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Review: Cursed by Destiny by Cecy Robson

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Cursed By Destiny
Author: Cecy Robson 
Reviewer: Gikany and Una
Rating: A-

What We’re Talking About:

****Due to the nature of this series, this review contains some spoilers.  We enjoy the Weird Girls series and although there are not blatant spoilers – there are some general giveaways.  You have been warned!****

Cursed by Destiny is a book we have been dying to get our hands on.  After the cliffhanger of Celia walking away with Misha because Aric is to marry another pureblood – we were heartbroken with her. A Cursed Embrace left us bewildered: the Tribe devastated the weres and was growing in power, Aric and Celia’s relationship destroyed, and due to her sisters and their were mates/boyfriends, Celia deciding to live with Misha.  We had so many hopes and questions as we started Cursed by Destiny and though some are answered, more have developed.

Celia is now living with Misha, albeit in a guesthouse, training and working with the Alliance to stop the Tribe.  However, her heart still belongs to Aric who is engaged and about to be married to another pure blood.  As much as Misha tries, and his attempts at wooing Celia are as subtle as a two-by-four, Celia cannot go there.  So in lieu of wallowing, she immerses herself in training. The Tribe sees her as the great enemy that will be their downfall and are trying to assassinate her.  Because of the assassination attempts, Celia decides to go head-to-head to end this conflict.  Therefore the Tribe story arc is finally resolved in Cursed by Destiny.

However, the Tribe is not Celia’s only conflict.  The tension between her and Aric is uncomfortable and off the chart.  Poor Celia leaves her family because she cannot handle being around the other weres.  They all know they are both hurting.  Celia understands the predicament that Aric is in, but it is bitter comfort.  Aric only wants Celia – but with Celia’s self-esteem issues, it is difficult for her family to have sympathy for Aric.  The love that Aric and Celia have is one in a million and yet it is has been completely thrashed by were politics and to a small degree Celia’s own poor self-image.  It is heart-battering to watch this relationship train-wreck.  With Anara firmly working to keep Aric and Celia apart – it just feels so hopeless.  Aric’s inability to let Celia go contributes to the ongoing painful encounters because Celia knows she cannot have him.

Without giving anything away – Cursed by Destiny does not end in a way we could have imagined.  There are bits and pieces that were easy to figure out, but overall, we are stunned by the aftermath of the final battle.  Some of the results are not surprising, but the overall picture is.  We have absolutely no idea what Celia will do next.  She, yet again, finds herself at the epic bottom of the figurative roller-coaster and seemly trapped there.  In addition, our heart is also torn for Emme.  We wonder what the next book holds for her.

Although many of our questions were answered, we are left with more at the end of Cursed by Destiny.  The Weird Girls series continues to be a gripping and emotional page turner.  Ms. Robson continues to lighten the darker topics with humor and the varied personalities of the various characters.  If you enjoy a character driven, dark but humorous, paranormal action/adventure romp with a good spine of romance – check out this series!

Rating: A-  Enjoyed A Lot

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About the Book:

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…

Celia’s a girl in trouble.  Her heart is bound to Aric, but he is a pureblood were who must deny her or risk condemning his species to extinction.  And that’s just her love life. She’s also been called to take down a group of demon terrorists looking to overthrow the paranormal world. (No pressure.)

In order to bring them down, Celia must ally herself to Misha, the master vampire who has made no secret of his desire for her. And if that weren’t enough misfortune for one girl, a clairvoyant’s prediction could destroy Celia and Aric’s love for good. The only way to protect the world from unbridled supernatural terrorism is for Celia to bind herself to her destined mate. And that doesn’t appear to be Aric.

Release Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Signet
Series: Weird Girls #3
ISBN: #978-0451416759
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (368 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher

Purchase Info:
Cursed By Destiny (Weird Girls #3)

Reviews in the Series:
The Weird Girls: A Novella by Cecy Robson (Weird Girls #0.5)
Sealed With a Curse by Cecy Robson (Weird Girls #1)
A Cursed Embrace by Cecy Robson (Weird Girls #2)
A Cursed Moon by Cecy Robson (Weird Girls #2.5)

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