Welcome to my stop on the Of Flame and Light Tour. I am a huge fan of this series, and I loved this latest installments. Today, I have a review for you and a chance to enter an outstanding tour wide giveaway. So let's get started!
Taran Wird holds the unique ability to conjure fire and lightning. She is mated to Gemini, Second in Command to the Squaw Valley Pack of the Lake Tahoe Region, and the sole werewolf to possess the ability to split into two wolves. And although they are mates, Taran's insecurities have driven them apart.
Devastated by an injury that left her with a zombie-like limb, Taran struggles to regain command over her magic. But when her arm and her power turn against her, lashing out on those she most loves, she knows she can no longer carry this burden alone. Not that she likes the alternative.
The only way to regain control of her magic is to align and learn from the local coven of witches―the very ones who sought to banish her when she and her three unique sisters first moved to the mystical region. But although Taran is trying, the teachings don't come easy, and the tasks leave her weak and emotionally shattered.
Yet Taran must learn and learn fast. Time is running out. The fire she once mastered so easily has become her greatest adversary and is now slowly burning her alive . . .
Four and a half stars: A wicked, kick butt adventure full of danger, witchy witches, self discovery and growth and romance.
Taran feels her arm zinging with power, and then the next thing she knows, her sisters are holding her down and she is burning. Ever since she lost her arm and had it replaced with a new zombie arm, she has struggled with her magic, but worse is the fact that Gemini, her mate, can't stand the sight of her arm. Broken, Taran is taken to Genevieve, the head witch, whom Taran doesn't exactly like, for help at Aric's bequest. Taran is given a choice, she must train as a witch in order to learn how to control her arm and her magic, or risk the wild magic destroying those she loves or killing her. Will Taran find a way to overcome her magic and find herself?
What I Liked:
- Whoa! You can always count on Cecy Robson to provide a thrilling adventure while tearing your heart out a few times. That is what happens in this latest installment of The Weird Girls. Book seven, Of Flame and Light, is the second book that features Taran as the main character. Taran is the wild, sharp tongued, crass sister who always kicked butt and took names. Unfortunately since her injury, Taran can't control her magic or her heart. This is a book all about Taran's growth, self discovery and fighting her way back. Expect lots of action and some scenes that will shatter your heart. Loved it!
- Even though it was tough to see the normally confident, strong willed and quick witted Taran struggling, I liked seeing her stripped down and vulnerable. Taran is a fighter, and you can never count her out. This book proves time and time again that she won't quit or give up, even when her heart is broken and the odds are stacked against her. Taran digs deep and fights to overcome bitchy witches, zombies, self doubt and heartache. I loved watching her claw her way back, and I liked seeing her grow and overcome. I especially liked her humor and her crass tongue. She makes me laugh.
- I enjoyed that this one focused on witches instead of demons and vampires. I liked learning more about the witches and the coven and how they function. I especially enjoyed the new friendships that Taran forged, and how she stood up to the bullies no matter what their status. Go Taran!
- The romance....sigh.....oh how the romance tore at me. Taran and Gemini are going through a rough patch, mostly because they are too damn stubborn to communicate. They are both suffering, and their heartbreak is devastating to both of them, but do they sit down and work it out like adults.... nope..... leave it to these two hard heads to make things interesting. Needless to say, it was emotional and sad. When they finally decided to act like grown ups, as I knew they would, I nearly cried. It was so sweet.
- I loved the inclusion of some new characters. I liked Taran's new witch friends, but my heart went out to poor Alice. I won't say more regarding Alice, but she stole the show. "Ergh." Loved her. Most of the old favorites are back, and we get plenty of the vicious old Mrs. Mancuso. You can't have a novel in this series without the nosey neighbor.
- The ending was dramatic, full of danger and conflict, culminating with another epic battle scene. Once the dust settled, things seemed right with the world, until Taran gets an interesting proposition from an old favorite character. No cliffhanger, but I needed more, now!
And The Not So Much:
- Where were the vamps? This book felt like it was missing something without good old Misha and his crew. The next book promises to have them back and I can't wait.
- What is the deal with Esme and Bren? There is something up with them, and I am itching to know more.
- Even though I liked the way the romance settled out, it frustrated me to no end to watch the two of them so miserable when they could have just talked it out. I hate romance struggles that spiral out of control because they won't communicate.
- The ending was a bit abrupt. No big cliffhanger, but I would have liked a bit more time after the dust settled, and I certainly want to know what Misha is up to.
Of Flame and Light is a terrific installment in a long running favorite series of mine. I can't get enough of the Wird sisters, their unique magic and their werewolves. This book is all about Taran's journey of growth and self discovery. It is filled with action and danger, heartache and humor. I love this series, and I can't recommend it enough. For all of you who crave excellent paranormal romance, this is a series you must try.
I received a copy of this book from a tour promoter in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
Meet the Author:
Cecy Robson is an award-winning author of magical realms, to-die-for Alpha heroes, and young adult adventure. A double RITA® 2016 finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, and published author of more than fifteen titles, you can typically find her on her laptop or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.
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