I’ve read yet another awesome indie novel. I’m excited to share my thoughts with you on The Curse of the Black Cat by Lou Wilham today.
I’m not much of a romance reader but after this charming story, I have a feeling that I need to change that. Today’s review is cute, real, diverse, enchanting, and just a tiny bit nerdy.
So enough teasing, let’s get to the book review, shall we?
Rating: 5 Stars
As his eighteenth birthday draws near, prince Alrik–heir to the throne of Edan–must choose a wife. But when his first kiss with a beautiful princess leaves him feeling cold, he knows that although it is his duty, he cannot love a woman. In a fit of panic, he seeks out the aid of the witch Gwydion. The witch, however, has other plans.
After hundreds of years as a cat, Alrik must learn to accept himself and who he loves or face the rest of eternity as a cat. Luckily, New York City’s dumpsters are ripe for the picking. With food from around the world to choose from, he finds himself drawn to one restaurant in particular.
Crystal Tokyo–a restaurant specializing in Japanese food–is Yuuki’s first big job as a chef, and he loves it. So, what happens when Yuuki decides to befriend the black cat hanging out in Crystal Tokyo’s back alley?
This story is perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Simon Snow Series, Ashley Poston’s The Princess and the Fangirl, and A.W. Jantha’s Hocus Pocus.
What I Enjoyed
You ought to know that I love a good fairy tale. I love original stories, retellings, whatever I can get my hands on. If I had to pick my favorite trope, it’s things working out thanks to a little bit of magic.
I could see a little bit of Beauty and the Beast here–one character turned into something non-human in order to learn self-acceptance. Every character goes through some growth on accepting who they are so they can become their best selves.
I also loved the LGBTQTIA+ representation. As a straight reader, I’m always looking for representation as a way to expand my library. I feel like the cover possibly gives it away, but the romance is truly charming and you can’t help but root for the grumpy cat.
My Final Thoughts
This tale seems to be appropriate and entertaining for readers of all ages. If you’re looking for diverse characters, some thoughts on mental health, and a friendship to romance plot, then I think you’ll enjoy this story, too.
Hopefully, I shared enough to pique your curiosity. Want to get reading? If so, I highly recommend you look up Lou Wilham on social media: