ARC Review & Giveaway – CURSED BY DESTINY by Cecy Robson

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ARC Review & Giveaway – CURSED BY DESTINY by Cecy RobsonCursed by Destiny by Cecy Robson
Series: Weird Girls #3
Published by Signet Eclipse on January 7, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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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 purebloodwere 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….

I’m a big fan of this series and if I had to sum it up in one word that word would be “fun”.  Robson’s Weird Girls is pure action filled fun with some added sexy romance and a lot of laughs.  Most of all, what I like about this series is its focus on a group of sisters, a handful of heroines with power and brains and camaraderie.  All of those elements never fail to make me excited to read a new installment of the Weird Girls.  So, of course I was geeked when presented with the opportunity to read the latest book in the Weird Girls universe, Cursed by Destiny.

This series tends to be very action heavy which admittedly wore me down a bit in book two. I’m happy to say that with this third outing into the Weird Girls world there was more focus on the relationships.  I adored the growing closeness of Celia and Misha.  She begins to realize the depth of his feelings for her and he is humanized in a way that makes me like him more than I ever did.  The relationship between Celia and Aric is also developed albeit in a very torturous way.  These two can’t catch a break. Robson did a wonderful job of creating bittersweet moments for them that are at once heartbreaking and hopeful.  I was a little nervous when a third suitor was dropped in the mix but where I trust Robson is in her ability to keep Celia totally focused in the romance department.  Celia only has eyes for Aric and I love that with all this temptation and chemistry flying in every direction, there is no doubt where Celia’s heart continues to lie.  It’s refreshing to have a love triangle that’s obviously one-sided, where there is little doubt.  Oh yes, there’s attraction but there is also unwavering loyalty.

The banter between sisters, the humor, the love and support is still there and stronger than ever.  It’s what I love about this series — the sisters – so I always welcome more moments with them.  And Robson also pushes their stories forward, particularly with Emme and Liam.  There’s an interesting storyline between these two — I see where it’s going and, I might be in the minority, but I like it.   I think Robson is also slowly pushing the overall mystery of the Wird sisters and their curse forward.  I think the mystery of why the demons and the Tribe want Celia is going to be a clue to the roots of their curse and I am dying to know this!  Finally, we also see Celia come into her own.  She’s growing stronger, training, and gaining the ability to control her powers.  Celia’s always been independent but she is becoming a much bigger force to be reckoned with.  And I love that she takes her pain, and rather than wallow in it, uses it to become even more kick ass.  Can I get an Amen?  

For me, where I lose my way a bit with the series is in my need to spend more time with the other sisters.  I love these ladies.  I want to be in their heads.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the drama with Celia and Aric, I love her complex relationship with Misha, I love her growth and her developing powers…but I want more Taran, I want more Shayna, more Emme.  I’m getting impatient!  But isn’t that a sign of love?

Robson doesn’t shy away from dropping a bomb on her readers in the last few pages and Cursed by Destiny is no exception.  Trust me when I say this bomb is atomic, a game-changer and one that makes me want the next book sooner rather than later.  3.5 howls!

 

Giveaway

Cecy has generously offered one U.S.-based reader a signed copy of CURSED BY DESTINY in addition to the following goodies:

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Thanks, Cecy!

 

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About Cecy Robson

Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is a full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Great Northwest. A member of Romance Writers of America, she attributes her passion for storytelling 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 in May 2009. Her Weird Girls Urban Fantasy Romance series is published with Penguin Random House’s Signet Eclipse and released to stellar praise from multiple reviewers including: Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, and Romantic Times. THE WEIRD GIRLS: A Novella, SEALED WITH A CURSE, and A CURSED EMBRACE are now available. A CURSED MOON: A Novella, releases December 3, 2013, followed by CURSED BY DESTINY, January 7, 2014.

21 Responses to “ARC Review & Giveaway – CURSED BY DESTINY by Cecy Robson”

    • Cecy

      Hi, Sandy! Originally Celia was supposed to lead the series so she has 7 total just for herself. I never expected to write about the other girls. They’ve received such a warm welcome, I currently have 2 planned for Taran, 2 for Emme, and 1 for Emme. Thank you for your question. 🙂

  1. Stephanie F.

    I am a huge fan of this series. I love the action, suspense and romance. It is one of my favorite UF series. Celia and her sister’s are such great characters and I love their wolves. As far as the romance while I love it, it also drives me crazy, lol. I liked Aric but after the last book I ‘m not sure about him anymore. Misha has always semed like a bff to me. I can’t wait to read this book and see what happens and if Aric can redeem himself.
    Great review, it makes me even more eager to read it. Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  2. Eleanor

    What inspires your writing? Do you listen to certain music or this there a certain process you use that helps you write?

    • Cecy

      Great question! I use music to set my scenes and help me create their moods. When I write, though, it’s in total silence. 🙂

    • Cecy

      Hi, Jennifer. Book 4 tentatively titled A CURSED BLOODLINE doesn’t have a release date scheduled yet. But I will announce it as soon as I know!

      • Jennifer P

        Hmm, that means that whatever torture you put us through in book #3, there will probably be a wait to find out what happens, lol! 🙂 It won’t stop me from reading it though-I’m a sucker for punishment!

  3. Tracy Kilgore

    My husband and I love your books. I usually finish them off in a day they are that good! Thanks for the great books.

    • Cecy

      Wow. Thank you for the great compliment. It’s nice to know that I’m also building a strong male audience.

  4. Mel Thomas

    This is a fangtabulous series and I can’t wait to read Cursed by Destiny. Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. Cecy

    Thank you to Lee for hosting me and to everyone who stopped by. Your kind words and thoughts mean a great deal to me. I hope you continue to enjoy my Weird Girl series!

  6. Van

    Great to know that there are more books coming for Celia and spin-offs for the girls. It seems like you already have a lot on your plate but do you see yourself branching into the YA genre or outside the UF genre in the future?

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  7. Krysten M

    I love this series! It’s just so exciting and yet hilarious 🙂 Can’t wait for more!

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