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Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels #4.5)

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  10,391 Ratings  ·  558 Reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews comes a tale of darkness, desire, and werecats.

Alpha Pack leader Jim Shrapshire has always been the strong, silent type. But something has come over him--a magic force currently residing in one of the Pack's headquarters. Were-tigress Dali Harimau has always wished she could get Jim's attention--but now he needs her help
Kindle Edition, 86 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Ace (first published June 1st 2012)
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Jo ★The Book Sloth★
3.5 Kitty Stars

“Look, he isn’t even concerned.”
I poured the tea. “He’s concerned, Mother. He just doesn’t panic, because he’s in charge and if he panics, everybody else will panic.”
“I can jog around the room pretending to scream if you would like,” Jim offered.”

This novella centers around two of our favorite kitties in the series, Jim and Dali. As usual with IA's characters, these two find themselves neck-deep in trouble and have to find their way out of it.

Writing and action-wise the book is
Oct 08, 2014 Evgeny rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Buddy read with Armina, Eilonwy, Asya, and Monty Cupcake.

One of the most powerful groups in post-apocalyptic Atlanta is called Pack: shape-shifters ruled by iron hand of its leader, Curran. One of his right-hand people, also in charge of overall security is Jim who makes his appearance in practically every previous Kate Daniels book. During one of his security related investigations he stumbles upon a magic-related problem, so he has to ask his resident magician Dali for help.

Dali is an unusual
Sophia Triad
Nov 07, 2016 Sophia Triad rated it it was amazing
Jim likes a girl. The problem is that Jim is too Alpha to make the first move. Moreover as the Pack Leader of the were-cats and head of Security for Curran the Beast Lord, he can be easily accused of taking advantage of his position.

Dali likes a boy. The problem is that were-tigress Dali is vegetarian, almost blind and too unattractive to make the first move. A brain with glasses she describes herself.

One day Jim is in trouble. Being at the wrong place the wrong time, he has been infected with s
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.5 Butterfly Kissed Stars -- Re-read July 15, 2014 before the release of Magic Breaks

Possible inflating rating because of my love for Dali, don’t judge me. She became one of my favorite characters during the midnight games. Dali is a drag racing Indonesian white tiger, with magic, short term memory loss after shifting that curses on parchment and is a vegetarian….SOLD.

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When Jim becomes the target of a supernatural force only Dali and her mystical family can help him. She has had a crush on J
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
To say that I'm in love with Kate's world is an understatement...

After Kate and Andrea, it's Dali's turn to take the spotlight. She is the famous white tiger... and she's almost blind and a vegetarian.

Yep! That's Dali. Oh! And she has a huge crush on the big bad Cat Alpha, Jim. And (go figure!) he reciprocates. Uhum... Ilona Andrews writes fairy tales after all. It doesn't matter there is ass-kicking, people (things?!) loosing all kinds of bodily fluids all over the place... In the end, it's all
Sep 01, 2012 Susana rated it it was amazing
This was so, so GOOD!!!
Ever since, the first time i read about Dali, that i got curious about this magical white tiger who is practically blind. And who likes to enter car races_ she gives a lot of work to auto-shops, one could say that she's helping the economy, cough_....oh, and someone who is a vegetarian.
A vegetarian tiger....cute!

Then there is Jim. The alpha of the cats, is as badass as one could get, but getting Dali to do as he wants, is JUST way beyond his skills. Because she is reckles
Aug 15, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it
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Sep 13, 2016 Joanita rated it it was amazing

07/09/2016 Re-reading one of my favorite series', because the Kate Daniels world is a excellent place to be!

When a girl weighs a hundred pounds soaking wet, her glasses are thicker than Sherlock Holmes’s loupe, and everybody under the sun makes fun of her because she’s a vegetarian and blood makes her vomit, she has to do something to prove that she isn’t a wimp. The wild, deafening chaos of the Friday-night Buzzard race was a strictly no-wimps-allowed kind of fun.

I loved this novella. I hav

Nov 06, 2015 Vippi rated it really liked it
Recommended to Vippi by: Sakina
Synopsis: Those two are pure cuteness

The main strengths of KD's series are its unique mix of magic, myths and action and, above all, its amazing, dimensional characters.
This novella is no exception.

