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White Hot – Ilona Andrews

White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) – Ilona Andrews

White Hot

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Déjà vu… The cover.

So I did a random one person experiment and asked my husband what he thought this book would be about by looking at the cover. Keeping in mind he doesn’t read much at all, and when he does read, Ilona Andrews books are not exactly in a genre he enjoys. Anyway I quote, “Some cheesy romance book with lots of sex”. Now I know this isn’t exactly a decent sample size, but he echoed my thoughts about the darn covers in this series. If I didn’t know and love Ilona Andrews, I would probably have skipped past both of them.

Sure, there is a little bit of sex in the book (ok probably a moderate amount by Ilona Andrews usual standards which generally isn’t much at all) and a little bit of romance, but there was also much more action, violence, twists and turns.. It was a really good book! I think the authors are going to lose some of the random “Looks good by the cover, I’ll buy it” audience. Thankfully for me I listened to both as audio books so didn’t have to stare at the cover picture much unless I was looking at my screen.

Anyway enough of my little rant.. Hubby and wife authors otherwise known as Ilona Andrews have produced yet another solid story. It has been two months since Rogan left Nevada standing in the warehouse. And he is nowhere to be seen. Now another case throws them together again when Cornelius’ wife is murdered and they enlist Rogan’s help to find the killer. Sparks fly, bullets fly, cars fly and Nevada has to start to come to terms with the reality of her powers.

As always, Renee Raudman is FANTASTIC as the narrator. I am so used to her voice now I just think she is absolutely fabulous. She is my favourite female narrator.

You may have noticed that I rated this one 4 stars and not the 5 that is generally reserved for Ilona Andrews books. It wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy it. I just didn’t quite enjoy it as much as the first one in the series. I’m not particularly invested in the main characters like I am with her other series. I think Rogan is a bit of a douche, and Nevada annoys me at times.

However, I am still in awe how the authors come up with the story lines. It is truly a very special gift. I a still very much looking forward to the next one due out at the end of the month on audio.

Would I recommend White Hot?

Of course! I recommend ANY Ilona Andrews series! This is the second book though, if you don’t read Burn for Me first, you will be completely confused as to what is going on.

I purchased White hot on audio at audible.com at my own expense.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Ilona Andrews

 

 

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge (GoodReads).

 

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

 

 

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009 (GoodReads).

 

 


If you enjoy White Hot, you may enjoy:

Burn for me   Clean Sweep   Magic Bites

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Burn For Me – Ilona Andrews

Burn For Me (Hidden Legacy #1) – Ilona Andrews

5 Stars (5 / 5)

I had seen this book many times around and on goodreads, but there was one main reason I never read it. THE COVER! Oh my gosh how awful is it!!? It looks like some terrible corny romance book that my grandmother used to read. But it is also not a secret that I have become a BIG Ilona Andrews fan, and all of the fans of this husband and wife author duo were rating this book well, so I decided to listen to the audiobook. And HOLY SMOKES! Another HIT!

In an alternate world where some humans have developed magical powers and the strongest ones are known as “primes”, Nevada is a private investigator. She is forced by her boss to take on a case to find Adam, a fugitive prime who can control and manipulate fire. He is suspected of setting a bank on fire and killing a security guard. He is dangerous, and if she doesn’t find him, she will lose her business and her home that she shares with her family. But she is not the only one looking for Adam. “Mad” Rogan is one of the most powerful primes on earth, and he is also determined to find him. They will have to work together to save no only Nevada’s job, but the whole city.

I just feel like I am repeating myself over and over when I talk about these authors! This husband and wife team make magic I tell you!!! MAGIC!!!!! I LOVE the Kate Daniels series, and the Innkeeper Chronicles. I was thinking there would be NO WAY that they could come up with so many different story lines and so many different worlds, and consistently have AMAZING writing in each one! Well I was VERY VERY wrong…

In their other series, the subsequent books just kept getting better and better, and I am hoping that this one will be the same!

I LOVE how they do romance in their series. This one had a bit more heat in the first book than the first books in their other series, but it was still frustratingly spectacular. I still really appreciate how the relationships are built on much more than just lust, and they really go to town on the character development. It’s so refreshing!

Just when you thought they couldn’t come up with anything more exciting, there was action and violence, drama and humour. I was in bed listening to it and almost woke my husband up when I burst out laughing at a particular scene about a dream…

I think that they chose a horrible cover, but an AMAZING narrator. All Ilona Andrews books that I have listened to on audio book have been Renee Raudman and she is just the perfect narrator for all series.

