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Opposites attract in this wickedly charming rom-com by Lana Harper, author of Payback’s 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 Opposites attract in this wickedly charming rom-com by Lana Harper, author of Payback’s 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.


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Opposites attract in this wickedly charming rom-com by Lana Harper, author of Payback’s 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 Opposites attract in this wickedly charming rom-com by Lana Harper, author of Payback’s 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.

30 review for From Bad to Cursed

  1. 4 out of 5

    PamG

    Lana Harper knows how to draw readers into a story with one sentence. From Bad to Cursed is the second book in The Witches of Thistle Grove series. It meshes bits of several subgenres including paranormal romantic comedy, supernatural suspense, and a mystery. Isidora (Issa) Avramov is a member of one of the four witch families that founded Thistle Grove, Illinois. Her family’s specialty is necromancy. When someone starts sabotaging town celebrations using a strong necromantic curse and a mem Lana Harper knows how to draw readers into a story with one sentence. From Bad to Cursed is the second book in The Witches of Thistle Grove series. It meshes bits of several subgenres including paranormal romantic comedy, supernatural suspense, and a mystery. Isidora (Issa) Avramov is a member of one of the four witch families that founded Thistle Grove, Illinois. Her family’s specialty is necromancy. When someone starts sabotaging town celebrations using a strong necromantic curse and a member of the Thorn family gets hurt, Issa and her nemesis Rowan Thorn are selected to serve as co-investigators. Issa chases thrills, is pragmatic, stubborn, and bold; she’s the artistic director for the family’s haunted house, and secretly wants to design her own clothing line. However, guilt and fear are holding her back. Rowan is a by-the book type of person and has a low opinion of Issa after she volunteered at a wildlife sanctuary seven years ago while he was a veterinarian intern there. Both experience growth as their investigation unfolds, but I wanted to see a more profound change in him. The other characters are racially and lifestyle diverse and had an appropriate amount of depth for their roles. The writing is terrific and flows so well the pages flew by. The plot is solid, absorbing, and intriguing with a storyline that definitely packed a punch. The diverse characterization and great world-building details provide insight into the town’s inhabitants and their differences. With the brisk pace, readers can feel the angst of the two main characters as they try to make sense of the circumstances they find themselves in, with perplexing clues and surprising feelings. The ending has some surprises that will likely astound some readers. A small quibble was the immaturity of the two main characters, especially during the first half of the book. They didn’t act as if they were in their mid-to-late 20’s. Themes include hatred, family, family dynamics, romance, friendship, envy, misunderstandings, family obligations versus personal desires, anxiety, and much more. Overall, this tense and engaging novel unleashes wit, suspense, action, and romance that make it a powerful page-turner. If you enjoy excellent paranormal romances with a mystery, then I recommend that you check out this one. I am looking forward to finding out what happens next in Thistle Grove. This novel works as a standalone novel, but readers will get more background if they start with book one. Berkley Publishing Group and Lana Harper provided a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Publication date is currently set for May 17, 2022. This review was originally posted at Mystery and Suspense Magazine. --------------------------------- Review to be posted during the week prior to publication (per publisher guidelines).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I cannot believe in myself for saying this but it’s whole truth: I loved the second installment even more than Payback’s a witch. The never ending family feud between Avramovs and Thorns was legendarily developed. They reminded me of incarnations of Capulets and Montagues! The enemies to lovers trope was perfectly thrown into equation and the sexy chemistry between two all time nemesis Issa and Rowan was fiery and intense! The series keep growing on me at each book! I’m definitely addicted and I cannot believe in myself for saying this but it’s whole truth: I loved the second installment even more than Payback’s a witch. The never ending family feud between Avramovs and Thorns was legendarily developed. They reminded me of incarnations of Capulets and Montagues! The enemies to lovers trope was perfectly thrown into equation and the sexy chemistry between two all time nemesis Issa and Rowan was fiery and intense! The series keep growing on me at each book! I’m definitely addicted and never say no to a next installment! But so far this one is my favorite! So many thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Another 2.5 rounded up, methinks! While I definitely think I enjoyed this installment a bit more than the first book in the series, this was still just kind of okay for me. Not terrible by any means, but probably not something I'll really remember much about in a few months if I'm being honest lol CW: anxiety, on page depiction of panic attacks Another 2.5 rounded up, methinks! While I definitely think I enjoyed this installment a bit more than the first book in the series, this was still just kind of okay for me. Not terrible by any means, but probably not something I'll really remember much about in a few months if I'm being honest lol CW: anxiety, on page depiction of panic attacks

  4. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    ARC received!! Thank you so much, Berkley!! I'm really looking forward to returning to Thistle Grove. ARC received!! Thank you so much, Berkley!! I'm really looking forward to returning to Thistle Grove.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hannah B.

