Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Review: A Cursed Embrace by Cecy Robson

A Cursed Embrace
by Cecy Robson
Series: Weird Girls #2
Publisher: Penguin
Publication date: July 2, 2013
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Purchase*: Barnes and Noble/Amazon/Book Depository
My review of book one: Sealed with a Curse 


Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twenty-something girls—with one tiny exception: They are the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that made them, well, a little weird… After Celia Wird and her sisters help master vampire Misha save his family, their powers are exposed to the supernatural community of the Lake Tahoe region. But fame comes at a price, and being “weird” isn’t always welcome. To make matters worse, Celia desires the love of Alpha werewolf Aric, but his pack is bent on destroying their relationship to preserve his pureblood status. And once weres start turning up dead—with evidence pointing to the vampires—she must face the prospect of losing Aric forever. But the chaos only masks a new threat. An evil known as the Tribe has risen—and their sights are set on Celia and her sisters.
With Cursed Embrace, Cecy Robson has been added to my favorite authors list and The Weird Girls series is one of my favorite urban fantasy series. Fans of Kim Harrison’s the Hollows series and Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series will devour Weird Girls. Robson delivered an action-packed tale with characters I instantly connected with. She took me on an emotional roller coaster ride and I want more! Three world review: Intense, heart-breaking and brilliant.

The girls are all recovering from the escapades of the last novel and attempting to return to normal. *Pfft* Things are looking good in the love department, except for Celia who isn’t sure where she stands with Aric. When a dead raccoonwere shows up on their door step things are about to get ugly and normal it is not! Told from Celia’s perspective the tale kept me enthralled as we fought evil and Robson toyed with my heart and emotions.

While Celia is the most fleshed-out character, I adore them all. Each has a unique voice and it is easy to keep this cast of characters sorted. Stand out characters would be Bren who in my opinion is a total smart-ass and loyal to the end. Of the sister’s Celia and Taran are my personal favorites. To the outside world Taran is a total bad-ass, and confident, but inside she is this big old ball of heart and I’d totally go into battle with her or shoe shop. Celia is brave, caring, tormented and gads do I adore her. In battle she is quick, smart and fearless even as her personal life resembles a vortex sucking out her very soul. The girl's love interests are adorable, smexy wolves and we see some tender moments. The relationship between Celia and Aric is one smoking hot mess! I am totally 100% for them but my emotions shifted from elated to hunt him down and kill him. Ha! I understood him, but that doesn't mean I have to like it! All I can say is I better get my HEA even if it takes twenty books!!!!  Ari is swoon-worthy and I one of the aspects I like about weres is their possessiveness. That whole, “mine” mentality curls my toes. Despite the whole alpha thing he is also tender, romantic and respectful. This was/ is a total turn on. *swoons* Misha is back, and he totally wants Celia and isn't afraid to say so. While he makes his feelings quite clear, I give him credit for respecting Celia’s wishes. We have the tribal leaders, villains and other characters that both aid the plot and toyed with my emotions. Grrr!

While we see plenty of action and the threat is fascinating, the central theme in this second novel is the relationship between Aric and Celia Whatever it was, it kept me flipping the pages and caught up in the action. I verbally engaged with the tale shouting my frustrations, oohing and ahhing it was totally crazy and I loved every friggin' minute of it. Robson introduces us to a serious threat and makes us privy to some diabolic violence. While I learned more about the girls, their boyfriends and life in Tahoe, I really want to know more about the different supernatural beings and different classes of weres. Hopefully those things are answered in the next book. The girl’s relationships talk, shopping trips and boyfriend issues had me giggling aloud as these moments helped me catch my breath between the non-stop action scenes. The relationship between Aric and Celia was one hell of a ride. We get some seriously hot moments and a few  romantic ones.  The climactic scene right before the ending had me reeling, making the cliffhanger ending more manageable. I understood it, but dang it I want more. I immediately searched out the next book's release date and I am now counting the days.

Fans of urban fantasy with kick-butt heroines and smexy weres and vampires need to check out Cursed Embrace and the Weird Girls series. Curse Moon a novella will be released in December and Cursed By Destiny book three will be released in January of 2014. *are we there yet?*

Four and half cups of coffee out of five
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62 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous Doctors Notes said...

Great review like always Kim. If you added this author to your fav list I really need to move these up on my tbr list.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This series rocks I really hope you try it Lindy

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous Lindy Gomez said...

Excellent Review Kimba! Wow 4.5 cups of coffee, and this author has been added to your favorite's list? I need to check this series out! Plus, I love smexy Were's and Vampire's and a kick-Ass heroine! Thanks for sharing!


Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this is fun, but I know you aren't real big on the romance, the mystery aspect is strong though.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ha yeah the whole Weird thing is kind of cool.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh cannot wait to hear your thoughts!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous Darlene's Book Nook said...

Okay, you've convinced me :)


I'm a Briggs fan, so I'll definitely be checking this series out! Great review, Kimberly!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous Diana Leigh said...

Hmm, definitely a series that shouldn't be missed, huh? Love that they're the "Weird Girls." Cool.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous GRgenius said...

Sounds like this one really made its mark on you. Good to know! Might need to look into it one day...