Would I recommend Burn For Me?

YES!!!! It is a wonderful introduction to what I hope will be a stellar series. The third book is being released later this month and I have already pre ordered the audio version! Now, to book number 2 White Hot.

I purchased Burn for Me on audible at my own expense.


If you enjoy Burn for Me, you may enjoy:

Magic Bites   Clean Sweep

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One Fell Sweep – Ilona Andrews

One Fell Sweep (Inkeeper Chronicles Book #3)

One Fell Sweep

5 Stars (5 / 5)

I’m going to take a minute to appreciate just how FREAKING good this husband and wife author duo are. Seriously, when these two sit in front of their computer or however they get the words down, MAGIC happens. One Fell Sweep is the third instalment of the Innkeeper Chronicles, and in my opinion, the best of the lot. I’m not sure how they manage to keep getting better and better, book after book… But somehow it just happens. After this series and the Kate Daniels series, which I recently re-read because I love it so darn much, I am going to make it a mission to read every word they have ever written.

Dina is the inn keeper in Gertrude Hunt, the magical inn in Texas that is a pit stop for some very interesting creatures from all sorts of planets. Dina’s job is to keep the guests of the inn safe at all costs, and her job is near impossible with the arrival of a malodorous guest who has an unusual bounty on his head. Many of our favourite characters are back from the first two books, including one frustrating but seriously hot werewolf. Will Dina be able to keep everyone safe?

OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS AUDIOBOOK! I loved everything about it. The writing, the story, and the narration! Renee Rauldman and her Southern accent is SO EASY to listen to! The audio version was magical. I’m sure I would have still adored the paper version, but I just loved this audiobook!

I have no idea where they come up with the ideas in their stories. World killers?? Nano ants?? Seriously!! Obviously in this case two writers are better than one. Its just one awesome idea after the other which leaves you thinking, “HOW THE HELL DO THEY COME UP WITH THIS!!??”

Like the Kate Daniels series, the romance is like lighting a big fireplace in a living room. You start out shivering a bit, warm up quite comfortably, and then suddenly get so hot you start sweating! I love the way that they build the romance up over numerous books. It may start off as attraction between two people, but then it grows into something much deeper, with an actual RELATIONSHIP where people DO THINGS other than swoon over each other. In this case they kill things together and talk together. They don’t just make it a quick attraction with a happy ending, and although the wait for the pinnacle of the romance is frustrating, its SOOOOOOO much better for it!

Would I recommend One Fell Swept??

YES YES YES!! Read the above! ALL THE ABOVE!! You will start with Clean Sweep and Sweep in Peace first, or some things might get a touch confusing.

I purchased the audio version of One Fell Sweep on audible, at my own expense.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Ilona Andrews

 

 

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge (GoodReads).

 

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

 

 

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009 (GoodReads).

 

 


If you enjoy One Fell Sweep, you may enjoy:

Clean Sweep   Sweep in Peace   Magic Bites

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To The Sea – Christine Dibley

To The Sea – Christine Dibley

To The Sea

4 Stars (4 / 5)

I am constantly impressed with the new Aussie authors that are emerging! What a bunch of talent we have here!

This book was delightful! What captured me the instant I saw it, is the beautiful cover. It really captures the essence of the story. I quickly became engrossed in the beautiful saga of this family, and its interesting and perhaps magical history.

A teenager named Zoe has been reported missing, most likely drowned off the coast of Tasmania. Tony is the lead investigator in her disappearance and realises right from the start that there is something strange about the family that lives in the beautiful house by the sea. While investigating Zoe’s life, Tony is swept into the stories of the history of the family, from hundreds of years ago, up until now. And some of it is a bit beyond belief. Will he be able to find Zoe? Is she really dead, or is there something extraordinary happening?

The story is told from four perspectives. Tony, the investigator carries the weight of the plot in his search for the missing girl. Zoe’s aunt Sadie and her parents John and Eva have the remaining narratives, and fill in the story with important history, leading certain things to come together, and others that create even more mystery.

