ARC Review of A Curse Awakened by Cecy Robson

*I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

I’ve found out that the way our site indexes the reviews doesn’t work very well with reviews written by multiple reviewers. So, I’m going back and separating them to give each reviewer her own post. This review was originally posted in August of 2014.

Basic Summary: Celia and her three sisters are preparing to leave town again. They are never able to settle in one place long because most people are unwelcoming, sensing their unusual natures. Celia’s ex-boyfriend, Danny, calls and says vampires want to eat his father. Celia and her sisters want to help him, but first need to figure out how to better control their powers. With Danny’s help, they set out to break the binding placed upon them by a witch, with the overall goal of rescuing Danny’s father from the vampires.

My Likes: There is a lot to like about this story and the characters in it.

-Celia is tough, but vulnerable. She cares deeply for her sisters. I liked that she’s willing to put her own problems aside to help Danny and his father.

-Her sisters are all different in their personalities and abilities. Robson did a good job of the characterization, which is sometimes difficult to accomplish in a novella or short story.

-I liked the glossary at the end that explained the terminology Robson uses in this series.

-It’s fast-paced and an easy, enjoyable read.

My Dislikes: I didn’t understand how Celia could recall word for word the curses placed upon her parents, herself, and her sisters, yet she had never mentioned to anyone that they had been cursed. If she remembered it verbatim, wouldn’t that be something they should have been told about?

It is implied that her mother told her about the curse when she was older, but when? How long ago was it for her to still be able to remember it verbatim? I was under the impression that her parents had been dead for quite a while, so it couldn’t have been recent. Does she have that good of a memory?

And if she knew about the curse, why did she seem surprised when Danny suggested they were cursed?

Anyway, this part kind of threw me off and made me scratch my head, but I can overlook it.

Overall Assessment: For a quick, exciting, and fascinating trip into the lives of the Wird sisters, I strongly recommend “A Curse Awakened.”

Overall, the story is coherent and well-written.

Moreover, it’s fun. There were parts where I cringed and parts where I laughed. That’s quite an accomplishment for such a short piece.

 

Cecy Robson is an award-winning author of magical realms, to-die-for Alpha heroes, and young adult adventure. A double RITA® 2016 finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, and published author of more than fifteen titles, you can typically find her on her laptop or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.

 

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