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A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses (Half Moon Hollow, #2)

A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses (Half Moon Hollow, #2) - Molly Harper Reviewed at Tempting ReadsI can admit that I enjoy Molly Harper but I don’t always get her humor. I’m not saying they’re bad books or that they’re humorless, just that I don’t get them. Which is what happened through most of the book. I read it–and enjoyed the cast of characters and the revisit with Jane and her cohorts–but I always felt as if I were an observer to the story rather than an active participant.I know this failing was with me and not this book; I’m not a funny person. I got the sarcastic and snarky bits, but all the little nuances that Harper is known for (and fellow readers rave over) escaped me. Thankfully this book had more than humor in its pages, so I wasn’t completely left out. The tone of this book was a little darker than I’m used to in first person, paranormal tales but I think it worked for this book. Nola’s journey was both a physical one and an emotional one and involved a lot of work. I think if the tone had been too hilarious, we wouldn’t have been able to see how far Nola came in discovering who she truly wanted out of life. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all dark moments but the humor wasn’t over the top. It had a little more gravitas mixed in with humor.I feel like this review had nothing but faint praise for this book which is not the case. I did enjoy the story and Nola. I even enjoyed Jed and his weird shape-shifting self (who else but Harper would think of Armadillo shape-shfiter). I just felt the humor was so subtle that it flew past me and affected my reception of the story. If I had gotten all the humor, maybe I would have enjoyed the story the way it was supposed to have been enjoyed.I would recommend reading Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs or any of the other Jane Jameson titles before attempting this book. I think the large cast of (established) characters would be difficult to place without the backstory. As it was, I had only read the first Jameson title and The Care and Feeding of Vampires (the first Half Moon Hollow title) and had difficulty trying to place everybody.*review copy provided by publisher for honest review