A CURSE AWAKENED
A Weird Girls Novella
Written by Cecy Robson
Published by Loveswept/Penguin Random House | August 19, 2014 | ISBN: 978-0-553-39457-3
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. (from tour materials)
I really enjoyed getting to see the “beginnings” of the Weird sister’s story. Having read the other books in the series I felt it filled in a lot of history and gave me insight into the characters’ personalities. Plus, it has some very clear plots that are very well spun in the short format. It is action packed, full of loyalty and what you will do for those you love. The women are as yet unmarked by the experiences they have in the rest of the series, although they have had a hell of a time anyway.
I really felt their desolation and desperation in the face of evil and power. They make neat work of a few nasties and learn much about the honor of master vampires.
There’s one dreamy sex sequence that I think is precognitive to future relationships Celia will have. I think, or it could just be a sexy vamp toying with her. Celia Wird, is the oldest sister and she was cursed or gifted with the ability to shift into a tiger form and shift through the earth. As far as the action scenes, I found it hard to keep track of whether Celia is in a tiger form, human form or a combination. I would like to see a connection between the curse which we learn about here and the earth shifting ability. If there is no connection it feels a little deus ex machinated.
We also get to meet Celia’s former beau and brilliant family pal, Dan who comes to the women for help. He’s already researcing the origins of their curse, and its extra curse that was meant to bind their powers. Having a geeky friend comes in handy for them!
Cecy is very clever as she writes this prequel, it gives a ton of information on the sisters and their pasts — things I didn’t realize I wanted to know but that I believe offer a fuller experience and which tell me that Cecy imagined this world quite deeply before she ever wrote the stories down.
I liked it, it was quick, action packed and maybe a little “Weird.” it falls more on the ‘Urban Fantasy’ side of the fence between that and ‘Paranormal Romance.’
Clever plays on names and such like Weird and Wird, are often just clever puns or hooks to catch your interest. But with this series the “Weird Girls” thing and the last name “Wird” is both a clever device and actually adds to the story. If anyone ever made fun of you for a family thing like your name (try having a verb as a last name like I do) you will feel a real kinship with these young women.
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About Cecy Robson
Cecy Robson is the New Adult author of Once Perfect, Once Loved, and Once Pure and the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, Robson counts among her talents a jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song despite her family’s vehement protests. A full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Great Northwest, she enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.
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