USA Today best-selling author Jaye Wells pens paranormal thrillers brimming with nonstop action and wit. There's a blue moon rising in Babylon, putting Detective Kate Prospero and the rest of the city on edge. When she learns a rogue wizard stole deadly potions to build a dirty magic bomb, Kate must locate him and defuse the bomb - before the city surrenders to chaos.
©2014 Jaye Wells (P)2014 Recorded Books
"Kate Prospero is my new favorite heroine - imperfect, haunted, driven, and dangerous." (New York Times best seller Kevin Hearne)
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Overall Rating 4.00
Story Rating 4.25
Character Rating 3.75
Audio Rating 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished:Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells was a good mix of gritty mystery, brash detective work, and enough magic to keep you guessing.
Overall Thoughts:I was a bit hesitant to listen to this because a friend of mine had huge problems with it. Though something she said made me think I would like it (see negative reviews really aren't a bad thing). Yes this is gritty, crass, and very raw series. The language is a bit like reading/listening to an OZ episode (which I loved so this is a huge compliment). Mix that with a rape potion and it is a dark case. I LOVED IT! Seriously the case was downright awesome. I had some character issues in Cursed Moon (Kate was close to going into annoying UF lead for me) but the ending made me think that maybe those will be over with book 3. I think she came to terms with herself, so I hold out hope. Overall though I would say this is a great mix of Urban Fantasy and Gritty Thriller!
Narrated By Morgan Hallett / Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
I liked the audio in 1.5x speed but in 1x speed it drove me nuts. Morgan isn't a bad narrator (I had less of a problem in book 1) but something just sounded off in a few of the secondary character voices. I will continue this in audio as it may have been me not the narrator this go around.
Status Updates and Quotes
5%: "#Listening Chapter 3 she just cursed herself. Never think everything seems together :)"
40%: #Listening 4 hrs 30 min in: Interesting case. Had to laugh because if I was Kate I would have checked out his ass too :)
80%: #Listening Gritty, Crass, and I am really liking it. Kate is getting on my nerves but I have a feeling she is going to call herself out before the end of the book."
“But men who dress as goats and gallivant through sex riots playing flutes tend not to be the most logical people.”
“Debriefings were always framed as closure, but sometimes they felt like ritualized reopening of wounds. Having to stand in front of someone with the power to steal your badge and defend the choices you made in the line of fire felt like its own sort of hell. Not the watery hell of that lake with the monster and the madman, but a hell lorded over by the demons Would Have, Could Have, and Should have.”
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I liked this but I didn't. It's actually closer to a 3 1/2 ****Spoilers*****
The author wants to have it both ways. We're suppose to think that Porpero's cooking Magic is terrible but she did it to save her brother. Not much villainy there. Then there is her friends magic potion abuse. The woman had busted ribs and whiplash. Addiction is hard to lick but it's hard to condemn people who get caught up trying to heal. So, their bad because of magic use is their big bad secrets but it doesn't wash. And frankly I'm tired of the addiction preaching. I'm glad Propero's gotten over her aversion to cooking and realizes good can come of it. For that reason alone I might read the next one.
Oh, and I'm also tired of her knocking John. He's done nothing that makes him the enemy but she doesn't want to admit that she still has a thing for him so she never gives him a break but she goes to him when her cases get tough. I also think she needs to admit that maybe there is a chance he's changed as well. Her condemnation is getting old.
The story starts off fast, then slows down, with weaker points of interest. The villain just falls into their hands with no explanation.
This tale is an excellent commentary on addiction. Unfortunately it is also filthy with unnecessary sex and crude language.
If she cleans it up
Morgan Hallett is fine.
It's really a shame that this author feels the need to add so much that is unnecessary to the story. The concept could be very helpful to younger people but I would not recommend it to anyone.
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