Today I’m supporting one of my favorite authors, Cecy Robson, during her A Curse Awakened Blog Tour. I have my review and an excerpt from the novella to share with you!
A Curse Awakened (Weird Girls #0.4)
By Cecy Robson
Published August 18th, 2014
Random House / Loveswept
94 pages (novella)
Source: Received from Loveswept in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)
About the book:
Celia Wird shouldn’t possess the ability to transform into a tigress. Her three sisters should never be able to burst into flames, heal wounds, or transform common objects into deadly weapons. And yet they do.
Before they were born, the Wird Sisters were cursed by a spell that was intended to destroy them, not endow them with extraordinary powers. The sisters’ magic is untamed and explosive at best, and time is running out for them to take command.
Vampires have targeted Celia’s sweet, tragically human ex-boyfriend Danny. The sisters rush to his aid, but in order to take down the vamps, first they must face their dark past and break a spell that’s screwing up their powers. Except this curse wasn’t meant to be broken . . . and the witch who cast it isn’t done toying with them yet.
We’re three books into Cecy Robson’s Weird Girls series but she’s taking a step back to share with her readers background on how the girls received their “curses”. In actuality, we’ve known all along that the curses really backfired. What we didn’t know was that their powers weren’t always what they are today.
After the sister’s foster mother passed away, they started packing up their home in New Jersey and were heading off to jobs as traveling nurses. It promised to be the perfect escape from a world that wanted nothing to do with them. Yep, already, even before their powers were fully unleashed, neighbors were treating the sisters like pariah and avoided them at all costs.
But before they hit the road, they get a call from sweet, nerd-extraordinaire Danny, Celia’s ex. Seems his dad has gotten mixed up with some whacked out vampires and he needs the sister’s help in rescuing his dad before it’s too late. Danny is never completely without resources though, and that’s why I love the guy. We get to see the boy come into his research gathering chops as he investigates and finds the way to break the binding spell on the sister’s powers.
You would think I’ve already given so much away because, well, this is only a 94 page novella. But no, oh no… there are more characters and more to this story than I’m not even going to touch! The one of the characteristics I love about Ms. Robson’s writing is her ability to shock me with her blistering imagination. She goes to crazy places and pulls curtains down to show us things humans just aren’t meant to see in the real world. She writes fantastic urban fantasy! Period, end of story.
Well, okay, almost end of the story…
My super quick critique: the pace is great, the story is a great addition to the Weird Girls series and if you haven’t started this series, you can start right here with this novella. You will NOT be lost at all. And at 99¢ for the ebook, you can try out the writing and see if you like Ms. Robson’s style. In the meantime, here’s the excerpt I promised…
We walked slowly toward him, until Danny threw open the driver’s door and stumbled to the ground.
From one blink to the next, I was kneeling beside him and pulling him into a sitting position. Blood dripped from a makeshift bandage wrapped around his knee.
“I’m okay,” he choked out.
“No, you’re not, Danny.” My small fingers reached to gently touch the skin beneath the black frames of his thick glasses. I bit back a swear. Swollen purple skin reduced Danny’s right eye to a mere slit and the scent of dried blood seeped from his nostrils. “Vampires?”
“Yeah. They weren’t nice.”
My sisters sprinted toward us. Emme and Shayna screamed over Taran’s barrage of cursing, this time in Spanish. Taran pointed as more blood oozed from his leg. “Son of a bitch. Were you knifed?”
“No. They had claws.” He looked at me. “Sort of like Celia’s, only straighter. They could elongate them like their fangs.”
Emme gasped. “Fangs?”
Shayna pried her eyes from Danny’s injuries long enough to answer Emme. “Well, they are vampires, Em.”
“Their fangs seem to be pointier,” Danny added, putting pressure on his wound. “No offense, Celia.”
“None taken.” I motioned Emme closer when blood seeped between Danny’s fingers. “Try to seal the wound.”
She nodded and reached to hold his hand. “I won’t be able to mend it completely, but I can try to stop the bleeding, okay?”
He nodded. With her small hand carefully covering his, her soft yellow light spread from her fingertips until it enclosed them both. Danny scrunched his face in agony, sweat dripping down his forehead.
“Does it hurt?” Emme asked.
“It burns . . . a little.”
No, it burned a lot. Emme had tried to heal me once. Once. I’d cut my finger chopping lettuce and I could swear she was pouring acid on my hand. If not for my obvious need for stitches, I’d have taken my chances. She’d gained her power to heal and move objects when she reached puberty―the same time Taran and Shayna had acquired their powers. Cuts and bruises faded easily from Emme’s skin pretty much from the moment she sustained them. All it took was a little concentration. It didn’t hurt her to tend to her own injuries. But us? Let’s just say she hadn’t quite mastered her touch.
She kept her eyes closed as Danny squirmed beneath her. “Just a little more. I’m right at the bone.”
Danny jumped so hard I practically caught him in my arms. Something snapped. “Oh, shit,” Taran gasped. “Did she break his bone?”
Emme whipped back her hand, her skin blanching with fear. “Did I?”
I pulled the dressing off his leg. “No. The bandage ripped when he jerked.” I used the clean side to wipe his thigh. Emme had sealed the wound. The skin appeared mangled but the bleeding had stopped. With time, hopefully the skin would smooth out. Hopefully.
I took in his state. Emme’s efforts had also diminished the swelling to his eye. His injuries were barely noticeable now, but it didn’t erase the fact that those vamps had pounded my poor defenseless friend. “Where’s your dad?”
Danny bowed his head. “They took him―the vampires. He’d been acting funny on the phone over the last few months, but he’d grown worse. When he didn’t return my calls last week, I thought maybe he was sick and not telling me, so I flew out from California.” He removed his glasses and rubbed his eyes as if too tired to continue. “That was two nights ago. I found him pale, distraught, and acting bizarre. He kept saying the Mafia was after him and we needed to run.”
“Son of a bitch.” Taran stopped her agitated pacing. “The Mafia?”
Danny shook his head. “No. He mistook them for Mafia, but I think at best they’re vamps with Mafia ties. There’s this female among them that seems fixated on my father. I think she’s been drinking from him. It’s odd. She’s odd. The whole thing is . . . odd.”
I really did love this look into the girl’s past, as well as a look at Danny before he was, well…. if you’re not current in the series I’d be spoiling it for you!!! This is a series I highly recommend for friends looking for urban fantasy with an extra shot of paranormal romance. Don’t let this novella fool you… Ms. Robson can write HOT! But I digress… I’m just missing Aric and I need A Cursed Bloodline like NOW!!!
About the author:
Cecy Robson is the New Adult 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, Robson counts among her talents a 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, she enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.
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