Welcome to Wednesday. Are you surviving your week? I know it is hard to get back into the groove after a holiday break, but I am here to get you recharged. I am super excited to be participating in The Cursed by Destiny Tour courtesy of author Cecy Robson. This past year, I discovered The Weird Girl Series by Cecy Robson. I have since become a big fan of these unique and exciting books. I love that at the heart of each book is the amazing sisterly bond between the four Wird girls. Not only do the girls have a terrific relationship, but they also each possess some interesting and unique powers. If you have yet to read a book in this series, I urge you to pick one up. I think they are a phenomenal addition to the paranormal romance/ urban fantasy genre.
As part of The Cursed by Destiny Tour, I have a review of the upcoming third book in the series: Cursed by Destiny along with a great giveaway. Before we get to all that I want to tell you a bit more about the author Cecy Robson:
Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is an author with Penguin's SIGNET ECLIPSE. She attributes her passion for story-telling back 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. Her dad unwittingly encouraged Cecy's creativity by kissing her goodnight wearing vampire fangs. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, she began writing her Urban Fantasy Romance Series, Weird Girls, in May 2009. THE WEIRD GIRLS: A Novella and SEALED WITH A CURSE are now available. The second novel in The Weird Girls Series, A CURSED EMBRACE, released on July 2, 2013. A CURSED MOON novella released on December 3, 2013 and the third book: CURSED BY DESTINY will be available on January 7, 2014.
Find Cecy on her website, Facebook, Twitter andGoodreads.
Here is my review:
Cursed by Destiny (Weird Girls #3) by Cecy Robson
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.
Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Signet
Four and a half stars: A book with plenty of action, danger and romance!
Celia is somehow managing to get through each and every day. Her heart is shredded since Aric was forced to leave her under duress from the pack council. As a pureblood, Aric must ensure the future of the werewolf species by mating with another pure wolf. That means that he can no longer be with Celia despite the fact that they are mates. Celia has sought refuge with Misha her powerful vamp ally. Celia doesn't have too long to focus on a broken heart because danger soon lands right on her doorstep. The demonic forces known as the Tribe are out to take over the world and for some reason each and every demon knows Celia's name. It is up to Celia, her sisters and their allies to save themselves and humanity. Can Celia crush the demons and heal her broken heart?
What I Liked:
- Once again, I was treated to another exciting installment in The Weird Girl Series. This book doesn't disappoint with its thrilling action, dangerous demons, spicy romance and original paranormal beings. I am a solid fan of this series as I love the originality, humor and adventure. There is rarely a dull moment in these books, and I am never bored when I pick one up. If you are in desperate need of a recharging read, you must get these books!
- My favorite aspect of The Weird Girl books is the strong sister bond between Celia and her three sisters, Taran, Shayna and Emme. These sisters have certainly had a hard life but they have managed to get through it thanks to their fierce and unwavering love and loyalty. I love the way these girls look after each other. I am also enjoying watching them develop and evolve their unique talents especially Celia. It is so fun to read a book that features originality when it comes to paranormal powers. It is just what you need if you are bored of the same old same old in the paranormal genre.
- The story line is once again packed with terrifying threats as Celia and the gang encounter gross, horrible demonic creatures hell bent on destroying Celia. It seems that someone has made Celia the main target of the demons as she appears to be a threat. The question is who wants Celia dead? I have to admit, I didn't have the villain pegged correctly, and I was stunned at the jaw dropping revelation at the end! The twists and turns and surprises will definitely keep you turning the pages.
- I was pleased to see that the hint of the love triangle that was rearing its head in the previous books has worked out. Celia's heart belongs to one man only, and she refuses to give into the advances of the other. I liked the way that she finally settled things between the two men and how she was able to maintain a solid friendship with the second suitor. I gained a new respect for the man who ended up losing Celia's heart.
- I always like when a character sways me into liking them after I started out disliking them. That was indeed the case with Tye the werelion. His first introduction doesn't exactly paint him in a flattering light. He appears to be cocky, a bit arrogant and he believes he is a god to women. However by the end of the book, he totally redeemed himself and I ended up really liking him. I am anxious to see more of him in the next book.
- Finally, I absolutely love all the humor and snark in this book. I especially enjoy all the banter between the sisters and their elderly nosy old lady neighbor. The antics between the girls and Mrs. Mancuso are always laugh out loud funny. I found that I also liked the interaction between Celia and the vamps. The catholic school girl vampires provided some funny material. I think Ms. Robson does an excellent job of blending in the comedic relief in with all the tension and danger. I don't know about you all, but I always appreciate a book that can make me laugh.
And The Not So Much:
- The romance continues to cause me great stress. I guess I just have to give into the fact that things are never going to be easy for Celia and her mate. The first half of the book focuses on how miserable the two of them are since they are forced apart. Then things take a spicy hot turn and I was hopeful that everything was going to be back on track. Unfortunately, some monstrous boulders were tossed in their path. I was stunned and heartbroken by the final developments and I have no idea what to think. My hope is that soul mates will always conquer all. Bottom line this isn't an easy, straightforward romance. It is crippled by circumstances beyond the control of the lovers and they are going to have to fight like crazy to overcome it all. Even though I am frustrated that things are so difficult, I think it will all be worth it in the end. I must learn to be more patient.
- I thought the pacing of the ending was a bit hurried in comparison to the rest of the book. The big epic battle with the monstrous demonic dragon moved too quickly for me. I wanted to know a bit more about what happened to the wolves before Celia and her team arrived and more about the monster they were fighting. This wasn't a big deal, but I am used to the long drawn out fight scenes and this one seemed short compared to other battle scenes.
- The book ends on a cliffhanger. Believe it or not, it was a cliffhanger that worked for me as it caught me by complete surprise and I was stunned at the turn of events. It certainly did the trick as I am now desperate for the next book! There are some big questions left to be answered and some huge obstacles to overcome. I cannot wait to see how it turns out!
Cursed by Destiny is another thrilling installment in the original and highly entertaining Weird Girl Series. These books are highly addictive and sure to please a wide audience. If you are a bit bored with your paranormal romance/ urban fantasy reads do yourself a huge favor and read these books.
"The night was lovely, but carried a "your boobies are going to snap off" kind of cold."
"Just know that I hurt along with you, that I suffer without you, and that I'll love you forever."
"When we arrived, three small backpacks with the essentials had already been prepared for us by the schoolgirls. I was almost afraid to peek inside and hoped they'd opted to fill it with protein bars and matchsticks as opposed to edible undergarments and ball gags."
"I'd like to say it was replaced by a vision of a happy wagging wolf. Then again, I'd also like to win free Doritos for life."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Now do I have your attention? Are you convinced that you need to check out these books yet? To help motivate you Cecy is offering a chance to win a copy of Cursed by Destiny along with a lip balm as part of her tour. To enter read the Contest Policies and fill out the Rafflecopter. This is open to U.S. residents only. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more giveaways. Please note that if you win a prize pack on any of the blogs on the tour you won't be eligible for additional books as Cecy wants to make sure the books are spread out to be fair. A huge thanks to Cecy for allowing me to offer this giveaway and for having me on her tour. She is wonderful to work with! I assure you I will be clamoring to be on her next tour! Now go get these books!
Come back tomorrow for my review of the new Weird Girls novella: A Cursed Moon.