Title: Cursed Moon
Author: Jaye Wells
Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Format: Paperback ARC
Buy: Amazon, BN
Kate Prospero returns in book two of The Prospero's War series. Kate is a detective for the Babylon PD, but is working for the Magical Enforcement section to take down people abusing magic. Everyone is on edge in this book due to the Blue Moon coming up, it messes with the magical balance and there is a ton of crime. We've all heard about people acting crazier during a full moon, well this kicks it up a notch.
The main case that Kate has to figure out throughout Cursed Moon is a crazy dude stealing dangerous potions from different people/Covens. With the crimes occurring almost daily, Kate has to figure out who this guy is and why he is stealing potions. This is all happening while trying to race against the clock to find him before the Blue Moon, because Kate knows something big is going down.
JWells weaves exciting stories that keep you flipping the pages until you've devoured the entire book. The characters are engaging whether main or secondary and each pulls their weight in the story. While the book does mainly focus on finding the bad guy, there are bits sprinkled in that reveals layers of Kate's character. She's taking care of a teenager all by herself. She has a bit of help from a neighbor and a friend while she's working, but the bulk of the responsibility is on her. She's not perfect, and I think that is why I enjoy Kate's character so much. She tries her hardest, but she's human, she makes mistakes just like everyone else.
I'm a fan of a bit of romance tossed in my Urban Fantasy, sadly there isn't any really to speak of in Cursed Moon. It's getting there, and you can tell that there's not quite a love triangle, but there is a strong possibility of one in the near future. Until then I'm content with the tension building, because you know it will be oh so sweet when it finally happens. I highly recommend The Prospero's War series if you are a fan of Urban Fantasy. This is my favorite read so far this year, and I cannot wait on book 3, Deadly Spells, to be released next year.