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Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels #4.5)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  7,391 ratings  ·  410 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
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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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
4.5 Stars

What I really enjoy about these novellas that focus on other characters in the Kate Daniels' world is that we get to see things from a new point-of-view. It becomes obvious that Kate isn't always the most ... reliable narrator. There are things that she simply doesn't, and can't, take into account because she doesn't know everything. Not only do we get expanded views of Atlanta, but also of dynamics between characters, and different viewpoints of characters that we may have thought we k
Jul 01, 2012 Marsha rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Kenya Wright

This was just awesome!

I wished I'd bought the print verson so that I could hump the book!

And I would hump it good!
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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
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
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 v ...more
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 h ...more
Veronica Del Rosa
Yep, quite enjoyed this one too. Dali was surprising sweet and likeable. I loved her lusting after Jim. Just so adorable. And Jim, well, he did amuse the hell out of me. Plus he melted my heart at the end.
Monty Cupcake
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.

I love Dali and Jim as much as I adore Curran and Kate. Such badass couples, need more!! :D
This is a great little extra to the Kate Daniels series featuring Jim, Alpha of the were-cats, and head of Security for Curran the Beast Lord, and Dali – half-blind, vegetarian, mystical were-tiger. It’s a quick story but it still contains the disgustingly gory and creepy violence that I have come to expect from these books, as well as a subtle romantic thread which I was very excited to see.

Dali is the Pack’s only magic user, so when Jim encounters dead shiftesr and general nastiness in one of
Fantastic short story about Dali and Jim. I want more!! The story was really cool, full of Asian folklore and I just ate it up. Andrews once again managed to write a full story that didn't skimp on the details and you don't feel like you have been ripped off in the end.
Serious yet full of humour at the same time, just loved it.
I hope we get more of these two in following books.
This novella took me by surprise. I loved it and I thought it was even better than Andrea's novella, Magic Mourns, when the only reason I read it was my OCD which doesn't allow me to skip a book in a series.

Dali is adorable! I've always loved Jim! And I would definitely read any book about these two. I'm so glad Ilona Andrews promised to give us a full-length novel with Dali and Jim.
This was a reread. I think I've read Magic Dreams at least five times now. For being only about 70 pages long this is a pretty well detailed story. Several shifters have turned up missing and everything about their disappearance screams magic is the cause. Since Dali is the only shifter who's well-versed in magic, Jim seeks out her help. Dali was a refreshing narrator primarily because she doesn't rely on her physical fighting skills. Instead, she's forced to use her intelligence and magic abili ...more
Cute little story about Dali and Jim with a hint of greek mythology, although Dali's lack of self-esteem was getting on my nerves. Also I couldn't quite catch that part when the magical snail transforms into a butterfly... but whatever, it's magic, doesn't have to make sense :D
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
awww, this was cute! I MUST READ MORE!
Good gravy, I love Jim and Dali together. All the feeeeeelings they have for one another and neither one will act on it. The thing is, I TOTALLY get why they both held back. TOTALLY. (And I have mad, MAD respect for Jim and how he held himself in check for Dali to make a move. Oh, Jim. You rock. Hard.)

We get a look at family dynamics and pack dynamics in this story. Again, I get it. As brilliant as she is, Dali doesn't think she's beautiful. With her oddities there's no way Jim could want her th
**4.5 stars**

Before I started this, I had not interest in Dali and Jim but after it ended...OMG! I'm so sad their book was phased out!!!

Anyhow, I trust Ilona and Gordon will do their best by this couple.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I could have sworn I did a review on this but... Anyway, I loved this just as I knew I would! Ilona Andews always hits it out of the park in my book!
"About Indonesian," Jim said "I learned it so I could talk to you."


Badass Jim is a cutie pie.

✘✘ 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
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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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