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Monday, November 17, 2014

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: A Cursed Bloodline by Cecy Robson



Title: A Cursed Bloodline
Author: Cecy Robson
Series: Weird Girls, book 4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Loveswept
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Just when Celia thinks the supernatural world can’t turn deadlier, a new rival emerges, proving just how dangerous a power-hungry were can be.

Since being cursed with unique abilities, Celia Wird and her three sisters have fought the most bloodthirsty preternaturals in the Lake Tahoe region. But Celia’s greatest threat is someone she would have never suspected: Anara, a werewolf Elder who has allowed his hatred for Celia to spiral out of control. In a play for dominance, Anara tortures Celia and gives her an ultimatum: sever her mate bond with pureblood were Aric — or Anara will kill everyone she loves.

From the instant they met, Celia and Aric have shared an attraction that cannot be tamed. So keeping Aric away is impossible, and Aric would sooner die than allow anyone to hurt the woman he loves. Misha, master vampire and Celia’s sworn protector, also finds his way into the chaos, seeking blood from those who have harmed her.

Now Celia and her sisters are caught in the middle of a war driven by lust, fueled by hatred, and destined to end in tragedy. For Anara is a force to be reckoned with, and he will not succumb without robbing Celia of those who hold her heart.
A Cursed Bloodline is the fourth book in the Weird Girls series by Cecy Robson.

A Cursed Bloodline continues were Cursed by Destiny (third book) left on. Celia and her sisters are dealing with the aftermaths of what happened in Cursed by Destiny and trying to be supporting for their mates, at least those who still have a mate. Celia has something else on her plate, she just found out she’s pregnant with Aric’s child. A noticed that should have brought her happiness only brings more complications and sadness to her life. After she received an ultimatum from Amara instead of sharing the good news with those close to her she’s forced to hide her pregnancy and to cut ties with her loved ones, all to protect them. The only problem is she can’t be honest with them and tell them what’s going on therefore they can’t understand what’s going on with her and why she’s behaving so erratically.
Celia is not completely alone, Danny realized what’s going on with her and is trying to help her, but that help only complicate things with Celia’s sisters and the wolves.

A Cursed Bloodline is the darkest book in the series. Cecy really went the extra mile in this one making her characters suffer page after page. Sometimes I really think she enjoys too much making her characters and us suffer.
Poor Celia didn’t have a breather on this installment. She suffered attack after attack, so much I had to take some breaks while reading this book, because it was emotionally exhausting. Also, in this installment, because of the seriousness of the story and the distance between the characters we didn’t get as much comic relief as we got in previous books, this made of A Cursed Bloodline a even darker book.

Celia goes through so much in this installment that she can’t help but grow throughout the pages to keep up with what’s going on in her life. Without her sisters by her side she not only has to find new friends and allies, but also she has to take a more leader approach to survive everything Evil Cecy threw in her path.  

One thing I have to mention about A Cursed Bloodline is that Cecy’s imagination and creativity have no limit. OMG! She left me flabbergasted with all the elements she included in the story. She went where no author has gone before, did three turns around, stopped for coffee and donuts and came back. That’s how freaky creative she is… I wish I could live in her head for a day… what a trip that would be.

As I said before Cecy is also not afraid of making us suffer and she proves it once again with the demise of a loved character… Sadly, it wasn’t Aric, Ok, I’m not kidding, but I still haven’t forgiven him. I think he was an ass and didn’t fight enough for Celia. I think Celia deserves better. Talking about better, I have to talk to Misha. I loved him in previous book and I kind of loved him in this one. I know he’s not the perfect man for Celia, but my heart can’t help but hurt from him. I just hope he gets his well-deserved HEA soon, very soon, and with the person I think is perfect for him. *winks*

Because of the circumstances Celia’s sisters don’t play a big role in this installment, still it’s pretty obvious they will do anything for one another and do so when it’s necessary.

A character that deserves a shout out is Danny. He is a great friend and despite his limitations he risks everything for those he loves. I’m so glad his future is a bit brighter and his place in the pack was cemented after the role he played in the resolution of the story.

Now about the resolution, I have one thing to say. I hate when the villain is killed off page and that’s what happened in A Cursed Bloodline. After everything we saw Celia suffer under the hands of Anara I think we deserved to see his demise on page. Sadly it didn’t happen, we only got third party recollections of the event.

As always, Cecy’s writing is top notch, she kept us engaged in this adventure with twists and turns that were completely unexpected, she brought us heartbreaks and joyous moments, and made her characters grow and evolve page after page. My only complain that is actually not a complain, but more like a comment… I can’t believe I’m saying this, but there was a lot of action in this book, maybe a bit too much. As I said before, A Cursed Bloodline was emotionally draining. I applaud Cecy for bringing all those emotions in me, that only shows her gift with words, but… I hope things will be a bit calmer and less crazy for Celia and the rest of the cast in next book in the series, A Curse Unbroken, to be released on March 10th, 2015.