    Victory!! I’ve finally found a witch romance that worked for me! This was super cute and wasn’t cringey or awkward and Teddy Hamilton’s voice was nowhere near the audiobook. We only got Issa’s POV and I LOVE that because Rowan was actually a ✨mystery.✨ He felt like more than a wet dream of what makes the “perfect love obsessed man.” He seemed real and flawed and very, very hot because of it. Both Issa and Rowan made mistakes and were at fault for situations in the past and present, but they had Victory!! I’ve finally found a witch romance that worked for me! This was super cute and wasn’t cringey or awkward and Teddy Hamilton’s voice was nowhere near the audiobook. We only got Issa’s POV and I LOVE that because Rowan was actually a ✨mystery.✨ He felt like more than a wet dream of what makes the “perfect love obsessed man.” He seemed real and flawed and very, very hot because of it. Both Issa and Rowan made mistakes and were at fault for situations in the past and present, but they had good conversations and neither one took the brunt of the blame. It’s always nice when the characters are held accountable and actually learn something. There was mystery, evil to defeat, and a clear path from start to finish. We weren’t inundated with nutty worldbuilding or too many made-up words. The book did feel like it was trying to be too ~hip~ with some of the language and references it used, but they weren’t all that bad in the grand scheme of things. As for steam, I was hoping for a bit more. There wasn’t any explicit language during the sexy times besides one time, and the sexy times is code for two times. And of those times was interrupted. I also wanted to experiment more with his healing magic or whatever it was during sec because she hinted earlier on that it would feel real ✨good.✨ the sex scene did take place on the edge of an underground pool so bonus points for literal wetness. - Also there wasn’t a condom and she was only on birth control and there wasn’t any reference to pulling out which in and of itself is stressful to me lol. I recommend the audiobook, as the narrator was a amazing and again! not! Teddy! Hamilton! I swear that man sounds angry all the time. I know he’s trying to be growly and hot but it just makes my skin crawl in a decidedly not hot way. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 🌶🌶.25/5 I was sent a free finished copy of this book by the publisher! Opinions are honest and my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    kaitlyn

    i’m happy to announce that i’m joining a blog tour for from bad to cursed, the sequel to payback’s a witch! i absolutely loved payback’s a witch and was desperate to dive into this one. it was nice being back in thistle grove and learning more about the characters! this book follows issa avramov, talia’s younger sister, and rowan thorn. the thorn family is attacked and issa and rowan work together to figure out who did it and how to stop them, while trying to sort through their conflicting feelin i’m happy to announce that i’m joining a blog tour for from bad to cursed, the sequel to payback’s a witch! i absolutely loved payback’s a witch and was desperate to dive into this one. it was nice being back in thistle grove and learning more about the characters! this book follows issa avramov, talia’s younger sister, and rowan thorn. the thorn family is attacked and issa and rowan work together to figure out who did it and how to stop them, while trying to sort through their conflicting feelings for one another. i really enjoyed seeing the differences between the two families and getting to watch the two characters realize that they may have been wrong about one another in the past. the enemies-to-lovers trope is done really well in this one! i also really enjoyed getting to see talia and emmy again. i think that the plot was a little weaker in this one, because i really enjoyed the one in payback’s a witch, but it was still enjoyable. there’s more diversity in this one, which i enjoyed, and i really liked both of the main characters! this would be a fantastic halloween read and i recommend it for people who liked the first book and people wanting a fun, witchy romance. thank you once again for a copy! it comes out on May 17th.

  7. 5 out of 5

    martina

    omg this is enemies to lovers???!?? I’m completely losing my mind I NEED it right now!! may 17 is too far away :(