The writing of this novel is absolutely beautiful. It didn’t take me long at all to get engrossed in the story and just when I was getting into a nice groove, the tales within the story BLEW ME AWAY. I was utterly captivated by the stories of love, loss, betrayal and sacrifice. And the romance! There were a few romances weaved into the story and they were all sweet, one especially. However, with so many back stories I sometimes became confused with who was who and where I was in the story. I think this is my issue more than the writing though, I am a very fast reader, and I have baby brain! I’m not surprised I got a bit lost – I am surprised I can remember my name most days at the moment!

My only other criticism was the ending. It just didn’t do it for me. It was good, and I got it, I really did. But personally I didn’t find it ultimately satisfying. However, it didn’t diminish the rest of the story for me at all!

Would I recommend To The Sea?

Absolutely. If my ramblings have even remotely sparked your interest, then I have no doubt you will enjoy it. Definitely worth reading!

Many thanks to the author via Pan Macmillan for a copy of To The Sea to read in exchange for an honest review.

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The Second Path – Virginia King

The Second Path (Selkie Moon Mystery #2) – Virginia King

The Second Path
4.25 Stars (4.25 / 5)

I really enjoyed the second instalment of the Selkie Moon series! I fell in love with ‘The First Lie’ and was so excited to see where Selkie’s adventures would take her next! I absolutely recommend reading The First Lie before this one. I feel you will lose the majority of the essence of the story and the characters if you do not.

After washing up naked on the beach a whole two weeks following her disappearance, and unable to remember anything from that time, Selkie feels like she is missing something. Her journey of self discovery takes her halfway across the world to France. Will she find her true home? What of her friends and her relationship with the elusive Alastair? And where on earth was she for two weeks?

There was just something so magical about The First Lie. Something about the writing and the atmosphere. It was truly something that I had never encountered before in a book. It was thoroughly captivating. The Second Path didn’t quite grab me like The First Lie did, however I think that is because I have started getting used to Selkie, and the unique writing of the series. By the time I got into this one, I was in the groove already.

However, even though it didn’t grab me exacltly like the first one did, I still loved it. Selkie is just the most amazing character. I loved how she was starting to get used to her intuition and the bizarre things that were happening to her and around her. I just adored all the other characters, especially the fleeting ones. I thought it was a fantastic plot idea to bring her and Genevieve into each others lives. There were many twists and turns and it took me to places I had no idea we were going!

Love the relationship between Selkie and Alastair! Man, the TENSION! Love it!

I am extremely interested and excited to see where the next book takes Selkie. I feel she still has a lot in store, and a lot to learn and accept.

Would I recommend The Second Path?

Absolutely! This series is so unique, I can’t even explain it! So very different to anything I have read before! Highly recommend that you give it a go!

So much thanks to author Virginia King for a copy of The Second Path in exchange for my honest review! I can’t wait to read the third one!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

VIRGINIA KING

When a voice wakes you up in the middle of the night and tells you to write a mystery series what’s a writer to do? That’s how Virginia King came Virginia King Portrait by Amanda Thorson 200 KBto create Selkie Moon, after a massage from a strange woman with gifted hands was followed by this nocturnal message. Virginia sat down at the keyboard until Selkie Moon turned up. All she had to do was jump, the first sentence said. Soon Virginia was hooked, exploring far-flung places full of secrets where Selkie delves into psychological clues tangled up in the local mythology.

Before Selkie Moon invaded her life, Virginia had been a teacher, an unemployed ex-teacher, the author of over 50 children’s books, an audio-book producer, a workshop presenter and a prize-winning publisher. These days she lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney with her husband, where she disappears each day into Selkie Moon’s latest mystery. Bliss.

 

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Rhuna: Crossroads – Barbara Underwood

Rhuna: Crossroads (Rhuna Fantasy Books #2)

Rhuna: Crossroads

Goodreads Summary:

The sequel to Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom, and the second book in an exciting and unique historical Fantasy series, Rhuna: Crossroads is set in exotic Ancient Egypt and features unforgettable characters and a riveting adventure.
Some years have passed since Rhuna helped to defeat the Dark Master in her new home of Atlán, and now Rhuna has a teenage daughter who accompanies her on an assignment in Ancient Egypt to investigate some disturbing reports. She soon discovers an astonishing underground network of the Dark Master’s followers, along with the secret group of Atlans dedicated to stopping them.
In the process of trying to carry out her assignment, Rhuna is confronted with enormous challenges which could drastically change her entire life and everything she has ever believed in!

