Jan 7, 2014

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Review: Cursed by Destiny by Cecy Robson (Weird Girls #3) plus giveaway

cursedbydestiny5 star

Urban Fantasy
January 7 2014
Mass Market Paperback
368 pages
Signet
Received from publisher

Kick Ass Chick – Celia Wird

From Goodreads –
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….

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I want to write this without any spoilers.  From this book, that will be no problem. From the last books, I’m not sure I can.  In fact, I can’t.  Otherwise this review would be so vague it would make no sense whatsoever.  I’ll keep it under control though but just be warned.  If you have not read the previous book, you will learn little things in this review.  Also if you have not read the last books, what are you waiting for?  This is a fantastic and exciting series!

Cursed by Destiny is the third book in Cecy Robson’s Weird Girls series.  So far, I have been very impressed with this series and after finishing this book, I am still very impressed.  The characters are so charismatic you can’t help but want to follow them, the pace is relentless in the very best of ways and the story makes your eyes bug out of your head while you scratch your head wondering in equal parts how Cecy ever came up with such a thing and ‘ZOMG is this really happening?’

The series is told from Celia’s point of view.  She is a shifter (tigress) and also has some other powers that are way cool.  In the last book, Celia suffered devastating heart break.  Can you ever feel her pain and torment in this book!  It is really written well.  And sometimes it seems like it’s a lot but we have to remember that Celia’s mate is lost so her heart is more than just broken.  All of this heartache and all of the scenes where you want her to get over it are important to her growth.  She needs to know that yes, she needs him but she is also strong and awesome in her own right.  She is also really growing as a warrior in this book and that was a real treat to see.

Aric, a werewolf, is also going through some serious heartache but you can’t feel as badly for him as you do Celia.  That’s just because he’s a dude, I’m convinced of this lol.  So yes, there are scenes where I want to smack him but I completely understand his dilemma.  Don’t mean I like it, but I understand it and I accept it.  Mostly.

Celia’s sisters, as always, were done justice by Cecy.  I especially liked Emme in this book.  She is growing out of her quiet self and becoming a stronger character and I really like that.  She also has some pretty emotional scenes yet she picks herself up and is able to move on well-ish while showing everyone she is in control of her destiny.  As I said, I really liked her in this book.

Micha, a vampire, felt more natural this time around.  He’s always been interesting but I am starting to see how he may actually have genuine feelings for Celia.  I like how he is trying to have Celia develop and discover her powers…even if that is not quite her idea of a good time.  And Tye…interesting that one.  I want to know more.  Chang and Ying-Ying were also interesting and fun  characters and I hope we see more of them in future installments.

One more little group of characters I want to mention…the catholic school girl vampires.  They were amazing in this book!  So funny!

The story is…fast and furious.  Many death attempts occur and explosions and demon beings trying to destroy the world and…  You know, the usual for a Weird Girls book.  You will never be bored reading one of these, that is for sure!

The ending.  Oh the ending.  We who read this series are used to Cecy sharing some pretty significant information with her readers in the very last sentences of her books and leaving us thinking “What?!  The book ends here?!  But I want to know!”  Well…that ain’t nothing like the bomb she drops at the end of this book.  And it comes out of nowhere…and just leaves you there!  When you read it you are thinking “What the hell?!  She can’t DARE leave us like this?!  I NEED to know what happens next!!!”  Unfortunately, we don’t know when we’ll learn what happens next as there is no release date yet for the next book.  So we’ll just have to wait here.  Patiently.  Yeah…I don’t do patient well…

Cecy released a novella titled A Cursed Moon last month.  I don’t think it’s necessary to read it before cracking this latest installment open but I would strongly recommend it.  There are some happenings that occur in that booklet that you witness the results of in this book and if you, like me, read the book before the novella, you will read something…then feel you have to read it again because you obviously missed something.  Things are sort of explained quickly but you still feel as though you missed some major happenings.

All in all, Cursed by Destiny was a wonderful continuation to the series and just an all around exciting and entertaining read.

5 stars

Giggle worthy quote –

“Gemini rushed to my side.  ‘Taran,’ he growled, ‘put the neighbors to sleep – as many as you can.  No one else needs to see this.’

I wished she could have done the same for me.  The thing looked nasty.  I didn’t remember Buffy having to deal with this shit.”

Books in the Weird Girls series –
The Weird Girls (novella)
Sealed with a Curse
A Cursed Embrace
A Cursed Moon (novella)
A Cursed Destiny

Giveaway time! Cecy is offering one copy of A Cursed Destiny to a lucky commenter! Leave your comment below by Sunday January 12th 2014 11:59pm EST and you’re entered to win. Giveaway open Canada/US. Good luck to everyone and THANKS Cecy for the prize!!!

  1. Ann-Catrin Sköld says:

    Another author I havn´t read yet!
    And… since you gave the book 5 books in your review yet more books for me in my to-read-pile.

    🙂

  2. Heather C says:

    Sign me up Julie!

  3. I will I will I will read this series 🙂

  4. This one sounds great. Count me in, please!

  5. I know! That freaking end. Cecy is evil! Evil! Evil!!!

  6. Heather Jonassen says:

    Man I need to hurry up and read the current book so I can get to this book for my weekend!!

  7. I love this series!!! Congratulations on the new release!!!

  8. I have been wanting to read this series Forever! It’s at the top of my wishlist!

  9. Heather Beyer says:

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! Cecy is an amazing author and this series is proof of that! The Weird girls rock!

  10. Donna Reynolds says:

    I really cant wait to read Thank you so much for the great giveaway. mrscrabbyfan(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. tracy kilgire says:

    Can’t wait ti read the latest one!

  12. Always find it interesting reading blurbs about new books, getting other’s thoughts on them etc…

  13. Bethany C. says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! Fingers crossed!

  14. Nice review

  15. Cant wait to read it.

  16. Lizzie Dee says:

    I don’t need to be entered into the giveaway because I already have the book, but I just want to concur what a great series this is! The sisters have such unique powers and the mythology behind the shifters and other beings is really interesting. Great writing and I really like all of the characters, even if Aric can be frustrating!

  17. really nice review. had me laughing at times esp. you talking about Aric. LOL and other times well, I need to prepare myself for the heart break to come. ^_^

    tiffany.webb29@yahoo.com

  18. love, love, love this series! Congrats to Cecy on the newest release 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  19. Jennifer P says:

    In 3 books (and 2 novellas) this has become one of my favorite book series of all time-I can’t wait for the next one!!

  20. Adding this to my TBR list. Thanks

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