Magic Dreams tells a (mis)adventures that Dali – the vegetarian, blood-scared and nearly blind (a good mix for a shapeshifter, isn't it?) white tiger – and Jim – the reserved alpha Cat – have to face.

This side story allows the reader to know better these two intriguing characters, but that's not all.
Jan 06, 2013 Keertana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swoooon
I'll admit it: I was not a huge fan of Jim or Dali before Magic Dreams. I thought they were both interesting and endearing characters in their own right and while I sensed chemistry between them, I wasn't too bothered with them as a couple. After all, with Kate and Curran taking center stage, how could your thoughts stray to anyone who wasn't the Beast Lord and his Consort? ;) With Magic Dreams, however, Ilona Andrews gives us an opportunity to see a couple that is completely different to both K ...more
Jun 30, 2015 Cathryn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was not clamoring for more of Jim and Dali when I read the regular books but I am so glad they got their own novella. I absolutely loved them!!! I also like the introduction of a new angle on the magic world. Just like real life is full of different cultures/myths/religions the Andrews are bringing that same richness into this world. I would love to see even more of this in the series. It was so interesting.
Sep 30, 2016 Haïfoun rated it really liked it
Now this is a really nice addition to the whole picture!
I didn't expect much of this book since I don't care much about Dali and Jim but boy, the pace was fast, the mystery interesting and Dali's self-mockery was really funny and endearing at the same time.

Great novella!

Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
Magic Dreams was sweet little story, full of Indonesian mythology and some pretty scary creatures, about Dali and Jim working on a case together. This short novella takes place after events in Magic Bleeds.

“Didn’t Jim forbid you to race?”
Jim was my alpha. The shapeshifter Pack was segregated into seven clans, by the family of the animal, and Jim headed Felidae with a big Jaguar paw hiding awesome claws. He was smart, and strong, and incredibly hot—and the only time Jim noticed my existence was
Apr 09, 2013 Maggie rated it it was amazing
Dali, you adorable scene stealer. In this novella, the half-blind nerd girl gets center stage. Dali, the vegetarian white tiger shapeshifter who crashed into the story in Magic Strikes, is everything Kate Daniels isn't. She doesn't fight, doesn't kill, but that doesn't mean Dali isn't badass in her own right. She can write out a curse in calligraphy like no one else.
Jim: "You want me to go back into that house protected by a magic sticky note?"
We saw a hint of possibly something between Dali and
Liz* Fashionably Late
Aha! I knew something funny was going on with Kate's phones! /random comment off.

I have to say the women in Kate Daniel series are incredible. Dali isn't the exception. I found her intriguing enough just by being an almost blind, vegan White Awesome Tiger. Bust there's so much more of it. She's just so funny and klutzy in her own way, not a warrior like Kate but definitely crazy smart and damn likable.

Don't mess with a smart girl. Ever. She'll use words to kick your ass.

It's so cute how helpless
Originally reviewed here.

Though I read and very much enjoyed the Ilona Andrews' Andrea & Raphael novella in Must Love Hellhounds, I somehow never got around to reading the Hexed anthology. This was tragic on several levels, mainly because the Andrews novella included in that volume was the Jim and Dali story. I have been salivating over those two for what feels like forever now, anxiously crossing my fingers they would get their own book. And yet its inclusion in that antho somehow escaped m
Jun 22, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Nope I didn't read this in German, I just ran out of English editions to review (I add new editions whenever I reread books so that I can keep my stats correct for each year that I've been on Goodreads).

I love Dali and Jim, I'm not a huge fan of the way Dali drives like a lunatic putting everyone else on the roads at risk but I do think she's a brilliant character and I think her and Jim are perfect for each other.

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Second read - June 2015 - Review
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Jul 01, 2012 Marsha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
Whenever I've read any of the Kate Daniel's series, I've always loved the crazy antics of Dali. Combine that with the budding attraction she has with Jim the alpha and the result is just plain good old fun.

Jim has been informed that one of their offices has been out of contact for quite a while. So, he goes out to investigate and what he finds is truly disturbing. The office is dusty and just feels wrong. So, Jim goes to see Dali. When she returns home from racing (Ha! I just love it. A near bli
Cathy (cathepsut)
Re-reading the series with the Ilona Andrews Addicts, before 'Magic Binds' comes out in September 2016. Hadn't planned to re-read all the shorts and novellas as well, but changed my mind. Will try to read parallel to the main series...

