Sealed With a Curse (Weird Girls Series #1)

Sealed With a Curse (Weird Girls Series #1)

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by Cecy Robson

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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…  See more details below


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.

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"Robson combines four sisters with supernatural powers, a murderous yet sympathetic vampire, and a frightening virus in an engaging paranormal romance with bite." —Publishers Weekly

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Weird Girls Series , #1
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 “This is a funny book. Seriously, I was laughing and enjoyed reading every page. . . . The best part, though, to me was the interaction between the sisters. Each has her own personality and story, which makes the sisters witty and amazing individually and together. I'm looking forward to reading more of the Weird Girls and have put the series on my auto-buy list. If you're looking for fun, adventure, a messy love triangle and an awesome family, check out Sealed with a Curse.”—USA Today
“Celia and her sisters are an eclectic bunch, determined to keep each other safe at all costs. As for Celia, she may be the leader of her family, but when it comes to romance, she has a refreshing innocence that is sure to delight readers. Robson clearly shows that family, the ones you’re born with and the ones you create, are instrumental for survival—especially in this adventurous and enchanting ride!”—Romantic Times, 4 ½ stars

“Robson combines four sisters with supernatural powers, a murderous yet sympathetic vampire, and a frightening virus in an engaging paranormal romance with bite. . . . Robson skillfully builds a believable world near Lake Tahoe for this solid page-turning debut.”—Publishers Weekly
“There's a LOT that happens but I never had a problem picking the book back up and WHOOSH being absorbed into the story. And there is some seriously silly, irreverent funny, y'all. . . . I enjoyed the hell out of reading [Sealed with a Curse]. My inner 12 year old guffawed constantly.  I was really happy to read it and had a grand time every time I picked it up.”—Smart Bitches Trashy Books
“Wowsa! I liked this book so much we have picked Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson as a MUST READ of this winter! . . . Cecy Robson has written about a unique world full of werewolves, wereracoons, a werebobcat, vampires and of course the 4 kick-ass sisters that you will love as your own family!”—Paranormal Cravings
Sealed with a Curse has just about everything I want in a really good urban fantasy. Strong lead characters? Check. A sexy romance brewing on the side? Check. Vamps, weres, witches, and more? Check!! . . . This is an exciting and refreshing debut and I can’t wait to see what’s next for this series!”—My Bookish Ways
“Sealed with a Curse was impressive.  The pace was fantastic, the story exciting and the chemistry between all of the characters was just great.  I loved everyone in this book – even the creepy people.  Everyone was compelling and added a lot to the story and to the world Cecy created.  I strongly recommend this book.” —Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks, 5 stars
“It is rare that an Urban Fantasy book can grab me from the first few pages. . . . But this book, this one definitely got me hooked after the first few pages. There was action, humor, danger, sisterly bonding, witty one liners, something fun and completely unique and a whole new world just waiting to be discovered, and I knew I wanted to discover it.” —My Guilty Obsession, 5 stars

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Sealed With a Curse (Weird Girls Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
lorelaigrey More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this book completely by accident, but man I'm glad I did. I loved all her characters. The sisters were strong and there for each other through everything. And the romance between Celia and Aric was wonderful. I can't wait until the next book. Come on July!!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Cecy Robinson is a rising star...Sealed With a Curse is even better, funnier, more suspenseful, and more kick ass than its prequel ~Under The Covers Cecy Robinson is a rising star and I'm glad to be a part of her beginning. Like I said on my review for The Weird Girls, she will make her mark with this series and this novel supports my prediction even more. Sealed With a Curse is even better, funnier, more suspenseful, and more kick ass than its prequel. Though they were outcasts growing up, they are definitely making their place in the preternatural world. For the Wird Sisters, saving the world definitely “sucks donkey balls” but they know it must be done. They battle rogue vampires that are sweeping through Lake Tahoe. Infected Vamps be damned, they will protect each other, their new home, their new friends and do it “rambo-meets-Bridget Jones Style”. These girls can kick ass like there’s no tomorrow. Ms. Robson brought four powerful preternatural sisters, master vamp that is a “perfect replica of man and Greek God combined” and pure blooded royalty wolf that can cause “nipplus erectus”. With that, she added “supernatural smack downs”, secondary characters that are frequently naked with “but t cheeks tight enough to crush wood”. What more can I ask for? I love every bit of this book. The world building is amazing, well developed characters, funny banters, and action scenes page after page. Celia, Taran, Shayna and Emme had me laugh out loud, awed by their sisterhood and cheer for their triumphs. These girls including their creator are ones to watch out for, indeed. *ARC provided by publisher
Nightwalker1 More than 1 year ago
Awesome Debut Novel! This story is an action packed fun ride. The book is a page turner. I was glued to it.  I read it straight through in a weekend and just couldn't put it down. I had to know what happened next! I loved the relationship of the four sisters and their dialog. The fantasy world she builds is awesome and believable. I felt like I was in Lake Tahoe. The dialog really works also; and it's FUN!   I laughed my A** off one minute and was creeped out the next. I read the novella and really enjoyed that one too. But, author Cecy Robson has out done herself with this first full-length entry into her series.  I can't wait for her next book, but in the interim I'm sure I'll be reading  this one again.  .
