Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Review: Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson - Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson's world just got a whole lot bigger . . .

Including a number of original short stories, this stunning collection is set in the world of Mercy Thompson - mechanic, shapeshifter and fighter - and the characters she calls friends.

This highly acclaimed and number one New York Times bestselling series is loved by fans worldwide.

Mercy Thompson Series:
Moon Called
Blood Bound
Iron Kissed
Bone Crossed
Silver Borne
River Marked
Frost Burned
Night Broken
Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson

Alpha and Omega Series:
(This is a spin off to the Mercy Thompson series)
Alpha and Omega (novella found in the On the Prowl anthology)
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground
Fair Game
Dead Heat (2015)

For more information visit Patricia Briggs' website

I'm a huge fan of Patricia Briggs, her Mercy Thompson series is one of my favourites and I just adore the world she has created. One of the best things about these books is the amazing characters, not just the main characters like Mercy and Adam (or Charles and Anna in the Alpha & Omega books) but also all of the secondary characters like Bran, Samuel, Warren, Ben, Asil and many, many more. The scope of this world is literally huge and after 8 full length novels starring Mercy and another 3 in the spin off series I feel like all of these characters are part of my family. I love them all dearly but there were so many characters I am desperate to see more of.

Patricia Briggs has already published short stories and novellas set in this world but they've always been part of multi-author anthologies and I have to admit I've not wanted to spend the money buying the books when I was only interested in the PB stories. Shifting Shadows finally places all six previously published stories in one handy book along with 4 completely brand new ones. The stories have been printed in series order so it is very easy to see where they fit in the timeline with the other books and they all have an introductory note from Patricia Briggs telling us what inspired her to write them and giving us other insights into the characters involved. For someone who has only read 2 of these stories previously this book is absolutely wonderful but even if you've already read them all it is worth buying this book for the new stories alone. I'm going to give a brief overview of each of the stories in the anthology so you'll have to forgive me if this review ends up being quite a long one but I'm hoping you'll find the information useful.

1. Silver - This is one of the new stories and is set hundreds of years before the start of the series. It features Bran, Samuel and Ariana and is quite a bitter sweet story, one that is full of pain and suffering but that is bearable because I've seen how things turn out in the later books in the series. We already know about Bran and Samuel's capture by the witch that was Bran's mother but here we get to see first hand exactly what they both went through when they were turned into werewolves and basically forced into slavery. We also get to see Samuel and Ariana's first meeting and watch them fall in love but if you're up to date with the series you'll know that things don't end well for them at this point. Their story continues in Silver Borne but I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how things started for them even if it did break my heart and bring tears to my eyes more than once!

2. Fairy Gifts - Previously included in the Naked City anthology this story occurs before Moon Called and features introduces us to the vampire Thomas who Mercy first meets in Frost Burned. This story is set in Butte, Montana and starts in 1892 when the town had a busy copper mine. Thomas and his family are immigrants who are operating on the wrong side of the law and Thomas is turned into a vampire against his will. He struggles to deal with what happened to him but finds redemption in a very unlikely place. I enjoyed this story but I have to admit I'd completely forgotten who Thomas was so I never really felt fully connected to him or as invested in his story as I did with the rest of the characters in the anthology.

3. Gray - Previously published in the Home Improvement: Undead Edition anthology this story also takes place before Moon Called and it introduces us to characters that, so far, haven't appeared in the rest of the series. Elyna was kidnapped by vampires and turned by accident 80 years ago leading to a terrible tragedy. Now she has returned to her home and is looking to make up for the sins of her past. This was another bitter sweet story, one that left me feeling more than a little heart broken for Elyna and her husband but that did have a kind of happy ending.

4. Seeing Eye - Published in the Strange Brew anthology this story is also set before Moon Called. If you've read Hunting Ground you'll probably remember the werewolf Tom and his witch mate Moira. I loved the couple previously so I was very excited to get to see their first meeting and watch Tom put his prejudice towards witches to one side to work with Moira to rescue his brother. Patricia Briggs mentioned in her introduction that she's planning to write more about these two in the future which is something I'm really happy about, we haven't seen many good witches in the series yet so I definitely think there is a lot of scope for Moira's character.