  8. 4 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    Enjoyable, but not as cute at the first one?? I did like the creepy factor, but I think a lot of my disappointment is because I thought there would be LGBTQ+ rep and there was not (both leads are straight) even though the world is very queer. Rowan the LI is Black, and I did like that the author did not shy away from racism in America and magical worlds. However, the frenemies to lovers was meh. Although I'll definitely be reading that third book because I do like this world! Enjoyable, but not as cute at the first one?? I did like the creepy factor, but I think a lot of my disappointment is because I thought there would be LGBTQ+ rep and there was not (both leads are straight) even though the world is very queer. Rowan the LI is Black, and I did like that the author did not shy away from racism in America and magical worlds. However, the frenemies to lovers was meh. Although I'll definitely be reading that third book because I do like this world!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley books for the ARC. It hasn't affected the content of my review. I liked this even better than the first one. I actually think what I like most about this series doesn't really have anything to do with the featured romances. I just like this world, and I like that Lana Harper is creating a fictional place that is not just full of eccentric townspeople and coziness, as one expects from a small town romance series, but also continues to flesh out the history of Thistl Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley books for the ARC. It hasn't affected the content of my review. I liked this even better than the first one. I actually think what I like most about this series doesn't really have anything to do with the featured romances. I just like this world, and I like that Lana Harper is creating a fictional place that is not just full of eccentric townspeople and coziness, as one expects from a small town romance series, but also continues to flesh out the history of Thistle Grove, how the magic works there, and the dynamics between the four families. There is an actual fantasy plot in here, just like the first book! Here, the romance is between Talia's sister Isidora Avramov, and Rowan Thorn, who are shoved together in an investigation after a Beltane ritual is sabotaged by dark magic. Issa has disliked Rowan intensely ever since her stint volunteering for the local animal shelter ended in her dismissal, and she was only volunteering. She knows that Rowan doesn't like her because she's an Avramov. And Issa is sick of feeling judged for being a "wicked Avramov", especially when she is feeling guilty for not wanting to be involved in the family business anymore. She wants to strike out on her own, but fears her family's reaction if she does. I was surprised by how creepy this book was, and not that it was terrifying or super dark or anything, just much darker than I had been expecting. I liked the way the darkness here and the central mystery plot (Rowan and Issa are investigating who is sabotaging Beltane, after Rowan's cousin is seriously injured, magically and physically) lent the whole thing stakes. Especially since there were a couple of moments where the central pairing got less interesting for me, the plot and the town kept me intrigued even when other things were at more of a lull. I am actually really excited for the third book, which will feature Nineve Blackmoore (who we meet in this book) and the genderqueer owner of the Shamrock bar, Morty. The premise on that one sounds super intriguing to me in a way the first two didn't, and I liked them quite a bit. [4.5 stars]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    I thoroughly enjoyed Payback's a Witch, so I fully expected to feel the same way about this sequel. Unfortunately, this one didn't work quite as well for me. I still had a good time reading this, and it gave me some Once Upon a Time vibes, but I just didn't connect to the characters in the same way. I would have liked to see a little more focus on the romance, because as it is, I felt like the mystery took over a little and I didn't end up feeling like I'd gotten to know the characters all that I thoroughly enjoyed Payback's a Witch, so I fully expected to feel the same way about this sequel. Unfortunately, this one didn't work quite as well for me. I still had a good time reading this, and it gave me some Once Upon a Time vibes, but I just didn't connect to the characters in the same way. I would have liked to see a little more focus on the romance, because as it is, I felt like the mystery took over a little and I didn't end up feeling like I'd gotten to know the characters all that well, which makes it a little hard to ship them.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Bookish Life of Laura

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! From Bad to Cursed is the sequel to Payback’s a Witch, a series of companion novels that take place in the charming town of Thistle Grove. Thistle Grove is a special place, filled with cute shops, friendly people, and the feeling of magic in the air. Literally. Unknown to the “normies” of the town, the four founding families are all modern day witches who get their magic fr Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! From Bad to Cursed is the sequel to Payback’s a Witch, a series of companion novels that take place in the charming town of Thistle Grove. Thistle Grove is a special place, filled with cute shops, friendly people, and the feeling of magic in the air. Literally. Unknown to the “normies” of the town, the four founding families are all modern day witches who get their magic from the power source in the lake nearby. These families have worked together to protect the town for generations, despite them not always getting along. Such is the case for the Thorns and the Avramovs. The Thorn’s practice Green magic, light and healing and good vibes only. Meanwhile the Avramovs are necromancers, practitioners of Death magic. The two families are complete opposites to each other, and therefore have had a rivalry spanning hundreds of years. Our main characters, Isidora Avramov and Rowan Thorn, have taken this rivalry to the next level due to the rocky past they share, and have barely tolerated each other’s presence for years. But when a member of the Thorn family is viciously attacked by an unknown person using Death magic, Isidora and Rowan are forced by their leaders to work together to find the culprit. What follows is a hilarious romcom filled with laugh-out-loud insults and roasting, drunken adventures, a magical mystery, and a softening between the two characters so slow and reluctant that it will melt your heart while making you laugh hysterically at the same time. After reading Payback’s a Witch last year and falling in love with the town of Thistle Grove, I was so excited that Lana Harper was planning on revisiting this world. And she did not disappoint! From Bad to Cursed was such a fun romantic comedy (heavy on the comedy), and I had a wonderful time reading it. It was unexpectedly hilarious and had me laughing at nearly every moment, but still with a romance that had me smitten from page one. The characters are easily the best part of this book, especially our main characters and the budding romance between them. I bought the chemistry between our love interests immediately, well before they even admitted it to themselves. The attraction between them, both physical and emotional, was palpable and left me so excited to see how things were going to develop. From page one, the two spend every moment together hurling insults, but even before they start to actually like each other, it was never done with malicious intent. They make each other laugh, although they both try their hardest to hide the fact that they think the other is hilarious. This is very much an enemies to reluctant friends to lovers trope, which is easily one of my favourite tropes in romance, and one that I don’t see often enough. The setting and atmosphere is just as good as it was in the first book. I was a little worried at first when I realized that this book takes place in the spring, as the fall setting in the first book was so perfect for Thistle Grove. But the magic is still just as present, and it ended up having a more cottagecore/forest witch feeling to it, which I just adored. I loved the descriptions of their festivals and yearly rituals that they were doing throughout the book; it was so much to learn more about the history of the witches and see more of what they’re all about. I really love the magic system in this world! We got to see more of it in this book, and got to watch Isidora and Rowan explore each other’s magic and teach each other about it. It was fascinating to see the different sides to their magic, and get a more in depth look at how it worked for them, as well as the similarities and differences between them. In terms of plot, this was possibly the weakest aspect of the story but it was still enjoyable! Rowan and Isidora have to uncover the mystery of who cast the hex that hurt Rowan’s family, and so they have to interview people, follow clues, and try to piece things together. I did find it to be fairly predictable, and even the plot twist at the end didn’t surprise me in the least. I hadn't fully guessed what was going to happen, but I did have a general idea of where the plot was going that ended up being correct. But even with the plot not being the most inventive thing that I’ve ever read in my life, I was okay with that as I was more here for the romance anyways. Overall, From Bad to Cursed was a fantastic addition to The Witches of Thistle Grove series, and I ended up giving it four stars. It was fun, fast paced, steamy, and just generally a good time. I could definitely see this one becoming one of my favourites in the romance genre!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Janna