Kay6ray More than 1 year ago
What a refreshing series!  This book has tons of humor and lots of action.  Can't wait for the next book!
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
OMG I loved it!  I have been looking forward to reading Sealed with a Curse ever since I read Cecy Robson Novella The Weird Girls. I enjoyed her written so much. From the moment I opened the book I was drawn into her world and could not put it down. So much action, adventure, and romance blooming.  I enjoy each of the Wird sisters. They all have unique abilities and personalities that add to the story. I just loved Celia in this book. Her funny reportorial kept me laughing thought the book, she is strong, and lonely, but does not let that loneliness stop her from doing what must be done. Being introduced to the the hunky wolf Aric was great. I loved the connection you see growing between Celia and Aric as well as the other sisters getting set up with their hunky wolfs.  This story has everything a paranormal romance book should have; lots of action, the sisters, love, flirts, smoking hot men and your favorite paranormal beings but most important a lot of fun!
Ria27- More than 1 year ago
Loved the Weird Girls !! My best friend mentioned this book to me - and while Vampires/Fantasy are not my usual genre, I decided to check it out. So glad I did - it was fantastic ! Looking forward to the next in the series and I am telling all my friends to check it out. Really good writing style & I love the adventure, suspense, romance & humor all roled into one. Great book and glad I branched out from my usual style of reading to find this gem.
Cathi-F_718 More than 1 year ago
Sealed with a Curse is one of the best romance supernatural novels I've read in quite some time. The characters are relevant and engaging, each having their own "secrets" to tell. I'm sure they will all be fully developed throughout the series. I can't wait until July for the next in the series! In a word FABULOUS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sealed With a Curse is a wonderful debut to a great new series - The Weird Girls! I couldn't put the book down once I started reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I cannot wait to read more by this author!
DelphinaReadsTooMuch More than 1 year ago
I was so pleasantly surprised by the first book in the Weird Girls series, Sealed with a Curse.  It was such a fresh and fun take on vampire and were lore with some witchy elements thrown in.  While there was a very interesting love story element taking place, I think the thing that shines through this book is the relationship between the sisters.  Each sister is very different from the other.  Not only in skills, but also in personality.  Put them together and I believe they will show us time and again that they are unstoppable.  Funny, spunky, intelligent, and at times very sarcastic, they really made this book a wonderful addition to the paranormal genre. While this book is about all four Wird girls, this book focuses more on Celia than the others.  She is intelligent, sassy, and by many accounts very scary (it is the shifter in her).  She also happens to be very lonely.  She tends to carry the burden of her family upon her shoulders.  I loved the complexity of her character and watching her come into her own in the paranormal world she has been thrust head first into after trying to keep her and her family as normal as possible all these years.  The plot was unique and kept me on my toes.  The love elements were both sweet and intense.  The characters were fascinating and I finished the book wanting to know more about them.  I had a very difficult time putting this book down, which is always a sign of a great book.  If you like paranormal awesomeness with a bit of sarcasm, this book may be just the book for you.
