Review: Of Flame and Light by Cecy Robson #Giveaway #Excerpt

Review: Of Flame and Light by Cecy Robson #Giveaway #Excerpt

Review: Of Flame and Light by Cecy Robson #Giveaway #ExcerptOf Flame and Light by Cecy Robson

Series: Weird Girls #7
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Indie/Self Published on October 18, 2016
Pages: 369
Format: eARC
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Of Flame and Light is the seventh installment to the Weird Girls, an urban fantasy series, set in Tahoe, California and featuring a fantastic blend of paranormal races.  This is the second book that has Taran as the lead and it definitely needs to be read in order.

From this point, I will be summarizing and will do my best not to drop spoilers.

Taran is in a bad place after she is left with a replacement right forearm and hand and its origins from Were magic collide with her own cursed witch magic.  When she can’t control it and nearly hurts her sisters, she gives in and agrees to go to the local witch coven for help.

Training with the witches is one of the most difficult concessions Taran has made in her life.  They were not welcoming when she and her sisters moved to Tahoe and some of them even attacked her sister.  Their snubbing and smirking attitudes because she and her sisters are different makes it tough to swallow her pride.  It’s salt to the wound when the werewolf mate who left her because he can’t even look at her ugly new zombie limb let alone touch it seems to be cozying up with the head witch.

Bigger things are going on when a rogue witch proves she has dark powers that challenge the combined strength of coven and weres.  Taran’s lessons are not going well, but she meets the challenges set before her with the fire and spirit that only Taran can pull off.  Taran is so tired and grieved to be the weak one and the one who screws up, but she has to figure out her magic or dire things will happen.

Alright, Of Flame and Light got back to what I love best about this series.  The author takes her heroine into the toughest of situations both internal and external making them hurt and get beat down even if strength has her climbing back to her feet and going again.  Taran is the most outwardly fiery and colorful of the sisters.  She brazen and in your face, but it covers her vulnerability.  She feels the loneliness of being different, the fear of losing those she loves and of being rejected.  While she fights to control her magic, she is also stubbornly fighting with herself about her bond with Gemini.

The story offers up exciting and intense action plotting with the battle against the powerful dark witch and Taran facing her training challenges that are never as simple as they should be because it’s Taran.  I loved the wink toward Hogwarts and life at school in this one.  Even though Taran is struggling and facing tough challenges it lended a lighter note to the story.

The situation with Gemini was one of frustration.  Taran is so stubborn and Gemini silent.  I wanted to smack both of them and definitely lock them in a room with no way out until they worked it out.  When they shared scenes, it was sizzling and I loved that twister the author threw in there.  I was freaking out there for a bit and having reader girl moans and groans and gnashing of teeth even while I loved every minute of what came next.  But this pair- tears, laughter, heartbreak, frustration, and never easy though they are passionate and so good for each other if they can figure it out.

The larger cast of characters from the series are present mostly in the form of Taran’s sisters and their ongoing stories.  Oh yes, Em’s thing that I noticed in earlier books is growing.  Can’t wait to get more of that situation.  It was good that, though this is Taran’s story and she narrates, there is plenty of time at home (I’m looking at you Mrs. Mancuso) and with her sisters, but also good that the story gave the witch coven the spotlight and set much of the story there and with those characters.  There is one more new and startling character that I will leave as a fascinating surprise.

There was a great climax scene worth all the build up and some resolve on the earlier issues, but the door was left open for more of Taran’s story.  Can’t wait to see what happens next.

So, a good time was had by this reader and I can’t recommend this series enough to both the paranormal romance and urban fantasy fans as it’s a fantastic hybrid of both and a series of action, passion, humor, heartbreak, and the best group of heroine sisters I’ve ever encountered.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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EXCERPT

Son of a bitch.

I groan as I roll onto my back. I’d like to say this is the first time I’ve been knocked unconscious. I’d also like to say my boobs are the same size, but hey, such is my life.

Dirt. All I sense is that and dank heaviness that accompanies a . . . cave? Through the fog taking up residency along my brain, I make out a dim glow. It takes me a moment to realize it’s coming from my light-saber arm. I push up on my hands, grimacing when my fingers sink into the soil. Yet it’s what I see when I glance up that has me scrambling to my feet.

A lonely hand scuttles by me, chasing after a rat. Oh, but it gets better. I press my back against a dirt wall as a foot hops by, chasing after the hand, that’s chasing after the rat, with a decapitated head rolling —I shit you not—merrily behind them.

