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Magic Dreams originally appeared in the anthology Hexed.

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...more
Kindle Edition, 86 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Ace
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Susana
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...more
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...more
Maggie
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...more
Keertana
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
Angie
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...more
Marsha
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...more
Angela
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...more
Heidi
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...more
Ju
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
Jill
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.
Liz*
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...more
Iliada
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.
Shandra {The Happy New Mrs}
Gaaaah!!! So. Much. Awesome. I can't even...!!!

I'm loving reading these novellas! I thoroughly enjoy getting to focus more on the other characters in the main books. I totally love reading their POVs. This was an amazing one!!! Dali plays a big role in the third book, but then we don't see much of her. I had no idea exactly how she felt about a certain someone, nor did I have any idea how that someone felt about her. I. Loved. This!!!!!! Book, welcome to my favorites list!! You are in good compa...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
Julie
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Do you have a book or series that, when you are feeling blah, you can pick up and it will instantly make you feel better? For me, it’s the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. It doesn’t have to be a Kate book per say, it can be a novella written in the same world…like this one.

I was in a bit of a funk after a particularly tough day and picked this up and read it in one sitting. Man oh man can this author write! Their stories are just so interesting and...more
Mary
Amazing! This is a Kate Daniels novella featuring Dali and Jim, and it takes place between Magic Bleeds and Magic Slays. These two will have their own full-length novel sometime in the near future and I can't wait.

I ADORE Dali. I mean, she's an Indonesian, vegetarian, blind-as-a-bat, street-racing, shapeshifting white tigress. She's not a warrior like Kate or Andrea, but she's full of personality and humor and her unrequited love for Jim is endearing.

If you've read the Kate Daniels series, def...more
Carina
"At some point he asked me if my girly emotional outbursts were over, and I swore at him for a while in Indonesian. And then he ruined it by asking me what some of the words meant, and of course I had to teach him how to pronounce the properly."
(Magic Dreams, p48)

I love Dali, the half-blind vegetarian white tigress with kick-ass magical powers! I think she is one of my favourite Kate Daniels characters! Ever since she appeared in Magic Strikes I wanted to read more about her and wanted to know...more
Kathleen
Short but lots of fun and action packed, with a multiethnic cast of characters, as Dali -- the bespectacled white tiger shifter who wrote curses on parchment in the gladiatorial games of book 3, Magic Strikes -- assists Jim, Curran's security chief and Dali's secret heartthrob, in resolving a dire threat to the Pack.

Jolly good show! I actually liked this novella more than some of the full length books in this series. Very coherent plot. Solid characterization. Wanted a bit more in the way of rel...more
Jules (Never enough time to read)
I love Ilona Andrews, but I just wish their books and even their novellas where longer. I really enjoyed reading a bit more about Jim and Dali's relationship but I was left wanting more... I hope at some point they get their own book.

Definitely recommended. In fact the whole series comes highly recommended from me, it really is one of my favourite adult UF series.



It is worth noting that Magic dreams is part of the Hexed anthology or can be purchased separately.
Grace
I definitely enjoyed Jim and Dali. I may not have cared much about the case part, but reading about Underground Atlanta being taken over by poachers was hilarious. Actually, there were a couple of streets here that I knew. In general, that is pretty entertaining.

(Note: everyone I know at school who is from the area thinks Underground Atlanta is super sketch, but I had to go through it for the Braves shuttle that one time and I really didn't notice...)
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
C'mon Andrews, you made me fall for Curran, Derek, Raphael and now Jim. Who is next? Ghastek?
D.G.
**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.
Dianne
Ilona Andrews always comes up with good short stories, this was no exception. It was time for Jim's story!
Marisa
Estou "in love" pela Dali e o Jim! São tão fofos.
Adorei a história deles.

Espero que venha mais =D
Amanda P
Reviewed for: Where the Night Kind Roam

Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews is a great novella in this series. I love, love it! I’ve read this book a few times. It’s a great look into Jim and Dali, it has been hinted at previous books a possible Jim and Dali paring but this seals the deal! Dali has been featured in previous Kate Daniels books but she doesn’t get much of a spotlight but this novella is all about Dali! She is quirky and fun, I love that she is half blind but still loves to race cars. She...more
Alexa

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

I was so excited to start reading this short story! After Kate and Curran, Jim and Dali's relationship is definitely the most intriguing one to me. They didn't have any romantic moments in the previous books, but it was hinted that Jim at least had feelings for Dali. It was wonderful to read about their growing relationship in Magic Dreams, and the mythology in this story was all kinds of fascinating!

My only problem with Magic Dreams is the leng...more
Dana Alma
Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews delivers delicious bits of a world we can't get enough of. Wow, I loved learning so much more about Dali and her family. Her strength and intelligence took this short story exactly where it had to be taken. Andrew's ability to intertwine Indonesian folklore with such detail and at the same time weave a wonderful tale, only demonstrates true mastery of the craft. Dali's desire to keep Jim alive regardless of the danger she faced, brought her feelings for Jim to the f...more
ALPHAreader
`Magic Dreams' is the new short story from Ilona Andrews, which originally appeared in the 2011 'Hexed' anthology. This short concerns fan-favourites from the `Kate Daniels' universe - Keep spymaster, Jim, and blind white tiger, Dali. `Dreams' takes place between Magic Bleeds (Book 4) and Magic Slays (Book 5), but is a stand-alone story.

There's some weird magic at one of the shifter community offices. Jim goes to investigate, but finds spooky magic, the smell of blood, a mysteriously beautiful w...more
Sarah
Magic Dreams is available to purchase as an ebook novella but was also included in the Hexed anthology. The story is set after Magic Bleedsand is told from Dali's point of view. We've already seen Dali's magic skills in previous stories but this time she faces her toughest challenge yet - saving the life of her Alpha Jim who is dying from a strange magical illness.

I already really liked both Dali and Jim but for some reason I'd never pictured the two of them together, I'm not sure why though bec...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.”
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“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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