CURSED BY DESTINY
Weird Girls #3
by Cecy Robson
Signet/Penguin Jan. 7, 2014
Paperback, E-Book Formats 368 pages
E-Galley provided by publisher via Net Galley for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own.
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they’re products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird…
Celia’s a girl in trouble. Her heart is bound to Aric, but he is a pureblood were who must deny her or risk condemning his species to extinction. And that’s just her love life. She’s also been called to take down a group of demon terrorists looking to overthrow the paranormal world. (No pressure.)
In order to bring them down, Celia must ally herself to Misha, the master vampire who has made no secret of his desire for her.
And if that weren’t enough misfortune for one girl, a clairvoyant’s prediction could destroy Celia and Aric’s love for good. The only way to protect the world from unbridled supernatural terrorism is for Celia to bind herself to her destined mate. And that doesn’t appear to be Aric… Penguin/Signet Book Page
The poor Wird sisters, and Celia in particular, have totally gotten the shaft. Totally, and in every sense of the word. Cecy writes the characters with a lot of emotion and creates empathy in the reader, or at least me. I just want to slap a bunch of people with a big shovel to get them to behave and play nicely with each other. At one point in reading, I noted that Cecy writing was insouciant. The passage
“She was a beautiful woman with dark brows, waist length ebony hair, and blue eyes that glowed like melted sapphires. When she walked into a room and raised her arms, I could swear doves and butterflies flew out of her armpits.”
But all is not happy in the Lake Tahoe supernatural community or any community around the world as a bunch of disgruntled and pissed off supes have it in their head to take over. Celia and gang have to run all over the world to quell these bad ass uprisings with impunity. And Celia is a total badass herself. She’s also selfless, noble, loyal. I like how much Celia has grown into a leader and super strong fighting machine. She has some very handy skills, like being able to shift through the earth. Her sisters are also fabulous fighters.
And, there are very few people who treat her with the respect she deserves. Grrr!
The story has become complex in its activity but remains a simple good versus evil scenario, with various complications and defections. There are certainly enough asshats in the supernatural community — enough to rival congress. The vampires seem a bit slow to figure out who their inside infiltrator is and it costs lives. The wolves and other assorted shifters don’t see it at all. I don’t know why they all seem so blind; they are exactly like congress!
The title, of course has the word “destiny” in it. And, there is a prophecy involved. To me that implies something inescapable, regardless of anything anyone can do. I’m not sure I believe in destiny as prophecy, but it is a common device in books, especially speculative fiction. Do you believe in destiny via prophesy?
There are a few minor detractions:
I feel a little religion is seeping into the text. I have noticed in the last two books that [uppercase G] God is referenced more often. This can become an issue for me.
I found the action, the fighting action anyway, hard to follow – a problem, however, I attribute to my own reading style.
And, Aric a super alpha werewolf has a total lack of balls for a super alpha guy. Seriously, grow a pair!
Major cliffhanger ending with a revelation that isn’t totally surprising if you read between the lines.
I enjoy the series, and highly recommend it. It’s taken me a long time to accept that a book can be fabulous even with a few flaws. I would like to see a little less beating down of the main characters. Every so often something good has to happen or the story becomes a drag. This thing with Aric being a wienie has gone on long enough. This is the third full-length book in the series and is best read as part of the series.
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Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is a full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Great Northwest. A member of Romance Writers of America, she attributes her passion for storytelling to the rough New Jersey neighborhood she was raised in. As a child, she was rarely allowed to leave the safety of her house and passed her time fantasizing about flying, fairies, and things that go bump in the night. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, she began writing in May 2009. Her Weird Girls Urban Fantasy Romance series is published with Penguin Random House’s Signet Eclipse and released to stellar praise from multiple reviewers including: Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, and Romantic Times. THE WEIRD GIRLS: A Novella, SEALED WITH A CURSE, and A CURSED EMBRACE are now available. A CURSED MOON: A Novella, releases December 3, 2013, followed by CURSED BY DESTINY, January 7, 2014.
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