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I cannot wait to see what you think Melissa:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I'm pretty sure (yep just checked) that I added the first in this series to my wishlist based on your previous review. I really need to fit these in-I think I'd love them!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

LOL :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

Heh! You already know how I feel about the alpha were mentality. Give me a beta. lol. Love this series to death!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

OMG YES YOU DO!!!!!...BUY THE BOOKS STAT ...and for goodness sake start with book one..LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

:snort: Yeah I was still riding the book high when I wrote this!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

reminds me of another witch's love life..with a little less drama

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

LOL, read one chapter a night before bed..i guarantee you will find time once you get caught up in it.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Tanja I hope you grab book one and try it, its fun, action packed and turned me into a fan

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

you are welcome, this was quite fun:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh yes...this is worth starting!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ha..sorry, I love this series and want you to read it so we can dish!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh go go read it NOW! then come back so we can chat about Aric and things

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I am surprised one of you haven't read these..LOL Yes I want to hear your thoughts on this Carmel

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

*grabs your hands and dances the fan girl dance* oohh I know what buttons!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

it is ..this is fresh, and I hope you try it:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh yes I am so excited..cannot wait to hear your thoughts..especially regarding Aric!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yes..and weres and vampires oh my!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

oh yeah.!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I hope you like them as much as I do Jenny! Cannot wait to hear your thoughts

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

oh yeah, I will be reading that on release day!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Lisa, I cannot wait to hear what you think!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I hope you do..i think you will really enjoy this one!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh yes you do!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh yes..he made me man, but i love him too:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Melissa (Books and Things) said...

OMG! I NEEDS this one. I have the first one and haven't started it yet, but I can tell I NEED this one already. NEED! These characters just sound SO good!! Brilly review! You have me wanting this one so much. Can you tell? LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Trish Hannon said...

Fun review Kimba, I love when you go all fan-girly!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Heidi said...

I agree I still want to understand more about the weres and the relationship between Aric and Celia is frustrating as all heck. Iw ant to bang my head against the wall. Still loving this series!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous candacerobinson said...

Everyone seems to be loving this series! I really must be sure to get the first book ASAP (though I'm not sure when the heck I'll manage to read it...).

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Tanja said...

At the times when I avoided UF I neglected this series. I have heard nothing but great things for the first book and I'm so happy to see that the second one didn't disappoint. Great review :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Debbie Haupt said...

Thanks Kim for the great review.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Andrea @The Bookish Babe said...

I really don't have time to start new series, but when you compare a series to The Hollows, that catches my attention. Great review, Kim!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Jenea Whittington said...

You'e killing me, I want to read this series so badly. It sounds soooo good. Awesome review.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Aurian said...

I am just skimming your review, this book is at the top of my TBR! But I am glad you love this series as much as I do.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

I want to read these books SO BAD! But I'm drowning in my TBR pile right now. Argh! What to do... Great review Kimba, you're making me want to kick myself for delaying so long. LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Traci Horton said...

I love, love, love this series!!! A Cursed Embrace pushed so many buttons for me that I could not put it down! I can't wait to see where the rest of the series takes the girls.
Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous brandileigh2003 said...

The curse making them weird sound interesting and glad that you connected with them.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Nick said...

Yeah, I'm totally adding this to my TBR! Heidi loved it too and now you too!! I totally want to read this series right away. In fact, I just went on to B&N and bought the ebooks for myself. I was gifted a B&N gift card by a friend, so I figured I might as well make use of it!!
I love the sound of Celia and the other secondary characters! And Aric! I've already started swooning over him! There's something uber sexy about a guy who is possessive but gentle and romantic at the same time! *faints*
I haven't read any urban fantasy book in over a year now, so I'm beyond excited!
Fabulous review, Kim! Keep swooning over hot book boyfriends! ;)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Jennifer Bielman said...

Briggs and Harrison are my fav writers so I am all over this series. Just added book one to my to-read list. I hadn't heard of this UF before but I am always looking for a good, new UF series.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Jenny @ Supernatural Snark said...

Okay I skimmed your review a bit Kimba because i haven't read book one though I have it on my shelf and can't wait to read it:) I haven't started a new Urban Fantasy series in a good long while, probably not since I started the Kate Daniels books, so I'm super excited to meet Celia and Aric and the rest of the cast:) So glad this second book got such a high rating from you, that's always a good sign:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

Oh I need to get this series :) There are WITCHES! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

Yay! I ADORE this series and I can not wait for December for Bran's story, I love him, actually I love ALL the characters in this series, it is just fantastic! I am glad this one made a fan out of you!!
And the best part is that Cecy is a sweetheart as well!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM , Anonymous Pnrurbfantasyreviews said...

I MUST start this series! I already own the first book, and I've heard this is a must for fans of UF. You know I love Kick-butt heroine's and throw in some sexy were's and vamps and you got me. Thanks for kicking my butt into starting this series, today!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM , Anonymous Naomi Hop said...

Climatic endings!! Argh!! Just when you are right into the book! Great review Kimberly, I think I will have to get into this series!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

I truly need book 1! Maybe for xmas

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM , Anonymous Pabkins said...

Hunt down and kill him!! Ok - checking to see if I have the first book buried in my library somewhere....

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh yes, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM , Anonymous Michelina D said...

Never heard of this series, will add it on my TBR list! Awesome review Kimba :)


Mikki @ A Bookish Escape

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:24 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh good Mikki would love to hear your thoughts when you read them!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:16 PM , Anonymous Danielle Chapman said...

This is another series I am looking forward to reading. Great review!!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 3:12 AM , Anonymous Lindy Gomez said...

This sounds like a great Urban Fantasy Series! Excellent Review Kimba! I love Alpha Men like Aric! He sounds steamy! I think I would love Taran! I love a bad-ass with a big heart! Thanks for sharing! As always, your reviews are a delight to read.


Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

 
At July 22, 2013 at 1:06 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I hope you get a chance to read them Dani!

 
At July 22, 2013 at 1:14 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this is such a fun series and you fall right into the tale and devour them, I hope you get a chance to read them:)

 

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