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Nell lives on a beach with only her mysterious father and close neighbours for company. As her seventeenth birthday approaches, she experiences something strange - suddenly, she can communicate with animals and sense other people's feelings. Her life is turned upside-down when she learns the frightening truth about who she really is and discovers that her life is in dangerNell lives on a beach with only her mysterious father and close neighbours for company. As her seventeenth birthday approaches, she experiences something strange - suddenly, she can communicate with animals and sense other people's feelings. Her life is turned upside-down when she learns the frightening truth about who she really is and discovers that her life is in danger. With friend Sam by her side, she travels to an alien world where she must defend herself against her enemies and, using her newly acquired abilities, find a secret book that contains the truth about her ancestry - whatever that may be. Author, Dale Furse takes us on a fantastic adventure to a world inhabited by bizarre beings. Confused by her life-changing experiences and facing an uncertain future, who can Nell trust to help her?...

Title : curse of wexkia
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ISBN : 14761535
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 189 Pages
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curse of wexkia Reviews

  • Meghan
    2018-10-17 05:01

    I enjoyed this book. It is one of those coming-of-age type stories where, when the main character (Nell) is about to turn 17, she finds out that her parents aren't who - or maybe I should say what - she thought them to be. There are secrets, adventures, aliens from other planets, danger, a book no one knows about, hidden powers and so much more included in the story. The descriptions are beautiful, the dangers exciting and the "people" she meets along the way are interesting. A good book to share with children.Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Gordon A.
    2018-09-25 07:01

    I think it is common among children to fantasize about what would happen if they woke up one morning and discovered that they weren't what everyone thought, that they were beings from another planet, with powers to match. This book is a realistic and enjoyable take on what that might be like. Not necessarily enjoyable for the main character.Nell is an average 16-year-old, enjoying her life on the northeast coast of Australia, looking forward to the future she has planned. Then a mystical encounter with a huge saltwater crocodile starts a series of strange events which send her careening through space, the only scion of an apparently-vicious species that should have died out millennia ago. Aided by her half-Aborigine friend, Sam, and hampered by members of several other species – and even by her father, whose unconditional love is in doubt – she must fight her way across an alien planet to find the evidence to clear the reputation of her race and, incidentally, save herself from lifelong incarceration as a danger to the citizens of the universe. The strength in this writing is in the description, especially of scenes and their emotional impact on the characters, and thus on the reader. This emotional contact gives us great empathy with the main character without ducking the flaws in her personality that help drive the plot. Nell seems a very realistic teenager, with mood swings, uncertainties and emotional spates enough to make the reader, and even Nell herself, question whether she might be going crazy. She is still very likeable, and we follow her quest avidly.A couple of things make it difficult to place the target audience for this story. The names and the complete lack of sexual tension between the two main characters place readership in the 9-12 age-group, but the complexity of the plot seems aimed at a more sophisticated reader.My only complaint is that there is just too much magic in the story. There are so many species arrayed against Nell, each with such powerful abilities, that it is difficult both to keep them all straight and to believe that one young protagonist can actually triumph against such odds. In general, I think most fantasy readers from 10 years on will love this story. I'm just waiting for the sequel, which I gather will be published soon.

  • Jo Reason
    2018-09-27 07:09

    Summary: Nell lives with her Dad in an idyllic beach house and has lived there all her life, she is about to turn seventeen and wants to go off to collage, but her Dad has other ideas. Suddenly her world changes from one day to the next and she discovers things about herself and her family that she never expected. It is the first of a series.It is a very entertaining book. An exciting start traps the reader right from the beginning. It then continues throughout the whole book with much excitement and some of the best descriptions I have come across in a while. Nicely fast paced with loads going on. There are a variety of mysterious people, and some make you wonder if they are on Nell’s side or not. There are plenty of emotions running wild, mainly from Nell but also the other characters.I loved all the locations in the book, but most of all the beach setting in the beginning, makes me want to live there myself.I have two favourite parts in the book, the stunning descriptive part when Nell and the other characters are swimming underwater and the journey in the skark, (what is a skark? I hear you ask, well you will have to read the book to find out). I couldn't decide which of these was my favourite so I included them both.It is a nice easy read.The only thing I would possibly suggest is a change to the cover, it gives off the impression that it is for even young readers, although the books is aimed at a young adult audience but this is probably only because the main character is a teenager, don´t let this put you off, if you enjoy a wild fantasy ride to other planets and learning about other civilizations then this is the book for you.

  • Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer
    2018-10-14 02:06

    What is Nell? Alian or Human?As Nell's 17's birthday draw nearer, she experiences some changes in herself and could not comprehend it. She is becoming more aware of things and she can hear animals talking and can hear thoughts of other people. She is asking herself 'what is happening to myself? Is that normal growing up?'Until her father and newly reviled relatives unveil to her that she is not only a human, she also is an alien from another world. And here starts the incredible story of a teenager, who was hurled into space to land on the alien planet.Dale Furse, the author, did a good job to put Nell as she was, a normal, scared teenager facing the challenges of growing up as she was put onto the alien world.She learns more about herself and her true self as the story unfolds, as she realizes that she is both, human and alien.A great story for young teenager, YA and even to the age of 99 years.

  • Rebecca
    2018-10-14 02:19

    This book is an amazing fantasy ride, full of unique characters and vivid scenes.Nell is facing college and has secretly applied to one. But there's a reason her father doesn't support this idea, and it isn't any reason you've ever heard of before.For seventeen years, Nell has lived a rather lonely--but fairly normal--life. Then one day an alligator speaks to her, and from that moment on, BIG changes come barreling, sweeping her away from any hint of normalcy, and taking her good friend Sam with her.This story surprised and delighted me at every turn. I don't want to give any spoilers, but The Curse of Wexkia has a lot going on. It's a little bit sci-fi, a little bit fantasy, a little bit teenage angst, a little bit rebellion, and a little bit sweet budding romance. While the story ends very satisfyingly, there is definitely room for a sequel, and many more adventures.

  • Rodney Carlson
    2018-09-22 01:57

    How can I tell you how much I liked this book without sounding like a fake review? Let’s start with, this book was put together well. It was full of action, conflict, and adventure. I worried over and cheered for the main character Nell through every turn she took. The editor involved did a great job making a fun and exciting story, smooth and easy to read. This was an entertaining and delightful treat. I can’t help but get the rest of this series. If you want a well written adventure full of new worlds, strange alien creatures, and dark conspiracy, then you will love this book. Follow along the travels of a young girl as she finds out she has much more to worry about than which college to attend.

  • Hyde Arghast
    2018-10-20 03:58

    Definitely a page turner. The character development keeps you interested and attentive the whole way through, while the action and excitement tops the whole thing off perfectly. Can't wait for book 2!

  • Rosa Christian
    2018-10-15 01:54

    An exciting and intriguing 'coming of age book'. Dale has a fertile imagination which is able to see the world through a young person's eyes. She is an Australian author worth reading and I look forward to reading the rest of the Wexia trilology and anything else she writes.

  • Michael George
    2018-10-09 07:18

    This is the same book as 1st edition Curse of Wexkia . Still great for all ages. My original 5 dtstars stands.

  • K. Eller
    2018-10-13 03:04

    An Enchanting & Magical Adventure That will Captivate Your Imagination! Curse by Dale Furse is one of the Best Sci-fi/fantasy books I have read this year! It is a feast for the imagination with vivid imagery and non-stop Spellbinding action. For me this was quite a refreshing and engrossing read! The Author delivers her story with a perfect blend of mystical fantasy, Science Fiction, a touch of romance, mystery and personal growth. I was intrigued with the strong, relatable characters, flowing dialogue and a unique plot that has you guessing all throughout the story the exact nature of Nell’s mysterious heritage. I was pleasantly pleased with the fact that I could not put it down yet, it moved along seamlessly and quickly so I didn't have to.The author provides her readers with a fresh and engaging plot that becomes quite thought provoking. How well do you really know a person? And how much do we truly know ourselves or our heritage? I feel that all people keep many aspects of themselves hidden from others. As much as you think you `know' someone else, in reality, you really only know what they `want' you to know. That is a simple fact.I found the Flow of the dialogue to be excellent and engaging...with a natural tone to it. I found myself immersed in the vivid scenery and emotional entanglements as each scene progressed unto the next. This author knows her craft and it is brilliantly portrayed in the way this story unfolded. Nell, our wonderful heroine is so easy to connect with on an emotional level. I found myself connected to her honesty, her flaws and moved by her courage to keep moving forward in her quest to help her race and save herself, she is pushed out of her comfort zone throughout every step of her journey and the reader can relate to her fears and insecurities but, we cheer her on with each new triumph.For a New Writer Ms. Furse effortlessly leaves a new reader with a Memorable `First Impression'. This new author certainly showcases her seasoned writing skills and creativity in a way that pulls the reader into her story by dropping subtle hints to keep you guessing laced with little tidbits to keep your curiosity peaked. I look forward to seeing the next book released in this trilogy. I can’t wait to see what is waiting for Nell around the next corner!I give this one two thumbs up! It was an entertaining and engrossing read with a unique story plot I haven't read before. If you enjoy delving into the depths of Alien worlds, magical abilities and mysterious quests, then this is a great Book to curl up with!

  • April Adams
    2018-10-05 07:05

    I want to make one thing clear, the book's premise is very good. I enjoyed the story line. I just couldn't get into it as much as I wanted to. It reads like a first draft or maybe a screenplay. It may just be that I don't connect with the author's style, but in my opinion the book could do with being run through a few beta readers or an editor. There were parts of the story that seemed disjointed, the dialogue felt not-quite-right, the character made decisions in a split second without putting you through any internal struggle or process. The transitions from one situation to the next were very sudden. I felt a bit slapped around and several times I had to re-read a few pages after going, "Huh?" Maybe it's just me.It was kind-of like one of those old wooden roller coasters - fun, but it whips you around and you're a bit dazed after. I think that with just a bit of work this book could definitely be 5 stars. Or a great movie. I'd totally watch it if it were made into a movie.The book is about 3 (and more) alien races and the main character, Nell, is a blend of 2 of them who looks human and lived on Earth until just before her 17th birthday when the "changes" would begin. The story line is very original, the different races were intriguing. I thought it might be an allusion to the horrors of racism. This story follows Nell through her coming of age and the machinations of those who would destroy her. Good stuff.Like I said, I liked the premise but the crafting of the story could use some tweaking. Definitely worth the money I paid for it on Kindle. It's a fast read, too. Read it in about 5 hours. If the author does some tweaking I would love to check it out and revise my review. I'm an author too, and I hope my critiques are not too harsh and can help in making a good book great.

  • Jo Reason
    2018-10-02 00:51

    Summary: Nell lives with her Dad in an idyllic beach house and has lived there all her life, she is about to turn seventeen and wants to go off to collage, but her Dad has other ideas. Suddenly her world changes from one day to the next and she discovers things about herself and her family that she never expected. It is the first of a series.It is a very entertaining book. An exciting start traps the reader right from the beginning. It then continues throughout the whole book with much excitement and some of the best descriptions I have come across in a while. Nicely fast paced with loads going on. There are a variety of mysterious people, and some make you wonder if they are on Nell’s side or not. There are plenty of emotions running wild, mainly from Nell but also the other characters.I loved all the locations in the book, but most of all the beach setting in the beginning, makes me want to live there myself.I have two favourite parts in the book, the stunning descriptive part when Nell and the other characters are swimming underwater and the journey in the skark, (what is a skark? I hear you ask, well you will have to read the book to find out). I couldn’t decide which of these was my favourite so I included them both.It is a nice easy read.The only thing I would possibly suggest is a change to the cover, it gives off the impression that it is for even young readers, although the books is aimed at a young adult audience but this is probably only because the main character is a teenager, don´t let this put you off, if you enjoy a wild fantasy ride to other planets and learning about other civilizations then this is the book for you.

  • Bookvetter 1
    2018-10-15 07:15

    This is a cute fantasy story of multiple species from different worlds about a teenage girl successfully meeting a large host of unexpected and unique challenges that she was not prepared for by her previous rather quiet life. The world she finds herself on is colorful and exciting but not overwhelming. It does a good job of providing a backdrop for the adventure which is the real point of the story.Unfortunately, the crafting of the book is equally as poor as the storyline is good. This book feels like a novice writer’s first draft that has had the grammar cleaned up (very good) but left the character development untouched. The book is rife with unbelievable responses and situations that detract from the enjoyment of the fantasy world and story line. While the lack of crafting the book may be overlooked by a young teen audience, the problems will keep any adult (teacher, librarian, parent) from recommending it. Also, while kids may not recognize why they don’t care for the book as well as better crafted books the same problems are likely to keep them from recommending it to their peers.Harry Potter is pure fantasy that is well crafted. I suggest the author read more of the successful books in this genre to see where fantasy is great story telling and believable reality is the substance that supports the fantasy.The language needs to be reviewed for flow and age appropriate phrasing style.As an adult I give this book two stars. An older child or early teen might give it three stars.

