Karen’s Killer Book Bench: THE CURSED GIRL, Volume 1 by Maria Vermisoglou

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Volume 1


The Cursed Girl is an epic fantasy, young adult adventure.

Sixteen-year-old Eva is a witch who lived in Spain, in the year 1230. She met a boy named Jonathan who would become her whole world. Everything was normal until she was faced with challenges that will change her life forever. 

As a healer, her job is to help people, but there are forces that will try to prevent that. There is a war coming and Eva and her friends must do everything they can to survive. 

Can they fight their way against the dark forces that are surrounding them? Her wits and inner strength helped everyone who encircled her to survive but will she be able to survive herself?

Supernatural creatures, royal backstabbing and many more await you in this thrilling novel that will take your breath away.

Volume 1


When I turned sixteen for the first time, I was in Spain. The next day, a witch showed up at my door. The male witch—don’t confuse them with warlocks, they are different things—stood there and asked me to marry him with a poem. Cute, but I kicked him out of my door. I didn’t exactly kick him, but I told him that I wasn’t interested. Another one showed up the next day followed by one the next day and the next and the next. It was not just witches, but humans too, and they all were given the same answer: a no and the door slammed in their faces. Do I have to hang an announcement on my door?

I was so furious it rained for days, and after that they got the message. A month later, while I was shopping in the market, someone bumped into me and all my fruits spilled out of my basket onto the ground. I was so furious I was about to turn him into a frog, but then I saw him and his expression was… sad.

He said, “I am so sorry, my lady.” He put everything in the basket and kept apologizing like he had committed the most horrible of crimes, and I just stared at him. He had black hair and blue eyes. He was tall and looked to be about seventeen years old. Then he said, “I want your forgiveness, so can you accompany me to the ball of the prince tomorrow night at the royal castle?”

I couldn’t utter a word. A boy dropped my basket and as an apology he invited me to a ball? Why was he talking to me like that? Who did he think I was? A princess? A queen? Well, I was neither. “I am flattered by your invitation, but I am no princess. I am just a peasant girl,” I kindly replied.

“I know you are just a peasant girl, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go to a ball. Everyone is invited after all,” he continued.

“And why did you choose me? I am pretty sure there are plenty of pretty girls out there.”

He looked at me strangely. “Because you are the only one who rejected me and you are beautiful.”

Rejected him? When? I didn’t remember him coming to my door. What is going on? I wondered. Why does he want to go to the ball with me so badly?

In the end, I decided to give him a chance. “All right, then. I will go to the ball.”

He beamed like he had just inherited a fortune. “Perfect. Don’t forget to wear your mask.”

I stared at him. “My mask?”

“It’s a masked ball after all.”

“I hope for your sake that you can recognize me.” I half-threatened.

“I will do my best,” he said, bowed to me, and left.

About Author Maria Vermisoglou…

Maria Vermisoglou is a librarian who lives in Greece. She has been a booklover ever since she learned to read. She is the author of “The Cursed Girl”. She loves trips, books and walks with her friends. Not necessarily in that order.


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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Maria will give away ebook copy of THE CURSED GIRL to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog. A review is appreciated!

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3 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: THE CURSED GIRL, Volume 1 by Maria Vermisoglou

  1. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Maria, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I love finding YA I can recommend to my two oldest granddaughters. I can’t wait to read your book. Thanks for sharing it with us today!

  2. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    I don’t know that I’ve ever read a fantasy set so far back in time. I know a few YAs who would find this fascinating.
    Thanks Karen and Maria.

  3. bn100 says:

    was interesting

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