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Cursed Moon: Prospero's War: Book Two par [Wells, Jaye]
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"A fresh, magical world full of potion junkies and alchemists that promises to break new ground in paranormal thrillers."―Laurell K. Hamilton

"Wells does an exceptional job depicting the hard choices and struggles caused by addiction, while also delivering a gritty and exciting procedural thriller. When it comes to crafting outstanding dark urban fantasy, Wells is fast becoming a master!"―RT Book Reviews on Cursed Moon (Top Pick!)

"Jaye Wells raises the urban fantasy bar with Dirty Magic, a hard-boiled series debut as unique and surprising as the creatures and characters peopling it. Kate Prospero is charged with policing the Cauldron, a magical world so fully realized, and so gritty, it gets under your nails. Wells is known for deftly weaving non-stop action with no-holds barred humor, but the unique and deeply drawn relationships are the real alchemy here. Dirty Magic showcases seasoned pro, Wells, at the top of her game, and establishes newcomer Kate Prospero as the urban fantasy heroine to beat."―New York Times bestselling author Vicki Pettersson on Dirty Magic.

"Kate Prospero is my new favorite heroine -- imperfect, haunted, driven, and dangerous."―New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne on Dirty Magic

"Hold on tight -- a gritty new heroine has joined the pantheon of shoot-first, ask-questions-later protagonists."―RT Book Reviews on Red-Headed Stepchild

"A fast-paced fun book"―New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris on Red-Headed Stepchild

"Last year, I wrote that Jaye Wells had the potential to be the next coming of Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison. This year, I'll amend that slightly: Jaye Wells is the next coming of LKH and Kim Harrison."― on Green-Eyed Demon

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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.

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HASH(0x955be4a4) étoiles sur 5 If you have issues with graphic sexual assault, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. 12 août 2014
Par Jessica@RabidReads - Publié sur
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Honestly there was really no way this installment could have gone well for me. The whole situation was one that pushes my peeve buttons . . . I’m not crazy about premises that are based on the loss of control in general—if some girl gets slipped a date rape drug and wakes up with no memory of the last 8 or 10 hours, it’s not going to be a hit with me.

Even less of a winner when the Bad Guy is determined to unleash a sexual aggression (RAPE) potion bomb in Chicago on the night of the blue moon, b/c lots-o-magic means bigger detonation area, and hey, just for fun, let’s have a few test runs beforehand to keep the cops on their toes. Test runs like drugging a few sorority houses so the girls run around Sorority Row ganging up on any male who is unlucky enough to be around, and ass-raping them.

This isn’t a spoiler, but the text is so graphic, that I’m not comfortable posting it without giving you fair warning. My main issue with this book wasn’t the lowbrow humor, it was this:

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That’s just totally uncalled for. There are about a BILLION ways to communicate that scenario without being so completely horrific. Not that I’d be okay with it happening under any circumstances, but I could get past it if it wasn’t shoved in my face in such an unignorable way. Maybe that’s the point. I don’t know. Don’t really care either—I don’t like it.

BUT . . . as awful as that was . . . it was only a small portion of the book. And so in true Jessica fashion, I was able to push through, refusing to dwell on it, so that 50 pages later, I barely recalled it at all, beyond a vague sense of discomfort. It wasn’t until I started going through my highlights that I really thought about it, and yes, that was the worst of it, but I’m not going to lie . . . the overall feel of this story is one where things like that are possible. There’s a kind of postmodern, in your face, life-sucks-and-then-you-die-so-deal-with-the-wretched-reality-of-your-existence cloud that hovers over this whole book.

Some people really like that. And if the context in this situation hadn’t been sexual violation, I could have handled it. Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts is never going to be one of my Top 5 UF Series, but I like it. I’ve heard Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black series is supremely dark and gritty too, so there’s definitely a market for this kind of book . . . I’m just not the target demographic.

But there were other problems as well.

It really annoyed me that Kate viewed herself as an addict and refused to use magic (despite her super, special snowflakeness in that area), but had no issue whatsoever with drinking her troubles away. FREQUENTLY. It struck me as very inconsistent with the kind of personality/determination that goes hand-in-hand with having the strength and willpower to not use magic for nearly 10 years.

Her obstinate refusal to use magic annoyed me even more. Actually, obstinate doesn’t begin to cover it. Is there a word that means obstinate despite irrefutable evidence that you are WRONG? I looked and couldn’t find one. Someone needs to get on that, and whatever word they come up with—that’s what Kate is. She FINALLY has her Aha! moment near the end of the book, but by that point I was so over her nonsense that it barely registered.

And Pen. What was up with her? Kate’s awesomely awesome, understanding and wise bff suddenly morphs into super bitch for 90% of the book, and then just as inexplicably reverts back to her usual self?

So yeah . . . this book was flawed. But despite evidence to the contrary, I didn’t hate it. As I mentioned earlier, Wells is incredibly insightful in some of her observations, and when I wasn’t put off by the teenage boy non-humor, there was lots-o-funny times as well. I have higher hopes for the next book, b/c Kate finally seems to have stopped fighting the useless battle to not use her gift, and given that my graphic sexual violence issues were a result of this book’s plotline, I’m hopeful that it isn’t going to be a recurring theme. HOWEVER . . . if it is, then I am OUT.