    witty witches + enemies to lovers + queer rep = we love to see it full review to come soon!! i post about books here: instagram / tiktok /twitter witty witches + enemies to lovers + queer rep = we love to see it full review to come soon!! i post about books here: instagram / tiktok /twitter

  13. 4 out of 5

    ;3

    I think every 2022 release tht i’ve read so far has been ass

  14. 5 out of 5

    Beth (what.beth.reads)

    Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for an advanced reading copy of this book. Review contains my own thoughts and opinions. From Bad to Cursed was a delightfully fun, witchy romance with a good dosage of emotion, too. Isidora Avramov and Rowan Thorn are tasked with investigating after Rowan’s cousin is hit with powerful magic during a town celebration - and Issa’s family is suspected due to the type of magic involved. Their chemistry and banter was fantastic - especially since th Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for an advanced reading copy of this book. Review contains my own thoughts and opinions. From Bad to Cursed was a delightfully fun, witchy romance with a good dosage of emotion, too. Isidora Avramov and Rowan Thorn are tasked with investigating after Rowan’s cousin is hit with powerful magic during a town celebration - and Issa’s family is suspected due to the type of magic involved. Their chemistry and banter was fantastic - especially since they started out as enemies. Some of my favorite parts were the little nicknames Issa called Rowan in her head - like Rowan Thorn, (Wasteyface) Wildlife Hero, and Rowan Thorn, Wildlife Hero (and Utmost Gentleman). I was chuckling inside at how they changed with time. Lana Harper does a fantastic job of setting the scene of Thistle Grove. I could visualize the town and it’s many parts, the outfits, the way that magic looks and feels to the characters - it felt like I was right there with them. While this is a second in the series, it works well as a standalone. Recommend this book to those that love witchy/fantasy romances with modern times, enemies-to-more, and lots of great chemistry and banter between the leads.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    This started quite slow for me and the enemy to lovers angle is DUMB, but I ended up liking this quite a lot? I think it is safe to say that this remains my favorite series of the witch paranormal boom, though I haven't read the second volume in a number of them yet. This started quite slow for me and the enemy to lovers angle is DUMB, but I ended up liking this quite a lot? I think it is safe to say that this remains my favorite series of the witch paranormal boom, though I haven't read the second volume in a number of them yet.

  16. 5 out of 5

    andrea v. (andrea’s galley)

    Genre: Romance, Fantasy Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Content Warnings: Mentions graphic injuries, violence, and panic attacks. “From Bad to Cursed” is the second book in the The Witches of Thistle Grove series, but it does not follow the narrator from the first book, Emmy Harlow. This time around, we’ll be following Isidora—Issa—Avramov, a demon-summoning witch who’s part of the (current) strongest Thistle Grove founding family. After someone tries to sabotage the Beltane Festival with dark magic, peop Genre: Romance, Fantasy Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Content Warnings: Mentions graphic injuries, violence, and panic attacks. “From Bad to Cursed” is the second book in the The Witches of Thistle Grove series, but it does not follow the narrator from the first book, Emmy Harlow. This time around, we’ll be following Isidora—Issa—Avramov, a demon-summoning witch who’s part of the (current) strongest Thistle Grove founding family. After someone tries to sabotage the Beltane Festival with dark magic, people suspect it was her family’s magic at work right away. That’s why she’s appointed to search for the culprit alongside Rowan Thorn, a noble and ethical member of another of the founding families—and who’s most definitely her archnemisis and has been for years now. Forced to work together, will their loathing turn to different types of tension? You’ll have to grab this book and see. I understand that this book is sold as part of a series, but I honestly feel like it could work well as a stand-alone. Like it wouldn’t really matter the order in which you read these books, you’d be able to appreciate both stories no matter which you’ve read first. But trust me, as soon as you read one, you’ll want to read the other. Thistle Grove is such a cozy, warm setting. I personally wouldn’t mind living there—or reading 10 more stories set in it either. I gave this book a higher rating than the first installment in the series because I liked this plot so much better. I loved Issa’s ambition, as she wants to divert from her family’s business and open up her own fashion store. I loved Rowan’s consistency throughout the book. I loved how we got a sneak peek of the romance pretty early on, before we were 40% through the book. Sadly, “From Bad to Cursed” does not have the LGBTQIA+ aspect that the previous book had going for it, but I must say the romance aspect of this second installment is still heartwarming and fun. I would recommend this book to fans of the close-proximity troupe and for all who enjoyed the character dynamics and setting of the first book in this series: “Payback’s a Witch”. And get ready, because this isn’t the last we’ll see of Thistle Grove, as a third book is announced in the end of this one. I am beyond excited. ARC provided by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mae - Twice Upon A Book

    Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review CW: racism This is the second book in the series but can be read entirely as a standalone I would recommend if you're looking for (SPOILERS) -m/f frenemies to lovers -major denial -forced proximity -paranormal romance -rival families -opposites attract -forbidden romance elements -what happens in the magical forest stays in the magical forest -small town vibes Gosh what a perfect followup. I loved the first book in the series, a Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review CW: racism This is the second book in the series but can be read entirely as a standalone I would recommend if you're looking for (SPOILERS) -m/f frenemies to lovers -major denial -forced proximity -paranormal romance -rival families -opposites attract -forbidden romance elements -what happens in the magical forest stays in the magical forest -small town vibes Gosh what a perfect followup. I loved the first book in the series, a return to home book, and now we are fully immersed in this witchy town and the founding families and this was such a fun romance, with a bit of an adventure/mystery plot that was perfectly balanced. The sexual chemistry was immediately brewing between Issa and Rowan, both committed to their families. Issa's chaotic vibes against Rowan's calmer stoicism. With bad vibes from growing up, these two are forced together and not enjoying it at first but they can't fight it and that first kiss was electric. The way the chemistry and feelings was written in this book was just gorgeous. I could not get over the gorgeous prose, the feelings and just how thrown into this world I was. Fully immersed, needing to know what was going on with the curse, and even more what was going to happen next between Issa and Rowan. I adored how these two protected each other, understood each other, talked through their misunderstandings and used their magic. And I'm so ready for book 3 after that preview. This series just keeps getting better and better. Steam: 3

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily Banocy-Newman

    I will say it again and again, I'm not typically a fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope. This was not the exception to that rule. I was so excited for this book and while I did overall really enjoy this book, the romance portions were lackluster for me. Rowan was so self righteous and mean at the beginning of the book, that it was hard for me to root for them to get together. His disdain and prejudice for her family was unwarranted and simply unnecessary. How hard is it to just be polite to someon I will say it again and again, I'm not typically a fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope. This was not the exception to that rule. I was so excited for this book and while I did overall really enjoy this book, the romance portions were lackluster for me. Rowan was so self righteous and mean at the beginning of the book, that it was hard for me to root for them to get together. His disdain and prejudice for her family was unwarranted and simply unnecessary. How hard is it to just be polite to someone in a public space, especially if you're being forced to work together? Once they got together it was sweet and a little steamy, but ultimately fell flat for me. That being said, I'm still in love with the world-building of Thistle Grove. I love all the descriptions, history, magic and festivals we got to experience in this book. I still want to book a flight and travel there immediately if it were a real place. The Bitters as a haunted house was still just as spectacular as the first book. I also loved Issa as our main character. She was spooky, bad-ass and fashionable and I loved it. The description of her anxiety and panic attacks felt super real and I related so much to that. Overall, I enjoyed this book but, in my personal opinion, it didn't quite live up to the first book. Of course book 3 is on my Most Anticipated List for next year and hopefully that one will blow me out away.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Isidora Asramov is a witch and a damn good one. But she messed up recently so she's very surprised when her mother chooses her to co-lead an investigation into a curse who gravelly harmed a Thorn. Speaking of Thorns, she has one in her side. Rowan Thorn is her partner in this investigation and her arch nemesis. But things might be more complicated than they seem, in every possible way. This was pretty fun. I loved the magic, be I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Isidora Asramov is a witch and a damn good one. But she messed up recently so she's very surprised when her mother chooses her to co-lead an investigation into a curse who gravelly harmed a Thorn. Speaking of Thorns, she has one in her side. Rowan Thorn is her partner in this investigation and her arch nemesis. But things might be more complicated than they seem, in every possible way. This was pretty fun. I loved the magic, being in Isadora's head, the investigation. But I'm not gonna lie, what thrilled me most was said investigation and I figured out some of it pretty early. The romance was just okay for me. I feel like it went from 0 to 100 real quick and I barely understood how it happened. I still had a lot of fun reading this and am looking forward to the next book in this series. I'm really loving the setting and the magic system. and this group of witches is just so loveable, I can't help but want more ASAP!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I’m always here for an idiots to lovers story and this setting is so much fun. I really liked Isidora and Rowan. She seems to be crunchy and he seems to be soft and there’s a lot of history between them. I loved the slow pace of them learning to work together and how that morphed into more. And of course it was delightful to see Talia and Emmy again. Plot wise, it was good. I enjoyed the investigation slash mystery of what was happening with the curses as it paired with Issa and Rowan’s magic. I I’m always here for an idiots to lovers story and this setting is so much fun. I really liked Isidora and Rowan. She seems to be crunchy and he seems to be soft and there’s a lot of history between them. I loved the slow pace of them learning to work together and how that morphed into more. And of course it was delightful to see Talia and Emmy again. Plot wise, it was good. I enjoyed the investigation slash mystery of what was happening with the curses as it paired with Issa and Rowan’s magic. I loved seeing Issa’s badassery and Rowan’s sweet. And okay, sometimes the slow build up was annoying, but well worth it. The reveal was not what I expected. Overall, this was another great story in this world and I can’t wait for the next one. **Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sherwood Smith

