When you finish a book completely distraught and wishing to give some of the characters a big hug, you know you’ve been completely swept up into their...moreWhen you finish a book completely distraught and wishing to give some of the characters a big hug, you know you’ve been completely swept up into their world and taken on a journey. Starting just a week after Sealed With A Curse ended, Celia and her sisters are trying to figure out where their relationships with their various wolves stand when it seems Demons are determined to enter our world and have the Wird girls in their sights. Set over the course of nine months or so, A Cursed Embrace follows Celia as she and Aric, a pure-blood werewolf relationship evolves while the supernatural world changes in response to the Demons presence.
There were some elements of this book that had me laughing – the girls attempt to seduce their wolves through posing, Taran and Gemini’s miscommunication, the banter between the sisters and their friends all made me smile and connect to the characters. This is needed as there are a lot of characters to remember! But I loved meeting and getting to know them – and I am looking to forward to some books or short stories following the other sisters point of view (please tell me they are coming at some point!). At the same time there are some exciting action scenes – the tracking in the woods was creepy and atmospheric while some of the fight scenes with the sisters various powers were very cinematic (I would love to see this series as a TV show – the ongoing drama would be fabulous!).
This is a step up from the first book - which was strong itself and by the end I really didn’t want to leave Celia. The ending is not a cliff-hanger, but it should twist your heart and make you desperate for the months before the next book to speed by! This is definitely an UF I enjoyed and I can’t wait to see what is instore for our Weird Girls next!(less)
If the first book in this series, Full Blooded was fast paced, then this second book was Usain Bolt on skates, going downhill. Wow. There is little ti...moreIf the first book in this series, Full Blooded was fast paced, then this second book was Usain Bolt on skates, going downhill. Wow. There is little time for Jess or any of her friends to catch their breath as she, her brother, Tyler and their pack-mate Danny head off to rescue her mate, Rourke from the crazy goddess Selene. The only help they have are two tracking vampires and a police detective, Jess is trying to save now he knows about the supernatural world. The story is relentless action while at the same time exploring Jess’s new abilities and what makes her different (apart from being the only female werewolf of course!)
I loved Jess’s determination and how much she cares for others. Her care for Ray despite their troubled history was a nice insight into her personality especially as other supernaturals never really gave him much thought. Her growing friendship with the vampire, Naomi also shows her willing to rethink the inbuilt prejudice many supernaturals have. The relationship between Jess and Rourke feels a little more natural this time (it was a little too insta-love previously) and I really liked the way Jess’s powers are different from anything else in this world without making her too isolated. She already has family, friends, a mate and her own thoughts and opinions.
The action is frenetic and involving with each new challenge different and distinct. Jess doesn’t back down no matter what is thrown at her. At the same time she learns more about vampires in general and Naomi in particular, which helps give a wider perspective of what Jess could mean to the wider supernatural world and not just the wolves. I was hooked right from the beginning and never bored as Jess fought and thought her way to Rourke. While there is a nicely contained story here, the wider arc is not neglected and the ending will certainly have you wishing the next book, Cold Blooded was out much sooner than October!
Recommended for fans of Patricia Briggs and Jaye Wells(less)
I’m in trouble. I had an idea that in 2013 I wasn’t going to buy any books that weren’t in series I was already reading or authors I already love – I...moreI’m in trouble. I had an idea that in 2013 I wasn’t going to buy any books that weren’t in series I was already reading or authors I already love – I have enough books in my TBR pile to give me plenty of new to me authors to keep me happy all year. Then I picked this up at Netgalley and it’s exactly the reason why I take a chance on debut authors! This was a blast to read – fast paced, exciting and some great romantic tension that felt natural.
Celia Wird and her sisters are different. They have certain abilities and powers that makes them stand out even in the supernatural world that they have just been pulled into. Celia is a Tigeress with the ability to shift through the ground as well. She is also the oldest and a fierce protector of her younger siblings. In fact the relationship all the sisters share is strong and unbreakable – they would do anything for each other. Although I do think they all underestimate Emme, the youngest. There is a shared history between them which is only hinted at and it intrigues me.
Finding themselves involved with vampires infected with bloodlust, the Wird girls also run into the local werewolves. Celia finds herself forming an instant connection with their leader, Aric. I don’t usually like the instant attraction plot as it is overused in a lot of stories but Cecy Robson makes it feel fresh with neither Celia or Aric loosing what makes them strong individuals even as they grow close. The other sisters also find some hot wolves and I would love to know more about their relationships as well.
As well as strong relationships between the sisters and the wolves, there are some fabulous action scenes with the sisters holding nothing back. There were some great set-pieces that had me breathless and not able to read fast enough – I would love to see some of them on the big screen! Overall this was a exciting and thrilling adventure and introduction to the world. I want more!(less)
Kitty comes to London! I was very excited when I heard that one of my favourite werewolves was going to cross the pond and visit my home town. Even be...moreKitty comes to London! I was very excited when I heard that one of my favourite werewolves was going to cross the pond and visit my home town. Even better she was bringing Cormac and Ben with her as she headed for an international conference on all thing supernatural. Unfortunately as well as some old and new friends, Kitty also runs into some enemies...
Kitty is a loud-mouth talker, not a fighter. She has changed so much since the start of this series but her first instinct is to try and talk her way out of trouble rather than fight, but that doesn’t mean she won’t get dirty on occasion. It’s quite refreshing having a heroine who isn’t a bad-ass fighter. While Kitty may have werewolf reflexes and rapid healing she doesn’t have the skill or the training to compete with fighters, but she still manages to punch above her weight when it comes to facing the bad guys and leading the good guys. I loved seeing her talking to the European werewolves and Vampires – putting them in their place and offering them choices. And for once she gets some answers...
I loved visiting different parts of London with characters I’ve known for so long – especially the non-touristy areas. The part of London where the conference is held is close to where my industry conference is each year so I felt like I could picture it perfectly – and most of the conferences do happen in similar style to what is described here. A couple of niggles – Ben doesn’t really do much apart from follow Kitty around and act like a safety blanket her Kitty and in the wider scheme the Roman plot doesn’t move forward in any major way but Kitty and co do manage to set the cat among the pigeons and discover some new allies. However, this is never less than entertaining and manages to set up some interesting situations for future instalments. A fun and engaging read. (less)