I’d recommend this book to people who like darker and grittier UF series and who aren’t sensitive to sexual assault.
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HASH(0x955be4f8) étoiles sur 5 Great Characters and Intriguing Plots 25 janvier 2015
Par K. M. Martin - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This second novel in the Prospero's War series is filled with both external and internal action. Kate is dealing with the guilt she feels after cooking dirty magic and keeping it a secret in the first book of the series. She feels guilty and extremely disappointed with herself. Her relationship with her brother is troubled both because of her lies and because he's a teenager. She is burying herself in her new job with the task force which means that she is neglecting her relationships with her brother and her friends.

It doesn't look like the job pressures are going to end any time soon either. A new Raven has come to town. He is stealing dangerous potions from the powerful covens and is planning something spectacular for Halloween which happens to occur on a Blue Moon this year. Kate and the task force have to find and stop him. It would also be good if he finds them before the leaders of the covens do because they won't even leave a body to discover.

To make matters worse, Kate's uncle who is in prison but who hasn't lost control of his crime empire wants to talk to her. He is still pulling strings. Kate ran from him years ago after the death of her mother and wants nothing to do with her Uncle Abe. But Abe isn't letting her go so easily. Finally, in this book, she comes to terms with this toxic relationship.

She has a couple of other relationship issues going on. Kate has a long history with John Volos who is the head of one of the dirty magic covens. In fact, it is the coven that used to be run by her uncle. John had his criminal past wiped clean in return for providing evidence against Uncle Abe. Now John looks like an upstanding citizen and is even running for mayor. But Kate knows that he hasn't given up dirty magic.

Her relationship with her new partner on the task force - Drew Morales - is also heating up. Both are in denial about whether or not they want to begin anything personal and so there is a lot of sparring and teasing going on. Other members on the task force have been taking bets about when the two will have sex.

This was a complicated and very entertaining urban fantasy. The relationships among the characters were well-developed. I enjoyed it very much and can't wait for the third book in the series to be released in February. I have already ordered my Kindle copy.
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HASH(0x955be7d4) étoiles sur 5 Jaye Wells delivers again! 15 septembre 2014
Par Amy - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Originally posted at Vampire Book Club

Kate Prospero should be in a good place emotionally. After helping to take the drug Grey Wolf off the streets and saving her little brother in the process, she’s now made detective and is officially part of the MEA team. Things are looking up, well, except for the fact that Kate is still struggling with the reality that she cooked again. That she’s been keeping this a secret from everyone weighs on her conscience. Her already precarious situation isn’t helped by the fact that the Blue Moon is coming, an event that upsets the magical balance in the world and causes Kate to work twice as hard to keep people in line. To top everything off, a problem with one of the covens forces Kate to have face-to-face time with Uncle Abe. All she has to do is survive the Blue Moon with her secrets intact. Easy.

Dirty Magic has probably been one of my favorite new series releases this year so far. So, no pressure or expectations for Cursed Moon to live up to right? Well, fortunately Jaye Wells delivers yet again, although not necessarily in the way I was expecting. While Kate’s detective work involving the coven’s potion thief and how that all ties together with the impending Blue Moon is the driving force of the book, it was Kate’s own personal journey that kept me turning the pages.

Kate is balancing on a precipice of indecision. The secrets inside her are welling up, but she fears what will happen once she tells the truth of her actions. What was truly great about Cursed Moon was the fact that Kate made such strides towards aligning who she is as an Adept (essentially her past) and who she wants to be as a Detective (her present/future). I’m a little surprised that Wells decided to address this issue in only the second book of the series, as opposed to extending Kate’s journey, or self-discovery, over the course of the series, but I’m happy she did. I will enjoy reading about the after-effects of Kate’s decisions in future books.

All the players from Dirty Magic are back again. John Volos, along with whatever scheme he’s working up, as well as the blackmail he holds over Kate, is still a concern, but he’s relegated to hovering in the background biding his time. The tension between Kate and her partner Drew Morales gets upped a notch causing co-workers to plead with them to “get it over with already.” I think this will be something Wells teases us with for a little while longer though, sigh.

For me, the standout was Uncle Abe. When he gets himself situated in Kate’s investigation, she’s forced to go visit him in the penitentiary. He’s one of those characters where his power just jumps off the page. You know from one bit of conversation that he’s not someone to cross. When Kate does, you wonder when/how he will get his revenge upon her. His knowledge of Kate’s past, especially information she doesn’t have or doesn’t know the truth of, will be something he holds over her in the future. I think he makes an excellent foe.

Cursed Moon is a great second book in what looks to be another great series from Jaye Wells. Highly recommended.
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HASH(0x955be6cc) étoiles sur 5 LilyElement Book Reviews - Cursed Moon 11 septembre 2014
Par LilyElement - Publié sur
Format: Broché
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.
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HASH(0x955becfc) étoiles sur 5 dark and gritty urban fantasy 22 septembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This was a very dark and gritty urban fantasy story. With the main characters trying to stop a rape bomb, this story features quite a few elements that a lot of readers will not enjoy. If you can get past the unpleasant elements, the character develop does advance the series arch enough to make the story worthwhile.

Kate spends a lot of the book dealing (or not dealing) with the events that happened in the first book. Her continual internal debate is both nice to see and annoying. It’s nice in that she’s not the typical overly confident and competent UF heroine. She has doubts and issues and has to work through them like everyone. But at the same time, it’s annoying because it seems like a waste of page space. Just get over yourself already!

My main issue with the first book was understanding how the magic in this world worked, but I didn’t have that issue this time. Everything seemed straight forward, and I liked that I didn’t need to spend a lot of time rethinking everything, I could just get on with the story.

Overall, while I didn’t love the focus of this book, I still enjoyed the characters and the world. I hope the next book is less offensive and crass feeling as I really do want to love this series.
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