MyParaHangover More than 1 year ago
I haven’t been reading a lot of urban fantasy lately. Almost all the UF I had been reading had the heroine down-trodden with no “happily-ever-after” in sight. There were a few exceptions but UF just wasn’t fun for me anymore… until NOW!!! I had such a blast reading Sealed with a Curse. It took me back to all the UF books I read when I first started reading. I picked up a little bit of Rachel Morgan’s “unique-ness”, saw some Anita Blake and her hot master vamp Jean-Claude and alpha were-wolf Richard (although our wolf has a clue), and the fight scenes definitely reminded me of Mercedes Thompson. But Ms. Robson wrote a unique new world that ended up being a one day barrel through read for me. That never happens for me when I read UF!! Setting / World Building Set in Dollar Point, CA, on Lake Tahoe (I love when you can actually look up book settings on a map), four sisters have learned to survive on their own without their parents. They are all in their twenties now working as nurses and living together under one big roof. All the sisters have been “cursed” with unique supernatural abilities. Celia, the oldest sister, is definitely the mother-figure of the group as she’s the one who takes control and leads everyone when “situations” arise. She mostly ends up doing that because she has no one else in her life to boss around as most guys are frightened of her. Let’s just say her unique ability tends to scare the boys away. Story / Tempo Right from the start, the girls are in a “situation”. The second oldest sister, Taran, has killed a vampire and all the sisters are going to vampire court to answer to charges of murder. I absolutely love that this book starts off with maniacal “vamp court”. I do love my vamps so maybe that’s what sold me right off the bat. Ms. Robson uses it as a way to introduce each of the girl’s abilities. It also gives us insight into each of their personalities. World building is off the blocks running already – LOVE! And it wasn’t hard to keep up, either. The pace did slow down just a tiny bit in the middle but I think it was for the good of the book. It was a point in the story for Celia’s introspection. I don’t think many people will even notice it. And the big mystery of the story is really cool and well done. Although I hate to admit it – I totally guessed it in the beginning. Just not to the extent of the big reveal. The big reveal, I thought, was a pretty good reward despite guessing who the big baddie(s) was behind the plague on the vampires. Characters The part of the story I enjoyed the most was the dynamics between the sisters. I want more and more of the sisters! Each is so different in personality but none of them is annoying (at least to me). I think if I had to pick one I wanted to be, it would be Shayna. She’s just so sneaky with her toothpicks (just go read the book!), although I don’t think I can go around calling everyone, “dude”. I can see so much potential in the series: individual stories about each sister, stories from the vampire world, stories about the weres… Speaking of weres, there was mention of a werewolf alpha, Aric, in the synopsis. Oh, my….. I do love my alphas! Aric is definitely a new book boyfriend of mine!! He’s hot, protective, but he’s not perfect. I like a man with a flaw or two (case in point, my number one boyfriend, Rehvenge, but I digress…). Our other leading man, Misha, reminds me a little of Mircea Basarab (from Karen Chance’s Cassie Palmer series) and Eric Northman, thrown in a blender 50/50. Cocky, smart, and definitely a Northern European god in the looks department. Overall, I think Sealed with a Curse has the perfect mix of urban fantasy: 33% Mystery/world building – 33% Kick butt fight scenes – 33% Romance. This is definitely a lighter, fun read. Don’t go looking for a deeper meaning to life or the mysteries of the universe explained. This is a let-your-mind-go and escape to where ordinary girls can get “cursed” with extraordinary powers and just have fun, damn it. I bet someday the girls won’t think it’s a curse…. discuss amongst yourselves. The next book in the series, A Cursed Embrace (Weird Girls #2) is expected to be published July 2nd, 2013. Crap, that’s too long….
apizzol1 More than 1 year ago
I loved loved loved this book! This book was everything I was hoping the last book I read would be.  The characters are fun, they are sassy and kick major ass! “Because girls kick ass, it says so on a t-shirt”. (This was on some tv show or movie but I can’t remember which one) LOL  A I adored Celia and all three of her sisters. Each had a fully developed and completely different personality. Anyone with a sister can certainly appreciate the sister bond they share! I know I did. ;) Ms. Robson has such a funny, fun exciting writing style.  I was captured from the first and it did not let me go until the very end, I didn’t want to let this world go and was sad when I saw the pages dwindling. I immediately checked to see what other books I could devour by this author and was glad to see a prequel was out but sad to see the second book in this series won’t be out for months! Waiting sucks!  So the story starts and we are in vampire court, it was a great way to throw us into this new world.  You actually find out a lot about this new world from the vampire court and more about the sisters and their individual powers. Their powers are different and unique from any other being, they are not vampires or true were’s or witches and each sister has a different skill set. They are a result of a backfired curse. They were supposed to be cursed with illness at their birth but instead they developed super cool powers!  Celia is our “alpha” and POV for this book. We get major time with the sisters but it’s Celia’s voice we hear throughout.  