Review: Unearthed by Cecy Robson

Posted September 23, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

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Review: Unearthed by Cecy Robson

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Series: Death Seeker #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on September 24, 2019
Pages: 331
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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The Delight

I first discovered this author when I picked up the first book in her Weird Girls urban fantasy series, progressed to her contemporaries, and was excited to see she was taking us back to an urban fantasy world.  This time her supernaturals are fae hiding among the humans when the hounds of death got a taste for living fae souls.  Suspenseful, emotional, sensual, and exciting with that welcome inclusions of the author’s own brand of humor made this a fab reading experience.


Unearthed begins with pixie, Olivia Finn, working in a prestigious Jersey City law firm with her best bud while keeping up with her curmudgeonly unorganized boss and avoiding the sex on legs cold lawyer Riker.  She lost her family to the death hounds when she was young and now, like every other fae, she’s trying to keep her head down and out of their notice especially since Olivia seems to be the only fae who made it through the door between worlds sans magic and her pixie wings.

All this changes when a night of terror at a fae night club shows her an unexpected magic that thwarts death itself, but not before there is terrible heart-breaking loss.  Now, she is on the death hounds hit list and someone is helping them root out hidden fae.  Olivia is the hope of the fae now and she must turn to the last person she would like to for help learning to use her new-found magic.

Unearthed was an obvious series introduction book, but I enjoyed the way the author revealed her world, her characters, and the situation.  It rolled out steadily without being tedious as Olivia went about her new life and death daily life.

Olivia is easy to imagine as a pixie.  She’s colorful and fun-loving, strong sense of humor and not the most obvious heroine savior out there with her lack of fight ability and aggressiveness.  But, she has a big heart and a need to avenge her family while protecting her fae people so she fearfully takes on the impossible it seems.

But, Olivia is not alone.  There is is her trainer and the most confusing, deeply wounded person she knows and misunderstood all along.  There is the old ancient fae hydra sharing her officework and her friendship with a power punch of magic.  One of her bosses, Bill the gargoyle who is the de facto fae leader.  And, a few dragons to pad out the underdog team.

The villains, the hounds of hell who are bloated on fae souls and magic are vicious, disgusting, and perfectly evil, especially the alpha dog.  They had a shadowy ally and it was a nice suspense element to see that get revealed near the end, but in the meantime, they were easy to root against.

There is a halting romance, but it has its conflicts going along the side of the main plot of Olivia prepping and taking on a powerful enemy.  I look forward to seeing where things go next for this pair and also the ongoing efforts with the team who are challenging death stalking the fae and eventually the oblivious humans all with a dose of humor that is laugh out loud at times.

All in all, this was a sensational start to a new series and I can’t wait to keep going along.  Urban Fantasy lovers should definitely give this new one a look-see.

My thanks to Caffeinated PR services and the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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New Release #128
Books N Tunes #43 Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ Big Girls Don’t Cry


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.

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Angie Elle
2 years ago

I watched some videos on youTube this weekend that really make me want a new UF series to binge. I remembering bingeing Kate Daniels and loving it so much!

This does sound like a good read. I feel like gargoyles are underutilized beings in the genre.

Great review.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

Oh… those YouTube vids sound good. I’m still far behind reading through all the big UF series though I have read Kate Daniels and loved it.
This one is starting a new series, but I think I’ll end up enjoying it immensely. Yes, gargoyles! I agree that they don’t appear as often and I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve encountered. Levet from Guardians of Eternity is my hands down favorite. 🙂

2 years ago

I’m curious for more too!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yes, after this opening book. I can’t wait to see what comes next as she gets more experience using her magic.

2 years ago

I love this review so much. You threw in details without giving too much away. Thank you so much for this fabulous feature and for taking the time to read.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Cecy

And, that is the best pat on the back a reviewer could get. Thanks for dropping in, Cecy!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Yes, yes 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I think this series is going to be a blast. 🙂

Kimberly @ CaffeinatedPR

Your social share buttons are being naughty and have disappeared.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Little twirps! Well, thankfully, they’re back now. 😉

Debbie Haupt
2 years ago

the second review I’ve seen of this today thanks Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

We’re really splashing it about. I’ve seen four!!!

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I love urban fantasy, and Olivia sounds like a heroine I’d really like. I’ll have to check the series out. Glad to hear it’s off to a good start!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yep! I think this one’s got your name on it, Rachel. 🙂

Carole Rae
2 years ago

I wanna read this soooo bad

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yes, you really wanna. Its fun and exciting, Carole!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I have read a couple of Cecy Robson’s contemporary romances and loved them but haven’t ventured into her paranormal stories yet. I am so glad you had fun with this one, Sophia Rose.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

If you read her O’Brien series, this one has that flavor for the non-paranormal parts. I laughed so often at the Jersey-isms. 🙂 I think you’d have a good time with her paranormals.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I( loved the humor too Sophia and agree that Olivia wasn’t the most obvious heroine savior, but boy did she have a big heart and a warrior’s spirit! I need to check out the Weird Girls Series 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Olivia was fun to meet. I think you’ll find the four sisters and the others in the Weird Girls books a fun group, too.