Friday, November 7, 2014

A Cursed Bloodline by Cecy Robson - Early Review

Release Date: November 18, 2014

Just when Celia thinks the supernatural world can’t turn deadlier, a new rival emerges, proving just how dangerous a power-hungry were can be.

Since being cursed with unique abilities, Celia Wird and her three sisters have fought the most bloodthirsty preternaturals in the Lake Tahoe region. But Celia’s greatest threat is someone she would have never suspected: Anara, a werewolf Elder who has allowed his hatred for Celia to spiral out of control. In a play for dominance, Anara tortures Celia and gives her an ultimatum: sever her mate bond with pureblood were Aric — or Anara will kill everyone she loves.

From the instant they met, Celia and Aric have shared an attraction that cannot be tamed. So keeping Aric away is impossible, and Aric would sooner die than allow anyone to hurt the woman he loves. Misha, master vampire and Celia’s sworn protector, also finds his way into the chaos, seeking blood from those who have harmed her.

Now Celia and her sisters are caught in the middle of a war driven by lust, fueled by hatred, and destined to end in tragedy. For Anara is a force to be reckoned with, and he will not succumb without robbing Celia of those who hold her heart.

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This book crushed my heart to pieces, taped it back together, and now I have to wait for it to be properly bandaged.  But don't get me wrong, I loved every minute of it.

I'm going to be honest. I did a new blogger thing where I read this eArc months ago and didn't realize it would expire.  So this review is going to be made of what I can remember.  But no worries, the feels were strong, so this review should still be helpful.

I absolutely love the world and the characters that Robson has created in her Weird Girls series. Celia is strong and kick-butt.  I've loved her from Sealed with a Curse and I still love her now.  The things she has gone and continues to go through and has had to overcome is crazy but her growth is wonderful to watch.  This book broke my heart, because it plays with Celia's heart (over and over and over again), but she somehow managed to keep coming back, stronger than ever, something that makes me keep going and also have so. Many. Feels.  A Cursed Bloodline is a wringer especially, but the end result, even after all Celia goes through, is strong relationships and an even stronger main character (as well as family and friends) and I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment.

Aric's place in Celia's life is also something that I have enjoyed (enjoyed? That might be too content of a word) let's say...been fascinated with.  I fell in love with him shortly after falling for Celia.  Although his actions of late haven't been my favorite, this piece redeemed him a bit for me.  His love and devotion to Celia are once again put to the test in this installment, and the results are ones that finally weren't making me bang my head against a wall.

And of course, the rest of the Weird girls. Shayna is transitioning well (I won't say more than that, lest there be spoilers) and Taran and Emme are just as entertaining and sweet (respectively, of course) as the other books.  It's been interesting to see how Robson's conflicts surround mates and Pack versus other magical beings and I'm excited to see how they will continue to play out.  She's hinted at books focused on the other Weird girls and while I love Celia (and I mean, LOVE) I am really excited about learning more about her quirky sisters.

While A Cursed Bloodline follows the same overall pattern of the other books - there's a big bad something out to get Celia or someone she cares about and now she and her sisters (and now some of the Pack!) have to go save not only themselves but the world - it is just as entertaining and great as the rest of the series, because it is driven by Celia's character, with the help of all the strong secondary characters that Robson has created.  And this time, the stakes are even higher (and so are the losses).  A sometimes-romantic, sometimes-humorous, sometimes-heartbreaking, almost-always-action-packed read, I highly recommend for fans of The Weird Girls series and paranormal fantasy books by Patricia Briggs and Iona Andrews.  I can't wait for A Curse Unbroken!

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Find out more about Cecy and her works here:

Cecy (pronounced SESSY) Robson is the New Adult Romance author of Once Perfect, Once Loved and Once Pure and the award-winning author of the Weird Girls Urban Fantasy Romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, her list of talents includes jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song despite her family’s vehement protests. A full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Great Northwest, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

Cheers and happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful review! Thank you for your kind words and thoughts. To be considered in the company of Patricia Briggs--and Gordon and Ilona Andrews---who are among my all-time faves? Super squee! I hope you continue to enjoy Celia and Taran as she begins her journey. <3