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Peek Inside Cursing Fate

Iris Layne has always been the sweet sister. Shes kind to everyone, including her best friend Wade... Until she makes a horrible mistake and breaks his heart. All she wants is to go back to before the dumping. Of course, Wade would rather see her in hell first. But then Iris touches her sisters tarot cards and unleashes an evil curse intent on playing a deadly game where no one Iris loves is safe, especially Wade.

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There’s something strange about the Layne triplets, and Wade Diaz wants nothing to do with them. Especially the one who ripped his heart out and set it on fire before tossing it in the garbage last month. Iris. He can’t even think her name without unconsciously rubbing the spot in his chest where she left a gaping hole. But now her sisters are claiming some evil spirit is after his soul, and Iris is the only one who can save him. Well, at least his heart would stop hurting, right? Didn’t sound so bad.

Iris Layne has always been the sweet sister. She’s kind to everyone, including her best friend Wade… Until she makes a horrible mistake and breaks his heart. All she wants is to go back to before ‘the dumping’. Of course, Wade would rather see her in hell first. But then Iris touches her sister’s tarot cards and unleashes an evil curse intent on playing a deadly game where no one Iris loves is safe, especially Wade.

How do you convince someone they need your help when you’re the one who hurt them most?

The Fated series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 - Touching Fate
Book #2 - Cursing Fate
Book #3 - Seeking Fate


5 stars: "Altogether it's a wonderful love story with a paranormal twist, and I loved reading the whole journey. This series is quickly growing into one of my favorites!"-Olivia Farr, Goodreads Reviewer
4 stars: "A perfect NA Book! It was well written. I enjoyed Cursing Fate and will recommend to fellow readers!" -Madeline Brummer, Coyote Ugly Swagger Book Blog
5 stars: "I highly recommend this series for all older young adults, and adults too. The author is brilliant and I can only hope for more in this fate changing family. This book earned every star I am giving it! Ten glitter stars!!!!!! (Because five just isn't enough!) -Andrea Heltsley, author of Dreamwalker
4 stars: "Cursing Fate was a great read. I loved how the plot was executed and the characters were well fleshed out. The romance between Wade and Iris was sweet and I loved them! The writing was beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book. This was a pretty fun ride and I loved it soo much!" -Poulami Ghosh,Daydreaming Books
5 stars: "Fun, sexy without being overdone, and it was fun to see other characters from the same family come into their own. I hope the next one is about Daisy! Pretty sure I'm right. The only sad part was that there wasn't more to read, but I guess the best stories always leave you wanting more." -Heather Cashman, Goodreads Reviewer
4 stars: "I enjoyed Cursing Fate as much as the first one, and was surprised by the different tone of this one, which I found to be darker and more mature." -Diana Muñoz Carbonell, Booktuber
4 stars: "Drake's writing is perfect. There's no overused metaphors or cliches in her writing. I like her style and how she's able to tell a story about magic and paranormal situations and make it feel like a contemporary novel. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of YA fiction, romance, magical realism, and paranormal."-Jillian Quinn, Rant & Rave About Books
5 stars: "I love that Drake tells the story from alternating points-of-view because this way we got to see Wade as a very genuine, kind person who's utterly smitten with Iris but unable to trust her. It drives him nuts that he can't stop loving her but also can't let himself be vulnerable to her again for fear of her breaking his heart for a second time." -Brigita, Amazon Reviewer

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757882
Series: The Fated, Book 2
Release Date: Nov 21, 2016
Page Count: 240
Imprint: teen crave
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, friends to lovers

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By Hristina November 19, 2016

A huge thanks to Mrs. Drake for giving me the chance to read and review this book. This has not affected my thoughts on it whatsoever.

Actual rating: 4.5

Cursing Fate is a great sequel to The Fated series, it was so fun to read. The plot is just as interesting as the first book, but the book itself is ...more

By Diana November 13, 2016

I enjoyed this one as much as the first one, and was surprised by the different tone of this one, which I found to be darker (Iris gets possessed) and more mature (her struggle really reaches to you through the pages, and everyone's decisions are what show what they are made of). Also you find a cou ...more

By Carrie November 27, 2016

After Iris Layne had her fate changed when her sister touched a tarot card Iris had thought she had lost her chance at a relationship with Wade Diaz forever. As much as Wade doesn't really want anything to do with Iris now though he still cares about her and when he sees she's in trouble he can't he ...more

By Jillian November 13, 2016

I plan to post this review on my blog shortly. As always, you can find a complete list of my reviews at

*I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion*

My Thoughts...

