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A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2 | [Molly Harper]

A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....
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Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it.

Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn’t need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially since Jed’s got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard. Can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?

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    Caren 09-23-13
    Caren 09-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not my favorite"
    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I believe if you can pull off an accent than don't try it. Other than that I still love the spunk Amanda brings to the characters.


    Do you think A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I like the idea of this story but in the end I lost interest and didn't even finish it. As for a follow up book I don't think Id buy it.


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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 09-23-13 Member Since 2015

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    "My Favorite so far in the spin off series"

    Listened for Fun/Read for Review(Audible/Edelweiss)
    Overall Rating: 4.75
    Story Rating: 4.50
    Character Rating: 5.00

    Audio Rating: 4.50

    First Thought When Finished: My favorite so far in the spin off series.

    Story Thoughts: OMG this freaking cracked me up. Nola (the leading lady) had a quest that just made me grin. As a person who had two very strong-willed grandmothers, I could just imagine one of them handing me something like that while making me promise to follow through. Poor Nola found out that it was going to be quite the task and not easy at all. She tackled it like a trooper and gave me some great big laughs along the way. I am a big fan of when Jane and her crazy mama make appearances in the spin off series so that was just icing on the cake.

    Character Thoughts: Nola was a great addition to the Half Moon Hollow bunch. She is smart, witty, a little witchy, and can hold her own in the smart ass department. Really I think the strong female characters of the Hollows are just fantastic and since most of them made an appearance in this book, I was thrilled! Then there was hot-stuff Jed! Jed made me swoon and even with a crazy family, I would have snatched him up in a heartbeat. Swoon-worthy leading men are always a good reason to read a book but when they are hot-blooded shifters–it is a MUST!

    Audio Thoughts

    Narrated By Amanda Ronconi / Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins

    Amanda hit it out of the park again. I admit that at first I thought she was dropping accents but then I was reminded that Nola was trying to hide her Irish behind a Boston accent. I don’t know how many narrators could pull that off but Amanda did! Seriously this is just a fun series to listen to on audio.

    Final Thoughts: Fun Series and a MUST READ for me!

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-20-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "The four elements at work."

    This book is a great addition to her Half Moon Hollow series. In fact I enjoy the spin off better than I did the Nice Girls series. There are quite a few laugh out loud moments, this is a very light hearted and fun book. There was lots of characters that made a comeback in this story from previous books. This should not be the first book to read since a lot of references are made from Nice Girls and the other Half Moon Hollow books. I love Amanda Ronconi but it took a while to get used to her British/Irish accent, especially since she would drop it often.

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    sally 09-17-13
    sally 09-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Could Barely Finish It"

    Predictable, childish and what is with the narrators accent? I usually love books of this genre as pure escapism but this book left me cold.

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    TheKnitter Ontario, Canada 09-02-13
    TheKnitter Ontario, Canada 09-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "My hat to the narrator"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It's the same light and humorous storytelling that I've come to depend on Molly Harper for. I'm really looking forward to a sequel.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    At the beginning of the audio book, I kept wondering what accent the narrator was going for, thinking it was a terrible attempt at anything recognizable(Was it supposed to be English or American?). But finding out that the main character had lived between Boston and Ireland, I went from being annoyed with the narrator to being amazed at her ability to capture the main components of either accent and to maintain them *almost* consistently throughout the book. Almost.


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    Jennifer United States 08-30-13
    Jennifer United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "WHY DID SHE TRY FOR AN ACCENT"
    What disappointed you about A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses?

    I love Amanda Ronconi....WHY did they make her read this with an accent. Unbearable.


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    Lee MCKINNEY, TX, United States 08-22-13
    Lee MCKINNEY, TX, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I liked this series"
    What made the experience of listening to A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses the most enjoyable?

    Character development


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses?

    The comedy was laugh out loud funny


    What three words best describe Amanda Ronconi’s performance?

    Great, animated, consistent


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Molly harpers new approach to the paranormal world

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    Sara Topeka, Kansas, United States 08-22-13
    Sara Topeka, Kansas, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome book from one of my favorite authors"
    What did you love best about A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses?

    I laughed so hard during this book that I think I scared my office mates. I got some really interesting looks while listening to this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses?

    I loved the enteraction of the new characters with the series veterans, it even picked up on the novellas characters too...it felt like adding a couple more members to a large dysfunctional family.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    **Spoiler** I loved the scene where Nola figured out what was truly going on with Beau...not a curse just funky genetics


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I started this book in the afternoon, and I had serious issues with turning it off so I could sleep. But it kept me alert for my commute.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved how the narrator used a different tone of voice for each character, I have gotten several where I cannot listen to the book because its like listening to stereo instructions read aloud. That is definitely not a problem with this book or narrator.

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    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 08-18-13
    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)

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    "Average and predictable"

    I felt this book was the same plot line as Care and feeding stray vampires. Just exchange names and creature of origins and you got the same story twice. I had the story completely figured very early on and I was not surprise one bit. I even rolled my eyes when Nola was (trying) to confront her evil mother by calling her "mean and selfish"... Really? My elementary school kids can do better then that. I think my favorite parts in the two books was the reference to pepperoni and pineapple pizza...which I love and is my favorite and everyone thinks I'm weird because of it....and the bit about men having World of Warcraft addictions (AKA my husband).
    What I look for in my paranormal romance books is the mystery of the occurring paranormal event and the strong intense/ emotional attraction of the main characters. I felt like this author turned a paranormal town into an average mundane event, there was nothing special or exciting about having vampires, witches and shifters around. You might as well be sitting at the bar at Cheers waiting for Norm to walk through the bar ( just as predicted) so everyone can yell "Hey, Norm". Predictable is not exciting for me.

    I would say pass on the credit cause it really was nothing special.

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    Page Whittier, CA, United States 08-17-13
    Page Whittier, CA, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Great Story from Half Moon Hallow"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to see Molly explore a different type of supernatural. One my favorites actually; I love witches and in this dystopian era of storytelling, you don't really see too much of them.

    I really liked Nola. She's definitely one of my favorite Harper heroines. This was definitely one of the best books Harper has written. The mystery was laid out in a great way. Lots of little twists and turns. I really enjoyed that. Most of all, I really like that Harper never left Half Moon Hallow. It's definitely a place I would enjoy living, if only I could. I do like how new characters come along and tell new stories, and you get to experience the whole gang all over again. It's really cool to see everyone - Jane, Andrea and Dick Cheney - from somebody else's eyes.

    It was enjoyable all around. Two thumbs way up. Fine holiday fun!

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