One of my goals in life is to devour every installment in every Urban Fantasy series the moment they release, but regrettably I’m stuck “adulting” mor..Show More »e often than I’d like which forces me to pick and choose, and that’s why Cecy Robson’s WEIRD GIRLS were left on my self until 2015. There is a silver lining though; I can now bask in six full length and several short stories worth of awesomeness in one great big listening spree!
I liked that the author chose four misfits as her heroines, and that each of them came with an exclusive skill set and personality. It really helped set them apart from the typical vampires/werewolves staples, and gave Robson a lot of wiggle room when it came to establishing her baseline. The oldest sibling, Celia Wird, was the MC, and I’m glad that she went with that format albeit; we still got lots of the other sisters as well.
The quick fire pacing, and spectacular fight scenes definitely appeased my need for violence, and the humorous dialogue was further boosted by Renée Chambliss’ sharp performance, but I’ll get to that in a minute. The plot was this novel’s only weak spot; I found it to be rather commonplace, and although I do enjoy a healthy helping of beefcake with my fiction, the potential for an Aric / Misha love triangle is high.
Chambliss’ narration was right on point with Robson’s writing. I think that I would have had no problems differentiating the characters on page because of their unique speech patterns, but the noticeable voice nuances made the experience bullet proof. The reader also doubtlessly contributed to making the punch lines funnier, and cranked up Shayna’s “dudes” and Taran’s potty mouth. Emme’s sweetness was likewise apparent.
SEALED WITH A CURSE had a nice ending to it; however it left me hungry for more too!
A CURSED EMBRACE put my emotions through their paces; first I experienced joy over Celia solving her Aric/Misha crisis, then frustration when the latt..Show More »er crashed & burned, followed by grief over what befell the Wird sisters, and finished off the spectrum with bewilderment because of the ending. I love novels that are able to get this kind of a reaction out of readers, and boy did Cecy Robson and Renée Chambliss ever get one out of me!
The WEIRD GIRLS universe offers tons of original twists on everyday paranormal lore which is a huge draw for genre fiction bookworms. It’s the little things that make all the difference such as a gold allergy instead of a silver one, and exceptions to the rules like Gemini. I enjoyed the nature of this installment’s plot more than its predecessor, although I did find that too much emphasis was placed on the romance.
The four sisters continued to make names for themselves as characters, especially Celia, and I liked that each of the individual couples got some exposure as well. However, I wasn’t thrilled with the eldest Wird’s temper tantrum as a result of her mate making the only call available to him given the circumstances. It was selfish, and lasted longer than necessary, albeit admittedly he could have went about it differently too.
Renée Chambliss delivered another spellbinding performance, and complain as I may about Celia’s outbursts, these particular scenes allowed the narrator to show her mettle by giving these emotionally charged scenes her all. Perhaps she even over-acted them, and is partially to blame for my main beef with this audio. Regardless, I enjoyed Chambliss’ rendition, and am kinda bummed that I’ll have to switch to reading after book 3.
A CURSED EMBRACE was just a hair’s breadth away from Urban Fantasy perfection!