A CURSED MOON
by Cecy Robson
Signet/Penguin Group (December 3, 2013)
Provided by Author/Publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions herein are my own except as noted.
Meet the furry big brother that the Wird sisters never had…
Bren is a cocky, brash hound of a werewolf who loathes the idea of belonging to Aric’s pack—muc
h less finding a mate. But Bren’s hotheaded behavior lands him in the doghouse when he defies Aric’s authority in front of his pack, bringing up a sore subject that’s bound to make the Alpha wolf’s blood boil…
Luckily for him, no one can stay mad at Bren and his wild charm for long. And when some frightening ghosts launch a hostile paranormal takeover, Bren will team up with Celia Wird to take down the evil ghouls before they hurt someone they both love…
Includes a preview of the upcoming Weird Girls novel Cursed by Destiny!
I’ve been fortunate to read this series from the first book (I have not read the first novella THE WEIRD GIRLS) and I love the freshness of Cecy’s voice. She really immerses herself and us in Celia Wird’s voice. Celia is one of the four Wird sisters who were the victims of a curse gone wrong – one of those be careful what you wish for kind of things. Other books about her and her sisters’ lives in the Lake Tahoe area are in this feminine voice but A CURSED MOON comes from the sisters’ friend and werewolf, Bren. Bren has been instru
mental in the fight against evil in the form of the Tribe a group of power hungry, up to no good supernaturals.
Celia’s mate is a pure blood werewolf, Aric, who is unable to be with her for way too many reasons. All her sisters are with werewolves. Each of them possess powers as well. Celia turns into a big cat, and another wields fire, another heals.
The story here gives us background into Bren’s life, and that of their other friend, a sort of nerdy guy named Danny. Danny is really smart but a comedic character whose lack of fashion sense is just sad. But he’s the guy who does research and knows who’s bad and what different signs mean.
My feeling is this novella helps to expand Cecy’s voice in the first person POV of a male character. It’s an exercise I see done by many authors. This might seem a small feat, but I think one of the hardest things a writer can do is write from the other side of the gender divide. I think it’s one reason I mostly read female writers.
I think Cecy pretty much nails Bren’s characterization through his voice. There’s a lot of bravado and machismo to Bren, as the description says he’s brash. Not making a guy sound like a jerk is not easy. Men are often written as too adolescent, boisterous, bombastic, with braggadocio galore. Bren seems a little adolescent, a bit of a jerk, but here it’s not a woman writing the guy that way but the character is actually that kind of guy. He doesn’t trust the pack he’s been taken in by because the pack has never done him any good before. The pack works together and Bren has always been a lone wolf. He’s a great tracker but untrained in the other skills he needs in the battle between good and evil. But, why should he trust these guys; he’s managed perfectly well on his own?
The trick is whether the voice grows with the character and herein it does.
Cecy’s characters, except maybe Misha and his vampires, are very human for people who aren’t entirely human.. And they are touching. Being human they do incredibly stupid things. Cecy also manages to give each character something of their “other” side to. They are all distinct – although I will admit to having a hard time keeping Celia’s sisters, Shayna and Taran, as well as their mates, separate.
I enjoyed this novella and hope you will too. Cecy writes with a lot of heart and empathy for her characters.
Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is a full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Gr
eat Northwest. A member of Romance Writers of America, she attributes her passion for storytelling to the rough New Jersey neighborhood s
he 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.