Review: Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells

September 19, 2014 2 stars, Book Review 18 ★★

Review: Cursed Moon by Jaye WellsCursed Moon by Jaye Wells
Series: The Prospero's War #2
Published by Orbit Books on August 12, 2014
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 370
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
My Reviews in this series: Dirty Magic, Dirty Magic, Cursed Moon, Deadly Spells

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

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.


I loved book one in this series, Dirty Magic. I gave it 4.5 stars, actually. So, you ask, what happened that we are all the way down to 2 measly stars for Cursed Moon? A loss of 2.5 stars? What happened?

I’ll tell you what happened, in Cursed Moon our Heroine Kate Prospero is pigeon holed into a guilty conscience, alcoholic wreck. Yeah for Kate!

I almost DNF’d three times due to irritation and boredom. As a fellow reader, I am sure that you share my annoyance with people for feeling like everything is their fault even when they had nothing to do with it. Such a self-centered attitude is annoying and it is pretty much all you get from Kate in Cursed Moon.

She has a tough job, I get it. Being a detective on a special magical task force is tough work. But when you are raising your teen brother as a single mom, if you are not there because you have to work then don’t feel all angry when you realize he is closer to the people he actually spends time with. When you are carrying a big secret that you can;t share with anyone but your enemy, don;t srink to hide from your demons. Don’t push away the people who care about you. These are the themes of this novel. Page after page, chapter after chapter of this self-recrimination. Whenever something bad happens to ANYBODY, Kate makes it HER fault. AAAAAAAAH! The romance brewing between her and her partner is weak at best. I think we need a new male on the scene!

I would quit the series, but this Cursed Moon ends on a high note. Kate recognizes her problems. You get one page of good. I will start the third in this series, because I loved the first and the world building is really good. It better be at least a little more plot and a little less emotional wreck. I will give it 3 chapters.


When not taking care of my two children, husband and mini doxy, rushing here and there on the go, I can always be found reading. Fantasy of course being my favorite genre, but not the only I'll read. Oh yes, and I throw bad books.

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18 Responses to “Review: Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells”

  1. Molly Mortensen

    I am with you, I hate books where the main character get so guilt wracked they start drinking and think of nothing else. These books are not fun to read and they ruin the usually kick butt person they were before. Sadly this story line is done way too often. Thanks for warning me against this one.
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  2. Danya @ Fine Print

    Wow, this is like the third negative review I’ve seen for Cursed Moon in the last couple of weeks. It makes me really sad because I want all UF series to be awesome and magical so I can have more to fawn over. 😉 Personally I can’t handle a protagonist whose defining characteristic is guilt. BORING. Cook up a spell, kick some ass, and move on lady. Hopefully book three has a lot of that going on!
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