Review, Excerpt and Giveaway: Of Flame and Light by Cecy Robson

Posted October 20, 2016 in Giveaway, Review / 14 Comments

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I’m stoked to be participating in Ms. Robson’s tour for her newest book in her Weird Girls series, Of Flame and Light.  It’s out NOW!!

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Review, Excerpt and Giveaway: Of Flame and Light by Cecy Robson

Of Flame and Light

Series: Weird Girls #7
by Cecy Robson
on October 18th, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 350
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Taran Wird holds the unique ability to conjure fire and lightning. She is mated to Gemini, Second in Command to the Squaw Valley Pack of the Lake Tahoe Region, and the sole werewolf to possess the ability to split into two wolves. And although they are mates, Taran's insecurities have driven them apart.

Devastated by an injury that left her with a zombie-like limb, Taran struggles to regain command over her magic. But when her arm and her power turn against her, lashing out on those she most loves, she knows she can no longer carry this burden alone. Not that she likes the alternative.

The only way to regain control of her magic is to align and learn from the local coven of witches―the very ones who sought to banish her when she and her three unique sisters first moved to the mystical region. But although Taran is trying, the teachings don't come easy, and the tasks leave her weak and emotionally shattered.

Yet Taran must learn and learn fast. Time is running out. The fire she once mastered so easily has become her greatest adversary and is now slowly burning her alive . . .

Heart-Breaking

We are on book seven folks!  But it’s also number two for Taran’s story.  Oh, Taran…  I sure wish Gemini would get a clue.  But I’m getting ahead of myself 🙂

WARNING: If you haven’t read any of the previous books in the Weird Girls series, you may want to activate your “skimming” powers.  I’m going to try my hardest to remain spoiler free.  But on the flip side, this review might not make much sense, either.

I adore Taran.  I always thought she was the sister with the most power.  She could wield lightning, fire, and she could call up a hallucinogenic fog to make people forget what they saw.  She always seemed to have confidence oozing from her pores but in reality, her and her sister’s past left her deep down vulnerable.  Add on top of that a shaky relationship and I ached, absolutely ached while reading this latest “adventure” of Taran’s.  Oh, my poor beaten up emotions!

I’ve always said Ms. Robson writes phenomenal urban fantasy / paranormal romance (take your pick on the genre, it could go either way, IMHO).  Her world building stands up strong after seven books, managing to surprise me this time around with some fantastic necromancy and “witch school” antics.  And her action is well written and entirely waaaay too gross at times (woot!!)

I didn’t think Ms. Robson could wretch my emotions into a tighter knot than she did previously with Celia’s story.  Well, she came damn close this time with Taran.  Ms. Robson just managed to torture me for the length of the entire story.  Or up until the moment Gemini GOT A CLUE.

I’m not mad at him… oh no..
Moving on…

A question for readers of the series: is anyone else having a hard time adjusting to hearing Celia’s story second hand, like I am?  It’s weird to not have her POV anymore 🙂  Yep, I’m a crazy, nutso fan of the series.

The story was a quick read for me.  I always enjoy the pop culture references Ms. Robson tosses in.  And I LOVED that the story wasn’t just about Taran, but that everybody else was there, too, including Bren, Emme, Shayna, Celia, and Aric.  Oh, and Misha, thanks for that ending 😉  You slay me…

 

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Haven’t read Cecy’s books yet?  Oh, have I got an AWESOME excerpt for you (its why I do these tours; so I can share an excerpt!)  And its non-spoilery…  Enjoy!

EXCERPT

I hurry forward when I realize I’m just standing there, gaping at them.

I don’t think I take more than a few steps when something crunches beneath the sole of my left boot. I think it’s a stick, but the sound seems off, especially since the ground is so moist. I lift my foot only to jump away.

“T, you coming?” Shayna calls when I don’t move.

“T?” she asks again.

I swallow hard, hoping I’m imagining things as they run back to me.

“What’s wrong?” Emme asks. Unlike Shayna who’s fired up for all the action about to go down, I can sense the worry in her voice.

“Bren . . .” I begin, pointing to the spot near my feet. “Is that a, um, toe?”
He cocks his head. “Nah.”

Emme places her hand over her heart and sighs. “Oh, good—”

“It’s a thumb,” he answers. He sniffs the air. “Right hand, male, and the poor bastard’s been dead a long time.” He looks ahead. “Yeah, this shit’s not good. Call it in, Shayna, but type it. Don’t use voice-to text.”

“Why, dude?” Shayna asks, reaching for her phone in her back pocket.

“Because I’m not sure how well this bitch can hear, or if she has other things listening for her,” he responds.

He motions ahead to a crow. It squawks twice in our direction and flutters away.

Shayna lifts her phone to show us the blank screen. “Phone’s dead, kids.” She quickly pockets it and places a handful of toothpicks in her palm. “I wouldn’t bother, Emme,” she adds when Emme reaches for her phone. I doubt any of our phones are working.”

“She’s right,” Bren says. He shoves his phone into the backpack Emme is carrying and peels off his white T-shirt.

“This keeps getting better and better,” I mutter.

Bren strips out of his jeans, leaving only his underwear and shit-kickers on. “Em, stay behind me,” he tells her. “Shayna, you’ve got the rear.”

Which leaves me in front of Shayna and the most protected. I’ll be honest, this helpless damsel in distress role does nothing for my morale.

I march ahead, forcing myself to snap out of the shock of finding some guy’s thumb, push aside my fear, and tap into my inner diva. I remember a little too late that my inner diva is louder and usually sashays in platform stilettos. I slow my steps, careful not to disturb the creepy things hiding in the bushes.

Let me be the first to tell you, woods are bullshit and top of the scales of the scary meter, second only to graveyards. It’s the reason so many horror movies are based here, and why I’m watching out for psychos with machetes lurking behind trees. But given our past experiences, where danger lurks, so do the dark ones. I’ve had my fill of alleyways, construction sites, abandoned structures, but especially these damn eerie woods!

About Cecy Robson

Cecy Robson

Cecy Robson is a new adult and contemporary author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels and upcoming Carolina Beach novels, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated RITA®finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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14 responses to “Review, Excerpt and Giveaway: Of Flame and Light by Cecy Robson

  1. I loved this one too and you are right this series is fantastic. Surprisingly, no I am not having a hard time being out of Celia’s POV. It is kind of a nice change. I am enjoying Taran;s voice.

  2. Hey, Kristin. Great review. Thank you so much for hosting and taking the time to read OF FLAME AND LIGHT. I’m glad you hung in there with Taran’s emotions, and all the random body parts that came with this story.

  3. So is the timeline moving forward or is this Taran’s part of the events that already transpired inthe previous installments like her first book?

    • In THIS book, we’re ALL moving forward now. In Taran’s novella just before this, it coincided a bit. But now its full steam ahead, as in Celia has her HEA… mostly?