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and the second one was just as much fun, though in a different way. Thistle Grove, the community of witches headed by several families, each with its distinctive vibe, comes together for a festival. The general favorite for Queen is Holly Thorn, genuinely nice and a terrific witch--but something goes really wrong, nearly killing her. After a lot of mutual finger pointing, it's decided that mortal enemies (well, next thing to it) Rowan Thorn and Issa I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and the second one was just as much fun, though in a different way. Thistle Grove, the community of witches headed by several families, each with its distinctive vibe, comes together for a festival. The general favorite for Queen is Holly Thorn, genuinely nice and a terrific witch--but something goes really wrong, nearly killing her. After a lot of mutual finger pointing, it's decided that mortal enemies (well, next thing to it) Rowan Thorn and Issa Avramov are the designated investigators. Not only are their families like water and oil, the Thorns being tree-huggers and sweet and nature loving, and the Avramovs a tad sinister, at home with ghosts and things that go bump in the night, but Rowan and Issa have History. Magic and romance switch off, keeping the pacing brisk. I loved the crackling dialogue, I love the characters, I love the diversity. I hope this series will have lots and lots of sequels, as I'm interested in ALL the Thistle Grove families. Copy provided by NetGalley

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    From Bad To Cursed was incredible just as i predicted. I read Lana Harper's first book back in October and reading about the incredible witchy town that is Thistle Grove made me feel so at home. So much so that I was DESPERATE for the sequel! I was incredibly lucky to receive an arc of it and let me just say it does NOT disappoint. Issa might be one of my favourite characters of all time, not just within this series! Harper did a fantastic job at staying true to that cozy feeling book one create From Bad To Cursed was incredible just as i predicted. I read Lana Harper's first book back in October and reading about the incredible witchy town that is Thistle Grove made me feel so at home. So much so that I was DESPERATE for the sequel! I was incredibly lucky to receive an arc of it and let me just say it does NOT disappoint. Issa might be one of my favourite characters of all time, not just within this series! Harper did a fantastic job at staying true to that cozy feeling book one created, while also seamlessly expanding the world. Her writing is so vivid, I can very easily imagine myself there at all of the festivities taking place. The whodunit aspect of the book was a fun addition that will definitely keep readers on the edge of their seats. Finally, I am NOT a romance reader. Like ever. Even now any romance that I pick up they have to have a magical or paranormal spin on them, which is why I love the Thistle Grove series so much!  But the enemies to lovers trope was so fun to read about with a witchy spin! The only thing I wish is that there was more of it!! That might just be me being bias but I'm ALWAYS going to wish these books were longer! I can't wait to read but three! *Thank you so much to Penguin Random House and Netgalley for an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review*

  23. 5 out of 5

    Annemieke / A Dance with Books

    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. 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 under 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. 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Lana Harper really knows how to write a book that packs a wickedly romantic punch! I adored Payback’s A Witch. I “patiently” waited weeks for chance to listen to the audiobook. And I LOVED the book so much! From Bad to Cursed, the second book in the paranormal romance series: The Witches from Thistle Grove series is here with all the witchy vibes. It has a slow building romance that doesn’t disappoint. From Bad to Cursed may possibly be better than Payback’s A Witch. I did not think that was poss Lana Harper really knows how to write a book that packs a wickedly romantic punch! I adored Payback’s A Witch. I “patiently” waited weeks for chance to listen to the audiobook. And I LOVED the book so much! From Bad to Cursed, the second book in the paranormal romance series: The Witches from Thistle Grove series is here with all the witchy vibes. It has a slow building romance that doesn’t disappoint. From Bad to Cursed may possibly be better than Payback’s A Witch. I did not think that was possible, but the magic, the mystery, and the thrill the story captured my attention from the first chapter. From Bad to Cursed is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story with magical powers and mystery. The best part of this book is that you don’t have to read Payback’s A Witch to enjoy it. However, you should read it! Seriously though, go read it now if you haven’t already. If you enjoy paranormal romance, enemies-to-lover, forbidden romance, or forced proximity then this magical world is sure to cast a spell on you! Thank you to Berkley and Netgalley for gifting me a copy of this magical eARC!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brittanica Bold

