Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love the spooky and unnerving, the scary and the creepy. And The Weird Girls novella fulfills all my weird needs.
I first met Weird Girls author Cecy Robson via Twitter, where we connected over the lack of minority characters in the Urban Fantasy genre. We’ve been talking about a change and The Weird Girls series is just the kick-ass breath of fresh air we were talking about.
And along with that review today we have a giveaway! Weird Girls swag to anyone who comments AND likes Cecy’s Facebook page or follows her on Twitter. The links are right below! It’s too easy not to get in on.
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they’re products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, a little weird…
The Wird sisters are different from every race on earth—human and supernatural. When human society is no longer an option for them, they move in among the resident vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region. Could this be the true home they’ve longed for? Um, not quite. After the sisters accidentally strip a witch of her powers in a bar brawl, they soon realize the mistake will cost them. Because to take on a witch means to take on her coven. And losing the battle isn’t an option.
Includes a preview of the first full-length novel in the Weird Girls series, Sealed with a Curse—as well as introductions to the Weird World, and a letter from the author.
Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is an author with Penguin’s SIGNET ECLIPSE. She attributes her passion for story-telling back to the rough New Jersey neighborhood she was raised in. As a child, she was rarely allowed to leave the safety of her house and passed her time fantasizing about flying, fairies, and things that go bump in the night. Her dad unwittingly encouraged Cecy’s creativity by kissing her goodnight wearing vampire fangs. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, she began writing her Urban Fantasy Romance Series, Weird Girls, in May 2009. THE WEIRD GIRLS: A Novella, debuts December 4, 2012 followed by SEALED WITH A CURSE, December 31, 2012, and A CURSED EMBRACE, July 2, 2013.
What makes the Weird Girls so weird is that they can’t be categorized–they are not witches, weres, or fire-breathers; they aren’t knife-throwers. They certainly aren’t gypsies. They’re the product of leftover curse mojo and they’re just looking for a little normalcy.
As traveling nurses, the sisters have seen a lot of America, but when they see the Lake Tahoe area, they fall in love. They buy a cozy, fixer-upper. In celebration, they go out for drinks. Unfortunately, their celebration is ruined when a witch with a nasty attitude chooses to pick on one of the sisters. A showdown results that quickly escalates to all out war: the Weird Girls VS Lake Tahoe’s witch coven. Well, it’s really more like Celia VS the head witch as she declares a direct challenge to keep her sisters safe. But the consequence of this sacrifice is a series of deadly trials that can (and do) bleed into her every day life at any moment and threaten her heart, her psyche and her life.
There are little things I questioned that have no bearing on the story or writing: things like how traveling nurses would manage to transfer together every time (I don’t know a thing about traveling nurses); or if Celia invokes the Ninth Law, what are the other 8? Are there another 8? I would have asked this as her character, but let me say this: if those are the only things I can pick at, this is a damn good read.
What Robson does with this is story is unique. You have a close knit family of sisters who can’t be pigeonholed, and who are each distinct, interesting and lovable in their own right. The Weird Girls novella is a mix of fast-paced writing rife with spot on details and killer action in which Robson deftly juggles smart-ass, witty characters and a sensible amount of addressing her readers’ pathos (in one way or another). I’m struck by how many chords she manages to hit. She speaks to anyone who’s ever been different and had to fight because of it; to anyone who’s ever known what it feels like to love someone more than anything and need to protect them; to anyone who’s ever felt like they were on the outside. To anyone a little weird. And she does it in a package that’s ridiculously fun to read. And one of my favorite parts? The lack of male energy in the book. I have no doubt that Robson can write great chemistry between her characters and sexy, male characters. But that had nothing to do with this introduction and as I feel like that’s a pretty big staple in UF (girl must work such and such out with hottie alpha–which I enjoy and do myself in certain ways, but it has its place), Robson has stood out for that alone. She’s made a fan out of me.
It did everything a prequel should do: made me want more. And I’m lucky enough to be privy to the wonderful gift of reading the first book of the series Sealed With a Curse:
SEALED WITH A CURSE
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they’re products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird…
The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren’t aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague?
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 region 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, it’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough.
Looks and sounds good, right? I know. I’ll be reviewing that January 8th. (You can imagine the greedy hand rubbing.)
For more information about Cecy and her books, check the links above! And keep an eye out for the Weird Girls series. You don’t want to miss this little something strange. And don’t forget to comment and like Cecy’s Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter. Whichever of the last two you do, just include your handle/Facebook name in the comment!