Review of Castle of the Cursed by Romina Garber (earc)




Castle of the Cursed by Romina Garber


A delicious and dark gothic romance from bestselling author Romina Garber!


After a mysterious attack claims the lives of her parents, all Estela has left is her determination to solve the case. Suffering from survivor’s guilt so intense that she might be losing her grip on reality, she accepts an invitation to live overseas with an estranged aunt at their ancestral Spanish castle, la Sombra.

Beneath its gothic façade, la Sombra harbors a trove of family secrets, and Estela begins to suspect her parents’ deaths may be linked to their past. Her investigation takes a supernatural turn when she crosses paths with a silver-eyed boy only she can see. Estela worries Sebastián is a hallucination, but he claims he’s been trapped in the castle. They grudgingly team up to find answers and as their investigation ignites, so does a romance, mistrust twined with every caress.

As the mysteries pile up, it feels to Estela like everyone in the tiny town of Oscuro is lying and that whoever was behind the attack has followed her to Spain. The deeper she ventures into la Sombra’s secrets, the more certain she becomes that the suspect she’s chasing has already found her . . . and they’re closer than she ever realized.

Expected publication July 30, 2024




This was a pleasant surprise. I don’t always love gothic books, but I knew I liked the author and wanted to give it a try. It ended up being hard to put down. The pacing was fine which is usually my issue with books like this.

La Sombra is a castle in Spain. Estela’s aunt still lives there, but Estela knew nothing about it. She didn’t know she ever lived in Spain or that she had any family. She was in a bad place when her parents died in front of her. 25 people died and Estela was the only one that lived. After she arrived at la Sombra, Estela started seeing a boy. At first, she thinks she is imagining him and needs to go back on her normal meds vs the weird black pills her aunt gives her. But Sebastian is real. It’s just that Estela is the only one who can see him. He doesn’t remember his past, but he assumes Estella is the one who cast a spell or curse on him. He wants to go back to his life and finally realizes it wasn’t Estela. They both start looking into the past and there is a lot about the castle and the town that was very off. Lots of secrets end up coming out and not everyone survives.

I gave this book 4 1/2 stars.

Thank you to Edelweiss for my earc.


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