ARC Review of A Cursed Bloodline

The Weird Girls return in another edge-of-your-seat novel from Cecy Robson! 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.

*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.*

A Cursed Bloodline (scheduled to release November 18, 2014) started out with a bang. It jumps right into action. I hadn’t even planned to read this one yet. I was just going to take a peek. I got hooked and I couldn’t help turning to the next page.

Unfortunately, it lagged in places as the story progressed. About halfway in, I started losing interest. I was disappointed with the ending.

The writing seemed rushed at the end. A lot of things don’t make sense and/or seem inconsistent with earlier points. I feel like more time was spent on planning, writing, and editing the first three-fourths of the book. The last quarter of the book is nowhere near as cohesive.

Without giving spoilers, I’ll just say that Celia was surprised by things that she had prior knowledge of, which shouldn’t have surprised her.

Another character acted in a way that wasn’t consistent with something he had already done.

Also, one character repeated a previous action, which seemed like the author hadn’t paid attention to what she had previously written, an easy mistake to make if you are rushing to get a book done by a deadline. That might not be the case; I’m just saying how it appeared to me. Since the action I am referring to was a pretty important plot point, it shouldn’t have been repeated.

After everything Celia went through in the book, I felt like she was robbed by the ending. She didn’t get a chance to pay Anara back for everything he put her through. Someone else got to do it for her, which was a let-down. This may have been intentional, but it made me see Celia as weak and helpless rather than the bad-ass tiger shifter she is.

I wasn’t happy with the last half of the book. I’m hoping that because I read an advanced reading copy that early feedback will help the author to fix some of these issues before it goes to print.

My overall opinion of A Cursed Bloodline is that it had the potential to be great, but ended up just being okay. I give it 3.5 stars.

Warning: If you haven’t read previous books in this series, you will be confused at the beginning about who the people are she is naming. It was hard for me to know who was who, especially the pack members. I strongly recommend reading the Weird Girls series in order.

Would I recommend it? That’s a tough question because I love this book series. I think I would recommend this one for no other reason than you need to read each one if you want to continue with the series. I hope book five is better than this one was.

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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