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My Review of Rhuna: Crossroads

I don’t think I have ever read a historical fiction fantasy novel before! I really enjoyed this book. It is the second of a trilogy. Even though I have not read the first one, I had no problem getting into the story and the wonderful setting.

Rhuna is a grand master in the council of Atlán, a place where there is little to no violence and people treat each other with respect. People have inner wisdom and live together in peace and harmony, quite a utopian society. Atlán also presides over numerous colonies. Rhuna gets sent to one of these colonies across the ocean to investigate some events that have occurred. She takes her daughter with her. There begins their adventure in this foreign land. Being an Atlán master, Rhuna has numerous gifts such as the ability to have visions and change elements and she soon begins helping the less fortunate members of the colony. But there are some people out to stop Rhuna from discovering that the unfortunate events that have been occurring may have something to do with a dark master whom Rhuna had destroyed years before.

I thought this book was really well written and so clever. I just loved that she could use her powers to speak with her husband and the council back in Atlán. The fact that they could ultimately spy on each other’s every move was also a really creative way to add a whole new dimension to this book to make it really unique. Rhuna was so conflicted with having to keep a proper and level mindset of a master, to that of a woman in a new place that is so different from Atlán. Her heart was taking her in a different direction than she was expecting.

I really enjoyed all the characters except I had a bit of trouble keeping up with all the “keeper of wisdom” type names. A few times I couldn’t remember who was who and got a bit confused. I loved her daughter and her spirit. And I enjoyed reading about the majority of the secondary characters. I do wish that I had read the first book to get a better understanding of Rhuna as she grew up.

There was some romance in this book which I was sort of hoping for, but then conflicted as Rhuna already has a husband that she seems to love. I think maybe I would have been more conflicted if I had read the first book which apparently introduces Tozar and how they come to be together. I wasn’t a fan of how abruptly she decided “Ok I love someone new now”. BOOM. However I can understand how her husband was holding her back from becoming the person she was meant to be. It just felt a bit abrupt, however I am interested to see how it pans out in the future.

I enjoyed the mystery,  and loved the setting with the pyramids and the secret rooms and thought this whole book was really clever.

Would I recommend Rhuna: Crossroads?

Yes for any fans of Egyptian historical fiction melded with fantasy and mystery! It was a really enjoyable read and I am really looking forward to the sequel!

Many thanks to author Barbara Underwood for a copy of Rhuna: Crossroads in exchange for my honest review.

4 Stars (4 / 5)

 

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The First Lie – Virginia King

The First Lie – BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY

(Selkie Moon Mystery #1)

The First Lie

I am so excited to be part of The First Lie blog tour! I don’t do many tours lately due to time restraints and I try to pick my tours carefully. When the opportunity to review The First Lie came around, I couldn’t resist this supernatural mystery. From the first few pages I knew I was going to LOVE it! Virginia King is another extremely talented Australian author, and has written a cracker of a book!

The First Lie Description:

Someone is trying to kill you.

When Selkie Moon flees Sydney to start over in Hawaii, it’s to live life on her own terms. But Life has other plans.

Though she tries to dismiss the warning as just another nightmare, it soon becomes apparent that someone, or something, is stalking her. Attacked by frightening visions and mysterious compulsions, she must piece together the fragmented clues before time runs out.

Virginia King effortlessly blends funky creativity and deep spirituality – with a dash of Celtic folklore – to craft a story of one woman’s fight for truth, and her discovery that the lies we tell ourselves are the most dangerous of all.

 

My Review of The First Lie

WOW!!! What an AWESOME book! Right from the beginning I was sucked into the story and was hooked until the very end!

Selkie leaves her emotionally abusive husband and Sydney behind to move to Hawaii to start up her own business. When she is there she begins to have visions, hears voices and music when nobody else does, and starts to believe that someone is trying to kill her. We follow Selkie through a compelling and sometimes downright creepy journey to find out not only who is out to get her, but who she really is.

I found the premise and the atmosphere of the novel to be completely original. I can honestly say that I have not read anything quite like it. It was tense, funny, creepy and exciting all in one, and I stayed up until 4am reading the first three quarters of it because I couldn’t put it down! I don’t usually resonate with characters when they are going through spooky, supernatural/paranormal type stuff. Often I get put off by all the unbelievable aspects. However, I really loved the way this story went, it was paranormal and creepy.

