Review: The Weird Girls: A Novella (Weird Girls 0.5) by Cecy Robson

December 21, 2012 Review 0 ★★

The Weird Girls

(Weird Girls, #0.5)
by Cecy Robson

Genre: Urban Fantasy|
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

Rating

Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.

Description

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, a little weird…

The Wird sisters are different from every race on earth—human and supernatural. When human society is no longer an option for them, they move in among the resident vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region. Could this be the true home they’ve longed for? Um, not quite. After the sisters accidentally strip a witch of her powers in a bar brawl, they soon realize the mistake will cost them. Because to take on a witch means to take on her coven. And losing the battle isn’t an option.

Includes a preview of the first full-length novel in the Weird Girls series, Sealed with a Curse—as well as introductions to the Weird World, and a letter from the author.

Review

It’s becoming more and more popular for new urban fantasy series to launch with prequel novellas.  Cecy Robsson’s Weird Girls series kicks off with THE WEIRD GIRLS (an ebook novella) just weeks before the first full novel, SEALED WITH A CURSE, hits shelves on December 31, 2012.  There are pros and cons to this approach.  Ideally, the novella sets up the characters and worldbuilding and potentially reveals an origin story that has significance for the full length novels.  One of the pitfalls can be when the worldbuilding and/or cast of characters require too much setup for a novella size book.

In THE WEIRD GIRLS we sort of get a speed dating introduction to each of the sisters focusing primarily on Celia.  Since Cecy Robson has created a unique mythology for each of the girls, a lot of explanation (i.e. info dumps) was necessary to explain all the unrelated powers that each sister possesses.  For example, Ceila is a tigershifter…but she also can transport herself and others through solid matter, and she can turn into any animal she touches.  It all struck me as pretty random, sort of like the ‘It’s a good thing she has the whatever-power-she-needs ability’.

The story was basically one long string of chaotic action scenes interspersed with some catty dialogue (the sisters get into a bar fight with a coven of witches and end up fighting in increasingly violent battles throughout the novella).  I didn’t feel like there was enough time to connect with any one of the sisters, let alone four, nor were the rules of the world ever fully explained.  Fortunately, there was a sneak peek at SEALED WITH A CURSE included with the novella since just in that glimpse the story structure and introduction to the girls and world was handled sooooo much better.

This wasn’t the best introduction to this series, but there were glimmers (not to mention the sneak peek) that make me think the full novels will be much better.

Titles in Series

0.5 The Weird Girls
1. Sealed With a Curse
2. A Curse Embraced

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