Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson
Series: Weird Girls #1
Published by Signet
Published on: December 31st 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
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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.
Sealed with a Curse deviates wildly. Characterizations (often caricatures) fly at you. The fight scenes (so many fight scenes, you would think this was Fight Club) are messy, confusing, and almost always nearly deadly. You get that extra mile of tension because Celia, unlike any good were at all, cannot heal herself, so she must depend on Emme, her younger sister and designated healer. The other two sisters, Shayna and Taran, can sharpen wood and metals magically to incredible levels of sharpness and summon flares, respectively. This does feel a lot like X-(wo)men.
Thrown on top of that, vampires and were-everything (literally, mentions of wererhinoceros, wereracoons, and wereweasels to name a few memorable ones) cause the major problems in this world. As always they have hottie representatives. In the vamp corner, we have Misha, a classy and savvy businessman. And in the other, Aric, a werewolf teacher with a sinful, ever-on smile.
Thankfully, it’s the vampires who cannot hold their hierarchy together this book. Many are suffering from an inexplicably strong case of bloodlust, which makes them super-strong and ever more dumb, the hungrier they get. This central plot does not gel with the four different romances, all going on at once as Taran, Shayna, and Emme all gracefully find weremates that just so happen to serve Aric.
I will say a good enough job is done of the characterizations/caricatures that one will never confuse a name and a special ability. All the sisters’ dialogue is immediately recognizable, as is their mates. This alone is fairly commendable. Although the fight scenes are as I have said “all over the place”, the sheer surprise factor of how far they go and how brutal they get, makes them entertaining, if a teensy bit dizzying.
The ending cannot be well defended. It gives no closure or confirmation to any, and I mean any, of the many plotlines. Of course, due to this sudden closure, it has the unexpected effect of making everything that had appeared before a drawn-out fever dream, as if Celia had been suffering from a strange bit of Celia-specific bloodlust herself. I really like this idea, albeit certainly unintended.
|Recommended:||For whirlwind romance & action|
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