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Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7)

 Product DetailsIncludes short story Magic Tests.

Magic Tests (at the end of the main book) is all about Julie and the fact that she is checking out a new school to go to. This story takes place before the events in Magic Breaks. It is a really wonderful story that shows Julie in all of her magical glory and the fact that her apple did not fall far from the tree, even though she isn't Kate's natural daughter. She is being tested in a most unusual way - by hunting down a missing student.

No Spoilers

Wow…this book is just WOW!

If you have been a fan of the series and have followed the series from the start and if you have followed the Andrews BLOG at all or even the gossip, you will know that this was supposed to have been the last book in the series. This one would have been the final confrontation; the one that ended the sweet anticipation of what will happen when Kate finally confronts her father Roland. Luckily, for us the series has been picked up for more books.

This book starts off very interesting - it has a 'Character List' though not one that includes every character from every book. Mostly they are the characters that will play a huge part in this book. It is very handy to have.

Then we have "From the Journal of Barabas Gillliam" which is invaluable in bringing the reader up-to-date on the series, or you can rather consider it a refresher. Told in a totally different voice than Kate's book (more like Curran's voice), it was a blast to read.

An interesting quote from this journal is the last line---->

"There is a storm gathering on our horizon. We will make a stand, but I wonder if it will matter in the end."

This book is what other authors have tried to do and failed miserably. When one story ARC ends, they should have been able to slip over to something new but these other authors just could not manage it. The Andrews do manage to do so and do it flawlessly and seamlessly, with style, skill and panache.

That is not to say that this book was utterly perfect. There are some tiny problems that I personally had with some of the story telling. Some parts had been dragged out until I was started to get frustrated. My heart can only take so much! Thanks to the Andrews team deft skill they know just when to add some of Kate’s and Curran’s snarky humor to lighten up an almost overly tense scenes.

While it is true that the main story ARC has reached a finale of sorts, (and not in the way I would have expected or liked, but in a better way) it opens completely new and surprisingly interesting possibilities for the series. This is going to be great! I cannot wait to see what is going to happen in the next few books that the team has been contracted to write!

This book has some very fantastic character growth for many people. Unfortunately there are no deaths of anyone very significant…hint, hint. We do finally get to meet Roland and he is not as I (or Kate or Curran) expected…well at least not totally. He is actually a better character than the one I had imagined. He is someone that I think I will enjoy trying to figure out and reading about in the coming books. Combine Evil with Ward Cleaver and you get Roland…sort of. If you can imagine a Father like this you have Roland!

There is a lot going on in the time the story takes place and it is a much shorter amount of time than you can imagine.

I am so itching to add some real spoilers, but that would just be so wrong of me. ;-)


Readers should not be surprised at how this book ends. Kate and Curran had talked about something like this once before in a past book. As a matter of fact, it was Curran who made a suggestion to Kate similar to what happens here.

Magic Bleeds

Magic Bleeds -  Ilona Andrews This is a pivotal book in that it is the book where Curran and Kate finally admit what they feel about each other. And thank goodness it works. In most media once two such volatile characters get together most of the personal tension is lost and the series goes downhill, but not this series.

Kate had to let Curran in on some personal secrets and Curran has to make some concessions himself. It is a perfect melding of two such uber Alpha characters. Although I'm sure that Kate would not think of herself as such!

This book is perfect from its opening prologue in which we find Kate having a very personal crisis (yes Currans people can be butt-heads) to the very emotional yet supremely satisfying ending that can also be thought of as a personal crisis for both Kate and Curran. It is sort of unusual for Ms Andrews to open AND close her book with personal scenes like this.

Throughout the book we see that no matter what happens to her, Kate has not lost her dry and fatalistic sense of humor and Ms Andrews doesn't fail at making me laugh during the horror that is Kate's life.

A totally satisfying and sexy read.

Magic Dreams

Magic Dreams -  Ilona Andrews OMG! Jim needs help! Say it isn't so!

And our absentminded, half-blind, speed addicted white were-tiger, Dali, is going to save him. Of course we all know that Dali is hopelessly in love with Jim. But how does Jim feel about her? Will Dali finally break through Jim's stoic, hard as rocks personality?

I really would have loved to have had this book written in Jim's POV.

