Urban Fantasy Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Series:
Kate Daniels
Publisher:
Penguin
Format:
ebook
ISBN: 1937007588
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: July 30th 2013
Number of pages: 355
Source: Bought

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Summary:

Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta.

Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute—and they’ll pay him in medicine. With the young people’s survival and the Pack’s future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer—but they have little doubt that they’re heading straight into a trap…

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Review:

I had ups and downs with this book, but the story was so amazing. I liked the different setting and the boat trip was so special, I had no idea about those different kinds of shifters, but Kate and Curran managed to kill them all.

The gang is all together because Curran was invited to work as a bodyguard, but of course Kate decided to went with him and after that the numbers only growed. Andrea and Raphael managed to get inside the group along with Aunt B. But for me the most different and surprising was the Doc.

I liked the story and of course seeing what Hugh is really after, but the different mythologies and creatures made this book perfect for me.

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Series in Order

#0.5 – Magic Graves
#1 – Magic Bites
#2 – Magic Burns
#3 – Magic Strikes
#3.5 – Magic Mourns
#4 – Magic Bleeds
#4.5 – Magic Dreams
#5 – Magic Slays
#5.3 – An Apple for the Creature
#5.4 – Magic Gifts
#5.5 – Gunmetal Magic
#5.6 – Retribution Clause
#6 – Magic Rises
#7 – Magic Breaks (Expected publication: 2014)

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Urban Fantasy Review: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

Gunmetal MagicGunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
Series:
Kate Daniels
Publisher:
Penguin
Format:
ebook
ISBN: 1101585196
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: July 31st 2012
Number of pages: 326
Source: Bought

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Summary:

Some people have everything figured out—Andrea Nash is not one of those people. After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea’s whole existence is in shambles. All she can do is try to put herself back together, something made easier by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend, Kate Daniels.

When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano—the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, as well as Andrea’s former lover—die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate…and must work with Raphael. As her search for the killer leads her into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta, Andrea knows that dealing with her feelings for Raphael might have to take a back seat to saving the world…

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Review:

This was supposed to be a novella, but I discovered that it was a very long one and it helped a lot to fulfill this world, I liked Andrea for her wit and attitude, but Raphael is also a very handsome and nice person, he helped Andrea to understand her other side and after some time they finally managed to discover a nice relationship, but ever since their fall out and Andrea disappearance things are not the same, so it was great for us to have a full book with them.

Andrea has come a full 360 with her attitude towards the boudas and I really liked the way she handled the pack and the other boudas, because she’s beastkin and is not really a part of them, but after some needed break, she decided to claim her inner beast and now the only thing missing is Raphael.

I understand his need to fear, because Andrea was never really sure of their relationship, but now things are different and their life are in danger. It was really nice to see they battle and discover a new life together. They deserved a full novel, because Kate and Curran always put other people on the sideline, but their characters are great and it was an awesome book.

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Series in Order

#0.5 – Magic Graves
#1 – Magic Bites
#2 – Magic Burns
#3 – Magic Strikes
#3.5 – Magic Mourns
#4 – Magic Bleeds
#4.5 – Magic Dreams
#5 – Magic Slays
#5.3 – An Apple for the Creature
#5.4 – Magic Gifts
#5.5 – Gunmetal Magic
#5.6 – Retribution Clause
#6 – Magic Rises
#7 – Magic Breaks (Expected publication: 2014)

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Urban Fantasy Review: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
Series:
Kate Daniels
Publisher:
Penguin
Format:
ebook
ISBN: 0441020429
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: May 31st 2011
Number of pages: 308
Source: Bought

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Summary:

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 . . .

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Review:

So Kate and Curran are finally together as mates and we can clearly see that both are happier about it, but life is not easier for them and now things are not normal. Kate has her own firm, with the help of Curran and the Pack, but she doesn’t have any clients, after her ex-boss Ted decided to bad talk about her.

The Red Guard is back and Kate’s job is to find a kidnapped victim, sounds easy enough, but in reality this involves everything from witches to technology. I liked getting to know more about the witches, because those girls come make some really strong spells, but the best part was the drama.

The action was great and I liked getting to know more about the Pack day-to-day drama, and it was nice seeing Kate settling more in her new life. But I love the side characters. Derek is awesome and I liked Ascanio too. Curran is always trying to save someone and this time it was so nice to see Kate falling to his rules.

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Series in Order

#0.5 – Magic Graves
#1 – Magic Bites
#2 – Magic Burns
#3 – Magic Strikes
#3.5 – Magic Mourns
#4 – Magic Bleeds
#4.5 – Magic Dreams
#5 – Magic Slays
#5.3 – An Apple for the Creature
#5.4 – Magic Gifts
#5.5 – Gunmetal Magic
#5.6 – Retribution Clause
#6 – Magic Rises
#7 – Magic Breaks (Expected publication: 2014)

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Urban Fantasy Review: Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Series:
Kate Daniels
Publisher:
Penguin
Format:
ebook
ISBN: 044101852
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: May 25th 2010
Number of pages: 349
Source: Bought

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Summary:

Kate Daniels keeps the peace in Atlanta for the Order, humans caught between the vampire controlling People led by her biological father and best kept secret, Roland, and the shape-shifter Pack, led by her mate-to-be Curran, the Lord of the Beasts. But her look-alike aunt Erra, Babylon’s god of chaos and terror, has come to town controlling seven naked warriors: Deluge (flood water), Tremor (earth quake), Gale (hurricane wind), Torch (fire inferno), Venom (disease poison), Beast (animal monster), and Darkness (overpowering dread).

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Review:

This cover is a little better but it’s still strange for me. Curran made me so mad in the beginning of this book, after all the work and the drama I really thought Kate would have a normal date night, but His Furiness stood her up and never even explained why. Then all hell broke loose with plagues and family appearing from thin air. Kate’s past is back to haunt her and it was really difficult for her to protect the people she cares about.

I liked the story and it was nice to finally see someone from Kate’s family. It’s always spoken about their great power, but this was actually the first time to see someone with that amount of power. Kate suffered a lot to understand the chaos and control the situation. It’s was dangerous from page one and I really liked this book.

Curran came around and we finally have some happy time. It was perfect seeing these two together, because Curran was strong and very powerful. It was really great to watch these two manage the everyday life as a couple because neither is the type to let go. This was a great book, but Curran attitude made me so mad at first.

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Series in Order

#0.5 – Magic Graves
#1 – Magic Bites
#2 – Magic Burns
#3 – Magic Strikes
#3.5 – Magic Mourns
#4 – Magic Bleeds
#4.5 – Magic Dreams
#5 – Magic Slays
#5.3 – An Apple for the Creature
#5.4 – Magic Gifts
#5.5 – Gunmetal Magic
#5.6 – Retribution Clause
#6 – Magic Rises
#7 – Magic Breaks (Expected publication: 2014)

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Urban Fantasy Review: Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)

Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
Series:
Kate Daniels
Publisher:
Penguin
Format:
ebook
ISBN: 0441015832
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: April 2008
Number of pages: 260
Source: Bought

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Summary:

Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.

When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…

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Review:

I have a serious problem with this cover, but other than that the story was perfect. I started reading this book last year right after I finished the first one, but wasn’t really into the story and decided to stop and give it another try later. This time was the perfect moment because Kate made me rush to finish this book and pick the next one.

Can’t wait for the moment she actually starts a romantic relationship with Curran because he’s a perfect bastard for her and let’s face it, she needs someone in her side and he’s definitely very strong.

In this book she is once again working along with the Pack, because after the big finale in the previous book, Kate got the Friend of the Pack status and she can help them. Now she’s working with the Order, but she’s not part of it, like a hired help and the Pack only trust her.

I liked this book because we got the felling Kate is more human now. Kate got more friends now and also a kid. Strange right, but she is always protecting the weak and defenseless. Now she’s like a cool aunt.

I’m not talking a lot about the investigation, but for only one thing. I really liked Bran and he made Kate think more about time and her life.

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Series in Order

#0.5 – Magic Graves
#1 – Magic Bites
#2 – Magic Burns
#3 – Magic Strikes
#3.5 – Magic Mourns
#4 – Magic Bleeds
#4.5 – Magic Dreams
#5 – Magic Slays
#5.3 – An Apple for the Creature
#5.4 – Magic Gifts
#5.5 – Gunmetal Magic
#5.6 – Retribution Clause
#6 – Magic Rises
#7 – Magic Breaks (Expected publication: 2014)

 

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Review: House Rules by Chloe Neill

House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires, #7)

At the tender age of 27, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal —tested like never before.
It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.

Title: House Rules
Author:  Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires
Publisher:  NAL Penguin
Format: ebook
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: February 5th 2013
Number of pages: 352

 
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This book was different and the end actually left me satisfied, but Merit is always juggling several problems at the same time and Ethan for once was not the understand vampire so a bit of friction we saw in this relationship.

I liked the ending of Biting Cold and thought this book was going to be a huge battle, but the vampires decided to be strong and a few bastards are trying to take Cadogan House, so now Merit needs help to secure the house and also she’s investigation a few deaths of Rogues in the area.

What started as a nice book, got a little strange in the middle and a bit rushed at the end. I liked the idea of Merit pursuing a different path and trying to control the GP, but at the same time it was strange seeing Ethan with that bitch and not believing Merit.

So the actual deaths were like a second story and I thought it could have been bigger and more explored. I liked the fact we got an ending and everything is stale in Chicago again.

SERIES IN ORDER

#1 – Some Girls Bite
#2 – Friday Night Bites
#3 – Twice Bitten
#4 – Hard Bitten

#5 – Drink Deep
#6 – Biting Cold
#7 – House Rules
#8 – Biting Bad (Expected publication: August 6th 2013)
#9 – Untitled

Review: Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

Reflected in You (Crossfire, #2)Title: Reflected in You
Author:  Sylvia Day
Series: Crossfire
Publisher:  Penguin Group (USA)
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0425263916
Genre: Erotica
Release date: October 2nd 2012
Number of pages: 432

Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction… my every desire… mine.
My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful… except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession…


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I loved the first book in this series and was so excited for the release of this second that I managed to buy and read in the same month. Since I’m currently in a erotica theme lately and some great bloggers were loving this series I jumped on the wagon and it did not disapointed me.
 
I love Gideon and e’s love/obsession with Eva is really hot. I just don’t know what to expect half the time and the other half I’m just trying to figure it out some of Gideon past and his shadows.
 
During the course of this book that I devoured in less than a day and way into the night, I got fretted with Gideon because he was hiding things and it also showed how Eva learned to trust him, but doubt is still in her mind.
 
I liked how life got in the middle of their relationship and the past decided to make a visit. But best of all was Gideon being the bastard to the right people for once and Eva trying to make amends with Gideon past and his family.
 
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SERIES IN ORDER

#1 – Bared to You
#2 – Reflected in You
#3 – Entwined with You (Expected publication: May 7th 2013)