Sealed with a Curse ~ Cecy Robson

  • Title: Sealed with a Curse
  • Author: Cecy Robson
  • Series: Weird Girls #1
  • Genre: UF, PNR, Fantasy
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: Own Copy
  • Reviewed by: Valerie
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Description:  Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twenty-something girls—with one tiny exception: They’re the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that make them, well, a little weird…

The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren’t aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders if the vampires of Tahoe are plague-ridden.

Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha’s family to keep the area safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and—oh, yeah—not lose her heart to the wrong guy or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, he’s coming for her and her sisters.

This Wird girl has never had it so tough.

*May contain spoilers*

Review:  This one was just kind of meh for me. I liked some the basic concept and world building. She had an interesting interpretation of vampire/were lore. However, her mythology as it related to the sister was a bit suspect. It felt almost like Ms. Robson didn’t really want to nail down any set rules regarding the girls, so she could use their mysterious magic whenever she needed to move the story forward.

As for the story itself, the plot had some big gaps. Most glaring was the last hospital scene from which everyone left in a mad dash. Um, shouldn’t someone have stayed behind for clean up on aisle five, maybe alter some memories or something? This stood out because at the previous hospital incident, the author made a point to have Emme take care of this. Oops.

The action and the mystery plot line were not bad. I just wish there had been more of it and again, that there had been more consistency to it.

Robson did a good job of building chemistry between the main love interests, but then I felt like she dropped the ball. There was really no relationship development beyond some raging sexual tension. This is a pet peeve of mine. I just don’t buy hormone-driven insta-love. And speaking of stupid love, each sister seemed to get her very own insta-love package with one of Aric’s closest were-buddies? Really?

Finally, and this drove me absolutely batty throughout the entire book . . . WHAT was with the unnecessary quotes every time Celia experiences a “change.” GAH! Why? Why? Why?

Deep breath and moving on. Clearly, I was not a fan of this story. It is a shame. I do think with some tweaking that it could have been a pretty good book. Too late now.

One last thing regarding the cover, I thought it was well done. The girl looks mysterious coupled with barren night trees and full moon (which hints at the were mythology contained in the book), without being twisted into an unnaturally sexy pose. The font choice plays out well against the rest of the cover and considering the nature of the book.


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