A Curse Unbroken, A Weird Girls Novel, Cecy Robson


A Curse Unbroken, A Weird Girls Novel, Cecy Robson
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
I loved the earlier books so waded into this eagerly…but…though its written in the same excellent style we’ve got used to, I just didn’t engage fully with this story.

The Unholy Grail – AKA Shah, is a stone that can give the holder unlimited power. It seems everyone in the supernatural world wants to get their hands on it, but what they do with the power may not necessarily be good. The Weres send out Aric and the Warriors, and Celia gets send by the Vampires. Throw in some weird happenings that seem to be affecting Celia, her sisters, and many of the Weres and its another recipe for mayhem and bloodshed. And therein lies my problem. I felt the battles and gory bloodletting dominated the story, and became the story itself instead of experiences the people went through. It began to read like this: Celia goes into battle against one of her many enemies, gets shredded and bloodied, healed by her sister, goes into battle against one of her enemies again, shredded and bloodied again, uses a few nifty new powers and then gets healed once again…and rinse and repeat. I’m not a fan of new powers, I can live with a few but Celia’s talents now seem to increase every time, and cover every possible context she can find herself in. She’s at deaths door constantly, gets healed and way-hey she’s off into battle once again. I needed a bit less blood and gore, and a bit more actual story.

Shah, the supernatural stone….I’ve read things like this before ( in fact the very next book on my list has one, the Sahar Stone, and I read a Lisa Sherrin book years ago with The Saghred Stone…) and as ever I wonder why now? When the stone has been around for thousands of years I need to know why at this moment is everyone searching for it? Then there’s the clues; I love trying to pick up on little things which grow and develop as the story does but here – well with everyone rubbing their chests unconsciously at some point, either they’d all had a really bad curry and were in need of vast amounts of Gaviscon, or this was a clue as subtle as a sledgehammer 😉

Sadly Aric didn’t come out so good here either, not his fault of course but it added to the feel for me that it just wasn’t a story that worked well.

Stars: Two and a half, I didn’t dislike all of it but I can’t genuinely rate it a three – Good – stars.

ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers


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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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