Yes, it's fun.
The plot was somewhat predictable, particularly toward the end. Foreshadowing should have been a bit more subtle. But, I do like her brand of snark. It's uplifting.
Until they mentioned the character had a mix of Bostonian and Irish accents, I though she needed a speech tutor. Later, I could not figure out if they added the comment to match her narration or if she is a truly gifted vocal genius to merge the two. In any case I like her performances, even when the accent is confusing.
Different narrator, or just if Amanda (loved her in other Molly Harper books) had not attempted an "Irish" accent. Could only handle 7 minutes before giving up!
Something else in my library
Horrible Irish accent that swung between her regular voice to some type of Boston-esque over to a Brooklyn pronunciation for just certain words. Granted I listen to quite a few Irish books on Audible and work with a bunch of Irish people so my ears are well tuned and Amanda's attempt was like nails on a chalk-board. Could not pay attention to what she was saying, it was that distracting.
Can't say, would have read it and very well may.
If you are not that familiar with Irish speech, this may not bother you at all and I expect it may be as entertaining as Molly Harper's other books - loved the Naked Werewolf series and "And One Last Thing".
I read one of Molly Harper's books and loved it, but the narrator make all of these books even better. I've caught myself bursting out laughing often through these books. Molly Harper's audio books are my favorite house-cleaning side-kick. When I'm listening to one of these, my house is extraordinarily clean.
So I mainly read the Half Moon Hollow series because of Jane. They give me small doses of her. Sometimes it helps but mostly it just leaves me wanting more.
As for Amanda Ronconi I think she is one of my favorite narrators. She does a really good job with all of the voices. At the beginning of this book her voice for Nola really threw me off. Her accent didn't fit with an Irish accent at all. I finally realized it was not Irish but Boston. Which made way more sense. I will say that she did fall in and out of the accent a couple of times. She would skip an R in one word and a sentence or two later say the R. Having said that it still did not detract from the story.
I liked Nola she was funny and spunky. She fit well with the rest of the crazy snarky people we all love from Half Moon Hollow. The magic was a new addition to the series that worked well.
I love to read... love to listen while I walk my dog, Sally Jo.
Was interesting and kept my attention... knew what would happen at times but buy it, you won't be disappointed. Witches in this book are different in many ways, refreshing take on an old story.
A great addition to the Half Moon Hollow series. Connected to the previous Half Moon Hollow and Jane Jameson books, but can also be enjoyed on it's own, you just won't get some of the jokes! As usual, Amanda Ronconi does a wonderful job telling the story. At first, Nola's accent if kind of off-putting, but it's explained in the beginning of the book so it makes sense. Loved all the characters, we get to know another side of Dick Cheney the vampire. The Half Moon Hollow books are snarky & funny and what I call "paranormal lite". Hope we hear more about Jed and his "arse-hugging jeans" and usually shirtless condition in future books. Charming read! Interesting twist at the end. Can't wait for the next in the series.
This is a pretty formulaic romance story with magic. It makes an enjoyable listen if you are in the mood for harlequin style fluff.
The story is good but the accents are very distracting. The main female character is supposed to have a half Boston/half Irish lilt but it just doesn't work. The main male character is supposed to be from rural Tennessee but the accent is more Louisiana. I loved Amanda Ronconi's narration of the other books but this one - not so much. I suggest you listen to the sample to see if it bothers you as much as it bothered me.
A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses is another adorable paranormal romance that takes place in the same small town that the popular Jane Jameson series portrayed, Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky. This book has everything I've come to expect from a Molly Harper story with quirky characters, spicy romance, and plenty of comedy.
Nola Leary's family is made up of witches and they are in desperate need of four artifacts known as the Elements to avoid losing their magic forever. Unfortunately, the Elements are believed to have been taken to Half-Moon Hollow for safekeeping and no one in the family is sure where they are. This is where Nola comes in as she travels to Kentucky to find them, meets new people, and gets involved in some sticky situations.
I really liked Nola. She was quirky, intelligent, and very sarcastic which really came out in the audio book. Her mix of Irish and Boston sensibilities was interesting as well. The only thing that I wasn't a huge fan of was her relationship with Steven. I got where Molly Harper was going with that whole scenario, but it was a little awkward especially at the beginning.
Nola's neighbor in Kentucky is Jed Trudeau, a smoking hot construction worker with a few secrets of his own. I absolutely adored Jed's character! He was smart, kind, and loved to joke around with Nola. His devotion to Nola was evident from the beginning and it was just so cute to watch. There were a few moments where I got irritated with Jed because of the secrets he was keeping from Nola, but I think he more than made up for it by the end.
Jed and Nola were an adorable couple who met in a very bizarre situation. They really seemed to understand one another from that first meeting and just got along so well. I love it when authors show couple hanging out together and Harper definitely does that with these two. The secrets that each of them were hiding from the other did cause some issues and that was the only part I wasn't a huge fan of with them.
The plot of A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses focuses primarily on the hunt for the Elements. I love reading about treasure hunts so this story line grabbed me immediately. The search for clues and the act of trying to piece them together kept me interested throughout the entire book. This treasure hunt also brought Nola into direct contact with some of my favorite Half-Moon Hollow residents. I was especially excited to see the return of Jane, Gabriel, Dick, Andrea, and Zeb from the Jane Jameson series. They are just as warm and funny as they were the last time I read about them which is great to see.
In conclusion, I really liked this new installment in the Half-Moon Hollow series. Nola and Jed were great characters to add to the already colorful group in this world. And everything was brought to life by the always wonderful Amanda Ronconi who narrates Molly Harper's books to perfection. I definitely recommend this for fans of Harper's writing or anybody who is looking for a funny paranormal romance.
I love Amanda Ronconi, but the accent of the main character seemed off for some reason.
This is a typical Molly Harper book, enjoyable and funny. I love how she brings in characters from her much loved Jane Jameson series.