Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Review: Gone Hunting - Cecy Robson
The rest of the werewolf pack might consider Aric Connor to be omniscient and destined to save the world when evil returns to claim it. But for the most part, fifteen-year-old Aric ignores the confirmations of his powers, taking everything in stride until he meets her.
Celia Wird wasn’t supposed to awaken naked in the mountains of Colorado, not when she was just stalking her prey in a filthy alley several states away. She especially wasn’t supposed to meet Aric, the handsome werewolf who comes to her aid.
As a supernatural tasked with protecting the earth, Aric sympathizes with Celia’s dangerous situation. He’s also struck by her beauty and kindness. Yet, as much as Aric welcomes Celia, her arrival isn’t a peaceful one.
Dark forces stir in Celia’s presence, resolute on killing her. Aric and his inner beast are adamant about keeping Celia safe and with them. But there’s a time and a place for love, and Aric and Celia might not survive long enough to find it.
*NOTE* Gone Hunting is a prequel to the Weird Girls urban fantasy series. It can be read as a standalone.
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
Of Flame and Fate
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I'm a huge fan of the Weird Girls series, Celia and Aric have long been my favourite couple so I was really excited to find that they were going to be the stars of this new story. I'll admit I was a little confused when I realised we were going to see them both as teenagers though, them meeting at that age has never been mentioned in the rest of the series so I was a bit unsure how Gone Hunting would fit into the existing timeline, happily Cecy Robson handled that brilliantly and this story was made all the more bittersweet because I know how much they still have to go through before they'll eventually get their happily ever after.
I loved getting the chance to see these two as fairly innocent fifteen year olds, it was fantastic to see Aric with his parents and I loved seeing Gemini, Koda and Liam as teenagers too. The four boys have had a tight bond throughout the entire series but this really shows that they had a strong bond even throughout childhood and went through a lot together even before Aric had the responsibility of being Alpha on his shoulders. They were all just how you'd imagine them to be, all teenage cockiness but with a lot of heart and determination. Celia was shyer and more wary but that was completely understandable considering the circumstances she found herself in. Unfortunately we don't get to see younger versions of her sisters but I actually quite liked the fact that Celia was front and centre in this story and enjoyed seeing how much she has always taken care of her younger siblings.
The romance between Celia and Aric was innocent but totally heartfelt, they go through so much as an adult couple that it was kind of heartbreaking to realise how much easier things could have been for them if only fate (and the pack elders!) hadn't been so determined to interfere. I also loved that this story was told from Aric's point of view, it was great to see inside his head and get to know him just a little bit better. Although this works brilliantly as an introduction to the series it actually left me really wanting to reread the rest so I could follow Celia and Aric's relationship full circle.
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review
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