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Sunday, September 14, 2014

99) Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells

The Blurb :

When a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance in the city, Detective Kate Prospero and her Magical Enforcement colleagues pitch in to help Babylon PD keep the peace. Between potions going haywire and everyone's 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 falling off the magic wagon.

After a rogue wizard steals dangerous potions from the local covens, Kate worries their suspect is building a dirty magic bomb. Her team must find the anarchist rogue before the covens catch him, and make sure they defuse the bomb before the Blue Moon deadline. Failure is never an option, but success will require Kate to come clean about her secrets.

My Thoughts :

I wanted to read this book in one big yummy bite but work, a cold and other commitments kept hindering me from really sitting down and getting this book finished.  So in reality it took me three weeks to read Cursed Moon.  Which is a huge shame because it is definitely going to be in the top ten of the best books I read this year.

I already enjoyed the first book in this new series by Jaye Wells. Dirty Magic was new, original and had a certain wow factor just like the Sabine Kane series that got the author into the Paranormal Urban Fantasy scene.  Now this sequel has me convinced that Prospero's War is the better of the two.  Quite a shock statement if you go back and read my reviews of the Sabine Kane novels!  I didn't think that it was possible to out do the Sabine Kane saga but it was and Jaye Wells has done it with bells on.

There is something about this series that has me excited and giddy about the future of this author.  While the Sabine Kane series was brilliant and unforgettable there is something about Kate and this dirty magic concept that has me loving it more than Gighul and red-headed vampires.  It is more mature, raw and emotional with lots of elements you, as a reader, can relate to.  Addiction, family problems, friends depending on you, a job that sucks your life away, demons that come back to haunt you and finally a love that you want and another you can't get rid of.

While this series is filled with magic and takes place in a fictional place and time, it is easy to relate to the problems Kate is faced with.  Her strength and courage is infectious and you can't help but like her even if she is making mistakes.  The author has surprisingly given the main character a brother who she has to care for and while it makes more problems for Kate it is refreshing to have a leading lady having someone who is dependent on her and the reason she keeps doing what she does.

This time around the plot gets very edgy and wild but the Blue Moon will do that to you.  If you don't like watching the gritty stuff with blood, guts and sex then you can stay away from this one.  If you don't mind things getting a little heavy while keeping things realistic then you won't mind the few scenes that make the story really stand out.  The police procedure mixed with magic is a good combination and this is one of those series that you can really imagine being a great TV hit.

I eagerly await book three in the series and hope that there are more Prospero stories to come.  There seems to be a good amount of story left in this one and I am going to be pre-ordering anything that comes along.  Make sure you give this amazing story a try and pass it on to your friends.  The Paranormal Urban Fantasy genre has been throwing me some boring, unoriginal and bland books lately but Cursed Moon is the complete opposite and has me left me hopeful for the future.

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