It’s like some kind of fucked up nursery rhyme. I don’t want to know the next verse, especially not with the collection of zombies gathering from all sides. These are different from the ones who pulled us onto shore. Their grisly faces are more emaciated and their bodies are in a more advance stage of decomposing. As they shuffle toward me, pieces of their skin fall in small moist clumps.

I hold out my hand. “Stay back.”

They collectively moan.

And move closer.

I grit my teeth, summoning that spark from deep in my core. The dank air seems to enclose around me, giving me a chill and snuffing out my inner heat.

Shit, shit, shit.

On wobbly legs, I slide my back against the dirt wall, my hands out. The zombies gather closer, cocking their heads, their empty sockets mesmerized by the glow of my arm. At first, I think they’re simply curious. But then their short thick tongues push forward, appearing to lick what’s left of their lips.

I jump when another hand scrambles by, its pinky brushing against my foot. My back presses against the dirt wall as I slide against it. I’m not sure where to go. I only know I can’t stay here.

I bang my fists against the wall, trying to stimulate my fire. My left hand doesn’t react, tensing uselessly. But that spark I so need triggers from my right arm, igniting flames along the path of my blue veins only to putter out.

Come on, light.

About Cecy Robson

Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is the new adult and contemporary romance author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels, and the Carolina Beach series, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated RITA® finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I’ve been reading so many good things about this one. I might just have to look into this series.

    • Oh you really must, Mary. There are even cool vampires in it. 🙂

  • Oh my! I think I’m in love with this series. Awesome review Sophia 🙂

    • Me, too. The sisters, the other characters, and the adventures are good stuff. Thanks, Vanessa! 🙂

  • I want more of that Em thing..tehee. Love your review Sophia, and thank you!

    • Oh, me too. We need to finish out Taran’s story arc and then hit the Em one hard. 🙂

      And thanks! Appreciate the opportunity.

  • I really enjoyed this one as well, I liked to move forward and to see more of Taran! Always really interesting

    • I agree, Melliane. She is always interesting and never a dull moment. 🙂

  • this isn’t the older sister right Sophia? I get so confused and i haven’t read this series in a while. Anyhoo’s great review 😀

    • Hmm, I know Celia is the oldest and she already got her part of the story, but I think Taran is the second sister with Shayla and Emmy in that order.

      Thanks, Sharonda! Enjoy reading these and its hard to not to go on and on about all the cool parts.

  • This series just sounds SO good, Sophia!! I participated in the blogtour for that reason only, I’m sure I’ll love Taran 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • She is incredible, Lexxie. Taran is so sassy and made me laugh so hard especially in the first few books when it was her sister Celia who was the lead character. These are great. Love the four sisters together and all the paranormal adventures they have.

      • *ugh* I have told myself there will be no more new books until my thesis is finished…

        • Yeah, that is a painful goal to keep. I tried that once. I lasted a few weeks. LOL

  • Debbie Haupt

    I have been wanting to read this author but oh no #7 in the series Yikes 🙂 Thanks Sophia Rose

    • Yep, you’d better get on the stick, Debbie! Just teasing. I know how that goes. So many….sigh.

  • I’ve been seeing this one around a lot lately, but I can’t remember ever hearing of this series before now. From your review it sounds like every few books they switch the main character? It sure sounds like the author puts her heroine in a very difficult situation. It can be interesting to see how characters deal with that. The situation with Gemini does sound a bit frustrating, but also like they are good for each other and just have to work things out between them. It sure sounds like a good series. Great review!

    • Ha, yes, I think there must be several bloggers involved in the tour b/c I see it all over, too.

      The books are about four sisters and the first five books had the oldest sister, Celia, in the lead role. Then book six and this one have turned the spotlight to Taran, the second sister. I know there will be at least one more with Taran as the main character, but then I think the baby sister, Emmy, will get her turn. They are urban fantasy, but it’s neat how the author did the switches in narrative like this. The sisters are fun together.
      Ah, yes, Taran drives me nuts the way she won’t deal with her situation with Gemini and he’s just as bad. I definitely wanted to just drag them to a closet and lock them in until they talked through stuff. 🙂

  • I really need to start this series. It has been on my TBR for so long now. Every time I see a new book out, I’m reminded that I wanted to try it. Now we are on book seven. Eek! I need to get on this soon. 🙂

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Oh you really do. I know you’ll love them, Melanie. The four sisters are great together and the other characters and plot are exciting.