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Early Review (& Giveaway): Sealed With a Curse (Weird Girls #1) by Cecy Robson

Sealed With a Curse (Weird Girls #1) by Cecy Robson
Publisher:
Signet Eclipse/Dec. 31st, 2012
Urban Fantasy
Kind thanks to Signet Eclipse 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, weird…

The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren’t aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague?

Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha’s family to keep the region safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and oh yeah, not lose her heart to the wrong guy—or die a miserable death.

Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, he’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough.

REVIEW 
Celia and her 3 sisters find themselves in vampire court and Celia is terrified at what might happen. Misha Aleksandr has requested the presence of the Wird sisters after charging them with the murder of one of his family members. Today is their lucky day however, since evidence proves the dead vamp in question had a virus that caused uncontrollable bloodlust, and it seems to be spreading. People are dying at an alarming rate as the vampire virus spreads and infected vamps go on the rampage. In desperation, Misha Aleksandr appeals to the sisters to help him fight whoever is spreading the infection and weakening his power. Taran, Emme, and Shayna are horrified at the deaths, but they also don’t want to get involved. Celia sees it a bit differently and decides they should help the Master vamp fight the rival master that is causing the carnage. Not only does Misha want the sisters’ help, but he seems to have a bit of a thing for Celia, much to her chagrin, since she has her eye on a werewolf hottie, Aric, who also gets involved in the fight. So much for the Wird sisters laying low in lovely Lake Tahoe, huh?

The Wird sisters aren’t your usual supes. As the result of a childhood curse, they each have very unique powers, but consider themselves very much outside the supernatural community. All they want to do is carry out their day jobs as nurses and live in peace in gorgeous Lake Tahoe. However, Misha and the rampaging vampires don’t plan to let the sisters off so easy, and Celia’s interest in the gorgeous Aric definitely throws a huge wrench into things.

Sealed With a Curse has just about everything I want in a really good urban fantasy. Strong lead characters? Check. A sexy romance brewing on the side? Check. Vamps, weres, witches, and more? Check!! The story is told in Celia’s voice, and what I simultaneously love and hate about her is her vulnerability. Most men are very intimidated by her tigress (yep, Celia can change into a tigress, among other things), so she’s closed herself off to men, and yet she’s so very lonely and insecure. She berates herself more than once, and if you’ve ever wanted to hug a character from a book, you’ll want to hug Celia and shake her until she stops doubting herself. It’s also important to point out that while the romance element is strong in this book (lots of hotties running around, trust me), I swear there are kick ass fights every 3 or 4 pages. The author just doesn’t let up, and if you think you’ll be reading about the same old supernaturals, think again. The baddies are really, really bad, and the author never shies away from the ick factor. Cecy Robson has a very, very fertile imagination when it comes to the scaries, and she’s not afraid to use it. Celia and her sisters are a great fighting team and if you like books with plenty of girl power, you’ll love this one. I also really enjoyed Celia’s sense of humor and the “triangle” between her, Aric, and Misha. I swear this book has some of the funniest one-liners in urban fantasy. These nurses are good at their jobs, but don’t mess with them. Seriously. If you mess with one, you mess with all four, and the person/creature doing the messing is probably going to get the bad end of the stick (or blade, or claw…you get the picture.)

So, can the girls track down the source of the vampire infection and take care of business? Will Celia find the love she deserves? Will these poor girls ever get some much deserved peace? Probably not, well, at least the peace part. But that’s good for us, because that means there will be plenty of adventures with the Wird girls to come. I really enjoyed the prequel novella and was hoping Sealed With a Curse would live up to my expectations. It did. This is an exciting and refreshing debut and I can’t wait to see what’s next for this series!

Pre-order Sealed With a Curse: Amazon |B&N | Indiebound

 

 

***Hey, check this out! Courtesy of Cecy Robson, I’ve got another bundle o’ swag (water bottle, lip balm, and a magnet) to give away to one lucky winner, so as long as you’re a US/Canadian resident, you’re good to go. Just leave a comment on the review and I’ll choose a winner on 11/15! Make sure you go visit Cecy at her website!

37 Responses to “Early Review (& Giveaway): Sealed With a Curse (Weird Girls #1) by Cecy Robson”

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  1. Bianca Golden says:

    By the sound of your review…I need to be reading this book, like now! Thanks for your review…looking forward to the kick ass fights and the really bad baddies! ;)

  2. This sounds like a great book. :)

  3. Kate says:

    I am so excited to read this series! I think readers are going to love it!! :)

  4. Lona Stringer says:

    Great review, I’m so excited to read it for myself. Thx for the great giveaway.

  5. Readsalot81 says:

    The blurb/review and cover make it look like a lot of fun. :)the only thing I’m a little apprehensive about is the “love triangle”.

  6. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

  7. wanda flanagan says:

    Sounds great cannot wait to snag a copy and dive into it .I love paranormals .Have an awesome week.

    flanagan@mebtel.net

  8. Amy says:

    This is the first review I’ve seen for this book and it rocks, I loved learning more about Sealed with a Curse! I can’t wait to read it next month :)

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  9. Denise Z says:

    Who could possibly resist three weird sisters, possible plague, and kick ### action going on – holy smokes get me this one now LOL Thank you for sharing about what sounds like a really fun read. Hopping over now to check out more.
    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Cecy says:

      Thanks, Denise! And to add to your excitement, guess what? There are actually 4 sisters. One more to like. I really hope you enjoy my Weird Girls and their journey into the supernatural world.

  10. Viki S. says:

    I enjoyed your review. The check points all indicate that I will like this book. Sounds like it’s set up to be a great series. Thank you.

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. Ruth Bee says:

    I wasn’t able to access the prequel, so this tantalizing review is fueling my excitement. Thanks!

    • Cecy says:

      Thank you, Ruth. If you’re on Goodreads, head to my blog post. I think I have the link for The Weird Girls prequel novella review. Thank you for your interest and best wishes.

  12. Rhonda Beyer says:

    Sounds like a great read…thanks for the giveaway!!!!!!

  13. Van P. says:

    Awesome review, this sounds like my kinda urban fantasy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Na S. says:

    I like that there are strong leading characters and different paranormal creatures involved. It makes things very interesting.

  15. Natasha says:

    This sounds like a great read!! Great review and thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

    • Cecy says:

      Thank you, Natasha. I really hope you’ll enjoy Celia and her sisters as I put them through hell. Good luck with your entry and thank you for stopping by!

  16. Malinda Chaney says:

    After reading the review I wanted to run out and buy the book…I’ll give it a couple days just in case I win. Sounds like it will be a really good read!

    • Cecy says:

      Thank you, Malinda. I do hope you you’ll give my Weird Girls a try and that you love them as much as I do! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Good luck with winning the swag.

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