Misha is a Master Vampire who is losing all of her “family” to bloodlust. Vampires in the world are typically non-violent and more charming then scary. But when they fall into bloodlust no one is safe. When Tahoe becomes an epidemic of bloodlust driven vamps, Misha turns to the Wird sisters to help him save his family. They are not too keen on the idea but realize that this has become a bigger problem.There is major action from page one until the last page. You know how some books lead you up to a major battle and then it’s over basically before it begins? Well this is so not the case here, there are several battles and each one is not a disappointment and continues to build to a final showdown that will not leave you hanging. I do have to say, I saw the bad guy coming from a mile away, but I still liked to see how the events unfolded and where they ended up. Each sister puts the smack down in their own way and only as a collective unit are they successful. I liked that they worked together as a team along with the other major players of the books.  Even with all of the action this book was not lacking in emotion. You clearly knew how each sister was feeling especially Celia. Her emotions were right there for you to grab a hold of and feel along with her. A surprising emotion we got from Celia was loneliness and it would tear at your heart. She is surrounded by love from her sisters but they have a much easier time finding men to be interested in them. With the nature of Celia’s beast she scares men away more often than not and is often left alone while her sisters are out on the town. Although, I wouldn’t necessarily consider this book a “romance” although there are plenty of love interests involved. I think it’s more intended to be an Urban Fantasy type of deal where we will be following Celia as the primary and her sisters. With this book we get a quasi love triangle. Misha makes it clear he has an interest in Celia but Celia meets a sexy Alpha of the new Were-Wolves that recently came into town. They have a tumultuous relationship and Celia has to dodge sexy vampire Misha at every turn.  Each sister also get a sexy wolf to themselves and it’s fun to see how the whole group interacts. It’s like a quadruple date!  It’s such fun!  I loved everything about this book and would recommend it to anyone. It was a joy to read and I can’t wait until the next installment. 
BookaholicCat More than 1 year ago
Sealed With a Curse is the first book in the new series The Weird Girls by Cecy Robson. After trying to hide from the supernatural community for many years the Wird sisters find themselves being judge by the Vampire Court for killing one of the members of the Vampire master Misha Aleksandr’s family. After interrogation it is determined that the vampire in question was suffering from bloodlust and needed to be killed, the Wird sisters are found innocent but have awaken not only the vampire tribunal interest but also Misha’s. Celia Wird is the eldest of the four sisters and because of her nature (she can shift into a Golden tigress) she is not used to getting attention of men, they usually run away from her; but now she finds herself as the whole focus of Misha’s attentions. She knows she shouldn’t like it, he’s a powerful vampire, one that wanted them dead but there is something in him almost impossible to resist. When more members of Misha’s family get infected with bloodlust he realizes somebody is targeting his family and requests Celia’s help with the investigation of these incidents. Celia doesn’t want to get involve in vampire problems but there is something in Misha that doesn’t let her say no. She try to keep her sisters (Emma, Shayna and Taran) away but it’s impossible, the Wird sisters are like the Three Musketeers, “all for one, one for all”. This investigation made them cross paths with the Pack of werewolves of the area, more specifically with Aric Conner the Alpha of the pack. A man that with his sole presence make Celia’s hormones go into overload. We also meet Aric’s most trusted members of the pack Koda, Gemini, and Liam. Vampires want the issue solved, same with the werewolves who are tired of hunting blood-lusted vampires, the only problem is that the werewolves don’t care if solving the issue means killing all the vampires in the process, something Celia will not allow now that she kind of considers Misha her friend. But maybe what she and her sisters want is not what they could achieve. I will try not to gush too much in this review but I know it’s going to be hard because I really loved this book, you have been warned. Since the first page of Sealed with a Curse Mrs. Robson takes us in a ride and doesn’t let us go until the very last page. Imagine a big roller coaster with many lows where you are enjoying the smooth ride and highs that have you on the edge of your chair biting your nails, that is Sealed With a Curse. As I said in my review of the prequel to this series The Weird Girls Mrs. Robson does a stellar job with the characterization of her characters, she gives us four sisters all different and with unique characteristics that made them easy to identify. We have Celia the eldest of the sisters and in a way the most responsible of them; from an early age after the death of their parents she took charge of her little sisters and have seen for them ever since. She loves them dearly but at the same time without wanting she sometimes resent them, because it’s difficult for her to see them make their lives and meet people while she feels lonely and rejected by men, at least until Misha and Aric come to her life. We also have Taran, she is the second sister, her powers are relating to controlling lightening and flames. She has a short temper and likes to fight. Next to Celia she has protected her little sisters Shayna and Emme. Shayna is the carefree sister; she is a blade master and can control metals. She prefers