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At the beginning of the story Warrenna finds out that she and her parents are partial vampires when they are forced to leave their home and move to a small desert town in the middle of nowhere. Warrenna's parents worship a minor deity who helps to keep their blood cravings under control and prevent them from becoming full-fledged vampires. Normally Vampires are unable to have children but Warrenna was born with the help of the deity her parents worship, suggesting that there are big things in her future. Warrenna has never seen any sign of anything that makes her special until the day that she meets Thomas.
Thomas has always had strangely vivid dreams but apart from that he has lead a normal life. All that changes when he meets Warrenna. At first he is curious about the strange sense of sadness that he gets when he is around her but when he discovers that she painted a scene from one of his dreams he feels a strange sense of kinship with her. He is determined to learn more about her and why they are sharing the same visions.
The Cure for the Curse is an interesting take on the Vampire mythos. The portrayal of vampires as victims struggling to retain their humanity is appealing in many respects and the author does a good job of conveying this struggle. There is a secret group called the Orphans dedicated to helping these partial vampires, a group comprised of both humans as well as vampires. Their struggle and their need to work in secrecy is reminiscent of the underground movement of a war and feels very real. The characters are all well fleshed out, even the protagonist. The author smoothly blends in the fears and passions of high school students without letting it dominate the novel or coming across as too juvenile.
The author also avoids trying to explain too much about what makes Thomas so special and how he is able to do the things that he does. We are given a hint of this at the end of the novel but it is just enough information to make things interesting and explain the connection between Thomas and Warrenna.
The Cure for the Curse was a fun and, despite the subject matter, light read and I recommend it if you are looking for a unique take on the Vampire mythos.
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