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Series: Weird Girls #3
Published by Signet Eclipse on January 7, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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!
Cecy has generously offered one U.S.-based reader a signed copy of CURSED BY DESTINY in addition to the following goodies: