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Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels #4.5)

4.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,260 Ratings  ·  495 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Dec 07, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it
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 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
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
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!
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
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.

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 Ju 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 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
Feb 06, 2015 Veronica Del Rosa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shifters, alpha-male, pnr
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.
I love Dali and Jim as much as I adore Curran and Kate. Such badass couples, need more!! :D
Dec 07, 2014 AJ rated it really liked it
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.
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!
Jun 27, 2015 Giovanna rated it really liked it
"About Indonesian," Jim said "I learned it so I could talk to you."


Badass Jim is a cutie pie.
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.
✘✘ 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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