Updated: Jan 21, 2021
by Cecy Robson
Published by Cecy Robson LLC
Prequel to The Weird Girls Series
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might consider Aric Connor to be omniscient and destined to save the world when evil returns to claim it. But for the most part, fifteen-year-old Aric ignores the confirmations of his powers, taking everything in stride until he meets her. Celia Wird wasn’t supposed to awaken naked in the mountains of Colorado, not when she was just stalking her prey in a filthy alley several states away. She especially wasn’t supposed to meet Aric, the handsome werewolf who comes to her aid. As a supernatural tasked with protecting the earth, Aric sympathizes with Celia’s dangerous situation. He’s also struck by her beauty and kindness. Yet, as much as Aric welcomes Celia, her arrival isn’t a peaceful one. Dark forces stir in Celia’s presence, resolute on killing her. Aric and his inner beast are adamant about keeping Celia safe and with them. But there's a time and a place for love, and Aric and Celia might not survive long enough to find it.
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Spoilers ahead lovelies. I can't help it. It was so great I need to talk about it.
Gone Hunting is a prequel to the Weird Girls Series, and it written from Aric's point-of-view. It goes back in time to when he and his future warriors, Gemini, Koda, and Liam, were all teenagers, living a care-free life, until Aric stumbles upon a scared girl in the woods - Celia. Celia's uniqueness isn't the only thing that interests him; he is drawn to her for reasons he can't explain. With Celia's presence, it comes with a cost though.
I left this prequel to the end (well, the end of the books already released). I LOVED it! I love the Weird Girls series, but this prequel is a shining gem among the books. For a few reasons. The timeline brings our main characters back in time to the age of fifteen. We get a better understanding of the relationship between Aric and his best friends/warriors, and learn things about them we didn't otherwise know (and we get Liam again!). We get to meet Aric's father, and get a glimpse at a very happy childhood. We get a trip through memory lane with Celia, and learn what she did to those who murdered her parents, and what is costs her. We get answers to what happened to their cousin, who helps the Wird sisters in another prequel. And we get Aric's point-of-view of his connection with Celia. In the end, we get a better understanding that with magic their is a balance, and sacrifices must be made to achieve that.
I'm going to jump right into Aric and Celia's connection with one another, and his Dad's choice in the end. First of all, I loved Aric and Celia's attraction to one another as teenagers. There was an innocence to their love, and it called back those memories of first loves. Aric, admitting he was never interested in females before Celia, and his awkwardness around her was endearing. Everything between them was sweet. Reading the main books in the series first, I knew who they were to each other, but having it confirmed by his parents was a rather powerful moment. As soon as his parents realized their son had found his mate (despite both being too young), they adopted her into their family, and were willing to take in her sisters and foster mother. Reading the original books first though, I knew it wouldn't happen. When Aric and Celia meet in Sealed With A Curse, they didn't know each other. So I knew that the witches in this book would play a part and make them forget each other. It was heartbreaking in a lot of ways. Celia was only there, because her cousin (from another prequel), knew Celia was in danger from dark witches. She sent Celia to a place where she would always be safe (with her mate, Aric), but it sends her two years in the past, and the dark witches were able to latch on to the spell, and use dark magic any way they could to kill Celia, and in turn, killing everyone who helps her. Darkness knew, even then, that Celia was the key to ending them. While dark magic is literally destroying the area, and killing Aric's best friends, Aric's father makes a deal with Liam's aunt (a very powerful hag), to send Celia back to her time in the future, and to make everyone forget, especially Aric and Celia, as it would kill them to be parted from one another. Aric, pounding on the ward around Celia, and finally getting through to give her one final kiss and promise her he would find her again was bittersweet. They were hurting in that moment, but you are comforted to know they do eventually find one another.