Jul 2, 2013

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Review (plus giveaway): A Cursed Embrace by Cecy Robson (Weird Girls #2)

acursedembrace5 star

Urban Fantasy
July 2 2013
Trade Paperback
368 pages
Signet
Received from publisher via NetGalley

Kick Ass Chick – Celia Wird

From Goodreads –
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.

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A Cursed Embrace is the second book in Cecy Robson’s Weird Girls series.  The sisters are back and awesome and the men are back and yummy.  Throw in some extra-amazing-really-unexpected twists, dashes of humor and an equally interesting and gruesome story and you have a very entertaining (and sometimes shocking) installment.

The book starts off shortly after book one, finding the sisters in love and happy.  Well, all but Celia, our main heroine.  Her ‘interest’ has pretty much disappeared leaving her confused as to what exactly is going on.  But things aren’t mostly roses for long.  Suddenly, demons appear (demons!) and really dead humans (*shudder*) are found.  Top that off with some very naughty werewolves (and not the good kind of naughty) and you have the basis for the main plot of this second book.  The story sucks you in right from the get-go and holy crap, the last bit of unrelenting with a mix of heart breaking emotion and heart stopping action.  Finally, when you think you’ve survived the book, it just dumps you hard at the end, leaving you already craving book three.  I absolutely could not put this book down.

I find the sisters have settled more into their personalities in this installment.  Shayna is not as bothersome with her ‘dudes’.  Emme is still the most ‘innocent’ but she’s showing a stronger side which I really liked.  And in the opposite corner, we see Taran’s more sensitive/insecure side which was also a nice treat.  And finally we have Celia.  She is still a very strong and likable character but I wish she weren’t so ‘woe is me’ at times.  You can make a reader feel for a character without having to constantly remind us that she is not travelling an easy road.  That being said, her insecurities are completely understandable and I truly did feel her heart while reading so I am not rating this book down thanks to her attitude.  It’s more of a tiny annoyance for me as opposed to a real bother.

Now the boys.  We see a bit more of Liam’s personality this time around and I LOVE him!  He just tells it like it is and it’s freaking hilarious.  We finally get an explanation behind Gemini’s odd behavior towards Taran (his assumptions made me laugh out loud!) and Koda is still just adorable.  And yes, we still want to both hump and hurt Aric simultaneously.  By the end of the book Cecy manages to makes us both hate him and pity him – and let me tell you, that is quite the feat.   And let’s not forget Misha.  I didn’t know how much of a role he would play in this book and turns out it’s a decent amount.  Things are left at a place where you feel Misha will be even more important in the next book and I am very curious to see how Cecy makes things work out for him and everyone else.

I mentioned that this book is one awesome ride but there is one part in particular that was truly outstanding, and that would be the very beginning of chapter 32.  Ho-ly Shit!  (Yes, it does not deserve a ‘holy crap’, it deserves an all out ‘holy shit’!  I was just about to ball my eyes out at the first two paragraphs then suddenly I found myself wanting to throw the book across the room.  I was beyond shocked at what happened.  That twist was bloody brilliant and Cecy wrote it to perfection.

There are a few moments in this book where you are reminded of just how close the sisters are.  Those were some of the funniest and most visual scenes.  Cecy has a fabulous sense of humor and it’s in scenes like these where it truly shines.  Very visual funny scenes that remind us how close of a unit the sister are.

Overall, if you can’t already tell, I absolutely loved this book.  Cecy has such an enjoyable writing style and her voice is very well suited for this genre.  A spot on mix of strong characters, action, romance, humor and spunk, A Cursed Embrace is a fine example of how urban fantasy should read.  Fans of urban fantasy absolutely do not want to pass this one up.

5 stars

Books in the Weird Girls series –
Sealed with a Curse
A Cursed Embrace
Cursed by Destiny (January 7th 2014)

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Giveaway time!  The awesome Cecy is offering one signed ARC of A Cursed Embrace to a lucky winner!  Woot!  Leave a comment below by Sunday July 7th 2013 11:59est and you are entered in the draw.  Giveaway open Canada / US.  Good luck to everyone and THANK YOU Cecy!!!

  1. Viki S. says:

    I’m new to this one but I like the sisters ;). Thank you.
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Hi!
    This weird girl series sounds really interesting! buying book one right now! thanks for making me aware of this author!

  3. I still haven’t read book #1 although it’s in my TBR…off to go buy this one. smiles…

  4. Thank you, Julie, for the feature and review. I’m so happy you loved my novel and the sisters’ relationship. My characters truly warm my heart, and I’m thrilled that they left an impression on you. Thank you also to everyone who stopped by. It’s an honor to be here.

  5. tracy kilgore says:

    I lovee the first book and I can’t wait for the second one!

  6. Judit(Judy) says:

    So excited about the second book 🙂 Great reviwe and thanks for the chance, fingers crossed 🙂

  7. Judit(Judy) says:

    So excited about the second book 🙂 Great review and thanks for the chance, fingers crossed 🙂

  8. Angela C says:

    Great review. I’m so excited to read this book. I just love the sisters.

  9. Krysten M says:

    I can’t wait to read this book!! Love all the vampire/werewolf drama!

  10. I loved the dynamic between the sisters in the first book. I can’t wait to check this one out!

  11. I so need to try this series

  12. Very nice review

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  13. I’ve been wanting to try this series; my girlfriend just bought the first book and told me to hang one, she will lend me her copy!

  14. Danielle says:

    I love the first book in the series. I can’t wait to get my hands on a Cursed Embrace. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Awesome review – awesome series! I can’t wait to read this book! I don’t need to be entered into the giveaway because I already purchased this, but thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Followthep says:

    I really want to read this series now. I am so thankful for blogs because they introduce mr to a lot of authors and great books!

  17. Northwoman says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this series. I’m just behind on my TBR.

  18. Susan S. says:

    I have been wanting to read this series.

  19. oh yes this book was definitely awesome, I can’t wait for more!

  20. I’m glad you say the characters settled into themselves a bit more in book 2. That was my one gripe with book 1, which I otherwise quite liked for the same reasons as you – the humour and the author’s voice. I’d love to win the copy of A Cursed Embrace

  21. I just read your last paragraph, as I so want to read the book myself! Hurry up mr postman! (also: not entering).

  22. damaris says:

    Would love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Looking forward to reading this. Thanks.

  24. I read and LOVED the first series girls book. Can’t wait to read this one!

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