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Little Read Riding Hood

Blog owner of Little Read Riding Hood - http://littlereadridinghood.com - and reader of all things fiction. Mainly PNR, UF, Fantasy, Contemporary, Horror, and whatever else strikes my interest. YA/NA/Adult

Sealed With a Curse: A Weird Girl Novel

Sealed with a Curse - Cecy Robson I liked this book. It has all the "right" elements for me to love it; magic, strong female lead, a couple sexy men, crazy shit going down. But it just didn't have that unknown element that makes me go fan-girl crazy. I can't put my finger on it ... it's not like there was anything majorly wrong that I can point my finger at and say "Ah ha! THAT sucked and therefore lost a star!" At the same time it just didn't have that "Holy SHIT I can't believe that just happened I think I am going to throw up!" moment that made me love it. These are the hardest books for me to review; when they don't make me feel super strong emotions one way or another, so let me try to break it down.The Sisters - I love Celia as a MC. She is strong, lonely, FIERCELY protective of her sisters, powerful but not overly so, and unique. Hell, all four sisters are unique. Though for some reason I kept confusing Taran and Shayna until near the end. And call me callous, but all three of them babying Emme the whole time? I get that they all can't be badass confident chicks, but with the way they treat Emme you would think she is made or porcelain. The Men - This, if I point my finger at anything, is probably what lost me. I think it's great that all the sisters have shifter love interests, but really? The three guys walk into a bar ... sounds like I am setting up a bad joke ... and Taran, Shayna, and Emme all end up with these guys? And we find out later they are all part of Aric, Celia's wolf's, personal guard - but where was Aric? Yes they do get a call and have to leave suddenly, I just, I don't know. And I have to mention, even though it is obvious he is never a contender for Celia, Misha. He was an interesting vampire. He made me laugh quite a few times.The Story - Sometimes when I am reading something, and I am not "getting it," I think I might be dumb. And that can be the case sometimes ... I recently found out a book I read was a "re-telling" of Romeo and Juliet. And I felt like an idiot. But anyway, I just never really "got" what was going on here. I mean, I know the vampires are being infected with blood-lust, but it always seemed random to me. Not a very solid plan. AND I knew instantly who the big bad was. When that character was described ... I don't want to say more because I don't want to ruin it, but yeah. Like I said, I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. I definitely suggest you read it yourself. It has all the right elements, and I could easily see someone loving it.