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Cursed Moon

(Prospero's War #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,427 ratings  ·  215 reviews
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 magi ...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Orbit
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Bloody Hell it Was even Better the Second Time Around Up Up Up the Rating Goes MacHalo-istic Buddy Reread (BHiWeBtSTaUUUtRGMHBR™) ☢

Previous rating: 4 stars
New rating: 5 stars. The shrimps are ecstatic right now. And so am I.

And the moral of this reread is:
This ain't no Fluffy Bunny Enabled UF (FBEUF™), my Little Barnacles! This world is wonderfully dirrrrty, this world is deliciously gritty, this world is succulently raw, this world is exquisitely dark, this world is full of delightful peo
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I mentioned in my review of Dirty Magic that I wasn't a huge fan of Wells' SABINA KANE series b/c CRASS, but that THE PROSPERO'S WAR was off to a much more promising start . . .

I may have spoken too soon.

It's been too long since I've read SABINA, so I can't remember if I found myself in the same situation that I am now: torn. On the one hand, there is some amazingly insightful writing here, but on the other hand . . .

Call me a priss if you want, but I have no desire to r
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kate Prospero, MEA Detective (that's Magic Enforcement Agency), has a problem: Someone is planning on laying down some serious magic on Halloween night that will drive her city into a rapey rage.

Why is it always Halloween? There is a guy in a leprechaun suit involved, why not Saint Patrick's day (which is today, BTW... I hope you are all barfing up green beer about now.) Or, since they are releasing a very very potent love potion, why not Saint Valentine's Day? I'm just saying, the Halloween thi
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
*** 4 ***

Another UF read with my girls Sarah, Maria, and V:) Better late then never:)

This was good! What I like about this series and this writer all together is something most people dislike - she is rude, crude and is not gentle with any of her characters. In this book there were moments bordering on crass and some vivid, not very attractive memories of Kate's mom when she was a prostitute and Kate caught her in situations no child should see their mother. It was even more jarring because it w
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Magic is alive in the world, but since it’s people using it magic can become dark. Instead of drugs for ailments magic works. Unfortunately some people become addicted to prescription magic, especially the dark stuff. Our heroine works for a magic task force. In this one she and her team are trying to save the city from a Bacchanalian bad guy who wants everyone to self destruct through sex.
Good story. Dark and hardly any humor.
Maria Dimitrova
I completely forgot to write this review. Idiot me!

Where do I start? From the rating it's obvious I loved the book. It had all the elements I adore. Particularly the great banter between Morales and Kate. I don't think I would have liked the guy half as much if it wasn't for the witty comebacks! The plot was super interesting. And it make me feel grateful that I don't live in that world. There are enough crazy fanatics in the real world with deadly weapons if they could potentially get magical
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Not a bad series so far, though the protagonist really tries my patience sometimes. Stupid, self-righteous, and selfish hypocritical bully...
“Did you know a woman’s pussy contains magical properties, Special Agent?”

Morales, God love him, did not even blink. “I’m well acquainted with the magical powers of pussy, ma’am.”

Initial Thoughts I fell in love with this series when I read Dirty Magic and I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed Cursed Moon book 2 of Jaye Wells' The Prospero's War series. In this installment, Kate and her MEA (Magic Enforcement Agency)team are working against the upcoming Blue Moon (which coincides nicely with Halloween), when all hell is to break loose in the city of Babylon, Ohio. Kate also has a few issues of her own to work through as well. This is a dark and gritty book, with an amazing ...more
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

Featuring protagonist Kate Prospero, Cursed Moon is the second installment in The Prospero's War series by Jaye Wells. Kate is a former coven member who walked away from magic 10 years ago after her mother died. She's come a long way since. 5 years as one of the only Adept (magic) cops; was deeply involved in events of Dirty Magic in stopping Ramses Bane; received a promotion to the rank of detective in the Babylon PD. She's now part of the task forc
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
4 1\2

I'm seriously thinking of going paper with this series and buying it on paperback too.

