Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells: Review

Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells: ReviewAuthor: Jaye Wells
Title: Cursed Moon
Series: Prospero's War #2
Publisher: Orbit
Pages: 400
Release Date: 2014-08-12
Genres: Urban Fantasy
MAGIC IS A DRUG. IT'LL COST MORE THAN YOU CAN PAY. . . When a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance in the city, Detective Kate Prospero and her Magic Enforcement colleagues pitch in to help Babylon PD keep the peace. Between potions going haywire and emotions running high, every cop in the city is on edge. But the moon's impact is especially strong for Kate, who's wrestling with guilt over her use of illegal magic. When a rogue wizard steals dangerous potions from a local coven, Kate's team must find the thief's hideout before the vengeful coven catches him. But the investigation uncovers the rogue's dangerous plot to unleash chaotic magic on the city. Once the Blue Moon rises no-one's secrets will be safe. Not even Kate's.
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Dirty Magic, Vampsploitation (short story)
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five-stars

*I received a free copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Cursed Moon is the second book in the Prospero’s War series, available in both print and electronic formats. This was a great continuation of the first book Dirty Magic.

Even if you haven’t read Dirty Magic, you can jump into the story. Wells gives the reader all the information needed, but does so in a way that doesn’t slow the pace.

I liked most everything about this book. Here are some of the positives:

~ Sexual tension that characters are unwilling to act on makes things more interesting.

~Kate is a typical tortured-soul detective, but magic is her vice, not drugs. However, in this book, she comes around to looking at her addiction from a different perspective. I like her character growth.

~Twists and surprises keep it interesting.

~ Great worldbuilding and history of Babylon

~All the main plot points are wrapped up neatly at the end of the book.

On the other hand, I was bothered by a few things:

~This book includes one of my pet peeves. Kate has a name for her Jeep 🙁

~The first half of the book includes a lot of self-loathing, which made it harder for me to stay interested in what was going on with Kate.

~The other members of Kate’s team are under-developed. I still feel like I don’t know much about Morales, Mez, or Shadi.

~There is a scene toward the end of the book that seems contrived. There’s no real purpose for it beyond forcing Kate to reveal her secret. The bad guy had no motivation to want her to do so. Thus, it seems like it was stuck in the book just to keep the story moving forward.

Some other things I noted that didn’t bother me, but might bother some readers are:

~ Lots of cuss words

~ Content is disturbing sometimes. Example: female on male rape scene

Overall, I didn’t enjoy Cursed Moon as much as Dirty Magic, but I still thought it was a great book. I definitely recommend this series to people who like paranormal cop stories with a grittier feel. Prospero is a likable character, despite her self-loathing. She is dedicated to her brother, her team, and her city. There’s also a little sexual tension to keep readers interested if they are hoping for a romance. I’m not sure if it will ever happen, but I am hopeful myself. I’ll just have to see what happens in book 3.

Jen Schaper

I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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