    “Disaster and hero, monster and martyr, beauty and beast. Choose your own dichotomy because it doesn’t matter. We were always built to be both.” AHHHHH I loved this book! It had romance, mystery, magical duels, social awareness, steam, and heart. It’s the perfect little bewitching package! Goodies: • Enemies-to-lovers • LGBTQIA+ representation • Racial diversity • Creative world-building What I liked about the book: 1. The first thing I want to point out is how easy this sequel was to follow for “Disaster and hero, monster and martyr, beauty and beast. Choose your own dichotomy because it doesn’t matter. We were always built to be both.” AHHHHH I loved this book! It had romance, mystery, magical duels, social awareness, steam, and heart. It’s the perfect little bewitching package! Goodies: • Enemies-to-lovers • LGBTQIA+ representation • Racial diversity • Creative world-building What I liked about the book: 1. The first thing I want to point out is how easy this sequel was to follow for me, someone who did not read the first book. The need-to-know characters and plot of the first book were presented in a clear way without being an information dump. I did not feel anything went over my head by not reading book 1 in the series. 2. The worldbuilding was a little on the lighter side than I was expecting, but it was still good. I could totally see this lending well to a movie that I would watch every Halloween right up there with the Harry Potter marathons. I also enjoyed how there was a pretty clear indication of Thistle Grove being a beautifully weird town still in the middle of America. The fact that the town caters to tourists who think the magic is purely for show is ingenious! Makes me want to find Thistle Grove! 3. I thought it was hilarious that Isidora was creating an enemies-to-lovers vampire themed haunted house, when going into this we knew this was going to be an enemies-to-lovers witch themed love story. I also loved how throughout her creative process, Isidora totally called herself out on her story imitating her own life with Rowan! This little detail took the comparison from corny to downright hilarious! 4. I LOVED ALL THE REPRESENTATION!!!! Within this world, we got so much LGBTQIA+ representation, racial diversity, and lifestyle diversity that I was downright giddy! I especially loved how the author didn’t shy away from the topic of Rowan being a black man who still had to deal with the unjust societal implications surrounding his skin tone outside of Thistle Grove. 5. Speaking of Rowan, I loved most of the characters in this book! Let’s focus on our main two though. Isidora is a spunky little badass who doesn’t need anyone to save her! She is cocky in the best ways possible, shockingly loving, and a true QUEEN! I love that SHE saved HIM multiple times and that she was behind a lot of their discoveries along the way! She was also super empowering of other women, and that rocks! What a great representative for International Women's Day! Rowan is a gentleman in the streets, dirty in the sheets and this is quickly becoming my new favorite type of fictional man! I also loved that he was such a nurturing person once Isidora let him get close to her. And that panic attack scene!!!! OH MY GAWD! As someone who has suffered from panic attacks (shoutout to the author for writing about this!), this was EVERYTHING to me! I instantly had big swoony heart eyes for Rowan after this. What didn’t do it for me: 1. These characters felt like high schoolers during various parts of the book, rather than a 25- and a 29-year-old. While we got steam (which, thank you!), I also felt like the drama we got (especially from Isidora) was pretty juvenile at times. Special thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for the opportunity to read this lovely book in exchange for my honest review. Make sure you check it out when it releases May 17th! 4 bewitching stars!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bambi Unbridled

    In this second installment of the Thistle Grove series, we get a closer look at Rowan Thorn and the Avramov younger sister, Isidora. This is an enemies-to-lovers tale, and I love to get wrapped up in the drama of those. When the two are thrown together to investigate magical misconduct, tempers and sparks fly. I’m glad this book was from Isidora’s point of view, as I was drawn more to the Avramovs than the Harlows in the first book, Payback’s a Witch. Issa was sassy and fun, with that dangerous In this second installment of the Thistle Grove series, we get a closer look at Rowan Thorn and the Avramov younger sister, Isidora. This is an enemies-to-lovers tale, and I love to get wrapped up in the drama of those. When the two are thrown together to investigate magical misconduct, tempers and sparks fly. I’m glad this book was from Isidora’s point of view, as I was drawn more to the Avramovs than the Harlows in the first book, Payback’s a Witch. Issa was sassy and fun, with that dangerous Avramov edge. She actually came off as more powerful than her elder sister, Talia. Issa was great at thinking on her feet and making quick decisions in a crisis. We got a peek into her vulnerability when it came to her professional wants, but I wish this would’ve been expounded upon as it didn’t quite draw me in. I felt like her work at the Emporium fit her much better than sustainable fashion designer. Rowan Thorn, our hunky green man, comes off as very “boy next door” and the complete opposite of Issa. I’m not sure he quite overcame the “holier than thou” personality for me, but maybe that will come as the series progresses. I did like that he was a veterinarian and his magic was definitely cool. But I found myself more interested in the Thorn demesne, Honeycake, than our hero. The orchards and underground pools sound like a place I’d love to visit. Lots of diversity in this series, so I feel like there is someone for everyone to connect to. I find it funny that I’m more drawn to the necromantic family, of which most of the town is leery. But they come off as the underdogs to me, and I like to see them rise above expectations to the chagrin of the skeptics.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heron