And yes I loved it almost more than the first, and yes, it represents everything I like in the genre. Mystery, procedural, political dealings, a very shady world. Gritty and not for the faint of heart.

After the damning hints given here I so want the third book...
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A madman is planning something big for the people of the Cauldron, and it’s up to Kate Prospero and the agents of the MEA to stop him in this thrilling second book in the Prospero’s War series.

Opening Sentence: If you want to know your future, the last person to ask is a fortune-teller.

The Review:

Kate Prospero has been fighting a lot of personal demons since closing her first big case with the MEA. Only one other person knows that she cooked
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mon avis en Français

My English review

I admit that I loved the first book and I was really looking forward to immersing myself in this second volume. It must be said that the end of the previous volume made me very curious about the continuation of Kate in the story.

Our heroine is plagued by guilt, by the heady feeling she felt while cooking these potions she thought she had long abandoned. But as she is trying to forget that fact by drinking, she plunges lost heart in her work as the Blue Moon d

In my review of Dirty Magic, I wrote that downside of that book was author's insisting on procedural- it would be great, but not in this world and not when heroine is Magic or Adept as they are called in book.
Events of Dirty Magic left Kate with a dirty secret, unwilling alliance with Volos and guilty conscience. She used magic few weeks upon fulfilling her 10y abstinence goal, she is hiding what happened from her best friend and colleagues and her little brother is praising Volos for saving his
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Listened for Fun (Audible)
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). Ye
4.5 stars. I've noticed that when the best authors write fantasy they find a way to ground it in reality or find a way to solidly connect it to something that the very human readers can relate to. It feels to me like building a bridge I can use for my imagination to be able to travel accross to the story so that I can be a part of it. It might be an urban fantasy novel set in Chicago where the author tells me about real streets and restaurants, so I can see the places that are actually familiar ...more
Katelyn (Lost as Alice, Mad as the Hatter)
"Aren't all families fucked up?"

In this case, everyone in the freak-ing book. What the HELL happened?! I struggled, I mean REALLY struggled, with rating this one.

On the one hand the advancement of the plot was very good. On the other hand the characters all turned into overdramatic plebs with outrageous emotional outbursts and unreasonable judgments of themselves and each other. Added to that, this turned into a sort of jump-on-Kate anger episode for everyone involved.

Not okay. Soooo not o
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Kate is cursed. Cursed by a past that won't let go! I'm mixed about this series and Kate. Kate tries so hard to be on the straight and narrow. She's like one of those born again non-smokers. She's so critical of those who smoke because she used to smoke. Basically, it Kate's world, magic is bad because it temps a person and it's all dirty. She wrestles with her past and the fact that she could have ended up running her Uncle Abe's coven. She could be rich and powerful. Instead, she's a poorly pa ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
The Prospero’s War series inhabits a world where magic permeates the landscape of chemistry and pharmacology. With hints of allegory to our own reality’s war on drugs, the fundamental difference is how those born with magical potential have an advantage when it comes to cooking, but no additional defenses against the powerful high such activity creates.

As an Adept trying to go cold turkey off cooking, Kate Prospero has all the hallmarks and emotions of an addict. This concept is introduced in bo
3.5 stars- A new magic player, Dionysus, is in town and has stolen some sex magic potions that he is using to terrorize the town of Babylon which is already ramping up the crazy-scale due to an impending Blue Moon.

I enjoyed Cursed Moon in audio for the most part but with two exceptions. First, (view spoiler)
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Review originally posted at

I was glad to get back into the world of Detective Kate Prospero. They are coming up on Halloween, but also a Blue Moon, which isn’t good for magic. Magic is more potent and people are taking advantage and stirring up trouble. Her MEA (Magical Enforcement Agency) team are helping the BPD just to keep things calm. That is until one of the major coven leaders is robbed.