Last week, I read and reviewed Touching Fate ...more

By Olivia November 06, 2016

"Cursing Fate" continues the Fated series with the next sister, Iris, but could easily work as a stand-alone. Aster has gone off to college, leaving her fate changer days behind her. Iris's fate had been altered in the first book to break up with the wonderful Wade (her BFF turned boyfriend) and get ...more

By Suze December 20, 2016

Iris hurt someone she loves very much and she couldn't help it. She tries to make things right, but the situation is complicated. Her sister made a mistake and Iris is the one who's paying for it by losing Wade, her best friend and soul mate. The worst part of the situation is that she can't even te ...more

By Heather November 10, 2016

Fun, sexy without being overdone, and it was fun to see other characters from the same family come into their own. I hope the next one is about Daisy! Pretty sure I'm right. The only sad part was that there wasn't more to read, but I guess the best stories always leave you wanting more. ...more

By Roxanne November 21, 2016

Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

You may remember I reviewed Touching Fate (The Fated#1) a few weeks back! So Cursing Fate focuses on Iris and Wade. Iris and Wade are just working on being friends after she shredded his heart awhile back. ...more

By Angel November 16, 2017

Iris’s sister Aster was a fate changer and when she touched a tarot card Iris’s fate had changed and she broke up with Wade and she crushed his heart. Iris and Wade had known each other since eighth grade then they became friends and and then it grew into more. Iris was not a fate changer but then A ...more

By Megan (Under the Book Cover) November 26, 2016

Review also posted at:


Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review!

Cursing Fate is the second installment in the Fated series by Brenda Drake and what a fantastic sequel it is! I really enjoyed the first one, ...more

By Suz August 24, 2018

In the previous installment of the trilogy, TOUCHING FATE, her older sister changed Iris’s fate, causing her to dump good guy Wade for bad boy Josh. Iris tries to rekindle her relationship with Wade by having him tutor her in math. She comes across her sister’s tarot deck and becomes possessed by Cr ...more

By Lynndell November 22, 2016

Cursing Fate by Brenda Drake involves Iris, Aster's younger sister. Iris and her relationships were thrown into chaos in Touching Fate when Aster learned that she is a fate changer. Now, in the sequel, Iris is being possessed by the young woman that caused the curse that ensured the death of any eig ...more

By John February 25, 2018

While I thought it started slowly, once the supernatural aspects kicked in, I was quite intrigued. The flashbacks to the original ancestor responsible for Iris' losing chunks of her life and doing/saying things completely out of character, help flesh out the plot nicely. ...more

By Poulami November 15, 2016

Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was so much more fun and enjoyable than the first book in The Fated series. So much went down in this book and I was engaged throughout the whole book. ...more

By Andrea July 28, 2017

I was a bit disappointed that Astrid and Reese weren't in this book except for a few pages. I adored them so much in Touching Fate, the first installment in this series. Touching Fate was one of my favorite books of last year.

No worries, though! I quickly became entranced by the other members of Ast ...more

By books are love November 30, 2016

Received in exchange for a honest review.

In some ways this was better than the first in the series because we get to see the repercussions of what happened in the first book. We see Iris and how she is doing. We see how she grows and becomes stronger. Her life changes and not for the good but she al ...more

By Brigita November 11, 2016

Cursing Fate is the second book in The Fated series, but it also works as a stand-alone novel (If you’re planning on reading the whole series, start with the first book because Cursing Fate contains some spoilers for Touching Fate.)

Having read Touching Fate, all the characters were familiar to me an ...more

By Jin December 22, 2016

Thanks to netgalley and Entangled Teen Crave for my ARC and in exchange for honest review.

It was interesting and fun read from beginning to end. This was second of the series and it could be stand alone. I didn’t read the first one but I got into it without previous series.
Iris Layne was middle ou ...more

By Danielle's November 06, 2016

I would recommend you read the first book in the series first which I'm afraid I did not. The first book I think sets up the characters and storyline. This book can be read as a standalone and it does catch you up on the events of the first book however it gives you key information about the plot of ...more

By KS November 28, 2016

Suggest reading Book 1 FIRST.

This is another Fated story revolving around the Layne sisters. In this one - twin Iris is reeling from the after-effects of her older sister's gift. You'll get a lot more out of this book if you know Aster's story (which was a 5-star read imo).

This one starts out at the ...more

By Jami November 21, 2016

<3 i needed something escapist, and this fit the bill perfectly. sweet romance with a magical realism feeling, it's nice to escape world where biggest problem is curses changing fates right now.
Devoured this, and grumping at how long it is until the next one comes out. Lucky for me, sh ...more

By poppy November 21, 2016

This is the second book in the series but can be read as a standalone.I really enjoyed this book but i liked the first one better its still a great book and i cant wait for the next one give them a read you wont regret it ...more

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Brenda Drake

About the author

NY Times Best Selling Author

Brenda Drake

Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother's animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. With kids of all ages populating Brenda's world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince charming, there's always a romance warming the pages. Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she's not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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