5. Alpha and Omega - This story was previously included in the On The Prowl anthology and also published as a stand alone ebook. The events run alongside those in Moon Called so I would recommend reading that novel first so you don't give yourself spoilers. This novella is the introduction to the Alpha and Omega series and is one of the only stories from the anthology that I'd already read. I love Anna and Charles so much and this is a brilliant start to their series. If you haven't read their books yet I'd highly recommend reading this novella before you start Cry Wolf because it gives you so much information on Anna's background and her first meeting with Charles.

6. The Star of David - This short story was first published in the Wolfsbane and Mistletoe anthology and it features Adam's army buddy David who we met in the Mercy series (I'm sorry but I can't remember which book he first appears in). Events in this story happen towards the end of Moon Called but don't really have any bearing on the series so can really be read at any point. This is a nice little Christmas read about finding forgiveness for your sins, David went through a lot when he was changed and it was nice to see him find some kind of peace through his family. It also introduces a young wizard called Devonte who I really hope we might see again in the future when he's grown up and fully come into his powers.

7. Roses in Winter - This is a new story that fits into the time line between Bone Crossed and Silver Borne. It is told from Asil's point of view which I LOVED and features Kara, the young werewolf whose father approached Mercy looking for help in Blood Bound. I've often wondered what happened to Kara after she was sent to live with the Marrok so it was great to see how she was getting on but I was most excited to get to know Asil a bit better. I find his character absolutely fascinating and I really hope he gets his own book (or that we at least get to see him find a HEA) at some point in the future. This story also features quite a few interactions between Asil and Bran which is always a nice bonus and this was definitely one of my favourite stories in the anthology.

8. In Red with Pearls - Previously published in Down These Strange Streets this story fits into the timeline between Silver Borne and River Marked and is told from Warren's point of view. I have loved Warren and Kyle since the beginning so it was fantastic to see a story starring them both, they are such an adorable couple and I would love to read a full length novel about them. This is a fun supernatural mystery that shows Warren in his new role as a private investigator for Kyle's legal firm.

9. Redemption - This new story is set between Frost Burned and Night Broken and is told from Ben's point of view. I wasn't too sure what to make of Ben in the beginning but the way he acted towards Mercy after she was attacked made me fall head over heels for him and I've been desperate to know more about his background ever since. This story shows us Ben at his grumpiest but it also shows us how far he has come since the beginning of the series. We get more of an insight into what happened to him before he left London and we also see him finally starting to heal from those events and letting people get close to him again. He still has a long way to go but that just makes his recovery all the more realistic and I can't wait to see him continue to grow.

10. Hollow - The final story is another new one and it takes place after Night Broken. You can't have a Mercy Thompson anthology without a story told from Mercy's POV and this is a perfect way to end the book. This story is classic Mercy and it shows her once again putting herself in danger to protect virtual strangers. I'm not going to say too much about what happens but I will say that she's going to turn poor Adam's hair gray if she decides to take up ghost hunting full time! I love the interactions between her and Adam in this one, he is so supportive of her even when he wishes she would just walk away rather than put herself in danger. He knows that he'll never change her though and he accepts that and chooses to walk alongside her.

Bonus Outtakes - It was a happy surprise to discover that the anthology also includes two bonus outtakes. The first is set during Silver Borne (between chapters 14 & 15) but told from Ariana's point of view. After reading about Ariana and Samuel's first meeting at the beginning of the book in Silver it was really nice to be reminded how much things have changed for them by the time we reach Silver Borne, this snippet brought tears to my eyes but it also left me with a smile on my face. Finally to end things we have a final outtake from the end of Night Broken told from Adam's point of view. This was only a short chapter but I absolutely loved it! We get to see exactly how much Mercy means to Adam and he always makes my heart melt. I don't think I'll ever get enough of reading his POV so this was a fantastic little snippet.

As you can tell Shifting Shadows is a fabulous anthology that gives us extra insight into some of the most popular characters in the Mercy series. I enjoyed every minute of this book and it left me desperate to start rereading the whole series again from the beginning. If you're a fan of this series then this anthology is a must read!

Source: Purchased

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Monday, 1 September 2014

British Books Challenge: Link your September Reviews

August Winner:

I sponsored the September prize pack myself and because I was lucky enough to get to meet up with one of my favourite British authors Sarah Alderson I got a copy of her latest novel Out of Control signed so I could give it to one of you guys. I'm happy to announce that the winner is:

Tina from Novel Meals
(for her review of The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater)

Congratulations Tina! You have 1 week to email me with your address or a new winner will be chosen. Once I have your address I'll be able to send out your prize.

