Review: Cursed by Destiny by Cecy Robson

Review: Cursed by Destiny by Cecy RobsonCursed by Destiny by Cecy Robson

Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Signet on January 7, 2014
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars  

Okay, its official!  Cecy Robson is one of the grand dames of cliffhanger finishes and she does it with like two sentences.  She layers a shock on top of a shock so that I just sit there staring at the last page with a whimpering ‘no, it can’t end there’ on my lips before hoping like mad that the next book is coming out some time this year or praying for strength if the release date is more than a year off.

This was the third book in the series and the events follow closely what came before so these really need to be read in order.

Celia is still heart-broken over the loss of her relationship with Aric and dreading the day he is to marry Barbara the pure-bred were.  In the meantime, she has started up training with Misha’s people and gone out on missions to take down the demons and their allies.  Creepily, her name is on the lips of the scary bad guys who come for her and strong attempts have been made on her life.  It bothers her that Misha and his people along with her family end up in the line of fire when she has been attacked.  Who has decided that she is now the big target?

The few glimpses she has of Aric show her that he is taking their separation just as badly, but the Elders hold firm against her particularly one of them.  Misha wants her to see that he is there and waiting when she finally accepts that she must let go of Aric.  And if that weren’t complicated enough, a foretelling is made about her future in that her future children with yet a different male will bring peace right about the time a great evil is awakened and all must do their parts to bring it down.

This plot wasn’t as tight as the last two and had a little dragging spot, but this in no wise made it a bad read.  It focused on Celia and Aric’s separation and more internal stuff for Celia as she learns just how strong she can be now that she is without Aric and looks at a future without him.  She resists so many temptations in this one while holding strong to what she believes.  Things are going on away from her and I loved the strong mystery element that runs through this one.  That exciting race to the finish was something else.  And while this is a book of separations, it doesn’t skimp on the passion or the dry witty dialogue that had me chuckling aloud a few times.

I really enjoy these characters and not just the main ones.  There are so many little stories and entwined stories going on.  Now that one of the big villains is revealed in the end (gotta say that I saw that one coming as will most readers probably), I can’t wait to see where things go from here with everyone.

Urban Fantasy fans get busy and grab this series up.  Paranormal Romance fans, you won’t be disappointed either.

My thanks to Penguin group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review thoughts.

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.
  • LOL sounds like she and Rachel Caine could be good friends with those cliffhangers. Have you read her? omg she kills me with them. This was the one I won last month. I’ll read in order on these though I promise. Glad you pointed that out with the reviews since otherwise I’d probably have just dove right into this one.

    • Nope! No Rachel Caine yet, but if she’s another Cliffhanger Queen then I’ll wait. I can only handle so much waiting for updates before I implode. Oh, and definitely good call about getting these in order. You can skip the prequel and novella until you have time later, but the novels are like one continuing story.

      • Oh she’s brutal. lol I’ve only read 2 of her series. One the Weather Wardens which are really neat. The characters manipulate the weather to keep people safe. Or try to. Then she has a YA or NA I guess it’s called now Vampire series. And she does that too. Parts of the story complete each time but there’s always ongoing and cliffhanger stuff.

        Alright I’ll hunt the two full books down.

        • Take your time tracking them down if you have others calling to you from the shelf as well b/c obviously you’ll just get to a cliffhanger. haha!

          The Weather Wardens peeks my interest, hmm. Thanks for the recommend.

          • They were really different–control fire, wind, earth, etc.

            LOL Yeah I’ll start collecting them and probably wait until the series is finished or at least a GOOD chunk of books out.

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  • Can you believe that ending?! And I got dibs on that elder, I’m making a fur coat or throw out of his pelt!

    P.s. You really should edit your blogger profile & add your blogs link… Sorry for being bratty LOL… Love you Sophia!

    • I know! That guy really must just expire in pain and agony already and that was how I felt before the end.

      And you’re not bratty, Braine! I do like having everything in order and easily accessible. I will gladly edit my blogger profile, but I’m tech-idiot so I must not have done it right b/c that and all my social profiles are supposed to link here. Are you talking about Bloglovin’? That is the only one that is giving me trouble that I know of.