This was one of the most interesting novella's to date, but Dali can be a little annoying with her "woe is me, I'm not beautiful or graceful just very, very smart" attitude. There is an interesting action sc ene,a mysterious aspect and a bit of romance all rolled into one short compact read.

The Asian aspect makes this very interesting - learning about the different cultures and the Gods and deities they worship really kept my interest.

Short and sweet, with a happily-ever-after.

Magic Bites

Magic Bites  - Ilona Andrews Magic Bites - by Ilona Andrews

While this book did have some continuity problems, it was not anything I really can't handle. I loved this introduction to this series. The witty *rolls eyes* banter between the protagonists is a hoot. And it is especially wonderful if you read the companion piece, which will give you the point of view of some of the story from Curran.Curran: Volume I (Curran POV) It will also help with some of the other books also. It makes it easier to see how the series is going to move.
I have read the entire series and short stories, etc and I can tell you that the writing team that prints under the name of Ilona Andrews is by far one of the best out there.

They took what is now an overly-saturated genre and brought it back to life - each book holds more kick-butt action than anything else. There is romance but at this point in the series, it is merely hinted at and will build gradually like a real relationship. There is mystery with each book, flawed but wonderful characters. These are characters that you might want to have as real life friends. *sigh* If only I really could have them as pal.

This is an Urban Fantasy...NOT a romance, so please expect a LOT of action, a LOT of fighting and a LOT of bodily fluids. When this team writes a `bad guy' character, they really do an excellent job of it. The character becomes one you love to hate and hope that they get everything that is coming to them!

I don't think that you will regret starting this series, especially now with the 6th full book about Kate Daniels coming out on the 30th! There is still just enough time (maybe) to read all the preceding books!

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Book 1)

Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, Book 2)

Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, Book 3)

Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, Book 4)

Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, Book 5)

Magic Rises (Kate Daniels Book 6)

Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)

Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)

Untitled (Kate Daniels, #10) May 2018


Warprize   - Elizabeth Vaughan
A wonderful example of what a romantic futuristic book can be (this is how it is being marketed). This book also has a very lovely historical romance feel to it. Yet never once does it feel like a bodice ripper. This is a sweet and almost innocent love story. The author will give you just enough narrative in the love scene and then leaves enough to our fertile imaginations to fill in the rest.

This is a book that is filled with misunderstanding, since the 'Warprize' really never gets any of her questions answered, nor does she feel it is appropriate to ask so many question since she is only a slave. Or so she was told by her brother; the defeated King who gave her up to the conquering hero, the ultra-blue eyed and very sexy hunk Kier.

Richly written characters, a fully formed world(and I find that unusual with first books in a min-series like this one is), adventurous enough for most people and each book coming after this one will be just as good if not even better, as they go off and deal with their enemies, plagues etc. (I have read the entire series)

This book withstands the test of time and will be a pleasure to re-read in future years as it was the first time you read it. And a big plus is that this is not a book where the hero or the heroine is filled with self-loathing or any angst at all. It was such a pleasure to read a book (series) in which the characters actually are content with themselves.

Mistral's Kiss (Meredith Gentry, #5)

Mistral's Kiss (Meredith Gentry, #5) - Laurell K. Hamilton Don't think of this as a book that pushes a particular plot forward -think of this as more of a 3 scene sex manual and you can't go wrong. And not a particularly good sex manual - way tooo much talking and negotiating for my taste, although very true to reality from what I understand.

I will admit that I am finding myself agreeing with Queen Andais about one thing -the Sithen is changing into something it may never have meant to be. However, I can now see upon this re-reading that Meridith seems to have more Seelie than Unseelie in her (leaving sex out of it) so these changes ring true then.

Due to this particular book - it will be interesting to see how King Sholto develops.

A Stroke of Midnight

A Stroke of Midnight - Laurell K. Hamilton Merry is racing against time...there has been a murder within the Sithin, one of the Unseelie and a human reporter to be exact. The politics is still there, greater than ever as well as the race to get Merry pregnant before Cel is free from his torture.

It is interesting that some places has this series listed under the horror genre and I would have to agree. There is one particular scene at the end when you may just have to be near a bathroom while you read it just in case you need to 'urp' while reading it!

What was somewhat annoying with this book (one of the things mind you) is the fact that the writing centered less around the main mystery (plot) and delved ever more deeply into the sexual aspects of the Unseelie.