September Prize Pack:

I'm sorry, I was a little late organising the September prize pack so I don't have confirmation of what it will be yet. I'll update this post in the next couple of days with all the details though & you can still link your reviews in the meantime :o)

Important Information:
  1. Please make sure you sign up for the challenge before you start linking your reviews, I will delete links from people who aren't registered. You can sign up HERE if you haven't already.
  2. When you add your link to the Mr. Linky below please make sure you link directly to your review, not just to your blog (invalid links will be deleted)
  3. Books must have been read in 2014 to count towards the challenge so those books you read in December but reviewed in January don't count!
  4. Also, please make sure that the reviews you link are for books written by British Authors - they can be born in Britain (living here or abroad) or they can be adopted British Authors (who were born elsewhere and now live here) but if they don't fit into one of those categories then they don't count. (as above invalid links will be deleted and won't get you an entry into the prize pack). Please note that Britain includes England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, I'm afraid authors from Southern Ireland don't count.
  5. If you need ideas for books by British Authors check out the FAQ page for lots of suggestions. You don't have to choose books from these lists though - they are just to give you ideas if you need help!
Link Your Reviews:

Now for the important part, make sure you link all of your reviews using the Mr. Linky form below. In the Your Name field please include your blog name, the title of the book and the author. Make sure the link takes me directly to your review or your entry won't count and will be deleted from the list.

Book Blogger UKYA Awards - It's time to start voting!!

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Hey Guys!
Today I am here with VERY exciting news! It is the shortlist of the Book Blogger UKYA Awards! This is the time for YOU to vote for your favourite from the list!

Voting is open until 21st September. Make sure you don’t miss out!

Voting will also be happening a little differently than the nominations. On this blog you will be voting for: Best Contemporary, Best Historical, Best Crime/Mystery, and Best LGBT

And then you will hop along to the next blog to vote for more awards!

There are five different awards to jump to (and five/six bloggers hosting each group, but you only need to visit five blogs!).

This doesn’t have to happen all at once, it gives you the chance to vote in your leisure – but make sure you do so before 21st September.

Jump To
(choose which blog for each category you want to visit!)

Funniest Book, Most Heartbreaking Book, Best First Sentence, Best Ending
Ya Yeah Yeah
Cicely Loves Books
Queen of Contemporary
Luna’s Little Library

Best Horror, Best Sci-fi/Fantasy, Best Paranormal, Best Adventure
Winged Reviews
K – Books
To Another World
Bookish Outsider

Best Protagonist, Best Couple, Best Friendship, Best Villain
Snuggling on the Sofa
Much Loved Books
Hush Hush Revealings
The Pewter Wolf
The Little Munchkin Reader

Best Self-Published, Most Social Author (Online), Most Social Author (Offline), Author Whose Mind You Wish Was Yours
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
This Fleeting Dream
Bookish Treasures
Escapism From Reality
Book to Basics