I recommend A Cursed Bloodline to urban fantasy fans, but I also recommend reading these books in order to get the full effect of the wonderful series Cecy Robson has created.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
A Curse Awakened (Prequel)
The Weird Girls (prequel) 
A Cursed Moon (Novella)
A Cursed Bloodline (November 18th)
A Curse Unbroken (March 10th, 2015)

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Excerpt

Liam surveyed the damaged wall and the splintered glass and wood. I couldn’t tell him what happened. Aric and my sisters would be hurt—or worse. But I couldn’t lie to Liam. Like most preternaturals, he could smell a lie. So I worked to calm my racing heart and tried to gather my words carefully.

He helped me to stand once he failed to sense any immediate danger. His eyes widened as he took in my state. “Good Lord, Celia. What happened?”

“I was attacked,” I gasped, still unable to speak clearly.

Liam swept me into his arms, moving me away from the shards of glass. “Tell me who did this to you!”

“Our . . . enemy.”

Liam sniffed the air. I panicked, thinking he’d detect Anara’s scent. “Wolves. Wolves have been here,” he said.

Wolves?“I don’t recognize their scent.” Liam threw a blanket on the couch and gently lay me over it. “Hang on, Celia. I’ll call Aric—”

“No! Liam, you can’t call Aric.”

“Celia, I have to, you’re hurt.”

 My throat ached and it burned to talk. “I don’t want him to see me like this. He’s already
dealing with a lot. Please, Liam, just get me to Misha’s house. Emme can heal me there.”

Liam’s face split with guilt and uncertainty. As one of Aric’s Warriors, he was blood-
bound to protect me as Aric’s mate, but he was also obliged to obey him. “Celia, I know he’s in his own personal hell, but you’re his priority. He’ll want to be here.”

Emme is who I need right now. There’s still blood running down my back.”

In an instant, Liam was behind me, examining my wounds. I wasn’t a were. I couldn’t heal. “Oh, shit. I’ll get you to Emme right away.”

Liam lifted me and raced toward the door, kicking the empty boxes he’d dropped on the porch out of his way. He must have arrived to remove his belongings from the bedroom he and Emme had shared.

The bright sunlight burned my eyes. I shut them tight until we reached Liam’s SUV. The moment he strapped me in, he stomped on the accelerator and roared out of our cul-de-sac. “What exactly happened, Celia? And why did I only smell your blood?”

“I was caught off guard.”

Liam frowned. “What the hell? You’re always on guard.”

“I’ve been distracted because of . . . everything. Look, I can’t keep talking. It hurts too
much.” It was true, but mostly I was running out of ways to be creative with my answers.

“Sorry, Celia—I wasn’t thinking. I’m just trying to figure things out. Don’t worry. You’ll be with Emme soon.”

The relief I felt was short-lived. Almost immediately, he called the one person I dreaded
most.

Aric’s voice pulsed with strain from the moment he answered. “Liam, I told you now’s not a good time—”

“Celia’s hurt.”

What? Is she all right?”

“She’s not dying.” Liam gave me the once-over. “At least, I don’t think she is. But she’s
pretty fucked up. Near as I can figure she was attacked by a bunch of Tribe wolves.”

The Tribe were the evil band of bastards who had awoken the even more evil and bigger bastard demon. In stopping them, we’d decimated their numbers, but they were still out there—thankfully providing the perfect scapegoat.

Aric’s breaths came out fast. “When did this happen?”

Liam sniffed the air around me. “By the way the dry blood on her smells, about an hour
ago.”

Aric let out a string of swearwords. “By the way the dry blood smells on her!”

“Well, yeah, she’s still bleeding.”

“How bad is it?”

“Pretty bad, but I think she’ll live.” He shook his head when he took another look at me.
“Damn, you should see her. She looks like hell . . .”

I groaned. Way to keep Aric calm, Liam.


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6 comments:

  1. Marcela, thank you so much for your kind words and for being part of my tour. I would LOVE to talk to you about my reasons for why a certain death took place "off camera" sort of speak. This was a very emotionally heavy book as you mentioned, and did have great deal of action. As the writer, I'm very grateful for your emotions, exhaustion, anger, and everything you felt, because you felt. I can hear in your review how connected you are to these characters. For that, and so much more, I thank you. <3

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  2. This series has come so highly recommended by a number of bloggers that it’s seriously ridiculous that I haven’t managed to squeeze in a single Weird Girls book yet, and now that Cecy Robson is up to the fourth installment I’m getting discouraged. I demand that an 8th day to the week be added just for reading!!!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

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  3. Thank you for hosting today! Love the review!

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  4. I am hoping for less crazy too. These poor girls need a break

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  5. Oh gosh, y'all are saying the same thing. Cecy is going to bring me to my knees I can almost feel it.

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  6. Oh yes I really enjoyed this one. It was different and I loved it, so difficult and so intense!

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