Release Date: August 14, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Discover Cecy Robson’s sensational Weird Girls series—or return to where the magic first began—with this eBook original prequel novella about four sisters coming to grips with their unique supernatural powers.
Celia Wird shouldn’t possess the ability to transform into a tigress. Her three sisters should never be able to burst into flames, heal wounds, or transform common objects into deadly weapons. And yet they do.
Before they were born, the Wird Sisters were cursed by a spell that was intended to destroy them, not endow them with extraordinary powers. The sisters’ magic is untamed and explosive at best, and time is running out for them to take command.
Vampires have targeted Celia’s sweet, tragically human ex-boyfriend Danny. The sisters rush to his aid, but in order to take down the vamps, first they must face their dark past and break a spell that’s screwing up their powers. Except this curse wasn’t meant to be broken . . . and the witch who cast it isn’t done toying with them yet.
I have been a fan of The Weird Girls since the beginning because how can I not be? It's a smorgasbord of otherworldly creatures with each book filled to the brim with love, magic, and lots of action. Not to mention the leads are actual sisters who was cursed by a family member which resulted to an interesting mix of powers and abilities. The Weird Girls is one paranormal party you won't want to miss if you love reading UF/PNR books that's for sure.
Now I've always wondered WHY the girls were cursed and A CURSED AWAKENED answered my question partially. It's been mentioned in the previous books that the girls' mom was ostracized by her family because she married the "wrong" dude. What made their father the "wrong" man is still murky, all I've gathered so far is that he has the wrong skin color. I feel there's more to it than that because it's too shallow of a reason for it to merit a severe curse plus we live in modern times so that much racial inequity feels too extreme to me. Maybe I'm being naive here but still I feel the punishment doesn't fit the crime?
Regardless, CRobson still delivered a solid novella. The actual breaking of the curse was short but suspenseful with a little ghostly encounter thrown in. And as per usual, it won't be a Weird Girls story without some deadly adventures. A CURSED AWAKENED happened before the girls moved to Lake Tahoe shortly after Celia and Danny broke up. Danny's dad was captured by a mad vampire priestess and Celia and the girls eventually helped Danny save his father from the crazy blood suckers. I liked this part of the story, though brief, because it's adrenalin filled and I like that this thread with the vampire master, Angelo, might get picked up later. That should make for another interesting complication in the future should CRobson decide to reel Angelo back in to the story. After all, what's another mad vamp thrown into the crazy mix that's The Weird Girls?