August 2014 Recap

Books read in July but reviewed in August:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. Better Than Perfect - Simone Elkeles (Previously published with the title Wild Cards) (read in March, reviewed in August)
  2. Magic Breaks - Ilona Andrews (read in April, reviewed in August)
  3. The Testing - Joelle Charbonneau (read in June, reviewed in August)
  4. Take Me Under - Rhyannon Byrd (read in June, reviewed in August)
  5. Take Back the Skies - Lucy Saxon (read in June, reviewed in August)
  6. Darkness Rising - Keri Arthur (read in June, review coming soon)
  7. Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo (read in June, reviewed in August)
  8. Long Live the Queen - Kate Locke (read in June, reviewed in August)
  9. Battle Lines - Will Hill (read in June, reviewed in August)
  10. Half Bad - Sally Green (read in June, reviewed in August)
  11. Split Second - Sophie McKenzie (read in June, reviewed in August)
  12. Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell (read in June, review coming soon)
  13. Being Billy - Phil Earle (read in June, reviewed in August)
  14. Branded by Fire - Nalini Singh (read in July, review coming soon)
  15. Necessary Force - D.D. Ayres (Novella) (read in July, review coming soon)
  16. The Glass Republic - Tom Pollock (read in July,review coming soon)
  17. Fairies in the Fireplace - R.L. Naquin (read in July, review coming soon)
  18. Red Glove - Holly Black (read in July, review coming soon)
  19. Veiled Target - Robin Bielman (read in July, reviewed in August)
  20. You Own Me - Shiloh Walker (Novella) (read in July, reviewed in August)
  21. Masters of Seduction - Anthology (read in July, review coming soon)
  22. Queen of the Darkness - Anne Bishop (read in July, reviewed in August)
  23. Temptation - Robin Covington (read in July, reviewed in August)
  24. Misled - Sylvia Day (Novella) (read in July, review coming soon)
  25. A Curse Awakened - Cecy Robson (Novella) (read in July, reviewed in August)
  26. A Beautiful Wedding - Jamie McGuire (Novella) (read in July, reviewed in August)
Books read in August:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. Tempted by a Rogue Prince - Felicity Heaton
  2. Most Wanted - E.L. Friel
  3. The Beautiful Ashes - Jeaniene Frost
  4. Beyond Addiction - Kit Rocha (review coming soon)
  5. No Rest for the Wicked - Kresley Cole (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  6. Marked by Midnight - Lara Adrian (Novella)
  7. Beautiful Oblivion - Jamie McGuire
  8. The Training Session - Joey W. Hill (Novella / Serialised Novel) (review coming soon)
  9. Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night - Kresley Cole (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  10. The Dream Hunter - Sherrilyn Kenyon (review coming soon)
  11. On the Scent - Angela Campbell (review coming soon)
  12. Being a Boy - James Dawson
  13. Archangel's Shadows - Nalini Singh (review coming soon)
  14. Little Knife - Leigh Bardugo (Short Story)
  15. Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson - Patricia Briggs (review coming soon)
  16. Crave the Night - Lara Adrian
  17. Trial by Fire - Josephine Angelini
  18. The Assassin's Blade - Sarah J Maas (review coming soon)
  19. Rescue My Heart - Jill Shalvis (review coming soon)
  20. Rock Addiction - Nalini Singh (review coming soon)
  21. Melt for Him - Lauren Blakely (review coming soon)
    Other August Posts:
    1. British Books Challenge - Link your August Reviews
    2. Crafting Corner Review: Pom-Pom Monster Salon - April Chorba
    3. Release Blitz: Temptation - Robin Covington (Extract & Giveaway)
    4. Blog Tour: Veiled Target - Robin Bielman (Extract & Giveaway)
    5. Blog Barrage: Tempted by a Rogue Prince - Felicity Heaton (Extract & Giveaway)
    6. Book Blogger UKYA Awards - Nominate YOUR Favourite UK Authors NOW!
    7. It's In His Kiss Blog Tour: The Making of Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis #12daysofluckyharbor
    8. Meeting Simone Elkeles (also known as Adventures with Skittles and Chopsticks!)
    9. Blog Tour: Better Than Perfect - Simone Elkeles (Extract)
    10. Cover Reveal: Rock Addiction - Nalini Singh (+ International Giveaway)
    11. Trial by Fire Blog Tour: Josephine Angelini's Top 5 Books About Witches
    12. Release Day Blast: The Beautiful Ashes - Jeaniene Frost (With Extract & Giveaway)
    13. Spotlight: A Curse Awakened - Cecy Robson (+ International Giveaway)
    14. British Books Challenge - Link your September Reviews
    August Books of the Month:
    (Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

    My top YA read in August:

    Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini (read my review here)

    My top NA read in August:

    The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (read my review here)

    My top adult reads in August:

    Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (read my review here)
    Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop (read my review here)

    2014 British Books Challenge:

    I'm very happy to continue hosting the British Books Challenge for 2014, the sign up pages are already live and I really hope that everyone taking part in 2013 will sign up again for next year. It would be great to see some new participants too though so even if you've never taken part before you can still join the fun!
    • To sign up for the challenge CLICK HERE
    • For Frequently Asked Questions about the challenge CLICK HERE
    Don't forget to link your reviews each month to be in with a chance of winning the monthly prize packs:
    My Challenge Updates:

    Here are the challenges I've joined for 2014

    2014 Read 100 Books in a Year Challenge - Read 167/200
    2014 British Books Challenge - Read 43/50
    2014 New Author Challenge - Read 40/50
    2014 Contemporary Romance Challenge - Read 62/100
    2014 Urban Fantasy  Paranormal Romance Challenge - Read 62/100

    Which challenges are you taking part in this year? I hope you've at least signed up for the British Books Challenge - if you haven't already it's not too late!

