Monday, May 27, 2013

Book Review: Sealed with a Curse

Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twenty-something girls—with one tiny exception: They're the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that make them, well, a little weird…

The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren't aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders if the vampires of Tahoe are plague-ridden.

Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha's family to keep the area safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and—oh, yeah—not lose her heart to the wrong guy or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, he's coming for her and her sisters.

This Wird girl has never had it so tough.

This was a fun, sometimes creepy, oddly sweet book.  This also  has the dubious pleasure of being the first 'urban fantasy romance' I've come across--though I guess I can kind of see how that is. Lots of hot naked guys running around, steamy kisses and innuendo like you wouldn't believe...but really this is PG rated when it comes to that.  

To get it out of the way two things didn't work for me and they fed into each other; Celia really only had chemistry with one of the hot alphas so as a result the triangle felt ludicrous.  She makes it fairly obvious to the one participant that she's not looking for that.  She repeats this quite a few times even when the option was more viable.  Yet constantly he is there, making her basically uncomfortable.  I wasn't keen on that.

Moving back to the good, Celia's sisters (Taran, Shayla and Emme) were all wonderful delights, as were the wolves of Aric's that hang around the most (Koda, Liam and Gem).  The banters and jabs felt very authentic for sisters--the exasperation and impatience, the gleeful 'you're in trouble now!' reactions, etc.  The wolves for their part weren't quite as forceful in personality, but they were easily distinguishable by their reactions if nothing else.

Aric was yum.  He was yum from the first moment he popped up. That said he was also not the communicative type.  A lot of why Celia was so torn over him was because he didn't her anything.  He became protective of her, was flirty with her, but unlike Misha who was pretty upfront that he wanted Celia, Aric just assumed she understood.  That really irritates me in books.  When a girl does that the guy gets frustrated and accuses her of not taking his feelings seriously.  When a guy does it, well the girl just has to suck it up while either waiting for a moment to discuss the emotions or suffer in silence.

The 2nd party obstacle was also a nuisance (not Misha, someone else).  It felt like this person was just there to aggravate the situation when trust me Aric was doing a good enough job of that on his own.

As for the bad guy, the villain is pretty cut and dry and while most mystery or urban fantasy readers will probably guess the culprit getting to the reveal is fun (er gruesome fun).  I do have to wonder since at least a dozen people are killed (probably more) and at least two dozen vampires...Tahoe Springs must be pretty deserted...