The Weird Girls (A Novella) by Cecy Robson
Publisher: Signet/Dec. 4th, 2012
Kind thanks to Signet and Cecy Robson for providing a review copy
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.
The Wird Sisters; Emma, Shayna, Taran, and Celia, have been traveling the states as visiting nurses and after discovering the beauty of the Lake Tahoe area have decided to make it their more permanent home. As they celebrate at a local club, the plans to have a few drinks and maybe even a few dances with the table full of cute guys nearby is blown out of the water when they’re attacked by a witch bent on destruction. Actually, destruction might be a mild way to describe it, considering it involves flinging lightning and a horde of rats. It’s definitely an original way to clear a dance floor. At first, Celia is livid when she finds out Taran started the fight, but soon cools when she finds out that Taran was defending the timid Emme. They’ve been taunted and teased all of their lives, since their parents were killed when Celia was only 9 (and the oldest.) Their wicked aunt cast a spell on their mom for marrying outside her race, and not only did it shorten their parents’ lives, it backfired, and instead of making the girls sickly and frail, as was intended, it made them very, very special, unlike any others on Earth. So much for the Wird sisters settling down and getting their bearings! They’ve ticked off a witch, so now they’ll have her entire coven on their backs. There’s to be a duel: three days, three challenges, and she doubts these witches will play fair. Is Celia up to the challenge? If she’s not, so much for settling down in lovely Lake Tahoe…
This introduction to Cecy Robson’s new series was just plain fun and gives a really good introduction to the girls’ powers, collectively and individually, with a focus on Celia, and as “head of the family”, she’s had to take care of her sisters since their parents died, and is a very strong narrative voice. She’s funny too, and is a good balance of strength and easy humor. The Wird girls don’t fit any one definition of supernatural. They each have varying powers and varying personalities. Celia is a labor and delivery nurse (each of the girls are nurses in different disciplines), and she’s constantly warring with her nurturing side and her more…animal side, and in spite of her strength, is very self-conscious about her otherness, although she will defend her sisters, and herself, tooth and nail…and then some. This was a strong introduction to what promises to be a great urban fantasy series. I’m getting hard to please when it comes to urban fantasy lately, but this hit all the write notes for me.
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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. 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. Her dad unwittingly encouraged Cecy’s creativity by kissing her goodnight wearing vampire fangs. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, she began writing her first urban fantasy series, Weird Girls, in May 2009.
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