to find a happy and easier solution to problems before fighting but she’s not afraid of getting her hands dirty. Finally Emme, she is the sweetest of the sisters and a caregiver, she has healing powers and some telekinesis. Her sisters have protected her all her life from the dark sides of life and she always believes the best in people. Now to the hotties of the story Misha and Aric, ok, there are more hotties, thank you Mrs. Robson, but Misha and Aric are the main hotties. When first I met Misha I didn’t like him and wasn’t sure about his real intentions towards Celia, but the more I saw of him the clearer the image of who he really was became to appear and it was impossible not to like him. Aric is the Alpha of his pack, a very responsible man and as any alpha very protective of the people he cares for. The attraction between him and Celia is off the charts, I have some theories about it but they may be a bit spoilerish so I won’t share them with you. Even though Aric and Celia want to be together I don’t think their road ahead is going to be an easy one, not only Celia is not a were, she is an anomaly and Aric’s family is considered “werewolves royalty”. I can’t wait to see what Mrs. Robson have in store for them in future books. As I said before this book was a ride, with a fast pace that grabbed me from beginning to end and keep me guessing until the very end. Mrs. Robson gave us some curveballs here, some which took me out of my game, I’m usually pretty good at guessing who the bad guy is but in this case it was almost a surprise when I learned who was it. The story is entertaining, gritty and funny. I found the balance between humor and darkness perfectly balanced, I think I cringe and laugh out loud the same amount of times. Sealed with a Curse it also a book of many great lines, after reading it I realized I have highlighted a great part of the book. Mrs. Robson writing is topnotch; it’s amazing Sealed With a Curse is her first full-length novel. I was right in my review of Weird Girls, I have found a new favorite series, one I recommend to all urban fantasy and paranormal romance lovers. I’m looking forward to July 2nd, 2013 to the release of the second book of the series,A Cursed Embrace. I recommend you to clear your calendar and have the delivery menu ready when you are reading Sealed with a Curse because after you start reading it you won’t be able to put it down until you reach its very last word.
ParanormalCravings More than 1 year ago
“Wow … Speaking of  force of Nature!  The beginning of a new series that keeps you hooked till the last page!” Sealed With a Curse is the first installment of the The Weird Girls Series by Cecy Robson what promises to be an exciting addition to the PPRW ” (Paranormal Romance Readers World), Cecy Robson has written about an unique world full over werewolves, wereracoons, werebobcat, vampires and of course the 4 kick-ass sisters that you will love as your own family! Sealed With a Curse got me hooked from the first page and left me feeling like I just said good bye to a good old friend, what a terrible feeling to leave this loving story that had me sucked in all the way! (This is positive  . This story has everything an Paranormal romance book should have; lots of action, the sisters, love, flirts, smoking hot men and your favorite paranormal beings but most important a lot of fun! This series has all the potential to grow in to a fantastic series. I think Cecy will be telling a story about an other sister with each book and in Sealed With a Curse its all about Celia. Like one of the book characters discibed; knife-trower, fire-breather, gypsy a tigress (were-cat). Celia is the were, but I have to say that besides the maincharacters, the Sister Taran has become one of my favorites and love to read more about her in the future. Cecy has done a terrific job with the sisters and it really surprised me that she was able to write about each sister so in her own way that it was easy to follow each sister. Cecy did this so good, that if she would have removed the naming you still would have understand which sister would have said what! “She slumped a little when she saw me and shot the wolves a siren grin. “You’re so screwed,” she declared. “My sister is going to kick your asses!” …. The wolves’hackles collectively rose as they set their diabolic sights on me. They moved as a single unit away from Taran and toward their newest prey. Thanks Taran. To bad this book doesn’t containes any pictures because Celia meets some eye-candy in this book a Head- Vamp Misha and her love, a hunk of a were Aric. I only wished there was a little bit more romance between the main characters. A kiss and love eyed scenes was just not enough for me! I hope this can be upped a little notch in the next installment of The Weird Girls Series. Misha didn’t appear taken by her charm. He eyed her as if she’s asked him to make her a garlic pizza in the shape of a cross. I laughed: I couldn’t help it. Leave it to Shayna to try to befriend the guy who’ll probably suck us dry by sundown. I can’t wait! I am so excited… I am curious to what book 2 will bring me. Maybe more different kind of shifters? At least more about the sisters and that is enough for me! Cover: As a designer I always force myself not to say anything about the covers…because every designer thinks she better  But is this case I can’t!. Sorry … But I love it! Great Detail, font and don’t forget the hands of Celia! Chapeau!
joeythesquash More than 1 year ago
This book will grab your attention in the opening scene and force you to hold on tight - and that's a good thing, since the story takes you from one slam-bam-we're-in-a-jam action sequence to the next. In the middle of it all, there's a love story featuring a super cool, sympathetic female protagonist and a couple of supernatural suitors. Buy it now!
