Cursed is the first in the Gaia Chronicles by Grace White. Terra Masterson has just experienced a hardship in her life. For the last six years she has lived with her grandmother, but two years ago she was diagnosed with cancer and Terra became her caretaker putting the rest of her own life on hold. But now that her grandmother has passed, she wants Terra to stretch her wings and fly. So six months before her death, her grandmother sent away all of the information for Terra to attend college at Atchison College near her home in Lebanon Kansas.
Terra finds herself to be a little different. She, since childhood, has been able to feel nature. She knows how trees and nature feels around her and it has made her feel outcast from others. as a child her parents didn’t want her to tell anyone, but after their death when she was 13, her grandmother convinced her to embrace her difference and never to be embarrassed by it.
Terra arrives at school right before it starts, and finds herself lost on campus but is soon helped out by sophomore Cael to make her way to her dorm. But he isn’t the only guy that has now shown an interest in Terra. Ross who is similar to Terra, Endo is bright and firey, and Sol how is grounded. Each of the guys has a connection to Terra, that she feels every time they brush against each other. Why are these four guys so interested in Terra? Does it have anything to do with her connection to nature?
This is a slow burn reverse harem that mostly follows Terra’s point of view, but thrown in are different short chapters from each of the four guys. Though it does a good job of keeping secret who is who. I liked that I wasn’t right about which one was which. While Terra is a rather nervous character at the beginning she really starts to open up and change for the better, even when she is unsure. Each of her interactions with the guys builds her up and lets her know that what others had thought about her as a child, just doesn’t hold truth anymore. Grace has shown a great example of growth through her writing in the character of Terra. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.