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review 2016-06-06 23:44
Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews
Magic Stars - Ilona Andrews

Love! Even though this was a novella (which doesn't always work for me or many readers), this book was great - in fact, my only disappointment is that it wasn't a full length novel. I could read a full length novel with Derek. I could read a full length novel with Julie. I beg that they make a full length novel with both in the way of Gunmetal Magic.

 

Even though this is told from Derek's perspective (and we get a little glimpse into how broken he is), the real kicker is the foreshadowing for coming Kate Daniels books around Julie's building power as a witch. Ilona Andrews is setting up some edge-of-your seat stuff and I cannot wait.

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review 2016-03-29 18:25
Sweetest surprise.
Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane) - Elizabeth Hoyt

Guess who's back, back again. Hoyt is back, tell a friend.

 

After missing the magic in a couple of the middling Maiden Lane books and seriously scratching my head wondering what had happened to one of my favorite series, Sweetest Scoundrel provided the answer. They didn't include a Makepeace.

 

Asa Makepeace, an 'aggressive,foul-mouthed theatre manager' provided all the gas lit drama and flare that I had been missing - and when his wild-poetic side came out - I knew that I was a Hoyt believer again.

 

Eve Dinwoody is the perfect foil for Asa. Introverted, shy and somewhat recluse, Asa drives her out of her shell and she grounds him and brings out the best.

 

And I didn't know I was waiting for a Makepeace family reunion, but I clearly was! This family is clearly what makes the series for me - we don't see them together very often, but their humble background (and sometimes jade) brings an earthiness to the stories that make their triumphs with an aristocrat on their arm most entertaining.

 

Passionate and fun, I really enjoyed this book and am anxiously waiting Duke of Sin.

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review 2016-03-22 01:01
My world is always made right when I read Kate Daniels.
Magic Shifts - Ilona Andrews

"The ghoul stared at me. I gave him my best psychotic smile."

 

Kate. Daniels. New claim-er of post-shift Atlanta, ex-consort, divorced of the pack, fiance to a one, Curran Lennart, formally the Beast Lord, and all around butt-kicker extraordinaire is pulled from her hum-drum, low-key life to investigate the disappearance of a friend, Eduardo the were-bison.

 

All of that is true except that the words 'hum-drum' and 'low-key' belong in a sentence with the name Kate Daniels about as well bananas belong with mayo.

 

Which means not at all. Bananas and mayo do not belong together, and don't try to tell me otherwise.

 

Nope. Kate and Curran have a lot on their collective plates and as Magic Shifts literally shifts from one closed plot arc to the beginning of the next, one would think that this bridge book could have a case of the meh's.

 

 

“You see, the mailman saw your husband during one of his walks.”

“He’s my fiancé,” I told her. “We are living in sin.”

 

Part of the reason that this story steers far clear of 'meh' is the change of scenery, the move to the suburbs. It is so entertaining watching this transition from pack politics to everyday 'human' life. Curran has to adjust, Kate has to teach and be patient. The reverse in roles is brilliant and fresh, so while we still get all the great magical sleuthing and terrifying monster mayhem, all the characters reacting to a new dynamic is really great.

 

“I thought you might be injured.”

He looked at me. “We’ve met, you and I?”

I deliberately took a big step back.

“What?” he growled.

“I’m making room for your ego.”

 

The humor is all there.

 

 

“Fine. I should’ve left a note!”

 

“You should’ve.”

 

“Answer me this, did you hesitate at all or did you see the giant, go ‘Wheee!’ and run toward it?"

 

As is the amazing fight scenes which we've come to expect. The husband/wife team of Ilona Andrew's has mind blowing talent with these. I never skim them. They are always thrilling and edge of your seat. It's damn exciting stuff.

 

Even Kate's insecurities and vulnerabilities, which could easily have been fully explored in the seven previous books, has new levels of haymaker to the gut.