  • Bookvetter 2
    2018-10-18 02:10

    3 out of 5 StarsDiscover that earth is a hiding place for the decedents of a terrible disease that was cured by splitting a race into distinct species, each with their own set of talents. Now love is bringing about inter-species unions producing offspring that is putting the race back together, one family at a time.Nell is turning 17 and ready for university. Her distant relationship with her father and her admiration for Sam are leading her away from the family home. A chance encounter with a animal spirit plunges Nell into a chaotic world of possibilities. She questions her very identity. When her father forbids her to leave the surrounding area and her chance encounter with long lost relatives, she learns how truly unique she is and her place among the stars. Is she to become the savior or despot of her people? She must unravel the meaning of the Curse before she loses her mind.I found the story original and thought-provoking. How does one come of age when no one knows exactly what that means? Witness Nell's growing maturity and intense personality as she confronts the challenges ahead of her.

  • Kindle Ninja
    2018-09-23 06:04

    As Nell’s 17th birthday draws near, she starts to experience changes that all feels strange to her. Her heightened senses enable her to communicate with animals and sense people’s feelings. It becomes apparent that Nell is anything but ordinary.The story immediately takes shape and sets the conflict while you’re still reeling from the astonishing discovery. The plot thickens when more secrets are revealed and it quickly takes you to a world so alien, it gets perplexing – in a good way.The air in Australia must be very conducive for wickedly imaginative writing as the Aussie author is able to create a world teeming with quirky characters and strange creatures with superhuman abilities. Here’s the brilliant part – you’re immersed in a fantasy world, but confronted by real hard issues of racism, discrimination and exclusion. The seamless interweaving of alien and human elements makes this a compelling read. I enjoyed it immensely.

  • Cindi
    2018-09-20 01:05

    “I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review”While I did enjoy the book, and even bought the next book, the book has a few problems. I think the best way to describe the problem is a fluid problem. Some ideas do flow well from one thought to the next. It also seems some things are not described quite enough. A few times, mostly at the beginning, I had to go back a reread a paragraph or two to put together what was happening. A few of the characters need more developing.I think this book is meant for middle school age readers, but as an adult, I did enjoy the story and the characters, and will start book two soon.PS - I don't like to post the same old review that Amazon posts, and it seems, everyone else, so if you want to know what the book is about, check it out on Amazon or Goodreads.

  • Nikki Bywater
    2018-10-06 04:21

    Nell is about to reach her seventeenth birthday, she has found that she has special powers like she is able to communicate with animals, and for a while she has had very strange dreams. Nell is looking forward to going to university, but when her father puts a stop to this she wonders why. Nell soon learns the life she knows is about to change dramatically, and that her ancestry is not what she thought. Soon she finds her life in danger, she must face prejudice, and fight for her life to try and restore peace to a race that has become divided by finding the book of Wexkia.I really enjoyed the story. I thought for a story about aliens it was a unique and original. Like most books that are the first in a trilogy this is setting the foundations for what I think will be a superb trilogy. I am looking forward to seeing how the characters and story develop over the next two books.

  • Bookvetter 3
    2018-10-12 05:13

    Although the premise behind this story has promise, the plot and the characters, in my opinion, would benefit from further development. As it stands, it is quite patchy in places. The enmity between the Wintars and the Phibs is interesting; I would like to have known a bit more about this, and how Nell's mother and father got together. The strongest character is Nell's friend, Sam, although he doesn't have much of a role to play in the story other than be Nell's admiring sidekick. I would have liked to have seen a sub-plot develop in which Sam somehow contributes to Nell's success. As I said earlier, this book has bags of potential, it just needs some further development.