    Sunday, 31 August 2014

    Review: Queen of the Darkness - Anne Bishop

    A taint now creeps across most of the Blood - those born into power - bringing war to the Shadow Realm, Kaeleer.

    In the face of such corruption, Jaenelle, the Witch Queen who rules the territory, is powerless to prevent its spread. Especially while her chosen consort - and the person needed to complete the prophecy - Daemon, remains lost.

    But the Dreamweavers' webs show two paths. One will see the blood of millions spilled, the other will see the taint destroyed, and only one person need die: her.

    The Black Jewels Series:
    Daughter of the Blood
    Heir to the Shadows
    Queen of the Darkness
    The Invisible Ring
    Dreams Made Flesh
    Tangled Webs
    The Shadow Queen
    Shalador's Lady
    Twilight's Dawn

    Visit Anne Bishop's website for more information

    I have been absolutely addicted to Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy ever since I discovered Daughter of the Blood and after the huge changes at the end of Heir to the Shadows I couldn't wait to start Queen of the Darkness. This book was everything I'd hoped it would be and then some and I didn't want to put it down for a second. I can't believe how much I've come to love these characters and I'm was so incredibly invested in their stories that I desperately needed to know what would happen to them all. I'm going to assume that if you're reading this review you've already read the last two books so although this review will be spoiler free for Queen of Darkness I will be discussing events in previous stories. If you don't want to see these spoilers then look away now but before you go I will tell you that the Black Jewels trilogy is one of the most complex, compelling and utterly addictive fantasy series that I've discovered in a long time and if it's one you haven't started yet then you're seriously missing out!

    Still with me? Well, in that case I'm going to assume you're already an Anne Bishop fan and high five you for loving the series as much as I do! At the end of Heir to the Shadows we saw Jaenelle claim her territory so that she was able to protect her Kindred friends. Jaenelle now has a court of powerful Queens, Warlords and Kindred who would all do anything for her but she takes that responsibility seriously and will protect them with her life if needed. I have loved seeing Jaenelle grow into her power, she really is an incredible character and after so much suffering in her life she has now become a strong and confident young woman. I actually feel very proud of everything that she has achieved and I couldn't wait to see her figure out how to deal with the enemies who have done everything they could to destroy her.

    One of the things that I was most excited about was seeing her reunited with Daemon. I missed his presence in the last book but I understood why that distance was needed, he has suffered enough though and it was time to see both of them find a way to happiness. Daemon has finally found his way out of the Twisted Kingdom and taken his place at Jaenelle's side as her consort but it is a role in name only as the two of them struggle to communicate their wants and needs to each other. I really enjoyed seeing someone as experienced as Daemon so unsure of himself, he loves Jaenelle so much and is terrified of putting pressure on her but as inexperienced as she is she has no idea how to make the first move. It was great seeing Saetan, Lucivar and the others help the two of them work through things and I loved seeing them all spending time together building or rebuilding their bonds. Things between Saetan and his sons are incredibly complicated but we get to see them slowly get to know each other and learn to trust themselves.

    Jaenelle is the most powerful Witch born in thousands of years and she can feel the evil that is trying to destroy all three realms. She knows what has to be done to stop it and she knows that she will pay the ultimate price but that is something she is willing to do to protect the people she loves. Her friends aren't quite so willing to let her bear that cost though and they are determined to find another way. The love that all of these characters have for her is absolutely heart warming but I've also thoroughly enjoyed seeing the friendships build between them as individuals and getting to see some of my favourite characters find love and happiness in their own right.

    I don't want to say too much more about what happens in this book because I think it's much better if you can enjoy the journey for yourself. I will say that I absolutely loved every minute of this book. This entire series has taken me on an emotional roller coaster, one where I've both laughed and cried. There have been times when I was so mad that my blood was boiling and others where I felt emotionally drained and exhausted but I have also fallen in love and met some of the most fantastic characters - ones who will stay with me for years to come. I can absolutely guarantee that this is a series I'll return to again in the future and I'm glad that I've still got some short stories set in the same world to devour before the journey is completely over. I may be a fairly new fan of Anne Bishop but I'm now a die-hard one and I can't wait to discover more of her books!