"It just goes to show that no matter how great a nail you give humanity, we’ll manage to hammer it into the ground crooked."

I read this for the first time in August 2012. And I barely remembered a thing about the plot. Not much to add to the original review. It is
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
This read took effort, a first occurrence for me with an Ilona Andrews book. Firstly, the first person POV annoyed me - now maybe this is because everything else I've read lately has been third, but I didn't like it. Secondly, the whole thing felt lacking. I enjoyed random parts of the book, like the dragon guy, but on a whole this was 2 stars for me. I have it 3 stars for the creativity & it'd hurt my heart to give an IA book such a low rating. And then I might get kicked out of the cult.

Jun 12, 2012 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed here.

Now, if the line “a tale of darkness, desire, and werecats” doesn’t make you guffaw and totally want to check this novella out, I’m not sure what I can say to convince you, but I’m going to try. Because, dear friends, Magic Dreams, easily captured the roll of my favorite novella thus far in this series. Maybe it was because I was coming off of a couple of fairly mediocre reads and Magic Dreams totally picked me up, but more than that I think it’s because it was a fresh a
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Only a few days left before Magic Breaks is finally released and I’m definitely getting restless. As a desperate measure I’ve decided to get my hands on anything Kate Daniels related hence Magic Dreams. I didn’t know this short story was about Dali & Jim and I can’t say I was very excited at first. In the series Dali pretty much comes across as a clumsy nutcase and Jim is the very serious and paranoid head of security for the Pack… I didn’t expect to have much fun reading Magic Dreams. Well ...more
Omg I ship Jim and Dali!! They both are so cute and this side story made me love them more than I already did. I wouldn't mind another novella about them.
He was close, too close. I just stared at him. What was happening … “Why are you telling me this?”

His voice was low and smooth. “That time when I told you it didn’t matter what your mother thought about your looks …”

“Aha …”

“I meant it,” he said. “Because I think you’re beautiful.”
Carolyn F.
This has Jim and Dali trying to figure out what killed some shapeshifters at an office and what is slowly killing Jim. Dali finally tries to reach out to Jim to give him a hint of her feelings for him. Great short story. ****
Aug 08, 2012 Julija rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a change of perspective! Dali is so unlike impulsive, exotic, ass-kicking Kate and determined, pretty, trigger happy Andrea that it's almost overwhelming. While the Cutting Edge duo rush straight into battle without thinking, Dali gets sick at the sight of blood and relies on magic instead of claws and teeth. To top it all, even though her other self is a huge mythical white tiger, she is a complete vegetarian. Obviously, other shapeshifters don't get her. So we get a gigantic klutzy ...more
Oct 05, 2016 Ina rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Re-read: 04/10/2016
4.25 stars

I hate dropping quarter of star from my original review, but I have to admit that although I really like Magic Dreams, there are other, better short stories from Kate Daniels universe and since I gave those 4.5 stars, I have to give Magic Dreams less.

What I like about this short story, though, is seeing Jim in totally different way. I liked him during the first two or three books, but he soon became obnoxious and just a total ass. I like that he can still be the Ji
Duchess Nicole
I love these novellas in the Kate Daniels series, as well as the Curran shorts. They are quality peices and bring me right back into the world. A lot of author's novellas seem like hastily thrown together page filler, but you can tell that the Andrews team puts a lot of thought into their novellas. Jim is such a big part of Kate and Curran's life, and the blind tigress Dali is for sure a unique character. Jim inadvertently meets Dali's strictly Indonesian family, and her Mom is uncertain about ...more
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“Look, he isn’t even concerned.”
I poured the tea. “He’s concerned, Mother. He just doesn’t panic, because he’s in charge and if he panics, everybody else will panic.”
“I can jog around the room pretending to scream if you would like,” Jim offered.”
“A rolled-up newspaper landed on my head and then on Jim’s. “None of that in my house!”
Oh my gods. The alpha of Clan Cat just got smacked with a rolled-up newspaper. “Mom!”
She pointed at me with the newspaper. “Do not shame me.”
I clamped my mouth shut. When she pulled out the shame card, it was all over.”
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