KatReborn More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the novella that introduced these sisters and the world they live in, I liked it so much I gave it five stars. So I was pretty excited to read the full length novel, because while I do like novellas, novels have always been my favorite. Another thing that made me look forward to this book is how all encompassing this world is. What I mean by that is there are so many books out there that focus on one set of supernaturals, like vampire books, shifter books, etc. I love when I get to read a book that has all kind of supernaturals in it, they all have to learn to coexist, which almost never happens, and it creates some great situations and cultural clashes. So now that you know why I was looking forward to the book, let me tell you what I actually thought of it.  First off I have to say that the pacing on this book was an improvement from the novella. The novella was a great read, although it started off a little slow on the pacing, and I think that's because it had to convey a lot of information to the reader in a short amount of time. The book though is right on point for pacing. It starts off strong, and continues all the way through. I am always impressed when a book can maintain good pacing throughout, what it means for you as the reader is be prepared, you aren't going to want to put the book down, it's too much fun!  Another one of the cool factors of this book is how much diversity exists not just in the world building, but also in the core group of characters themselves. Each sister has such different personalities, and such different abilities. It makes each one interesting in their own respect. I think the only way to refer to the sisters is as an ensemble cast. Books that tackle having so many "main" characters can be difficult, they risk becoming overwhelming to the reader, and having too many main characters can mean that it takes longer for the reader to develop an emotional connection with all the characters. I really didn't feel like I had that problem with this book. I really enjoyed all the characters, it was actually pretty easy to keep them all straight because they are all so much their own individuals. I have to say that Robson handled it like a pro.  I really enjoyed the secondary characters too, I felt like they each brought something different to the table, and helped to keep the book exciting. There is definitely some romance in the book, so I think the PNR fans will enjoy the book, although I think as the series evolves the steam factor will probably increase in a very enjoyable manner.  Overall, I have to say I really did enjoy the book. It was just a fun ride. I felt like from beginning to end everything was just so much fun to read and I loved the characters, all of them. I'm sure you could draw a lot of parallels from this series to others, which is the case for all books, but Robson did a great job carving out a place just for her characters and stood on her own two feet. It's a great start to a series that I can't wait to read for years to come. 
AngelaQ More than 1 year ago
Cecy did a great job developing her characters. She must have done a tremendous amount of research on the supernatural because the book contained many interesting facts. I was glad that the book ended with Celia as a heroine and got her man. Cannot wait to read the next installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One word, supercalafragalisticexpialadosious!
Ren_Puspita More than 1 year ago
Love this debut novel! You don't need to read the prequel (novella The Weird Girls) first, but I rec's to read it too. I really love Ms Robson's writing and reading her journal in her site, I know this book is come from a long, long journey. Sealed with a Curse is a nice start for a new UF series. The world building, although not new (vampire, werewolf, witch, curse), is still fascinating. What make me love it is the characters. The Weird sisters is like Little Women meet Three Muskeeters meet Charmed. One for all and all for one. Always together and always protect each other. The story is told from Celia's POV, but we also get her sisters's story as well. I like Celia, she's though but also vulnerable. Not the coldhearted one. She care about her sister a lot. Its funny to see her reaction to both Aric and Misha. Since, well she's not have enough experience with men, like her sister Taran. I think reader might found she's too naive. Since I know what it feels, to feel awkward around men, I can relate to Celia Ms Robson balance the gore (and bloody) part, action, snark and also humor as well in Sealed with a Curse. So, I never bored when read this. Each sister is unique. Taran with her bombshell attitude (and love to cuss too), Shayna the easy going one who love to said "dude", Emme, the youngest who is also the shy one and the most kind spirit of them all. Funny is, all sister meet their match and some already have their HEA. Except for Celia and Aric who have a rocky relationship since he's pure blood were and Celia is not. One thing I like from her more is her website. Its so informative. There's an introduction for each sister, with the image to help us picture them. My favorite is Celia, even I think Emme's head look weird . Also love the pic of Aric!!. I hope she will complete it with another's character pics. If you love Urban Fantasy with strong heroines (yep! more than one), full action packed, family relationship, hot men more than just two (and put Edward Cullen, also Jacob Black in shame), and sprinkle with little romance you will love Sealed with A Curse. Alas, there's no hanky panky beside Aric and Celia, which make me a very sad puppy :(. But the kisses they are share is hot enough to make me go aww and biting my pillow, hope my BF is beside me ;). There's also hint for love triangle for Misha, Celia and Aric, even in this book, its clear that Celia just want Aric. But think can change in the future, right? I just hope Ms Robson can handle it well and satisfied readers, whoever Celia's choose. (I'm team Aric, btw. Even I do think Celia's chance with Misha is 50:50) . And I'll (im) patiently waiting for book #2, A Curse Embraced :).
