Title: A Cursed Embrace
Author: Cecy Robson
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Weird Girls (Book 2)
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Format: Paperback, 368 Pages
ISBN-10: 0451416740 (Signet/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0451416742 (Signet/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Stephanie
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twenty-something girls—with one tiny exception: They are the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that made them, well, a little weird…
After Celia Wird and her sisters help master vampire Misha save his family, their powers are exposed to the supernatural community of the Lake Tahoe region. But fame comes at a price, and being “weird” isn’t always welcome.
To make matters worse, Celia desires the love of Alpha werewolf Aric, but his pack is bent on destroying their relationship to preserve his pureblood status. And once weres start turning up dead—with evidence pointing to the vampires—she must face the prospect of losing Aric forever. But the chaos only masks a new threat. An evil known as the Tribe has risen—and their sights are set on Celia and her sisters.
Quick & Dirty: Just when they think life has settled down, the Wird sisters discover a dead wereraccoon on their doorstep. Life just keeps getting stranger…
Opening Sentence: A dead wereraccoon on your doorstep is no way to start the morning.
This is the second book in Cecy Robson’s Weird Girls series. I read the first book just prior to reading this second installment and felt that the good and bad things balanced each other out. I felt the same way about this installment until I made it to about the 70 percent mark. After that, I spent the rest of the book with either my heart pounding from the action or a lump in my throat from the emotional drama that was occurring. I couldn’t put the book down and finished it wanting more.
It’s been a week since the events of the first book wrapped up. Celia and her sisters were hoping life would settle down so they could spend some quality time with Aric and his warriors. Unfortunately, someone out there has other plans for them. A dead wereraccoon shows up on the girls’ doorstep with a picture of Celia in his possession. In addition to that, couples are disappearing, with the men later being found slaughtered while the women remain missing. Dark forces are at work here, and while the wolves don’t want the sisters to get involved, someone (or something) out there is making it clear that they are a target. If that’s not bad enough, Aric’s Elders do not approve of Celia, as she is not a were. Will their relationship be able to survive this hurdle? Will they be able to find whoever’s behind the killings and disappearances before it’s too late?
I really grew to love Celia in this book. She’s equal parts tough and weak, which in the first book, I found annoying sometimes, but here, it began to feel like a very realistic portrayal of someone who is part hunter, part human. I love how her tough side really comes out whenever her sisters are threatened. As I’m someone who is incredibly close to her family, this character trait really helped me connect to Celia.
When it comes to the love triangle, I’m a little torn. I like Aric (who we’re obviously supposed to be rooting for), but I hate how hot and cold he can be. I understand that he feels torn between Celia and pack duties, but I want him to be more open with Celia about his feelings. That being said, there were some beautiful moments between Celia and Aric in this book.
The other point on the triangle is Misha. Now, maybe I’m just a vampire girl at heart, but I just love him. There’s something about his personality that just makes me smile. There’s also something to be said for the fact that he always comes when Celia needs help, and he will take her out for ice cream when she’s upset. What’s not to love about that?
The secondary characters are great as well. Each of the sisters and wolves has their own personality traits that make them unique. I actually wish we could have some scenes from the other sisters’ points of view.
One negative thing for me is how the passage of time is handled. One chapter will end, and then the next will start weeks or months later. This would disrupt the flow of the book for me, and it would take a couple of pages for me to get re-acclimated to what was going on. Another thing I should mention (while not a negative for me) is that Cecy Robson does not cringe away from giving all the grisly details of a fight. If it’s hard for you to read gory scenes, this might not be the book for you.
All in all, this ended up being a great follow up to Sealed with a Curse. When I finished that book, I was rather lukewarm on the series. By the time I finished this one, I was completely invested. I am eagerly looking forward to book 3!
Shayna fell into the sofa. Her droopy ponytail matched her mood. She wasn’t herself when Koda had to leave her to hunt. “Can I drive us to work today?”
“No,” the rest of us answered.
I didn’t care at that moment how depressed she appeared. Shayna wasn’t allowed to drive us anywhere. Ever. If we had somehow slipped into comas and a tribe of cannibalistic pigmies were about to sacrifice us to their volcanic god, and Shayna behind the wheel was our only escape? I’d take my chances with the lava.
Weird Girls Series:
0.5 The Weird Girls
2.5 A Cursed Moon (December 3, 2013)
3. Cursed by Destiny (January 7, 2014)
FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of A Cursed Embrace. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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