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review 2018-09-11 17:32
First Book in Series is a Letdown; Keep With It Though, Book Three is Pretty Great
Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews

Yikes. I forgot how much I didn't like Curran or how Kate was portrayed in book #1. I really wanted Kate to take a fire extinguisher to his head and beat him to death. At one point he grabs her by the throat and tries to beat her cause she disobeyed him. How did I forget this??? The world building wasn't that great either. Things jumped around too much and did I mention I hated Curran? Like a lot. 

 

"Magic Bites" is the first book in the Kate Daniels series. I know that I ended up reading this book back when I was in Iraq and I think I started reading the other two books after this while in Afghanistan and when I was permanently stay side. I don't know why I kept with them since the re-read brought back all of my disgust with the  first book in the series. 

 

Kate Daniels is a mercenary who starts investigating when her guardian is murdered. Kate who resisted being part of the Order or Knights of Merciful Aid. Now she is taking on a job in order to see justice done. Bodies are piling up on the People's side (humans who navigate vampires) and Shapeshifters side (the Pack led by the Beast Lord Curran). Kate isn't doing a great job navigating that mess and also seeing about dating a random guy she meets named Crest. 

 

Kate is  not the Kate that I am used to in this one. She stumbles around and tells people things they shouldn't know and or taunts them. She also seems to be a barely functioning alcoholic at times depending on the scene. We see glimpses of the Kate we are used to when she's working along side Derek or using her knowledge to fight. We don't know what secrets Kate has, but it seems big enough for something big and ugly deciding that it plans on taking her against her will. We know that her guardian and his ex-wife were close to her father and mother. But then again a lot of things said in this book doesn't match with what I know now, so part of my brain started to hurt trying to track all of this. 

 

Curran is an asshole. He purposely tries to intimidate Kate, puts his hands on her, and then accuses her of liking attention when she refuses to do what he says. I wanted someone to beat the mess out of him. 

 

I also hate how in the end he's the one that takes out the bad guy.

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The Derek in this one sucked. He tells Kate that she needs a stronger man to tell her no. And talks about how not pretty she is. How did Kate not murder everyone?

 

We get our first glances at Mahon (who is not written consistently I am seeing from this book through the rest of the series) Jim, Dr. Doolittle, Ghastek, Saiman and others. And even Kate's reactions with these people isn't how we have seen her in the books in the rest of the series. Mahon is freaking reasonable which made me laugh. Dr. Doolittle si the same though at least in personality so that was nice to see. I still don't like Jim, but that's nothing new. 

 

The writing was just okay in this one. Not a lot of things make sense due to the world building not being that clearly defined. We had dialogue, a murder mystery, and then you would read about power words and wonder where did they come from. I think the biggest issue is that Andrews hid stuff from the readers that made it hard to know what was going on with Kate and why Curran was so interested in finding out. 

 

The ending has Kate on a slightly new path with her being a friend of the Pack. I would have passed on that last thing. 

 

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text 2018-09-11 14:12
Reading progress update: I've read 80%.
Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews

Wow. I forgot how much I disliked Curran in book one. The world building is not that tight in this one either. Probably because we know that Kate is hiding something, but she hasn't told the reader yet.

 

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review 2018-03-29 21:21
The Lost Plot...
The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman

The Lost Plot is the fourth book in The Invisible Library series and it was my favorite of them all.  There was tons of action and overall it felt like the whole story was constructed better then the others.  Plus, Albreicht didn't make an appearance- thankfully. That storyline is completely played out so I was glad to get a break from it. I wasn't ready for the ending though so I'm dying to see what happens with Kai.

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review 2018-03-26 23:50
The Burning Page...
The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman

So I have a couple of things I need to vent about...

 

One, I absolutely can not believe Irene kissed %$&#! I totally did not see that coming! I guess I should have though since she's a huge fan of "The Great Detective." She just couldn't resist that storyline. Lol  Sorry I'm a Dragon fan myself. : )

 

Second, I found it completely unbelievable that Irene did not realize Zayhanna's 'role' from the moment she showed up unannounced. Now that I did see! It came across as hasty and weak plot construction.

 

And what's up with Albreicht- is he or isn't he?? I'm sure I already know the answer to that but his story is starting to get old to me.

 

Lastly, what happened to Bradamant and the rest of the Librarians that were off preventing ways to stop Albreicht. They never did make an appearance at the end.

 

Also just to note, I switched from listening to the audio book to just reading the book because I didn't care for Susan Duerdon's performance in this one. Surprising a little because, I really liked her in The Rook but she just didn't do it for me in this one.


 

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review 2018-03-22 22:19
The Shadow Series- Book 1...
Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen

I LOVED this story! It's going on my 10* favorites shelf. I think you absolutely have to listen to the audio to get the full experience of Nettie Lonesome aka Nat aka Rhett.

 

On the surface it's a dark and gritty, western fantasy but down deep it's a whole lot more then that. The author touches on quite a few serious topics-gender identity; sexual orientation, racism, cultural identity, slavery etc.

 

The entire story was just so well written too. If you haven't read it, you should definitely add it the audio to your 'TBR-Now' pile.

 

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