May 31, 2013

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A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper (Half Moon Hollow #2)

awitchshandbookofkissesandcurses4 star

Paranormal Romance
May 28 2013
Mass Market Paperback
368 pages
Pocket Books
Received from publisher via Edelweiss

Yummy Man – Jed Trudeau
Kick Ass Chick – Nola Leary

From Goodreads –
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?


A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses is the second full length book in Molly Harper’s Half Moon Hallow series.  I did not read the first book or any of the novellas and I did not feel lost one bit.  What I did read was Molly’s Jane Jameson books a couple of times and even though it is not necessary to read any of Molly’s books before picking this latest one up, you won’t get the same feeling of nostalgia once you meet up with past characters while reading.  If you have read the Jane books and are a fan, you are in for a treat.  There is tons of Jane and Andrea and Dick and even some Gabriel in this book.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much of a role they play here.  But don’t get me wrong; this is definitely Nola’s book and not ‘Jane Jameson part five’.

Nola is a witch whose powers don’t react quite as they should.  After her grand-mother passes away, she is charged with going to Half Moon Hallow in order to find four artifacts that are responsible for the safety of her family.  A family who is at war with another magical family.  There is a bit more to it than that but I don’t think I need to get into it for you to get the gist of the story.  This book follows Nola as she finds the she needs as well as finds new friends in the wonky characters that make up Half Moon Hallow and finds love with Jed.  Yup, Jed.

Let’s start with Nola.  I enjoyed her character quite a bit.  She has a huge responsibility yet she takes it in stride.  Oh sure, she sometimes freaks out a bit but that just makes her more relatable.  She has a great sense of humor – it’s a little drier than most of the other characters’ humor in the Hallow which makes it (and her) a nice contrast to those already living there.  She is a nice addition.

Jed is a big ol’ mystery for much of the book.  There are times you want to rub yourself up against him and there are times you want to smack him.  But most of the time you want to shake him until he answers one question:  ‘what the hell are you?’  Molly writes the ‘mystery that is Jed’ very well.  Hints and thrown in here and there throughout the book and you still can’t figure out what he is.  And when you do find out you’re still surprised since it’s not what you ended up thinking and not one of your ‘usual paranormals’.  Very cool.

The way Jed meets Nola is really cute and it starts off a very naturally progressing friendship/relationship.  They are sweet together and balance each other very well.

I adore Molly’s writing voice.  Her humor is awesome and I find myself laughing or giggling constantly while reading her books.  Her characters are extra quirky and that is one of the things that makes them extra likable.  Her dialogue is fantastic and makes me smile.

Overall I really enjoyed A Witch’s Handbook to Kisses and Curses.  The romance is sweet, the characters are wonderfully dysfunctional and the story will keep you guessing.  If you have read and enjoyed Molly’s Jane or Hallow books, you will love this one.  And if you haven’t, why not give this one a go?  As I said, you may not get as big of an impact from this one but you will still get a good story and a solid feel for Molly’s fantastic writing and characters.  Plus it will make you want to run out to try Molly’s Jane Jameson books.  They are just as awesome as this one.

I really recommend this book.

4.5 stars



  1. Ann-Catrin Sköld says:

    Great review!

    I love Molly Harper’s books! 😀

  2. Jessica says:

    YAY! Thank you for the review, Julie. I wasn’t aware this was comming out. I just purchased it!

  3. I haven’t tried this series yet but I really liked her other one so I need to try it too!

  4. Someday I will read her books … Great review, thank you Julie!

  5. I read Jane Jameson books but last one was…. I’m not sure about this one.

  6. Ann-Catrin Sköld says:

    Reading it now and loving it!

    “It’s mama Ginger!!” 😀 LOL

  7. Ann-Catrin – Glad you are liking it! 🙂

    Jessica – 🙂

    melliane – Yes you do. If you like the Jane books you will definitely like this series!

    Bookaholic Cat – It’s better than Jane 4 😉

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