Although good things are happening because of the sex, some of it seemed more like filler to me. This is where the erotica aspects comes into play. As a matter of fact if you are also reading the Anita Blake series you will see many similarities between the writing, certain key words, positions, pre-sex discussions and phrases being used during the sex scenes. This can be annoying for readers of both series. Actually it can become annoying when a reader is only reading the one book. Take for example the word "spill"...just how many times does reader want to see that particular word used? It became grating on my nerves. One thing to watch out for is a 'double berthing' scene - that was interesting and a bit unusual 9and a bit shocking)to see in a mainstream book like this one. You'll see what I mean by that phrase after you read this.

Even though the threads of the initial plot are lost and we never hear or see the human police or the FBI again, you tend to get caught up in the story until the very ending, and then you find yourself scratching your head wondering what the heck you missed.

However, the politics, intregue and mystery did sustain much of this book and even though it only took place over one day. This book served its purpose to bring us to the next book quite well.

Razor Girl: A Novel

Razor Girl: A Novel - Carl Hiaasen I'm sorry I bought this book. I used to love this author, but apparently with maturity (I'm an official olde phart) came clarity for me.

If you have the sense of humor of a 14 year old then this might be right up your alley. Unfortunately for me, I guess my sense of humor has grown and does't find the same things funny at 59 that I did when I was 25/30/35.

A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, #1)

A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, #1) - Laurell K. Hamilton A Kiss of Shadows – Merry Gentry by Laurell K. Hamilton

With the next book in this series, finally coming out I decided to do a re-read of the first eight books. I am so glad I did, because I had forgotten just how much I loved most of them.

If you are thinking that, you could just start with “A Shiver of Light” and get enough background from the book to understand it, I would like to suggest that you do not try to do so. However, most of Ms Hamilton’s books do have a goodly amount of background (almost repetitively so) in each continuing novel. Enough to put long time reader teeth on edge sometimes.
Still, start here because it is this book that will explain everything you need to know. If you are expecting something like the earlier Anita Blake book, rest assured that is not what you are going to get. Anita Blake started out as a very clean yet violent series and evolved into a more erotic one. This series starts off admittedly erotic, but not with as much actual sex as one might think. The sex is there, don’t get me wrong. In addition, the sex is very graphic when you do get to it, but that is because the Fey are very, very sexual creatures and Merry Gentry happens to be from a long line of fertility gods and goddesses.
Court politics, assassination attempts, backstabbing and mystery solving takes center stage with this book.

I won’t go into much detail s to the plot of the story as I don’t want to ruin anything for you. Just know this –Merry had exiled herself from Faerie for very good reasons, but now her Aunt, The Queen of Air and Darkness wants Meredith to come home. The Queen has something that only Merry can do for her…well Merry and the Queens son Cel.

Meredith also comes into one of her ‘hands of power’ in this novel and in a very graphic way.

This book (series) is a fun new way to interpret the Faeries, Goblins and other things that go bump in the night. It is also great to see that the two courts –the Unseelie and Seelie. One court is of the Dark that takes in all creatures, and the court of Light who kicks out their ‘mistakes’. Both courts are beautiful yet perverse.

His novel has it all, graphic violence graphic sex, sexy men and of course Merry Gentry, a short curvaceous, dark haired bit of perfection. This is where you will see the two series similarities.

Fire Touched

Fire Touched - Patricia Briggs

You may want to read or at least do a quick re-read 'skim' of the story" Fairy Gifts" that was in "Shifting Shadows" it is not ultra-important, but Thomas a Vampire and Margaret a Fae, play an interesting part in this book.

Possible Spoilers------->>> You have been warned------->Wow just Wow --- this book added a few new elements into the mix. An interesting yet a little dragged out story that makes if fairly clear that the series is winding down. There is a new character that looks like Mercy and Adam will be 'adopting', an unusual, unique little fiery boy (hence the title), their clan will be breaking (for now) from the werewolves as a whole and making new allies. Who would have thought we would ever see the wolves and the Fae as allies---I wonder against who (whom?)

Only Mercy (or maybe Anna) could get all these factions (Fae, Vamps, Wolves, etc )to cooperate - so whatever they are going to face in the end book should be frickin' amazing!

At least we didn't get a lot of Christy in this book...some but not a lot.