Pandora422 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed and posted by Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side book blog A breakthrough series in the urban fantasy genre! The Wird Sisters are back with even more butt-kicking action, suspense and sarcasm than before! There's never a dull moment for these four sisters who try their best to stay under the radar of the supernatural world only to have it show up on their door step. When Celia's sister Taran has an encounter with a vampire who ends up dead, the Wird sisters are brought forth to the vampire council for judgement, and in turn asked to help identify a plague infecting the vampires of the region by none other than the man who almost had them executed, the charming Master vampire Misha. Just when things aren't interesting enough, the Wird Sisters meet a pack of sexy werewolves and Celia think she's met her match in Aric, the pack Alpha. Together the sisters will try to solve the mystery of the vampire infection while taking a chance on a pack of werewolves in the hopes of finding happiness. Sealed with a Curse delves deeper in the paranormal world of the Lake Tahoe region and introduces us to more than just witches. Celia is still the protective sister and matriarch of the family who will stop at nothing to ensure the safety of her siblings. I find her to be the most multi-faceted and complex of the sisters and I love how she's the oldest and strongest fighter of the group, yet totally clueless when it comes to matters of the heart, it shows the real devotion she has to her sisters. Celia's lack of experience with men makes the semi-love-triangle with her, Aric and Misha all the more interesting. While most women would love nothing more than to have these two very different Alpha males vie for her attention, Celia is usually embarrassed and confused by it all. The men in Sealed with a Curse are the sexy heroes I love in my literary world and each has his own charm and distinct personality. There are a few sexy men in this book but I'll focus on the two main ones. Aric, the werewolf, is a great combination of Alpha male and sweetheart. I like that he takes his time courting Celia. Misha on the other hand is far from the brooding vampire, he's flirty and regal and wastes no opportunity to woo Celia. While we clearly learn where Celia's heart lies by the book's end, it's fun to watch these two yummy men compete for her affection. I really enjoy that unlike the other romances in the story, Aric and Celia's relationship isn't instant and is slowly blossoming. My favorite element of this series is the connection and interaction between the sisters. The author has fully developed each personality and given each sister a voice, along with her own paranormal ability. The Wird sisters have great chemistry and their bond is worthy of envy. I connected with them instantly and commend Ms. Robson for introducing us to some strong heroines with Latina roots instead of the usual cookie-cutter leading ladies we often see in the genre. Filled with mystery, action, a little bit of romance, creepy villains and plenty of heart, Sealed with a Curse undoubtedly supersedes its prequel, The Weird Girls. Cecy Robson's writing style is fluid and stellar in my opinion, there's just enough detail without taking away from the engaging plot. The Wird sisters will charm their way into your heart and wishing you were part of the family! I'll anxiously await their next thrilling adventure. *ARC provided by publisher. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great way to start off a series! Very much enjoyed the book, it was fast paced, and fun. And who doesn't love a sexy vampire, a hot werewolf , and his pack! Mix that up with some strong willed smart mouthed sisters, can't go wrong;)
Melhay More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Trying to avoid the supernatural world Celia, who is more use to being alone, and her three sisters end up in Vampire court, charged with murder of one of Misha Aleksandr family members, to prove they were not as guilty yet to learn of a bloodlust spreading through the vampire families.  Now the Supernatural world knows of the sisters and are sneaking around for a peek, and pictures.  However Misha, the lead vampire who tried to have them killed, is now interested in the dominating Celia, but Celia may have her eye on a werewolf.  Misha's having troubles in his family.  Bloodlust.  His vampire family eats well and shouldn't be suffering from this, which means magic is involved.  He fears the upheaval of the vampire world maybe the reason - to kill him and take his power.  Misha asks Celia, having no ties to the supernatural world, for her help to fight his rival and prove his remaining family innocent and should live.  Celia sees the affects of the bloodlust on the human world and makes her choice.  Misha and his families time is limited.  The sisters jump full force into the supernatural world finding themselves in the middle of werewolves fighting for the world and vampires along with bloodlust vampires. This book starts off strong, the girls are already in trouble - in vampire court.  Quickly we see touches of what each girl's personality is along with a hint to their individual powers even mention of toothpicks with one, to make you curious what she can do with them (serious weapons!). Action, story, humor, magic, and blooming love all wrapped in one gift here.  So many magical variations so makes for a cool action fight.  Their is explanations of connections between werewolf and vampire weaknesses and the rules to their kinds.  Great set up with action and story blended.  Fun quick comments and using current people, places, happenings, and things to relate.  Makes me happy with all these elements present. I suggest making this a weekend read as you're not going to want to stop!  I wanted to know if I was right on who was behind the happenings, how much more trouble Celia and her sisters would find, and if Celia got her man. The blooming love... now, this story has two amazingly hot men and one woman.  BUT, this is not what I would call a love triangle.  Even though both are interested, she has eyes for one.  I loved this.  Now there is budding romance in the background with all the sisters as well, but I would not say this is the focus of the story.  It's an added top notch bonus to this supernatural story. This is a definite one for a great weekend read.  Cecy has started her series with a kick start, and I CAN NOT WAIT for the next books to come out!
