Sealed with a Curse (Weird Girls #1) by Cecy Robson – Not what I was hoping for
It should come as no surprise that the Wird sisters, affectionately called “Weird” sisters, don’t always have it easy. Products of a curse gone awry, they possess unique powers that sometimes do more harm than good. And right now, the former is in effect when it turns out that one of the sisters killed a vampire. That’s a big no-no punishable by death unless self-defense can be proven. But the community might have bigger fish to fry as their vampires are becoming rabid, which is definitely not good for PR. So Celia, the eldest of the Wird clan, has to take the lead as they work with them to keep everyone safe.
I started out liking the story. There are a number of funny elements and punchlines, there’s lots of action and eye-candy for those of us with the imagination for it. It’s definitely on the lighter side of urban fantasy which I typically prefer, but overall it didn’t feel very cohesive. It had all of the parts, but the more I read the more it began to fall flat for me and that should be the other way around.
The love-triangle/love-interest set up from Celia to all of her sisters has a very contrived and amateur quality in its execution, and it didn’t really match the level that I think this series could be capable of. I didn’t find myself invested in it at all, and it may have to do with the characters themselves lacking a sense of depth and I’m referring to the cast as a whole. It’s hard to pin down their personalities. Darker urban fantasy series tend to be a little better about that because there’s more emotion involved, but it isn’t an impossible task in the lighter ones. For instance, The Hollows does it very well and I don’t really consider that one dark.
So far I’m on the fence as to if I want to continue this one, but I’m leaning towards no at this time. If the second book is supposedly better I might give it a try, but I’m definitely in no rush.