I can see how this will be one of the last books in this series--- a lot of winding up and winding down going on.

OH!!! And it was fantastic to see Adam be the one who 'dies' and needs to be brought back instead of Mercy for once. :-)

I'm going to do a re-read and write a proper review later! But this is a totally worthwhile if a little slow, book.

No need to do a re-read of "Night Broken" before you read this book (except that it was such a fun book)-there is just enough back-story in "Fire Touched" to keep you from getting frustrated but not enough to bore you.

*ARC - Supplied by publisher

Catching Fire

Catching Fire - Suzanne  Collins Thanks to the first few 1 star reviewers on Amazon - I no longer have to keep reading this book. Why can't people think about adding a spoiler alert before posting? Totally ruined what was a mediocre addition to this trilogy.

I had been having problems recreating the excitement I felt for the first two books and decided to see if others had the same thoughts I did. I got more than I bargained for.

I kept reading anyway thinking that these reviewers had it wrong...but they are correct. The author used this book for some other agenda other than to merely finish off the trilogy to anyone satisfaction. Granted, someone was always going to lose in the end...but so many?
Truly mediocre like I said; no growth for any of the main characters, too much razzle dazzle, Katniss just seems to be a MarySue in this book. Too much tugging on heart-strings instead of good solid writing and story telling.
I was so looking forward to this novel and all that it could have, should have been. However, what I got was enough to really surprise me. Ms Bishop has been a long-time favorite author of mine, ever since I discovered the Black Jewel trilogy and its off-shoots.

The first book in this series, Written in Red, really proved what a new world can be under her pen and how innovative and lyrical an author Ms Bishop really is, but for some reason that freshness just didn’t carry over into this novel. This novel had us moving into too many different directions without anything ever really getting tied up…yes we did get rid of one more bad man (with one more left to go) but the story really suffered until we got to that point.

The writing at times was repetitive, overly angst-y and down-right annoying for me. I can too easily follow Ms Bishop’s writing devices – For example >do not have anything overly exciting happen until 60% or more of the book is finished.

This book seemed to not do too much as far as furthering the story to its conclusion.

And as a side note: it would have helped people like me to not have had so many very similar names for different characters. So many new characters are introduced with each new book that it can get very confusing before you memorize who each one is.

----------------->SPOILERS, POSSIBLY!<-----------------------<br/>
It is nice to see that Meg is going to look for other ways to satisfy her craving for ‘release’ after cutting.

It was nice to see such a fitting end for Nick Scratch. Now how about Pater?

It is wonderful that the old lady and her cards that Simon met in the first book, finally makes some sense.

---> End Spoiler’s<-----<br/>
It is great that humans in this world are finally learning the very valuable lesson that we cannot make animal species extinct just because we haven’t learned how to manage ourselves. The world just isn’t going to put up with it much longer.

Vision in Silver

Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop Slow build up to an excellent and exciting end. A bit repetitive especially if you are reading the series one after another.

Murder of Crows

Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop

This is an author that can build a world beyond our imagining, yet make something unbelievable seem perfectly sensible. This second book is as wonderful as Written in Red was. You will again be left thinking "what if?" or, "I recognize these people" . You will want to become friends with some of these Terra Indigene or the humans. You will walk away from this books with many question running through your mind that you will most likely turn around after finishing it the first time and re-reading it.

Although you can read this book as a stand-alone, I recommend that you read Written In Red: A Novel of the Others first so you can see for yourself the growth. You will not only see the growth of Simon and Meg, but also all of the secondary and tertiary characters.

AS expected, this book centers a little more on the personal relationship between Meg and Simon. Do not get me wrong, this is not a romance...but you can see that one is progressing. It might seem like it is progressing at a snail's pace, but it is moving along just fine. There is a lot of mystery in this novel and a conclusion that has left me with just the slightest questioning of whether or not the bad guy is REALLY dead.

Meg is still a naïve, sensitive character yet she is not so much a fish out of water type anymore. She is coming into her own. However, there is much in the way of explanations for this as well as a lot of growth on Megs part. She is really starting to become her own woman and is finally getting the understanding that she needs.

Simon, for better or worse is becoming a little more human acting and is angry with himself, but finally comes to realize that being a bit more human isn't a betrayal of what he is.

