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review 2018-10-18 00:17
Lark! The Herald Angels Sing
Lark! The Herald Angels Sing - Donna Andrews

I only borrowed this as an audiobook (just became available) and my daughter and I listened to the whole book on a road trip to Elizabethtown and back again. We were giggling over different sections of the book and cheering at other parts and just thoroughly enjoyed the story. 

 

Meg is running the Christmas Program and when a baby is found in the manger, she has to prove that it isn't her brother's child and then find the real mom of the baby as she has been trusted to keep the baby because she and Michael are foster parents for her area. When the real mom is found, it is also found out that her husband is the man that is being hunted by Clay County police for the murder of another man. One that Caerphilly police do not believe he committed and they want to get him to a safe place so that he is not murdered in the jail. 

 

This was a really good book and the story just kept you wanting to know more. I was so frustrated at points because I really wanted to read the book (driving not an option), so that I could get through the book a little faster to find out what was going to happen next. 

 

This is the newest book by Donna Andrews in the series. 

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review 2018-10-13 23:29
Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla Vane
Night Shift - Nalini Singh,Lisa Shearin,Ilona Andrews,Milla Vane

The Secrets of Midnight by Nalini Singh

Such a cute and wonderful story. It's predictable, but so fun to read. 4.5 stars

Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews
Fantastic world, great storyline, and awesome characters. I fell in love with Jim and really appreciated that Dali wasn't "a gorgeous kick-ass heroine with amazing rack". Such a nice change. More than 5 stars

Lucky Charms by Lisa Shearin
Interesting world. There were too many characters and they weren't as solid as in the first two stories. But Mac's work sounded interesting and for the prequel novella, it was good enough to make me interested in reading the first book of the series. 4 stars

The Beast of Blackmoor by Milla Vane
Big disappointment. The story wasn't urban fantasy or paranormal romance. It was erotica and I didn't like the style or the setting. The characters were okay, but there was too much sex in it and the way these scenes were written was just creepy. 2 stars

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review 2018-10-10 17:33
Second Book All Over the Place
Magic Burns - Ilona Andrews

I have to say that I am glad that I stuck with this series. When I read these first two books I was not impressed. My re-read has not changed my impression at all. The world building in book #2 needs improved. We had a lot of new characters and we get information dumps galore. Curran, still acted like an ass and we still have Kate version #1 that seems to just blunder around.

 

"Magic Burns" has Kate working for the Pack again to retrieve some stolen maps. Along the way she also gets involved in an investigation about how a coven of witches goes missing. She ends up meeting on of the leaders daughter's (Julie) and ends up doing what she can to keep the girl safe from harm. Include in a mysterious man that is able to disappear at will and two gods that seem to be at the center of this, and we have Kate doing what she can to keep Atlanta from being destroyed by demons. 

 

We still know that Kate is keeping some big bad secret about herself, and it's still not been revealed (2 books in btw). She mentions that she has stopped drinking, which it never made any sense to me why book #1 Kate had a drinking problem. Why would she even be that sloppy to put herself in harm's way if a fight breaks out? If this isn't enough, Kate sticks her nose in when her ex-whatever and Curran's ex-girlfriend want to marry. Kate does some sad story about her life and man oh man the self-pity made me roll my eyes. It doesn't even match up to what we know about Kate's early life. Also how was this Kate ever going to beat the big mysterious bad that she only alludes to in this book based on how she is acting? 


The only things I really liked was Kate's back and forth with Bran, Derek, and the Oracle. There is that smartass Kate we all know and love. I do have to say her sudden friendship with Andrea doesn't really work since this is the first book we even meet Andrea. It was still nice to meet the Bouda Clan though and we get our first looks at Aunt B and Raphael. 

 

I really don't like the whole way that Curran's Pack leadership was set up. He sounds like a tyrant and an asshole in the first couple of books. He isn't that way in the later books and actually listens to the other alphas and those around him. I think there is even a scene when Doolittle of all people bows to him. Slight spoiler: The same Doolittle who went HAM on Raphael's ass when he thanked him and it could have cost Andrea her life and doesn't put up with Curran or Kate's BS when they are hurt. 

 

Also I think in this case we have two or maybe three instances of Curran threatening to kill Curran and then telling her that she will beg to sleep with him (it was gross and awful and I wanted it to stop). He even tells her that she will thank him afterwards. Gag. 

 

Derek is vaguely okay in this one. Still fighting besides Kate and seems to have a mind of his own. Julie was a fool. One wonders why Kate pinged on her so hard. Julie in later books comes into her own. This one though, I went eh about. 

 

The worldbuilding is a bit of a mess in this one. We hear about beastskins for the first time and then we also get into the goddess Morrigan and her myths along with the Maiden, Mother, and Crone archtypes in this book too. We also still have vampires and shapeshifters running around. And this is the first time the name Roland is used and we know that the Order is worried about him. 

 

The ending leaves things with Curran trying to trap Kate into dating him. I don't know. I just rolled my eyes and finished this thing. 

 

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text 2018-10-08 19:29
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Magic Burns - Ilona Andrews

So far the only good thing about this is that this book introduces Julie. Geez books #1 and #2 make my head hurt.

 

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review 2018-10-07 16:34
Gah! All the feels on this wonderful finale!
Magic Triumphs - Ilona Andrews

At the risk of repeating myself, this is one of the absolute best urban fantasy series around. Kate Daniels and I got off to a rocky start; it took me two tries to get into book one, but once past that point, I was hooked. Yes, there was maybe one book that I thought didn’t have the character growth I would have liked to see, however, Ilona Andrews pretty much brilliantly sustained this series.

 

Let’s start with the world building. The idea of having a world that alternately and randomly gets swamped with either magic or tech working is first-rate. Throw in paranormal mythologies from cultures around the globe and incredibly evocative writing, and you’ve got stories that hum along at the perfect pace.

 

You want humour? This isn’t one of those super snarky uf series (yeah, yeah, I know that’s what I write as my other persona Deborah Wilde), and obviously I love those. Kate may not be snarky but there is tons of humour in these books. In fact, the banter in Magic Triumphs was continually hilarious. I read it with a huge smile on my face.

 

I was worried going in to this story that we’d lose the characters I so dearly love at the expense of the giant battle that we’ve been building towards for many many books. Even that was cleverly subverted. At no point did I glaze over during the fight sequences as I’m so wont to do. I was completely satisfied with where Curran and Kate ended up, as well as the secondary characters and I’m looking forward to the spin-off series.

 

Ten+ books is a commitment, I know, but if you’ve wanted to try out urban fantasy, I can’t think of a better series to jump into. And now it’s complete and completely fabulous.

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