Cursed Moon (Prospero's War Series #2)

Cursed Moon (Prospero's War Series #2)

by Jaye Wells
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Cursed Moon 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good series
Melhay More than 1 year ago
*I read this book for my own enjoyment. Halloween's in two weeks. The full blue moon is the double full moon this month and has people acting all sorts of crazy. The police have their hands full so MEA, Kate's team, is helping to subdue events. Then things take a turn for a scary future. Aphrodite Johnson has one of her Houses of Worship robbed, $50,000 of powerful sex magic potions stolen. The hint of the Raven, new thief in town, they are looking for comes from Kate's Uncle Abe. The big show from this new threat is planned to happen on Halloween when the blue moon is at it's fullest. No more introduction. We know Kate and her close friends, or those that she doesn't consider friends, well and get right into work. Yes! This is what I want. Jaye does remind us of events in the previous book as the story goes because those events affect current places of the characters mentally and physically, but we are fully focused here in this book. I feel for Kate in this book. She's working hard to keep her family and dear friends safe along with keeping her big secret from them all. The guilt over the secret has her feeling worse and worse with everything that happens, and seeing John Volos getting all the admiration and love from her littler brother... which is part of her secret. It's eating Kate from the inside out. It seems like no matter how hard she tries, everything just keeps piling on. This is what I wanted! Kate's anxiety and internal stress is growing and I can feel it. It's terrible to watch life as people react to what you did, but they don't know it was you. The good and the bad that resonate from it, the love and hate that's felt. Kate and her friends. Her relationship with her brother Danny is cracking. Danny's upset with her not being around like she use to be, but there's more to it too. Pen knows something is up with Kate, she's been drinking more and gets a feel for something else. John Volos... oh he's a slippery slope for Kate. She hates him, yet there's something else. I guess that first love never really leaves, but you know it's not a good relationship. John's not as prominent in this book but he's here, a shadow in Kate's life and mind. Is he holding the secret over Kate's head? Will he act against her uncle? Or will John get in more trouble? Only time will tell. Then there's Morales. I really enjoy him and Kate together. They have an easy banter and sixth sense as partners when it comes to work. They trust each other and know how to work together. Kate feels the temptation to read potion signatures and cook. This is the withdrawal from cooking in the first book. Just that one time has a pull on her. And she likes it. Kate fights herself and pulls through, but she'll realize that magic is a part of her. She has to figure out how to handle that. For me, I loved this part of the book. Kate faces her demons in magic and who she is. This makes Kate stronger to me. Another demon Kate faces is her uncle. I love seeing her go toe to toe with the man verbally. I just hope she can stay ahead of him because there is a lot of work to do in order to not fall under his thumb. We learn more about Adepts. We know they aren't suppose to be affected by potions. But in this book we see it happen. The double blue moon causes the immunity usually seen to not be as strong, and Adepts are struck with the same results as humans. Yes! This is what I want. Police in a world that uses potions (magic-ly made). I am once again taken!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the next one. This book was fast paced and fun to read.
MaggieJones More than 1 year ago
I loved book one in this series, Dirty Magic. I gave it 4.5 stars, actually. So, you ask, what happened that we are all the way down to 2 measly stars for Cursed Moon? A loss of 2.5 stars? What happened? I’ll tell you what happened, in Cursed Moon our Heroine Kate Prospero is pigeon holed into a guilty conscience, alcoholic wreck. Yeah for Kate! I almost DNF’d three times due to irritation and boredom. As a fellow reader, I am sure that you share my annoyance with people for feeling like everything is their fault even when they had nothing to do with it. Such a self-centered attitude is annoying and it is pretty much all you get from Kate in Cursed Moon. She has a tough job, I get it. Being a detective on a special magical task force is tough work. But when you are raising your teen brother as a single mom, if you are not there because you have to work then don’t feel all angry when you realize he is closer to the people he actually spends time with. When you are carrying a big secret that you can;t share with anyone but your enemy, don;t srink to hide from your demons. Don’t push away the people who care about you. These are the themes of this novel. Page after page, chapter after chapter of this self-recrimination. Whenever something bad happens to ANYBODY, Kate makes it HER fault. AAAAAAAAH! The romance brewing between her and her partner is weak at best. I think we need a new male on the scene! I would quit the series, but this Cursed Moon ends on a high note. Kate recognizes her problems. You get one page of good. I will start the third in this series, because I loved the first and the world building is really good. It better be at least a little more plot and a little less emotional wreck. I will give it 3 chapters.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Kate Prospero returns in book two of The Prospero's War series. Kate is a detective for the Babylon PD, but is working for the Magical Enforcement section to take down people abusing magic. Everyone is on edge in this book due to the Blue Moon coming up, it messes with the magical balance and there is a ton of crime. We've all heard about people acting crazier during a full moon, well this kicks it up a notch. The main case that Kate has to figure out throughout Cursed Moon is a crazy dude stealing dangerous potions from different people/Covens. With the crimes occurring almost daily, Kate has to figure out who this guy is and why he is stealing potions. This is all happening while trying to race against the clock to find him before the Blue Moon, because Kate knows something big is going down. JWells weaves exciting stories that keep you flipping the pages until you've devoured the entire book. The characters are engaging whether main or secondary and each pulls their weight in the story. While the book does mainly focus on finding the bad guy, there are bits sprinkled in that reveals layers of Kate's character. She's taking care of a teenager all by herself. She has a bit of help from a neighbor and a friend while she's working, but the bulk of the responsibility is on her. She's not perfect, and I think that is why I enjoy Kate's character so much. She tries her hardest, but she's human, she makes mistakes just like everyone else. I'm a fan of a bit of romance tossed in my Urban Fantasy, sadly there isn't any really to speak of in Cursed Moon. It's getting there, and you can tell that there's not quite a love triangle, but there is a strong possibility of one in the near future. Until then I'm content with the tension building, because you know it will be oh so sweet when it finally happens. I highly recommend The Prospero's War series if you are a fan of Urban Fantasy. This is my favorite read so far this year, and I cannot wait on book 3, Deadly Spells, to be released next year.
