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.
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.
I LOVED how uniquely fresh this addition to Molly Harper's world of vampires, witches, shape-shifters. It had a compelling plot that carried the book forward at a delightful pace.
Molly wrote a difficult character to narrate....an Irish lass who lived in Boston for much of her youth. Her accent is an odd mix of the two locales....and once this combination was explained, Amanda Ronconi's performance made ever so much more sense. As usual, Ronconi does a beautiful job with male characters, female characters, keeping them true to their previous appearances in other books, and remaining consistent with the challenging Boston/Ireland combination!
This story was so very well done that I give it an easy five stars, and highly recommend it! While the connections to past stories are fun and continue on with favorite characters, it's truly not necessary to have read/listened to the rest of Molly Harper's vampire books. This could be a stand-alone treat! Highly recommended to fans of romantic comedy and the paranormal.
Best: Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi are both very talented and bring great humor to all their stories together.
Least: The narration was really hard to bear. I love Amanda Ronconi, but the accents here were not my favorite. I know that the main character is supposed to have a weird accent anyway, but it was even more awkward trying to figure it all out with Amanda's own accent thrown in the mix.
This story also felt a bit predictable to me, compared to others.
I bought this book because I've so enjoyed Molly Harper books before. Amanda Ronconi did an outstanding job with the werewolves in Alaska that I thought this would be great as well.
I couldn't finish the audio book because Amanda decided that the lead voice needed some random accent - it was awful!!! I can't stress the awfulness of this performance. Please redo it with your normal voice.
2 stars, largely based on the painfully bad narration of the first half
I normally LOVE the Molly Harper-Amanda Ronconi team. This time the narration was painfully bad--so bad that it distracted me from following the story and came close to ruining the book for me. What the hell was she thinking to go with such a broad "pahk the cah in Hahvahd yahd" Boston accent for an Irish woman? I understand that for part of the time she was presenting herself as having come from Boston, but in that case only her dialog should have featured that accent, not her first person narration.
The only way I managed to get through the book at all was because she pretty much drops that accent for the second half of the book. This allowed me to focus on the plot, which seemed particularly slapdash and full of holes. Admittedly, I don't read Molly Harper for her tightly plotted prose, but this was especially weak. There also seemed to be less wit than usual, but that may have been obscured by the horrible narration.
I'm certainly not giving up on Molly Harper audiobooks, but I will no longer view them as a guaranteed good time. Better to relisten to one of her Jane Jameson titles (which Amanda Ronconi narrates brilliantly) than to bother with this on audio.
Absolute book lover. Would rather spend a day reading than go shopping. Except when shopping for books of course. Loving audio books.
This was the last Molly Harper books I purchased (I own them all) I found this story was refreshing. I love how the author uses the same characters over and over to make a new story. fabulous work The book had me wondering until the end who was working against our heroine . I can usually figure out the ending but, this one had me stumped. I loved the ending. Hope to read more Half Moon Hollow books soon.
This is so hard because there are so many great ones. I have to say my favorite was the main character and her quest to find the magical objects she is searching for.
The all were, she is a talented person and find her characters believable and each on it's own person.
The ending and it would be a spoiler to comment further
Keep up the fantastic writing. Waiting for more adventures.