Celia Wird and her three sisters are the product of a botched curse. They each have extraordinary “weird” powers that set them apart from both humanity and the supernatural.
Celia’s advanced strength and agility gained by her ability to shift into a tiger makes her the perfect weapon to use against the threat facing the supernatural world as a whole – the Tribe. The Tribe are a mix of witches, shapeshifters, vampires, and assorted demons led by hideous demonic Tribesmasters and they seem to be after Celia in particular. Celia is no punk though and neither are her friends: there’s a powerful vampire named Misha, a sexy band of werewolves, and the sisters Wird. Together they must find a way to not only keep Celia safe from the growing number of Tribe attacks, but save the world once the Tribe becomes desperate enough to resurrect the darkest of forces.
Cursed by Destiny by Cecy Robson is one of the most gruesome, action packed, hilarious, sexy novels I’ve ever read. It takes you from gasping in fear to cringing in disgust to fanning yourself in mere pages. What’s more, the transition is smooth and subtle, not awkward like you would think. The raw Urban Fantasy elements mix nicely with the spatterings of Paranormal Romance to mark an example of just how perfect genre mixing can be.
Behold the awesomeness for yourself:
“Why the hell do you smell like evil’s nut sack?”
“I couldn’t help but chuckle. The supernatural world was a twisted laugh riot, doubly dipped in a gravy boat full of crazy.”
“The last thing Nicaragua needed was a bunch of blood-ravaging limbless vampires crawling around.”
This is my one spoiler-free complaint: I hate that Misha is such a raving man-whore. How have his manly bits not fallen off due to the morphing of every STD known to man into one mega-unstoppable STD that prostitutes only talk about at camp fires while roasting marshmallows? I like the guy – he’s a well-rounded character with a good heart and some serious mojo – but he’s ruined by his inability to keep it in his pants. I haven’t read the other books in this series, so it may be that you become desensitized to his roaming genitals, but I’m not and I hated it. If it weren’t for this hideous romantic trope, Cursed by Destiny would receive a solid 5 stars. When I say this book knocked my socks off, I mean it threw me into a brick wall of awesomeness and my socks couldn’t stand the impact.
SPOILERS BELOW!!!!!! (and an explanation of why the score dropped so drastically)
(view spoiler)[But then why, you may ask, did it only receive 3 stars? It’s because of the star deducted for Misha and an entire star deducted due to the last bit of the book for two reasons:
1) Aric is hurt from the Final Fight. Bad. And he isn’t healing. He’s missing an eye, bits of ears, and complete layers of skin. His fingertips are so jacked up that they leave marks on Celia. He mentions that his manly bits are just as scarred and burned. What does Celia do to reassure him that she still loves him even though he looks like Freddy Krueger? She tries to bone him DAYS after the accident. That’s raw, exposed flesh she’s trying to straddle. Ew. Ew. Ew. His mouth muscles don’t even work so how is THAT supposed to work?
2) The big reveal was horrible. Throughout the novel, the mystery has been: Who’s sending the Tribesmen after Celia? Who is leaking secrets to hell? Will we ever find out?? Yes, yes we will in the most anti-climactic and cheap way possible. The villain walks up to the front door and TELLS CELIA THE ENTIRE PLAN! It was worse than a Bond villain’s soliloquy. It was so unsatisfying that it may have ruined my enjoyment of the first two thirds of the book and that’s saying something because I loved this book up until the end. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more