Friday, 22 February 2013
Review: Sealed with a Curse - Cecy Robson
The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defence. Everyone knows vampires aren't aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fuelled attacks occur, and the community wonders if the vampires of Tahoe are plague-ridden.
Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha's family to keep the area safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and—oh, yeah—not lose her heart to the wrong guy or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, he's coming for her and her sisters.
This Wird girl has never had it so tough.
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
A Curse Unbroken
Of Flame and Promise
Of Flame and Light
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The Wird sisters, Celia, Taran, Shayna and Emmie, all have unique abilities, they don't quite fit in with any of the other supernatural groups and all they have ever really wanted is to be able to find a place where they can be accepted for who they are and left to live in peace. The new home they recently moved to was supposed to give them a new start but when one of them kills a vampire in self-defence it brings them to the attention of master vampire Misha. The punishment for killing a vampire is death and Misha is determined to make sure they pay for their crime but as more and more of his family are infected with bloodlust he is left with no choice but to ask for their help. Now the sisters find themselves caught between the vampires they promised to help and the werewolf pack who is determined to destroy Misha and his family to stop the bloodlust epidemic from spreading. With Celia's growing attraction to the werewolf alpha Aric she may have to choose between her head and her heart.
Sealed with a Curse is the first full length novel in Cecy Robson's Weird Girls series and if you've read the prequel novella The Weird Girls you'll already be familiar with the curse that gave the Wird sisters their supernatural abilities. It isn't essential to have read the novella though and if you haven't you'll quickly be able to pick up all the important information. This is a strong debut and a great start to the series and although I had a couple of minor niggles it is well worth picking up if you're an urban fantasy fan. I'll start with my complaints and admit that I felt a couple of things were a little too convenient, I can't say too much without spoilers so I'll just briefly mention the sister's new boyfriends and the way all of them already knew each other was one of them, I'm sure you'll understand what I mean when you've read the book. The only other slight complaint is that I felt it was a little too easy to guess who the baddie was, I had them pegged when I was about a third of the way through and was desperately hoping to be proved wrong by the end but that wasn't the case. I did still enjoy watching the sisters trying to figure things out though.
Overall those minor irritations didn't stop me enjoying the story and there were far more positives than negatives. The story is told from Celia's point of view, she is the oldest sister and the one who has spent her whole life protecting her younger siblings. As a shapeshifter she has the ability to turn into a tigress but her inner beast has always frightened the people around her and she finds it harder than the others to fit in and live a normal life. I love that she was able to stand up for herself and her family though, in fact all four girls have kick ass abilities, they are fiercely loyal and there is nothing they wouldn't do for each other. It is so nice to have a group of sisters who in spite of having very, very different personalities still have a strong bond. I have to admit that from reading the synopsis I was a little concerned that I was in for yet another love triangle so I can't even begin to say how refreshing it was to discover that isn't the case. Yes Celia does have two very hot guys who are interested in her (Misha the vampire and Aric the werewolf alpha) but it was obvious from the very beginning where Celia's interests lay. I can't say I blame her because Aric was sexy as hell! He's gorgeous, powerful and very protective but at the same time he respected Celia's abilities. As much as he didn't want the girls to run off into danger without him and his pack at their sides he didn't try to stop them joining the fight.
Another thing that is outstanding about this book is the action, the pace was fast and furious from practically the beginning and even when it did let up I was still glued to the pages. I loved spending time with the sisters and I enjoyed the storyline with the vampires but I particularly loved every interaction between Celia and Aric. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel A Cursed Embrace when it comes out later this year so I can spend more time in the world Cecy Robson has created. If you like strong heroines then you'll love this series where you'll find not just one but four kick ass chicks who are going to take the supernatural world around them by storm.
Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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