ARC Review & Giveaway – A CURSED EMBRACE by Cecy Robson

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**A review copy of this novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** 

 

Cursed EmbraceTITLE: A Cursed Embrace
SERIES:
Weird Girls #2 
AUTHOR:
  Cecy Robson
PUBLISHER:
  Signet Eclipse
PUBLICATION DATE:
  July 2, 2013
ISBN: 
 0451416740  

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BOOK SYNOPSIS: 

Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twentysomething 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.

 

 

 

She-Wolf Review

 

A CURSED EMBRACE is the second book in Cecy Robson’s Weird Girls series.  This is one of those series that kind of charms you into a tizzy with its action, fun, and wit.  At least that’s what it does for me.  This second installment was equally as fun as the first, though darker, with some heartache, some adventure, and some serious Wird sister sass.  While I admit that I got a little nitpicky on a couple of issues, A CURSED EMBRACE was a good read and a solid follow-up to a series, and an author, with a secure position on my auto-buy list.

Robson definitely took us into some darker territory here.  Bodies are showing up all over the Tahoe area.  Bodies of women with their abdomens torn apart.  These gruesome murders are the result of breeding demons and the visuals are so dark, the crimes so gruesome that Robson successfully establishes the pure evil of the enemy and then proceeds to raise the stakes even higher for both the wolves and the Wird sisters.  What’s at stake is not only the human world, but also the order of the supernatural world.   This battle of light versus dark equals some kick ass action, which Robson always does so well, in addition to truly emotional moments that make you wonder if everyone is going to make it out alive by book’s end. 

I feel like Robson does this nice sleight of hand where she gives you action, darkness, and violence and then very deftly switches it up with pockets of brightness as seen through the sisters and their relationships with each other.  The sisters are hands down my favorite part of this series.  They each have unique personalities and powers; they are a tight unit and the best thing about both books is the interaction between the girls which never fails to make me laugh.

Central to A CURSED EMBRACE is the relationship between Aric and Celia.  For those of us who desperately wanted more of them, Robson gives it to us.  And then some.  I feel like I can’t say more without spoilers but, boy, does Robson put us through the wringer with these two.

I think one of my bigger issues with this second installment really has to do with my expectations. I expected an overall story arc to emerge about the girls and the origins of their powers.  The source of their powers is a mystery and I so want that mystery to be solved.  I didn’t feel like we got any closer and wondered if we ever would.  Also, while I love Celia, I wanted some POV from the other sisters.  Shayna and Kodo reach milestones in their relationship, as do Taran and Gemini.  In fact, the sexual tension between Taran and Gemini is so built up that, I’ll be honest, I kind of wanted to be there for that moment of resolution.  It’s moments like these when Celia’s viewpoint alone just didn’t cut it for me.  In fact, by book’s end, I felt like if I don’t get a book from one sister in particular, who I shall not name (read the book and you’ll know what I mean), I might have to get crazy up in here. 

All in all, A CURSED EMBRACE is a satisfying read.  It has the action, romance, and sisterhood shenanigans that I loved from the first book while it added more depth to the relationships we’ve come to love, particularly in terms of Aric and Celia.  And while the end kind of left my mouth hanging open, Robson hit us in the heart and I love her for it. Hopefully, we’ll get more from each sister and we’ll get more about what the heck the Wird sisters are.  In the meantime, sit back and enjoy the ride. 

 

  

STRONG but with some flaws.

3.5 HOWLS – STRONG but I got bit nitpicky!

 

 

**A review copy of this novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* 

 

 

GIVEAWAY

This giveaway includes a signed copy of A CURSED EMBRACE in addition to a bookmark, a rack card, A CURSED EMBRACE magnet and lip balm, and a signed postcard!

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About the Author

CECY_ROBSONCecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is an author with Penguin’s SIGNET ECLIPSE. She attributes her passion for story-telling back to the rough New Jersey neighborhood she was raised in. As a child, she was rarely allowed to leave the safety of her house and passed her time fantasizing about flying, fairies, and things that go bump in the night. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, she began writing her Urban Fantasy Romance Series, Weird Girls, in May 2009. THE WEIRD GIRLS: A Novella and SEALED WITH A CURSE are now available.  A CURSED EMBRACE, releases July 2, 2013 followed by A CURSED MOON: An eSpecial Novella December 2013, and CURSED BY DESTINY, January 2014.

