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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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review 2014-08-29 22:52
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
Magic Burns - Ilona Andrews

5 stars


It's over. I finished this book.


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It was mind-blowing and addictive and original and creepy and action-packed. I'm having a relapse!


I need more post-apocalyptic Atlanta. I want to have my life invaded by unconventional, mindless, Gollum-like vampires. I need maniac and kinky shapeshifters to make me laugh. I wish I could immerse myself in Celtic mythology again, dealing with foul-smelling reeves, the Shepherd and Ugad. And misty warrior Bran.


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I need more Curran. The scenes involving him and Kate were my favourite. I wish I could have my own Beast Lord. But I would jump him straightaway. Yes, I am criticising you and your resistance, Kate.


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I need more Kate. I actually admire her bravery and exceptionally strong death-wish. She's so reckless and badass and sarcastic and inherently good. I don't think I have ever loved a heroine as much as I love Kate Daniels. She's both a girl-crush and a heroine. A loner and a mercenary, her powers enveloped in secrecy, her life a deadly rollercoaster, Kate is a thrilling character I certainly want to follow.


I will never get tired of this series. I quite simply adore the quirky characters, this new take on urban fantasy and the mythology, being the geek that I am. Celtic god wars was great. But paranormal Hunger Games sounds just as juicy. Especially if His Furry Highness is involved.


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review 2013-11-26 21:18
Review: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews

SERIES: Kate Daniels, #1



When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta's magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate's guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league—but she wouldn't have it any other way…



I have to admit that the beginning of this book was pretty slow for me.  I came close to putting it down. I persevered because so many people like this book I hoped it would get better... and boy howdy, it did!  I was also really curious for Curran to come into the story as he seems to get a lot of "favorite male character" votes. It took awhile for his first appearance, and even then it was brief but we see more of him as the story progresses. He kinda has that alphahole thing going on, but I love the way Kate doesn't take shit from him and even says things she knows will provoke him. Kate, as you can guess, is a kick-ass heroine and a smart ass. She seems to have some kind of secret she is keeping and I'm thinking this and her relationship with Curran is going to be a slow reveal throughout the books in the series.


I would like to have learned more about the world and why the magic came back and why it comes in alternating waves of magic and technology.  Perhaps this is something that gets built upon in subsequent books.  There is a dark feel to this world as well.  There are many supernatural creatures. Andrews takes a different direction with the vampires. They are almost zombie-like, driven by blood lust unless they are controlled by a necromantic navigator who uses them for their own means. Almost in a servant-like capacity. 


So the book started out as a two-star for me at the beginning and then moved to a 3-star as things got a little more interesting and Kate started having more interactions with other characters, but ended up being a 4-star by the end. I was really glued to the book and spent most of the day finishing it up. I wanted to keep reading when it was done and even now keep getting an urge to pick up the next book.  When I looked up the other books in the series I realized I had the anthology that contained the prequel to this series, so I jumped right into that one. It is the story of how Kate and Saimen first meet when Kate is hired to be a bodyguard for him. This is actually briefly mentioned in Magic Bites. Saimen, who is a shapeshifter, as in he can shift into any shape not just one, was actually one of the first characters that really interested me. I hope he will show up in future books.


So yes, color me hooked. I will definitely be continuing this series. 

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text 2013-11-15 04:01
Just Started: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews


"It's a reflex. Hear a bell, get food. See an Undead, throw a knife. Same thing, really."




I recently started this one. So many people love this series that I finally had to give it a try. The quote above on page 3 is a good omen of book goodness to come!



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