Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells
Narrator: Morgan Hallett
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
Date Read: February 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
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 magic wagon.
After a rogue wizard steals dangerous potions from the local covens, Kate worries their suspect is building a dirty magic bomb. Her team must find the anarchist rogue before the covens catch him, and make sure they defuse the bomb before the Blue Moon deadline. Failure is never an option, but success will require Kate to come clean about her secrets.
Publisher: Orbit, Recorded Books
Series: Prospero's War #2
Also by this author: Red-Headed Stepchild, Dirty Magic br> br>
NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂
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). 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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