Please visit CECY at her favorite spots:

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30 Responses to “ARC Review & Giveaway – A CURSED EMBRACE by Cecy Robson”

  1. Caroline

    This sounds super interesting! I loved the first one and can’t wait to read this one too!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  2. Stephanie F

    I absolutely loved the first book in series and Celia and Shayna were my favorite characters. Do you have a favorite to write about?

    • Cecy

      Hi Stephanie, Thank you for the question. It’s easiest for me to write about Celia since I first started writing from her perspective in 2009. My next easiest character, believe it or not, is Bren. I jumped into his head and wrote two novellas–that was a lot of fun. His story comes out December 5th!

  3. Amanda D

    It sounds like a really good book! About how long does it take you to write one?

    • Cecy

      Hi, there! It generally takes me 3-4 months to write a novel. I try to write about 2k words a day. Before I start writing, I usually go back to what I wrote the day before and fix any typos and also add more visualization to help enhance the setting. 🙂

  4. Van P.

    Great Review! I just finished the first book and loved it!

    @Cecy: I remember you said the first three books will be Celia’s book, which sister will be feature next? Also will you be unveiling the cover for the third cover soon 😉 since it’s release in December (forgot where i read it, likely you’re website lol).

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Cecy

      Hi Van! I’m glad you enjoyed SEALED WITH A CURSE. Hmmm, here’s the thing. Originally–pre-agent and pre-publishing deal–I saw my series with Celia as the main character, with the sisters as strong supporting characters–similar to Buffy and her Scooby gang. I honestly never thought to give the girls their own novels until my agent and editor suggested it. The first three books were written from Celia’s perspective years ago. But then my editor wanted me to separate the original first book into two books, so now there’s 4 for Celia. A lot happens in Book 4 that affects everyone. I’m waiting to see if Celia will get books five and six, or if Penguin will want those to be Taran’s. I’ve written the proposals for both, it’s up to the people at Penguin to decide which direction they’d like to take the series. I handed in the rewritten version of book 4 (the original book 3) in January. My new editor is reading it now. I hope that makes sense, and I hope you’ll stay tuned to see what happens to my Weird Girls. Oh, and the cover for CURSED BY DESTINY? I just released it on Twitter and my Facebook Page.

  5. Cindy Harrington

    I can’t wait to read this Cecy! You are so talented and I can’t wait to see what you have for us in the future!

  6. Krysten M

    I really liked the first book in this series! Can’t wait for the second!!

  7. LadyVampire

    Sealed with a Curse was such a great book that I am on the edge of my seat to read A Cursed Embrace. Congrats on this release!

  8. Cecy

    Hi Stephanie, Thank you for the question. It’s easiest for me to write about Celia since I first started writing from her perspective in 2009. My next easiest character, believe it or not, is Bren. I jumped into his head and wrote two novellas–that was a lot of fun. His story comes out December 5th!

  9. Cecy

    @Amanda. Hi, there! It generally takes me 3-4 months to write a novel. I try to write about 2k words a day. Before I start writing, I usually go back to what I wrote the day before and fix any typos and also add more visualization to help enhance the setting. 🙂

  10. Cecy

    Hi Van! I’m glad you enjoyed SEALED WITH A CURSE. Hmmm, here’s the thing. Originally–pre-agent and pre-publishing deal–I saw my series with Celia as the main character, with the sisters as strong supporting characters–similar to Buffy and her Scooby gang. I never thought to give the girls their own novels until my agent and editor suggested it. The first three books were written from Celia’s perspective years ago. But then my editor wanted me to separate the original first book into two books, so now there’s 4 for Celia. A lot happens in Book 4 that affects everyone. I’m waiting to see if Celia will get books five and six, or if Penguin will want those to be Taran’s. I’ve written the proposals for both, it’s up to the people at Penguin to decide which direction they’d like to take the series. I handed in the rewritten version of book 4 (the original book 3) in January. My new editor is reading it now. I hope that makes sense, and I hope you’ll stay tuned to see what happens to my Weird Girls.

  11. Cecy

    Thank you to, Lee and to everyone who stopped by. Your comments were wonderful and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my series. 😀

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