A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I still wasn’t really sold on the Half-Moon Hollow post-Jane books when I started this one, but by the end, I was hooked all over again! Thanks, Nola Leary, for restoring my faith in Molly Harper!
Nola is a witch who has some unreliable healing abilities, is prone to things exploding, and has somehow become the head of the family and in charge of finding relics that, in the wrong hands, will doom her clan. On her death bed, her grandmother puts her on this quest by also informing her that Jane’s deceased shop-owner friend is Nola’s grandfather! Surprise! The connections to the original series abound in this book, so prepare yourself. Nola ends up renting a house that is shared with a very helpful contractor neighbor, Jed. Jed has his own secrets and, though they work to fight it, there’s attraction on both sides as well.
There are mysteries, backstabbing, magic, and (of course) vampires throughout this wonderful tale. Nola was relatable and fun to watch as she becomes more her own person and even gets some closure on childhood issues. Jed, too, was a great companion for Nola, without having to rescue the damsel in distress. This book was a really great addition to this world and I’m even more excited to keep exploring!
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