A Cursed Bloodline
by Cecy Robson
Published by Loveswept [A division of Random House]
Publication Date: November 18, 2014
e-book 370 pages
Weird Girls Book Four
E-Galley provided by publisher via Net Galley. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Just when Celia thinks the supernatural world can’t turn deadlier, a new rival emerges, proving just how dangerous a power-hungry were can be.
Since being cursed with unique abilities, Celia Wird and her three sisters have fought the most bloodthirsty preternaturals in the Lake Tahoe region. But Celia’s greatest threat is someone she would have never suspected: Anara, a werewolf Elder who has allowed his hatred for Celia to spiral out of control. In a play for dominance, Anara tortures Celia and gives her an ultimatum: sever her mate bond with pureblood were Aric—or Anara will kill everyone she loves.
From the instant they met, Celia and Aric have shared an attraction that cannot be tamed. So keeping Aric away is impossible, and Aric would sooner die than allow anyone to hurt the woman he loves. Misha, master vampire and Celia’s sworn protector, also finds his way into the chaos, seeking blood from those who have harmed her.
Now Celia and her sisters are caught in the middle of a war driven by lust, fueled by hatred, and destined to end in tragedy. For Anara is a force to be reckoned with, and he will not succumb without robbing Celia of those who hold her heart. http://cecyrobson.com/weird-girls-series.html
Woeful is the blogger who really adores an author but does not love a book in the series. I did not love this one. I dreaded reviewing this book. It seems to rehash, over and over, the same problems the characters have faced before. But the thing i really could handle, the coup de grace, was what I feel is a failed premise.
The world Cecy has created s complex and well-developed, but with one stroke she blows it away when not one of the preternatural or supernaturals can sense a change in her character, Celia’s, body. All these creatures who can smell something for miles away can’t smell a change right in front of them.
So here’s the thing: the whole premise thing made me discount and scoff at the rest of the book. The whole thing rode so hard on the premise. I couldn’t ignore it. I also question the timeline. Too much happens, too many weeks. It didn’t work. I finished the story disillusioned.
This is like a changeling; a sickly story inserted into the series.
The bloodshed and horror of the story were difficult; but there’s a lot of sad as well. The support characters, are reduced to shallow sketches. I went on to read the next book too and it made it better – it was the medicine for my disillusionment with the story line. I will have a review of it next month.