MikeUnderwood More than 1 year ago
In CURSED MOON, Wells takes an already-strong world and puts its characters front-and-center, showing the strain of MEA work on Kate Prospero, the compellingly complex lead. This series is a must-read for me.
marshah More than 1 year ago
People once believed the moon was made of silver.  They would jingle the change in their pockets and ask the moon to bring them wealth.  While I can’t say I believe in that, I do believe that bestselling urban fantasy author Jaye Wells can take the moon and deliver a wealth of a tale to her readers!“ Cursed Moon” is the second in the Prospero’s Wars series.  In “Dirty Magic” we were introduced to Detective Kate Prospero.  Tough, gritty, foul-mouthed, Kate is busy trying to raise her younger teenage brother and handle life on the street.  She’s no ordinary cop though.  With a background and family history of “dirty magic,” which she gave up ten years earlier, she is soon pulled into The Magical Enforcement Agency and also into the grips and addiction of dirty magic once again.  And here is where the fun begins and continues in book two. Ms. Wells has created a fantastical world that feels more real than not with a cast of unusual characters, a sexy partner and diabolical villains.  And that is what I consider the mark of a true artist – an author that enables the reader to suspend belief and enjoy one helluva roller coaster of a ride.  In “Cursed Moon” Kate must again battle her flaws, her failings, her errors in judgment, but it’s her courage, stubbornness and resilience that carry the day, or in this case, the night.   For those entering this world for the first time, be prepared for Rated R language and explicit scenes. For readers and lovers of urban fantasy, we’re left breathless and anxious for the next installment.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog In the second book of the Prospero’s War series, Kate Prospero has a new case that she is working on. It involved missing sex potions that were stolen from an interesting character. To find the person responsible for this, Kate and her partner, Morales need to work together to find them before the Blue Moon. However, their leads are quickly indicating that this is of a larger matter, concerning bad guys who may be out of Kate’s league. Meanwhile, Kate is harbouring her guilt concerning the events of the last book. To save her brother she did something that made her hate herself. So when her best friend is severely injured in a car wreckage, the concept of pain relief through various potions and cooking seems decadent to her, but it cases Kate to remember her guilt in a way that makes her snappy. The Kate in this book seeed completely at odds with the heroine in the first book. I missed the smartass comebacks and the back and forth banter with her partner. The Kate in CURSED MOON is more weighed down and as a result, I didn’t enjoy her as much the second time around. Her actions grew tiring and I didn’t enjoy the fighting between her and her family and friends. I found that it slowed the pacing of the book greatly where I almost became disinterested in the story. Had the book ended there, I would have given it 3 to 3.5 stars. I wish there had been a better way to show the emotions of guilt and torment in Kate in a way that didn’t suppress everything that made Kate, Kate. She seemed like a different person, one that was harder to understand. Moreover, the emphasis that Wells placed on the love triangle in book one seems virtually nonexistent in book two. Volos has his appearances yet they don’t hit as hard as they have in the past and they certainly don’t leave the impression I was looking for. Morales is slightly better in that he had a consistent presence throughout the book, but he acts more as a supporting friend than any love interest for Kate, leaving me feeling puzzled than ever before. I felt that everything I was looking forward to reading from the first book was missing from the first half of this sequel. However, at the 60% mark, Wells picks up the pace, giving Kate and Morales some major leads in their case. This was what I was waiting for from page one from Wells. As the leads line up, more of that action I expected occurs, creating a far more adventurous storyline that quickly engages the reader. From there, it’s an easy race to the end. So even with a faulty start, I ended up enjoying CURSED MOON in the end. While not my favourite in the series, Jaye Wells creates a mounting rollercoaster ride that staggers until the point of crisis and then descends in a lighting-speed drop towards the end. *ARC provided by publisher
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