DNF Review: Wings Once Cursed & Bound by Piper J. Drake

Posted April 6, 2023 by Jen in Paranormal Romance, Rating DNF, Reviews Tags: , , ,

book cover of Wings Once Cursed & Bound by Piper J. DrakeWings Once Cursed & Bound
Piper J. Drake
Rating: DNF

What I’m Talking About:

Peeraphan, aka Punch, is a dancer. She is given a pair a beautiful red shoes and as soon as she sees them, she must put them on. Bennet works for a consortium that hunts down supernatural objects. He was sent to retrieve the red shoes that will compel the wearer to dance until they die. Now that someone has put them on, he’ll have to wait until she dies so he can safely retrieve the dangerous shoes.

Wings Once Cursed & Bound has a promising premise. The mysterious consortium reminds me TV shows like The Librarians and Warehouse 13, two shows I’ve watched numerous times. I was eager to learn more about the Thai mythology and the secrets of Peeraphan’s supernatural lineage. 

That said, I was over one-third into the story, and I hadn’t connected with the characters or the situation. I found myself skimming sections, waiting for the story to go deeper than the superficial introduction. There was action, but I felt like I was on the surface, and I wanted to delve deeper. Peeraphan knows so little of herself and who she is; Bennet doesn’t understand why he suddenly cares for someone else. I think because they don’t understand themselves, things stay on the surface. While I understand that there was still a lot of story left when I stopped, I just couldn’t care enough to continue and find out.

This is one that I’ll keep on my bookshelf with the hopes of picking it up again someday, and if you read it, let me know your thoughts. Sometimes a short break is all that’s needed, and then I can pick it back up.

My Rating: DNF: Did Not Finish

About the Book:

My wings unbound, I am the Thai bird princess

The kinnaree

And no matter the cost,

I will be free.

Bennet Andrews represents a secret organization of supernatural beings dedicated to locating and acquiring mythical objects, tucking them safely away where they cannot harm the human race. When he meets Peeraphan Rahttana, it’s too late—she has already stepped into The Red Shoes, trapped by their curse to dance to her death.

But Bennet isn’t the only supernatural looking for deadly artifacts. And when the shoes don’t seem to harm Peeraphan, he realizes that he’ll have to save her from the likes of creatures she never knew existed. Bennett sweeps Peeraphan into a world of myth and power far beyond anything she ever imagined. There, she finds that magic exists in places she never dreamed—including deep within herself.

Release Date: April 11, 2023
Mythwoven #1
Paranormal Romance
paperback (304 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: NetGalley

Purchase Info:
Amazon (affiliate link)