Selkie was an great character. So damaged and seemingly quite fragile, yet she had a huge inner strength. At the beginning I found it hard to believe that she conducted seminars and was a motivational speaker, however as the story progressed I could understand the almost completely different persona she had, and that her work was an outlet for something within her. I really enjoyed Selkie’s romantic escapades in this book. I wont give out any spoilers, but the main love interest was a great character, and the tension was palpable. I can’t wait to see how things progress in the second book!

I really enjoyed reading about all the other characters too, poor Selkie has some terrible men in her life, and some fabulous ones. I adored Derek and Nigel I loved to hate her ex husband and I want to see if anything more happens with him in subsequent books. Some of the characters have an almost unexplainable depth to them. Something incredibly raw.

King did a wonderful job writing this novel. Its extremely descriptive, without crossing the “too descriptive” line. It was easy to read and even easier to get swept up in. The twists and turns were unexpected and it was so completely unlike anything I have ever read before!

The ending I found a bit strange, a bit primeval almost… However when you read the first chapter of book 2 it makes sense and paves way to a new mystery. Otherwise there really wasn’t much to criticise about this book. It was just so refreshingly different!

Would I recommend The First Lie?

Absolutely! Even non-paranormal mystery fans will appreciate the enjoyable originality of this book! And if you are a paranormal mystery fan, you are in for a real treat!

Many thanks to author Virginia King for asking me to be part of this blog tour and providing me with a copy of The First Lie in exchange for an honest review.

5 Stars (5 / 5)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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When a voice wakes you up in the middle of the night and tells you to write a mystery series what’s a writer to do? That’s how Virginia King came to create Selkie Moon, after a massage from a strange woman with gifted hands was followed by this nocturnal message. Virginia sat down at the keyboard until Selkie Moon turned up. All she had to do was jump, the first sentence said. Soon Virginia was hooked, exploring far-flung places full of secrets where Selkie delves into psychological clues tangled up in the local mythology.

Before Selkie Moon invaded her life, Virginia had been a teacher, an unemployed ex-teacher, the author of over 50 children’s books, an audio-book producer, a workshop presenter and a prize-winning publisher. These days she lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney with her husband, where she disappears each day into Selkie Moon’s latest mystery. Bliss.

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Magic Bleeds – Ilona Andrews

Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4)

Magic Bleeds

5 Stars (5 / 5)

Now I am really not one to start swooning over an urban fantasy series… I gave twilight a go and couldn’t get past the first chapter of the second book… I enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series but preferred the TV show… I liked Anita Blake, until the books got all strange and turned into porn… But Darn it! The Kate Daniels series is the best Urban Fantasy series I have read so far! And I am swooning!!

Kate is back in the fourth instalment of this fantastic series, Magic Bleeds. Thankfully it gets straight into what we all want to know about… The naked dinner. And Curran has STOOD HER UP! Thus begins the sexual and romantic (and violent) tension between them all over again. Meanwhile, one of Kate’s relatives is causing a bit of trouble releasing deadly magical diseases and killing people. Kate must find a way to save everyone, without giving away who she really is and putting herself and everyone she cares about, in danger.

I just can’t get enough of this series! I literally can’t put the books down! I like everything about them! Seriously! There is nothing bad to say, I might as well end the review here!

The tension between Curran and Kate is SO GOOD! Will they FINALLY get together? You will have to read to find out!

I love the magic, the mythology, and all the characters. I adore Kate! What makes the books is her witty dialogue and thoughts. Not only with Curran (but those are the best because there is so much tension and feelings going on!) but between her and EVERYONE! Even her speaking to her dog. Some of the things she comes out with are just so hilarious. I just find her character so darn refreshing! Curran is also such a great character. He isn’t exactly like your typical alpha love interest. Yes there are some similarities, the possessiveness and jealousy which I don’t like so much, but there is so much more to his character. He REALLY cares about Kate. It isn’t just an obsessive infatuation where one claims they cannot function without the other. There is some really healthy aspects ot their relationship which I find really very refreshing. I have noticed in other Ilona Andrews books that she doesn’t tend to focus exclusively on the romantic element. That is a big part of it, but the magic and the storyline takes precedence.

What I am really interested in now, is where the story goes from here. Now that there isn’t much more she can do with Curran and Kate, I am wondering what direction the future books will take. I think there is a limit on these types of books before they start to get old. And I would love to be proven wrong!

Would I recommend Magic Bleeds?

