*This title will be released on December 31, 2012*
Sealed with a Curse
(Weird Girls, #1)
Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.
Kissing. References to sex.
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…
The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren’t aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague?
Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha’s family to keep the region safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and oh yeah, not lose her heart to the wrong guy—or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, it’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough.
There are countless paranormal series that feature a group of guys as main characters, but groups of women are less common. Cecy Robson’s new Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series, features four supernaturally inclined sisters (each with different abilities). Much like the series with guys, some of the defining characteristics of these sisters are pretty one dimensional, but good pacing, strong romantic elements, and enough action scenes to fill a summer of blockbusters made SEALED WITH A KISS a fun if slightly flawed read.
My favorite parts of SEALED WITH A CURSE brought to mind the Sookie Stackhouse series with tense interactions between the weres and vampires and a not-quite-human girl caught between them. There were also some fun interactions between Celia’s sisters and the werewolves they each end up with. Gemini specifically caught my attention. Would love to see an entire book about him and his ability.
On the downside, the sisters all felt pretty broad in terms of character development. The quiet one always says things ‘shyly’ and blushes. The aggressive one shouts a lot and says ‘Dude’ every time she speaks. The third sister didn’t really distinguish herself with any obvious character traits that I noticed. Celia, as the protagonist, was the most fully realized character. She’s the self proclaimed protector and leader of the group. I didn’t quite understand her waffling between docile meekness one moment and reckless attacking the next. I think this dichotomy was an attempt to show how Celia balances her human side with her Tigress side, but it didn’t quite work as well as it could have.
Speaking of abilities, the Wird girls don’t fit into any one specific supernatural category. They each have a mix of unrelated abilities. While the concept sounded like an opportunity for something fresh and original, it ended up just coming across as random. Celia turns into a Tiger, she also can ‘shift’ through solid matter, and she can turn into any animal she touches. Okay, but why exactly? Why those three abilities? There was never really a reason. In fact the whole explanation for the girls completely different abilities is pretty flimsy. They were cursed. That’s it. Mythology and worldbuilding is such a vital part of urban fantasy that this felt like an oversight.
Even though there were problems with SEALED WITH A CURSE, it was a fun read. The pacing was relentless and the action non-stop. I hope the characters gain a little more subtlety and depth, and that the contrived romantic obstacles are traded for more authentic ones. Over all, the Weird Sisters series has a lot of promise and a good balance between romance and mystery. The series continues with A CURSED EMBRACE on August 2, 2013.
0.5 The Weird Girls
1. Sealed with a Kiss
2. A Cursed Embrace (2013)
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