If you would like a run down on the who's, what's and where's of this trilogy/series (?) please see:

These books are a lot different from the Black Jewels Trilogy, but there are many parallels also.

Again, you may finish this book but in the end this book will not be finished with will be begged to be re-read and then re-read again. I for one loved it and am off to do my second reading right now!

Written in Red

Written in Red  - Anne Bishop Written In Red: A Novel of the Others
By: Anne Bishop

I have not read another author that can world and character build like Anne Bishop does. Her Black Jewels Trilogy is one that I pull out to re-read at least once a year. This new series appears to be one that I am going to be doing the same thing with. She has written this with her usual realism and you tend to think, “I know these people” or “I’ve been to this town” while you are reading. Moreover, when you are done with the book, the book is not done with you. You will walk away wondering about the characters, how are they doing in their world now that you’ve finished the book.

You are also wondering just when the next book will be coming out!

Meg Corbyn is a cassandra sangue (Blood Prophet) and has run away from her keepers. And when I say ‘keepers,’ I mean that literally. After all, Meg isn’t even known by a name, she has a designation –a number – she is known as cs759.

She has never experienced anything ever that may stimulate her. All that she knows of the world was taught to her via pictures and edited film clips while sitting in a classroom filled with others like her. She is there for one specific purpose, to be a Prophet. One that needs to be cut/sliced in a very specific way to make her predictions. Since her keeper/Controller can receive huge amounts of money for her predictions, she is being hunted extensively now that she has run away. She has run right into Lakeside, a sort of town that caters to the Others but also in a small way to the Humans.

The Others - the terra indigene are shape shifters, vampires and Elementals that do not like, do not trust, do not need the humans. In this world, the Others rule and by that I mean that if the humans do something in this territory that the Others don’t like – the human becomes a meal. After all Human Laws Do Not Apply here.

Anne Bishop has made the character of Meg a sympathetic one; she is a fish out of water and someone who might frustrate you if she never grew. However, grow Meg does and while she stays afraid of a lot of things even at the end of the book, she has very good reasons to be afraid. She has seen a vision of her own death after all.

Simon Wolfgard is the shape shifting well…wolf, that has hired her to be the towns Human Liaison/mail clerk and he seems to be regretting it as time goes on…he also seems to be getting attached to Meg. He does not trust her, but you can feel the interest sizzling at the perimeter Meg and Simon’s interactions. However, under Ms Bishop’s deft pen, it is never obvious.

Naturally, there is more than one story line going on. There is a very interesting one involving a woman called Asia who is sending information about Simon and Meg back to someone she thinks wants to eventually do a TV show staring her. There are tons of characters.

There is a lot of sly humor in this novel also, for example, in one scene Simon is talking about Meg who had been playing a game with several of the wolves that involved her acting as prey. Simon thinks to himself - "Of course, listening to John whine about not being allowed to go out and play hadn't done anything for his (Simon's) own eroding self-discipline - especially because he could tell could tell just by watching that Meg really did make a good squeaky toy."

Ms Bishop has added an interesting bit at the beginning of the book to let the reader know how this world evolved, how man became food instead of the top of the food chain. The Others are wonderfully written and not the kind of character you usually read about in this genre. They are not kind and misunderstood creatures. They are what they are and they make no apologies for it.

I don’t know what more I can tell you about this book that wouldn’t ruin the story for you so I will just end with this ---this is a fantastic book, it is one that you will want to turn around and re-read as soon as you are done with the first read.

One more thing I will say, this series is vastly different from The Black Jewels books yet it is similar in some ways. This book seems to be appropriate for anyone over 16. There is some strong and salty language.

There is some sexual innuendo – not too overt though. There is some violence but not as much as you would think for a book like this.

The Perils of Paulie (A Matchmaker in Wonderland)

The Perils of Paulie (A Matchmaker in Wonderland) - Katie Macalister This was a typical Katie book and of you are a fan of Katie's, you will most likely enjoy seeing adults act like moronic teenagers.

This was a cute story, but Katie's descriptions of sex are wearing a little thin for me -what was really funny a decade ago is not so funny as I age. I guess that makes Katie a great author for those who are new to her and will be reading everything Katie has written in one huge gulp.

As I said, this was a cute story and the plot-line was a bit more unique than the norm. However, it quickly lost its uniqueness as the romance part heated up.

*ARC supplied by publisher.

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