YES!!! But start with Magic Bites

Now my dilemma is: Do I ignore life and devour the next one? Or do I savour the feel of this one and focus on other books for a while?

Decisions decisions!!!

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Magic Bleeds, you may enjoy:

Magic Bites   Magic Burns   Clean Sweep   Midnight Burning

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Magic Strikes – Ilona Andrews

Magic Strikes – Kate Daniels #3

Magic Strikes

5 Stars (5 / 5)

Okay Okay… I’m sold! When I read the first two books I liked them, but I didn’t LOVE LOVE them. If you get me… Well after this book I am happy to announce that I do in fact LOVE LOVE this series! Absolutely fantastic book! The best of the series so far! WOW! — Just letting you know in advance that there are going to be many exclamation marks and words expressed in capital letters in this review!!!

Kate is back yet again in book 3 of The Kate Daniels series. Something strange is going on with her old partner Jim. He is hiding something from Curran, the lord of the shapeshifters. And when Derek is found near death, she finds herself coerced by Jim into taking part in the Midnight Games, a fight-to-the-death gladiator style arena combat competition. Meanwhile Curran is after Jim for disobeying him, and he is after Kate too… But for other reasons…

I am officially ADDICTED to this series! Seriously! How FREAKING FANTASTIC was this book!???? I can’t believe I haven’t read this series earlier!

Action packed! From start to finish! And that is fantastic, however that is not what makes this book. What makes this book is the increasing tension between Kate and Curran. HOLY MACARONI!!!! I swear I needed a cold shower after that hot tub scene!!! I like that it was slightly graphic, but not overly so… Enough to get the heart racing a little bit but not enough to hide it from others on the train. Although I do admit I hope it does get even hotter in future books.. Because… TENSION!!!!

I really enjoy their relationship. Its not the typical urban fantasy romance, where the girl swoons and all of a sudden they can’t live without each other and they will never love anyone else ever… Its SO not like that. Its a relationship based on mutual respect, admiration and hilarious flirty playfulness. And Kate’s character is by no means brought down because of it.

I’m really excited to see where the rest of the series goes! Especially with Kate’s character and her family stuff!

Would I recommend Magic Strikes??

YES! Read this series! Remember it doesn’t get super good till number 3!!

Now I have the next 3 on order hopefully arriving in a week or so, but I am seriously tempted to buy them on my kindle just so I can read them NOW NOW NOW!!!!

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If you enjoy Magic Strikes, you may enjoy:

Midnight Burning   Magic Bites   Clean Sweep

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Magic Burns – Ilona Andrews

Magic Burns – Kate Daniels #2

Magic Burns

4 Stars (4 / 5)

This is the second book in the Kate Daniels series and another really enjoyable tale!

Kate is back in Magic Burns and she takes a “quick” job with Jim, and confronts an adversary who can teleport into thin air, and he has stolen a bunch of maps off the shapeshifters. On her quest to get back the maps she discovers a lot more than she bargained for about her foe and things that lurk under the city. And she has a handsome lord of the beasts beginning to take some serious interest in her… (Swoon).

The characters are definitely what makes this series so good. Kate in particular, she is absolutely fantastic! So often we are subjected to “strong” female characters that seem all strong until they come across a handsome werewolf (or vampire) and suddenly life is only worth living because of them… Their strength flies out the window and they become totally and utterly boring. Well not Kate ladies and gents! Kate is such an awesome character. She isn’t going to let some pesky lion let her go weak at the knees that easily!

I must admit though, with Kate’s strength and setting up of the storyline for this series, I really longed for a bit more heat in the romance/sexual tension department. However its better than just superficial lust, because I can see they are setting up the scene for a very intense relationship between Kate and Currin. And I’m totally cool with that! And there were some tense moments that left that warm belly feeling. And I can tell things are going to get better and better with those two!

Loved the secondary characters, and that Kate took on the motherly role of Julie. Derek is also one of my favourite characters. Great to start learning a bit more about Kate’s past too!

I really enjoy books that don’t exactly have a happy ending, and although it wasn’t a bad ending at all, lots of people still died… And some that you don’t expect. I like that.

Again, I love the magic encrusted world of Atlanta. Everything works just like the first one.

Would I recommend Magic Burns?

Yes, but read them in order or you will miss some serious character and relationship development between the two main characters.

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If you enjoy Magic Burns, you may also enjoy:

Magic Bites   Clean Sweep   Midnight Burning

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