 

"You are a leper. Everyone you touch is tainted.” Wow. “Being your ally is a death warrant. I gain nothing by supporting you. I run the risk of angering you by refusing service, but you left the Pack, so you are no longer in a position to wield it against me, and you won’t take any actions to punish me directly, because you are shackled by your own morals.”

 

I really cannot get enough of this series. We've started the wrap up and I'm both sad to see the beginning of the end and excited to see what is to come.

 

 

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text 2015-05-22 03:16
Ilona Andrews swept me away...again.
Clean Sweep - Ilona Andrews

I loved it. Everything you expect from Ilona Andrews - blue-electric sizzle-y awesomeness with some big-grin squeeing moments.

 

 

Here are some favorite quotes with my frivolous commentary:

 

"For me hotness was a complicated matter involving brains, humor, and some other things, but all that aside, I was willing to admit Sean Evans was nice to look at."

 

 

Amen


"Beast grabbed it and took it under the table, making happy monster-dog noises."


Everyone needs a monster dog. Only Ilona Andrews makes a monster dog a Shi-Tzu. Only Ilona Andrews makes me actually want a real life barking, yapping, little brat that is a Shi-Tzu. I'd name it Beast and pretend it had four rows of teeth.

 

"If they arrested him, I'd totally bail him out."


Me too Dina, me too. We are on the same page.


"When a man takes up arms, he does so for many reasons. Sometimes to punish, sometimes to intimidate or frighten. But when a woman picks up a weapon, she means to kill."


I will admit that the rabid killing ability didn't creep out of me until I had children. I concur with the above statement.


Of Arland, "Look at my big teeth. I'm an apex predator. My genetic material is awesome"


The picture in my head of Arland is some creation of Disney...if Disney did adult. And vampires.


"Mhm," Arland said. "I have spent my spare time studying literature popular with young women of this planet. One should always study the battlefield."

 

Sean glanced at him. "And?"

 

"I suggest you give up now. According to my research, in a vampire-werewolf love triangle, the vampire always gets the girl."


That's it, Ilona Andrews. *bows down* We're not worthy.

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review 2015-01-02 21:23
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Magic Strikes - Ilona Andrews

5 stars

 

 

I would go out into the street right now and scream at the top of my lungs that this book is awesome. I would. But writing it calmly on GR has much more chances of causing some kind of positive effect. Besides, I might have already done it on NYE. My memory fails me.

 

If I decided to organise the Kate Daniels books I've read so far (only three), based on their level of perfection, this book would probably be number one. Granted, I barely remember "Magic Bites" except for the cannibalism and Curran breaking a chair or whatever over the torture of his current mate. "Magic Burns" was awesomesauce. The action and mythology blew my mind. Tornado-style. But "Magic Strikes"! "Magic Strikes", people! It destroyed my panties AND my brain. It wrecked my poor feels. It was utterly devastating (in the best way possible).

 

Do you want a plot description?! I don't think so. Read da blurb! Right now I'm gonna rant.

 

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The Midnight Games gave me the best fight scenes ever. I haven't been this involved in an action scene in God knows how long.

 

I was introduced to incredibly creative characters of unimaginable beauty, while others where hideously repulsive. Ilona Andrews couples her imagination with an extensive mythological research, and manages to keep introducing us to brand new creatures, weapons and fighting techniques. I am overwhelmed with fascination every single time.

 

Kate and Curran made tremendous progress! He is so goddamn delicious. Every description of him makes my mouth water. Andrews can make Curran eating a hamburger like a pig seem like a sexy thing. But oh... the hot tub scene!

 

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Undoubtedly the funniest, sexiest and most gripping installment so far!

 

Whatever problems you may have with urban fantasy, Ilona Andrews' writing is fresh, compelling, amusing (I laughed like a maniac) and emotionally charged. Trust me, you'll want to meet this woman who doesn't hesitate in sacrificing herself to protect those she loves, who hides her emotional self behind her badassery, who arrives home every day battered and bruised, but having saved multiple lives. Kate Daniels is my favourite heroine. And I don't believe she can be beat.

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