    Source: Received from Jo Fletcher Books in exchange for an honest review

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    Saturday, 30 August 2014

    Review: Split Second - Sophie McKenzie

    Charlie's life is torn apart by a terrorist bomb in a London market. Months later she meets Nat, whose family has been left devastated by the same explosion. But as Charlie gets closer to Nat she starts to wonder if he knows more about the attack than he is letting on . . .

    Life can change in the blink of an eye - whether you're ready or not.

    Split Second Series:
    Split Second
    Every Second Counts

    Visit Sophie McKenzie's website for more information

    Split Second is non-stop action from the very first page. Any book that opens with one of the main characters running through a busy London market trying to stop a terrorist attack is bound to capture my attention and I was immediately hooked into the story. The subsequent bomb blast changes both Nat and Charlie's lives forever and links them together in a desperate need for answers and revenge.

    This is a really hard book to review because I want to shout from the rooftops about how amazing it is but I'm incredibly wary of giving anything away because there are just so many twists and turns that you'll never spot coming. I'm keeping this deliberately vague but I can tell you that this is set in a not too distant future, one that it is very easy to picture happening, although I really hope it doesn't! Rather than some kind of global disaster or epic war the world has been changed by a continuing downturn in the market, the recession has continued getting worse leading to extreme poverty amongst the masses. There is overcrowding and food shortages and unless you're one of the wealthy minority life isn't great. With a large number of unhappy people rioting isn't uncommon and terrorism is on the rise.

    The story is told from the dual perspectives of Charlie and Nat, both of whom witnessed the bomb that destroyed half of the Canal Street market and we see that event through both of their eyes. They are unable to put their memories of that day behind them because it continues to have such a huge impact on their lives in the present. They are both desperate for answers but searching for them may just lead them down a crazy rabbit hole that they'll never escape from. I loved both of these characters, they are each flawed in their own ways but at the same time they're incredibly strong and brave enough to stand up for what they believe in.

    I really can't say much more about Split Second so I'm going to finish this review by saying that it is my favourite Sophie McKenzie book to date and I'm so glad that the sequel, Every Second Counts, is already available because I can't wait to find out what happens next!

    Source: Received from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

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    Friday, 29 August 2014

    Review: A Curse Awakened - Cecy Robson

    Discover Cecy Robson’s sensational Weird Girls series—or return to where the magic first began—with this eBook original prequel novella about four sisters coming to grips with their unique supernatural powers.

    Celia Wird shouldn’t possess the ability to transform into a tigress. Her three sisters should never be able to burst into flames, heal wounds, or transform common objects into deadly weapons. And yet they do.

    Before they were born, the Wird Sisters were cursed by a spell that was intended to destroy them, not endow them with extraordinary powers. The sisters’ magic is untamed and explosive at best, and time is running out for them to take command.

    Vampires have targeted Celia’s sweet, tragically human ex-boyfriend Danny. The sisters rush to his aid, but in order to take down the vamps, first they must face their dark past and break a spell that’s screwing up their powers. Except this curse wasn’t meant to be broken . . . and the witch who cast it isn’t done toying with them yet.

    Weird Girls Series:
    A Curse Awakened (Novella)
    The Weird Girls (Novella)
    Sealed with a Curse
    A Cursed Embrace
    A Cursed Moon (Novella)
    Cursed by Destiny
    A Cursed Bloodline (November 2014)

    Visit Cecy Robson's website for more information.

    I love Cecy Robson's Weird Girls series so couldn't wait to start reading the new prequel novella, A Curse Awakened. This story is set before any of the previous novels and gives fans a bit more background information on the curse that was cast on the sisters before they were even born. Together Celia, Taran, Shayna and Emme must face their past and uncover what really happened to them but they may not have enough power to put a stop to it.

    If it wasn't exciting enough to delve deeper into the Wird family history we also get to see more of their friendship with human Danny and discover exactly how he was drawn into the supernatural world that the girls were born into. When Danny's father is kidnapped by vampires he immediately turns to Celia and the others for help and of course none of them are able to walk away from a friend in need.

    A Curse Awakened is perfect for fans of the series who enjoy digging deeper into their favourite character's backgrounds but it's also a great place to start if you're new to the series and it will give you a good idea of Cecy Robson's writing style and the humour she weaves into all of her stories. I've been hooked on this series since I first discovered it and I don't see that changing any time soon!

    Source: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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