Thank you to Berkely Publishing Group and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: From Bad to Cursed (Witches of Thistle Grove 2) by Lana Harper
Release Date: May 17th 2022
Tags: Fantasy | Adult Fantasy | Witches | Curses | Ghost Possession | Family | Anxiety
Trigger/Content Warnings: Panic Attacks
Other books in this series I reviewed
Paybacks a Witch
Wild child Isidora Avramov is a thrill chaser, adept demon summoner, and—despite the whole sexy-evil-sorceress vibe—also a cuddly animal lover. When she’s not designing costumes and new storylines for the Arcane Emporium’s haunted house, Issa’s nursing a secret, conflicted dream of ditching her family’s witchy business to become an indie fashion designer in her own right.
But when someone starts sabotaging the celebrations leading up to this year’s Beltane festival with dark, dangerous magic, a member of the rival Thorn family gets badly hurt—throwing immediate suspicion on the Avramovs. To clear the Avramov name and step up for her family when they need her the most, Issa agrees to serve as a co-investigator, helping none other than Rowan Thorn get to the bottom of things.
Rowan is the very definition of lawful good, so tragically noble and by-the-book he makes Issa’s teeth hurt. In accordance with their families’ complicated history, he and Issa have been archenemies for years and have grown to heartily loathe each other. But as the unlikely duo follow a perplexing trail of clues to a stunning conclusion, Issa and Rowan discover how little they really know each other… and stumble upon a maddening attraction that becomes harder to ignore by the day.
From Bad to Cursed is the companion and sequel to Payback’s A Witch. This time we follow Isadora and Rowan who we already briefly met in the first book. When a necromatic curse is flung at a Thorn member it is up to Isa and Rowan to figure out who did it. And not kill each other in the process.
I quite liked Rowan in the first book so I didn’t understand why Isa had such a dislike for the guy. But that was clear from the start. Because wow is Rowan obnoxious towards her. There was clear chemistry between the two on the page. And Isa you have a dirty mind, constantly oggling the poor boy, ha.
But what I liked most about this book is returning to Thistle Grove. Getting a better look inside the Asimov family. Seeing the characters from the first book still playing their roles in the community. There still being consequences to what happened then. But most of all Isa who is trying to find how she can be herself and not just that girl from the Asimov family.