Cait’s ARC Review of “The Cursebound Thief” by Megan O’Russell

By: Cait Marie


The world wants a hero. The curse needs a thief.

The party of the decade stands between Jerek Holden and saving the people he would do anything to protect. After twelve years, he’s finally found a way to break the curse that ripped all magic from the world and destroyed the peace that took generations to build. All he needs is one, simple artifact. But he can’t steal the heliostone alone.

A girl with a soul of fire.
A vampire bound by a vow.
A werewolf bent on revenge.
A knight torn between honor and duty.
A hacker to keep them all alive.

The fate of magic lies in their hands―if they can survive long enough to pull off the heist of the century.


*I received a free advanced copy of this book for my honest review.

I’ve never really read a heist book, but they’ve always intrigued me. So, when I had the chance to review an ARC of this one, I didn’t hesitate.

And it did not disappoint.

The Cursebound Thief jumps right into the action, switching from character to character pretty quickly in the beginning to introduce all of the members of the team. They’re spread out across the country, doing their own things, and it was fun seeing them all brought together. Though, I will admit, I’m still not clear on some details on how that happened.

The leader of the group, Jerek, has done his research, with the help of his hacker, Ari. However, it didn’t really explain how he knew to even look for some of the team. I’m assuming from his father’s research, but I still have a lot of questions about it all. It didn’t take away from the story, but I do wish some of the details and history would’ve been fleshed out a little bit more. I’m hoping these things might expanded on as the series continues.

As I said, this book jumps right in, and it doesn’t ever slow down. I loved that most of the chapters were on the shorter side because it kept making me say, “Just one more chapter.” It was pretty quick paced in general, but it didn’t really feel rushed. Instead, it made it difficult to put down.

I’m so intrigued with this story and the world O’Russell has created. The characters are all unique and feel well rounded, but again, I wish we had some of those explanations on how Jerek knew to look for them. But I loved them all! I love how they became this kind of family of misfits working to save the world. Overall, the book was really fun and well written. I cannot wait for book two!

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