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Review: “Magic Bites” by Ilona Andrews

I finished reading the fantastic fifth installment of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, Magic Slays, on Monday, 13 June. A friend and I decided to re-read the first four books during a Goodreads’ group’s read-a-thon this week. On Tuesday, we finished our re-read of Magic Bites.

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic . . .

One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds. In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy . . .

Mass Market Paperback, 260 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Ace
ISBN#: 9780441014897

My rating:

Re-Read: 14 June 2011

I first read Magic Bleeds when it was released in 2007. I loved it back then and loved it this time too. There were a lot of things I’d forgotten, so after reading Magic Slays, it was fun to return to the beginning and remember how it all started.

If you haven’t read any of the books, you may want to stop reading here … I’m not using spoiler tags or blocking my entire review, but there are spoilers throughout – Consider yourself warned! 😉

The things that strike me most about Kate are her ability to power on when she’s about to die or, at least, feels like she is. She’s very modest about her pain and her abilities. She hates working with others and being responsible for their safety, yet she’s a very compassionate and protective person when she’s put in that position. She is snarky as hell and I love it. Her sense of humor keeps me laughing and keeps her enemies off balance. She doesn’t change who she is to please anyone. And she’s brutally honest, to a fault sometimes.

Refreshers I enjoyed the most: Her first meeting with Curran, her first impression of Aunt B, her first Pack meeting and subsequent bond with Derek, and her first medical treatment with Dr. Doolittle.

I cannot believe I’d forgotten she didn’t know Jim was on the Pack council. It was fun reading about their initial “partnership” as well. I loved “meeting” Ghastek and Saiman again. Saiman is a strange bird. Such an interesting character. I also love Maxine. I wish I could do that! And, Rowena – funny “meeting her again” when I know what I know now.

It was so much fun reading the banter between Kate and Curran, which starts immediately upon meeting him with her “Here, Kitty, Kitty.” The scenes between them, like her sending him a saucer of milk when he’s left the med-tank early to follow her on her date with Crest, are a hoot. Especially knowing what’s to come. So many times I was thinking, “If you only knew!”

I’m going to be re-read the rest of the series over the next two days and can’t wait! It’s a perfect fix after Magic Slays and slows the Kate & Curran withdrawal. But, once I’m done with Magic Bleeds, I’ll either have to start all over or stew as I anxiously await book #6, which is expected sometime in 2012.


Covers Around the World ~ Ilona Andrews’ ‘Kate Daniels’ Series

I have a serious case of cover love.

And, I’m anxious to start reading Ilona Andrews’ 5th Kate Daniels book, Magic Slays. I’ve got a big crush on Curran and love Kate’s fierceness. So, I decided to combine my loves and spotlight the international covers (I could find) for this fantastic series.

Book #1: “Magic Bites”

In order shown: US, UK, Germany, Spain, France, Poland & China
Magic Bites Montage

Book #2: “Magic Burns”

In order shown: US, UK, Germany, Spain, France, Poland & China
Magic Burns Montage

Book #3: “Magic Strikes”

In order shown: US, UK, Germany, Spain & France
Magic Strikes Montage

Book #4: “Magic Bleeds”

In order shown: US & Germany
Magic Bleeds Montage

Book #5: “Magic Slays”

In order shown: US & Germany
Magic Slays Montage

Have you started this series yet?
If not, WHY? Start Now! You will not be sorry you did!

To find out more about this series, check out: Ilona & Gordon’s Website | Goodreads

Wishing Well Wednesday (Oh, Happy Day!)

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.

Happy Birthday!

Some highly anticipated next-in-series books are being released this week. Have you gotten yours yet? Here are some we’ve been looking forward to reading.

Magic Slays {Kate Daniels #5} by Ilona Andrews

Get Your Copy Today!
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Description from Goodreads:

Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.

So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price…

Kiss of Snow {Psy-Changeling #10} by Nalini Singh

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Description from Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s exhilarating world of shapeshifters and psychics is “paranormal romance at its best” (Publishers Weekly). Now comes the story of an alpha wolf named Hawke used to getting exactly what he wants–and of the only woman who dares tangle with him.

Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…

The Neon Graveyard {Signs of the Zodiac #6} by Vicki Pettersson

Get Your Copy June 1st!
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Description from Goodreads:

It had once been foretold that Joanna Archer would resolve the eternal battle of Shadow and Light. So much for prophecy. Now she, pregnant and endangered, is just another mortal, stripped of power, identity, and fortune. In the sixth and final Vicki Pettersson Zodiac novel, Archer begins her steep, steep climb back.

The Deadliest Bite {Jaz Parks #8} by Jennifer Rardin

Get Your Copy June 2nd!
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Description from Goodreads:

I have two choices. Carve Brude’s name into Hell’s bile-encrusted gates. Or lose my soul.

After an assassination attempt on Vayl, I find myself pulled into a tangled web that takes the gang to Romania. So how will I save a ghost, rescue a demon, and cheat the Great Taker out of a soul he’s slavering for while defeating my nastiest foe yet so that Vayl can, at last, cherish a few precious years with his sons? With careful planning, major violence, and one (hopefully) final trip to Hell.

Happy Reading!

Cover Reveal: Ilona Andrews’ ‘Fate’s Edge’

I just spotted the new cover for Ilona & Gordon’s next release in their Edge series, Fate’s Edge. They have also posted the first draft of the prologue, if you’re interested in gettin’ a sneak peek at the story.

According to Goodreads, the expected release date is 29 November 2011.