    From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper is the second book in The Witches of Thistle Grove series. I really enjoyed Payback’s a Witch and this continued to have the fun, charming small-town witchy vibes mixed with a good deal of intrigue and worldbuilding. While I didn’t connect with the characters quite as much, this was still a fast and enjoyable witchy romance. This book follows Isidora Avramov, younger sister of main character Talia Avramov from the first installment. When a tragedy happens at This From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper is the second book in The Witches of Thistle Grove series. I really enjoyed Payback’s a Witch and this continued to have the fun, charming small-town witchy vibes mixed with a good deal of intrigue and worldbuilding. While I didn’t connect with the characters quite as much, this was still a fast and enjoyable witchy romance. This book follows Isidora Avramov, younger sister of main character Talia Avramov from the first installment. When a tragedy happens at Thistle Grove’s Beltane festival, a tragedy involving a dark necromantic curse, Issa is nominated to help investigate the event… along with Rowan Thorn, member of the rival Thorn family and Issa’s personal, longtime nemesis. At its heart, this is an enemies to lovers romance, and while I thought the ‘enemies’ premise was a bit weak and lacked teeth, the arc between Isidora and Rowan was thoughtful and sweet. The romance in this one took a backseat to me to the mystery, spooky necromantic curses, witchy festivals ranging from sensual revel to solemn ceremony, and development of Thistle Grove and its lore. I’ve seen a few people tagging this as an F/F romance, so as a note, this book definitely centers an M/F romance. The F/F couple from the first book gets a fair amount of screen time but is by no means center stage. Isidora mentions a rainbow crop top she wears to Pride, so I am assuming she is queer, but no specific label is given to her on page that I noted. If you’re looking for a fun, witchy romcom, this series is easy to read and a great way to whisk yourself away to the magical town of Thistle Grove. I’ll definitely be continuing with the series when the next book is released! Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for an advance review copy. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katie Swezey

    Thank you so much Berkley Publishing for my free copy of this book! I give it 4.5 stars ⭐️ I had so much fun returning to Thistle Grove for their May Day festivities…. And even more fun when I discovered this book had a paranormal mystery vibe to it! In fact this book was essentially a mash up of all my favourite genres, Mystery, Rom Com, and Fantasy/Magical. I really loved Isadora Avramov as our protagonist. She was headstrong and funny and much more “traditionally witchy” than Emmy from Paybac Thank you so much Berkley Publishing for my free copy of this book! I give it 4.5 stars ⭐️ I had so much fun returning to Thistle Grove for their May Day festivities…. And even more fun when I discovered this book had a paranormal mystery vibe to it! In fact this book was essentially a mash up of all my favourite genres, Mystery, Rom Com, and Fantasy/Magical. I really loved Isadora Avramov as our protagonist. She was headstrong and funny and much more “traditionally witchy” than Emmy from Payback. That being said, Lana Harper continued to do excel in using these stories to explore what it’s like to come to terms with embracing who you are and what you want for yourself. Which is something I loved so much about the first book. Rowan was a lovely character. Kind and unwavering. A beautiful opposites attract moment. The only reason this book isn’t 5 stars is because I felt the transition from Rowan and Issa being “enemies” to lovers was a little too quick and also Isadora said a variation of “I’m an Avramov” every few pages.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    I continue to really love this series. Lana Harper is an amazing writer and she truly brings this setting to life through her prose. The addition of the mystery in this installment was right up my alley and I found myself more interested in that aspect of the plot than the romance. I also had a similar problem with the first book in this series. I'm not sure if these are the best books if you want a swoony romance but they are great if you want to follow the lives of witches in a small, cozy tow I continue to really love this series. Lana Harper is an amazing writer and she truly brings this setting to life through her prose. The addition of the mystery in this installment was right up my alley and I found myself more interested in that aspect of the plot than the romance. I also had a similar problem with the first book in this series. I'm not sure if these are the best books if you want a swoony romance but they are great if you want to follow the lives of witches in a small, cozy town with a nice little addition of romance every once and awhile. This was just so cozy and a fast read. I'll definitely pick up more in this series as they are released.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This was a highly entertaining enemies to lovers paranormal, interracial romance perfect for fans of The ex hex. Issa and Rowan are from two of the founding magical families of Thistle Grove. When weird things start happening, these two agree to put aside their family's feud in order to team up and investigate what's going on. Along the way sparks fly (literally) and they have to battle demons and ghosts in order to get their small town back under control. Highly entertaining and great on audio. This was a highly entertaining enemies to lovers paranormal, interracial romance perfect for fans of The ex hex. Issa and Rowan are from two of the founding magical families of Thistle Grove. When weird things start happening, these two agree to put aside their family's feud in order to team up and investigate what's going on. Along the way sparks fly (literally) and they have to battle demons and ghosts in order to get their small town back under control. Highly entertaining and great on audio. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my advance review copy.

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