battle for a teen angel's hand in this sequel to Hidden (2013).Read full book review >
HIDDEN by Marianne Curley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 25, 2013

"Another tempestuous supernatural romance for fans of Twilight-fare, but readers looking for an original or coherent story will have to seek elsewhere. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
Angels bring bad tidings in this teen paranormal pastiche. Read full book review >
THE DARK by Marianne Curley
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

Another helping of time-travel fantasy, heavy on the melodrama, in a sequel to The Named (2002). The Goddess of Chaos, irate that the Guardians of Time defeated her lover Marduke, abducts Arkarian, the ageless wizard of the Guard, and imprisons him in a dark dimension of unending torture. Although the Immortal leader of the Guard expressly forbids any rescue attempt, three of the Named—the impetuous Ethan, his former Apprentice Isabel, and Isabel's brother Matt—dare to go after their mentor. Their ventures through medieval France, ancient Rome, and finally the nightmarish underworld, would be laughably anachronistic and badly sketched were they not so clearly secondary to the heart-wringings of teenage angst. Will Isabel and Arkarian ever acknowledge that they are soulmates, or will his eternal youth and her former crush on Ethan get in the way? Will Ethan and Matt ever reconcile their friendship, torn apart over the traitor they both loved? And who could be Arkarian's father? Pure soap-opera fluff with only the lightest sprinkling of the fantastic; but fans will eat it up with a spoon. (Fantasy. YA)Read full book review >
THE NAMED by Marianne Curley
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Swashbuckling time-travel plus soap-opera relationships make for a page-turning start to a promised trilogy. The mysterious death of Ethan's older sister when he was only four left his family a wreck: his mother hospitalized with depression, his father an emotional automaton, and Ethan subject to horrific nightmares. But for Ethan, his real life for the past 12 years has been with the Guardians of Time, in their eternal battle to prevent the Order of Chaos from disrupting the proper workings of history. After he's assigned to train his schoolmate, Isabel, as his first Apprentice, an ancient prophecy gives the pair only a few short weeks to thwart Chaos's top general in his assaults against the past, before the unfolding of an even more terrifying destiny. Protecting the time stream is hardly an innovative concept in fantastic fiction, but Curley pulls it off with panache. While the various historical periods are only perfunctorily limned, the ritualistic panoply of the Guard itself begs for further exploration. Cocky, loyal Ethan and self-confident Isabel are likable enough, but the real hook for teen readers will be their romantic entanglements. Isabel hides her lifelong crush on Ethan, as her older brother, once his best friend, seethes over Ethan's attraction to his girlfriend; meanwhile, an unlikely character recognizes in the oblivious Isabel his own destined soulmate. Anguished heartbreak and suppressed longing are bound to continue to spice up the history-hopping sword-and-sorcery, making the sequels an ongoing guilty pleasure. (Fantasy. 12+)Read full book review >