Melliane More than 1 year ago
After the novella that precedes this book, I was curious to discover an entire story featuring our four sisters. I must say it is quite rare to have so many main characters in the same novel, and as I said for the novella, I think it is a big work to make them all interesting, as well as the secondary characters. But Cecy Robson has completely succeeded in this challenge, and it was very interesting to learn more about all our protagonists. However, I hope that we can find more about each personality. We directly fall in the middle of the story from the beginning of the novel. Indeed, the four sisters are part of a trial after they killed a vampire and they’ll choose now their fate. But realizing that the vampire had become rogue, the charges are quickly dropped and life returns to normal. Did I say normal? Oups, it’s a mistake, this event is only the beginning of many other problems. Between the vampires who become more and more bloodthirsty and the werewolves who try to face them, the four sisters won’t be bored. As for the short story, we follow in this novel the point of view of Celia, a character who is very complex. For her, her sisters are the most important persons in the world, and she would be capable of anything to protect them. The beast that she has in her, keeps her away from the others ... but it's not necessarily by choice, every persons crossing her eyes are scared by her, something that greatly complicates things. She will evolve throughout the novel, allowing us to discover her determination but also her fragility. And when two men are suddenly interested in her, her life gets more complicated and she does not really know how to handle all these upheavals. But well, we can understand her! Aric and Misha are both fascinating and I confess that I have immediately appreciated both of them. It is true that if I had to choose between the two of them, I would probably choose Aric, but Misha is an extraordinary character and I look forward to know a little more. The plot is also very good and although I thought I knew several times the answers, the author perfectly manage to lost us and mislead us throughout the story to finally give us the truth about everything. We still have many things to discover whether about the characters or the culture of each species and I am eager to know more. I enjoyed the novel and I was completely carried away by this first book. It’s a new great series.
Judy-Ree 6 months ago
I have heard nothing but great things about this series, yet I never found the time to actually read it. So when I was able to get it on audio I thought, "Okay, now I can get into this series." But that didn't happen either; something else always seemed to trump it. Which made this a perfect book for my Month of TBRs. I want to start with the narrator. You know the sister Victoria on Mike and Molly? The one who with that high, slightly nasally little girl voice? Very, very close. I'm sure that some may find it cute. For me, it grated and made the entire 10 hours uncomfortable. I totally feel bad because other than, you know, her voice, Renée Chambliss did a pretty good job with the inflection and emoting. I was a bit confused listening to the story itself. It felt like we joined the series mid way through, not starting at book one. And though there are 2 prequels, this book felt more like it should have been 5 or 6, not 1. There were quite a few backstories that were just glossed over that I was a bit frustrated with. Plus I totally didn't get why Celia felt that she had to help Misha out. She kept going on and on about how her and her sister's stayed out supernatural issues, but all it takes is Misha hinting there could be trouble and they are jumping in with both feet. And what the heck was the werewolves and insta-lurve thing with the sisters all about? I did enjoy the differences between the sisters and how they all worked together to protect each other. I liked that they weren't each a version of superwoman, but that each one had some serious flaws in their powers and each one was a unique personality. Another thing I liked was that the girls still had their days jobs, and actually went to work. And when the supernatural crashed their work, they struggled to keep the two worlds apart and had to deal with the backlash of them colliding. I'm torn between switching to the print version and continuing this series and knowing that I still won't have the time, so I should keep going in audio. Either way, I continue with the series and see where it leads me. I gave this book 2 "It was Okay" stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished number four. This is one. Had a hard time doing them in order but it was worth it I enjoyed them all kept sneaking time in myday to read them. Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caught my attention at the start and I couldn't put it down. I got drawn right in!