Aphrodite Johnson is the leader of the O Coven. S/he is the Hierophant of the M
Amy Braun
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Talk about ramping up the stakes for a sequel! While CURSED MOON is filled with waaaaaay more drama than DIRTY MAGIC, I absolutely loved it and had so much fun re-entering an exciting universe with great characters, a twisty story, and great action. The plot was fantastic and creepy in the way it needed to be. I definitely cringed at some points, which I'll always count as a good thing. What sold it even more for me was of course the character development. Kate, who I loved for her honesty and g ...more
Melissa Hayden
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yes! This is what I want. Police in a world that uses potions (magic-ly made). I am once again taken with how closely related the magical potions run to drugs in our world. The magical potions gives the story an urban fantasy feel but it could very easily be replaced with drugs from our world. The world is a bit grittier here too. A feel I really enjoy.

*I read this book for my own enjoyment.

Halloween's in two weeks. The full blue moon is the double full moon this month and has
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
AH and I discussed this book and many others on Badass Book Reviews!

I am seriously enjoying this new series from Jaye Wells! It's completely different from the Sabina Kane books but still has the biting wit and sarcasm that I loved so much. Kate and Co. got a little darker with Cursed Moon -- a little more angst, a little more drama, and a whole lot of secrets. I'm intrigued to see where Kate's new acceptance of clean magic will take her.

I wasn't crazy about the villain and his motivations in th
Jen Davis
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to say I am kind of bummed out in the wake of this book. Not because I didn’t like it. But because I am sad to leave it behind. I want more! More of the great world-building. More Kate. More Morales. More smart, entertaining, ass-kicking story. Unfortunately, I must wait another nine months for all of these things. So like I said: bummed.

If you haven’t read Dirty Magic, pick up a copy now. This is a progressively building Urban Fantasy series and you’ll want the foundation of the first bo
Kathy Martin
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 b ...more
Denise Always Awry
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review can also be found on my blog.

Something I really loved about Cursed Moon was the gritty writing, which tends to be Wells’ writing style overall. Also her books are very unapologetically real, they are what they are, and there is not a damn thing they are ashamed about.

I have loved Kate since Dirty Magic, I do have some problems with her but she’s a flawed character and that only makes me like her more. My biggest issue with her is that she is very judgemental, and considering the things sh
Dolly Sandor
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
his second installment in Ms Wells The Prospero's War has me a bit stymied. So I'm reversing the way I normally write my reviews.

What I didn't like: It took me a bit to get into Cursed Moon. I wasn't connected in the beginning. Not bored exactly, but not connecting and not really intrigued. I wasn't put off exactly by the sex/rape/vulgarity of the story because, that's the basis of the story. It was crass but I've read crass before so that didn't bother me, however, it was just a bit jarring. Ma
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I normally don't do police procedural novels, but this has a distinct feel for me and the characters are taking on their own personalities. Jaye Wells really brings this world to life. Our protagonist has her fair share of struggles trying to refrain from the use of magic. Remember, it's a bit different how it works in this world. Magic is practically a metaphor for drug use, from requiring AA meetings to "cooking." As a Breaking Bad fan, that always amuses me. Kate is really feeling the effects ...more
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Cursed Moon" brought me right back into the the incredible world of Babylon and Kate Prospero. This time an upcoming blue moon is bringing out every crazy individual in the city and then some. It will be Kate's job along her friends at the MEA to uncover the mastermind behind the chaos.

In the midst of all of the craziness, Kate is suffering from guilt for falling off the magical bandwagon. She hasn't been going to AA, she's been drinking a lot more, arguing a lot more and generally being an ass
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Jaye Wells is a former magazine editor whose award-winning speculative fiction novels have hit several bestseller lists. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, and is a sought-after speaker on the craft of writing. When she’s not writing or teaching, she loves to travel to exotic locales, experiment in her kitchen like a mad scientist, and try things that scare her ...more

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