  • Georgeanna
    2018-10-08 06:54

    Interesting middle-grade to YA science fiction, fantasy, coming of age, and off-world story of family, friendship, and aliens.  Some friendly aliens and some treacherous aliens. I enjoyed the unique story line, the characters, and the 'powers' the different races posessed. It dragged a bit in the middle, but that may be because I'm a lot older than the target audience for this story. Nice lessons of "one bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch" and "don't judge a book by it's cover" were also very welcome in this book targeted at our youth. I will recommend it to my young teen. I recieved a free copy for review, and, will happily buy the next in the trilogy.

  • Bookvetter 4
    2018-10-16 02:02

    The book has an well-thought out plot and remains interesting throughout. As what is obviously the first book in a series, the author left many interesting avenues to explore in further volumes, and left us dangling enough to want to know how events will ultimately play out.Alternatively, however, the characters fell flat for me. I couldn't bring myself to like Nell at all, Cay-meka was an annoying brat, and Sam's acceptance of everything appeared far too casual.Overall, I give high marks for the story, but the characters require more depth and likability.

  • Katrina Cope
    2018-10-20 00:14

    I enjoyed this book and following Nell’s journey from thinking she was a normal human girl and finding out things were not as they seemed. It is nice to see a book written where the main character lives in Australia and actually see a little of Australia come through, but not too much to confuse people from other countries. Maybe this is my pride of Australian heritage coming through. The story flowed well and mostly lined up all its points. It was certainly full of action to keep the story interesting. A magnificent effort for a first book.

  • a cup of coffee and a fairytale
    2018-09-29 01:17

    i received this book in exchange for an honest review and i just finished the book. couldn't wait to write a review!!this book is well conceived and well put across. it gives shape to your imagination. a very good mix of romance, mystery and sci-fi, is just right for a young reader. the characters in the book are very strong and well shaped!! i finished the book in just one day. shall definitely recommend it to anyone you is interested in a quality young adult book.

  • kathleen detherow
    2018-10-14 03:56

    Loved this bookI like my fantasy to surprise me and boy oh boy did it ever this time.No shifters weres or vampires here but what is here is wondrous!!I seriously recommend this book to everyone and it's family friendly no sex no cussing none of that just a great story.As soon as you meet the main character Nell who is...nope you have to read it lol.Meanwhile I'm off to buy part two."This book was gifted to me in return for an honest review"

  • Bronwyn
    2018-10-13 01:16

    From a beach in the north of Australia Nell is transported to a faraway extraterrestrial world. But that’s not the only change she has to deal with – her body is altering too, and with it her whole future.I hadn’t read Author Dale Furse’s work before, but this book appeals to me, as it should also to young adults and anyone who likes fantasy. I’ll look for the next book in the Wexkia series.

  • Bookvetter 5
    2018-09-30 06:02

    I'm a non-fiction writer who doesn't usually read fiction, especially a fantasy type of book. That is why I found "Curse" especially surprising. It had a great plot that held my interest. I found the characters likable and I cared about how they solved their problems. It was good enough to make me consider reading the fantasy genre and I would be interested in reading the other books in the trilogy. I give it a five out of five!

  • Maryalice
    2018-10-19 02:52

    I like action and adventure and I don't like waiting for it to happen. The action in this book started at the beginning and need at the end. Anoher sign of a good book is reading when I should be doing other things. This book held my interest. I read it every chance I got and a few I shouldn't have.

  • Michael George
    2018-10-12 03:19

    This was listed as YA, however this is a great adult read. It has all the things I love, Adventure, excitment Space travel and aliens whilst still having a foot still on earth. Set in North Queensland Australia in a setting to die for. Loved every bit and I hope this is only the first of a series, and it left me wanting the story to never end.

  • Rebecca
    2018-10-02 06:15

    "Curse" is wonderfully written, surpassing the multitude of indie novels so often fraught with grammatical errors and poor writing. The writer's style is easy to read. The story keeps you interested the entire time. Dale Furse has done a nice job of world building and describing the "aliens," although I would have liked to see more of the world of Nell's relatives.

  • Bookvetter 6
    2018-10-14 08:03

    This was so fun and entertaining. I'm sure it won't take long for people to discover how talented Dale Furse is. Don't believe me, read it yourself. This is the kind of Authors we need to boost the reputation of the Indie community. She obviously cares about the product she puts out.

  • John Walkenford
    2018-09-30 07:18

    I got this free for entering an online drawing so I wasn't sure what to expect but I'm glad I read ut and I look forward to the next part.