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Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  58,335 ratings  ·  4,009 reviews
When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate's
Paperback, Special Edition, 365 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Ace (first published 2007)
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars

10 Reasons to Love Kate Daniels:

1. She doesn't take any crap from anyone.
2. She's sarcastic and occasionally rude and always hilarious. Who else would greet a snarly Beast Lord with "Here, kitty, kitty...?"
3. She knows all the rules of diplomacy when dealing with shapeshifters, vampires, and other supernaturals.
4. She knows how to break all those rules and commands respect in spite of it.
5. She admits when she makes mistakes.
6. She's comfortable with herself and who she is. But she's lo
Kat Kennedy
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Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
4/27/15 - BR with my peeps at: Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA) b/c I DO WHAT I WANT.

This is my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E series.

And that's kind of a big deal. For example, if you asked me what my second favorite series was, I'd have to give you a top 5 list. BUT. KATE DANIELS is unquestionably my #1 favorite.

I'm rereading the series, b/c the new book is out next Tuesday, and I think this is my fifth (or sixth?) time. I typically can't reread a series every year b/c I get bored, and I thought that might be a
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
About twelve years ago, there was a little girl named Danielle who read a book called Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton, and was seduced into the dark, enchanting world of urban fantasy. She went on to read more urban fantasy than she could shake a stick at. Over the years, she lost touch with Anita Blake, and mourned the loss of a tough-as-nails, kickass, urban fantasy heroine to join for exciting, dangerous, and magical adventures.

Recently, she finally picked up a book called Magic Bite
Curran, where have you been all my life?


Because he simply stole my heart from the very beginning. And I’m usually not even into shapeshifters!

Must be due to his sense of humour, handsomeness and, of course, alpha personality and status.
His Majesty Curran,
The chosen Lord of Free Beasts,
Requests your presence at the meeting of his Pack
At 22:00 of this night.

Damn you, lucky Kate. I wish I could pay him a visit myself.
“Oh, it's you," Curran's voice said quietly. "I thought it was an elephan
Apr 29, 2010 Tatiana rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy lovers
Recommended to Tatiana by: Heather, Penny
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2010
I've read enough urban fantasy to know that the genre is extremely formulaic, just like, let's say, the genre of historical romance. Basically, you are aware of what exactly you are going to get from the get-go. The difficulty here is to find a series whose standard mix of ass-kicking heroine/amusing cast of secondary characters/lore/mystery/paranormal hunk that suits your personal preferences. Unfortunately, I will have to put "Magic Bites" into the pile of urban fantasy I doubt I will ever get ...more
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Okay, okay... I admit the book was good and I was terribly wrong for not reading it sooner! All my fears were misplaced!!

Possible Spoilers coming up

“He finished the bandage and was examining it critically.
"You know those things are unreliable." His voice held just a touch of reproach.
“Eleven out of twelve work fine. I’d say that’s better chances than getting an orgasm with a blind date and women still try.”

Kate is brilliant! A little cocky at the beginning of the book but she gets over it aft
Nov 15, 2015 Katerina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katerina by: Vippi
“These were unsafe times.But then in safer times,I'd be a woman without a job.The safe-tech world had little use for a magic-touting mercenary like me.”

Welcome to a world where magic and technology fight to gain the upper hand.Where necromancers control vampires and every nightmarish mythical creature turns out to be real,eager to devour human flesh.
Welcome to Atlanta.

The story
“My name is Kate Daniels.Greg Feldman was my legal guardian and the closest thing to a family I've had for many
Mar 26, 2014 julio rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to julio by: MostlyDelores
...and then you read a book by a pro, and you're all: fuuuuuuuuuck.

s'not perfect.

acute symptoms of firstbookinaseriesitis.

but lemme just fanboi about the writing for a minute, ok?

propulsive plotting: one thing leads naturally to another. the solution to one problem creates another. the solution to that creates yet another.

the false-denoument was a nice touch, but a little too early—a quick glance at my reading progress made it easy to dismiss the neatly 'solved' mystery immediately.

but man.

you s
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Well . . . damn. This didn't turn out as I'd planned. While reading this I kept thinking to myself, Just go with three stars, almost everyone else you know has. The series will get better as it goes, just as everyone says, then you can rave and give them four. Although there were plenty things that bothered me about this, there were still more things that I liked. In fact, I would say that this surpassed my expectations.

But let us get the bad stuff out of the way first: I
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Mother of all Buddy Rerereread with the eye candy IA Addicts starting April 27, 2015.

Original rating: 5
Rating after first reread: 5
New rating: 8

Post-Shift Productions proudly present
Just Another Day in the Life of Kate Daniels

8.00 a.m.: Chilling at home. Looks like there's something on your wall. Well hello there you friendly neighbourhood spiderman. Throw a knife, slice a throat. Today's going to be a good day.
8.30 a.m.: Greg. Dead. Shit.
9.00 a.m.: Pay the Knights of Merciful Aid a vis
Rachel ♥Reads Ravenously♥
4.5 stars

“What kind of woman greets the Beast Lord with 'here, kitty, kitty'?”

The best kind of woman! To say I enjoyed this book was a serious understatement. But I get ahead of myself.

Kate Daniels is a mercenary who cleans up paranormal messes. When she gets news that her mentor, and last connection to any family she has, is murdered, Kate takes on the case. She is thrown into the world of Shapeshifters, Vampires and the People, and must make ruthless decisions in order to find the killer
Robin (Bridge Four)
Kate Daniels Buddy Read/Reread starts April 27 with the gang at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)

Let the fun and games begin, Yes it is still only a 3.5 star read but I really enjoyed it all over again. There is a little plotting issue that is fuzzy but overall great start to one of my favorite UF series. Only beaten just slightly by books 1-5 of Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series.

3.5 Stars Re-read 25Jun2014 before the release of Magic Breaks

I forgot the entire plot to this book and it was like reading
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Five reasons why owning a Beast Lord would kick ass

1. Getting dinner has never been this easy. I always have a hard time finding a good place to order my food from. Order, yes, since I’m too lazy to go out sometimes. Having a Beast Lord with me could save the day. Think of eating some yum roast whenever you want. You just say “Hey Curran, don’t you feel like eating some rabbit?” and he just goes and gets it for you. Freshest rabbit out there and it’s all yours.

Nah, I kid the rabbit catching thin
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
Well like I said before, this will only be a little rambling because trust me, I have tons of friends who's reviews are a lot more awesome than the one I could come up with right now.

If you follow my reviews you'll likely see I don't tend to read adult UF, like, at all. The last series I did read was the Night Huntress(which I left halfway)...or was it the Fever series(another one I left halfway)?? I'm too lazy to look it up. The thing is, they don't tend to wow me and they are always too freak
Buddy read with Armina, Eilonwy, and Asya.

By the time this book was published, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series was already well-known with quite a lot of writers trying to copy it with the various degree of success. I am willing to bet any money Kate Daniels was inspired by Dresden Files, directly or indirectly. For this reason I will compare these two.

Here we have a female protagonist Kate Daniels who happened to be a mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. You see, she
What a great start of the series!
I needed a break from all romance an new adult novels I've been reading lately, and Kate Daniels series was a perfect choice.

What's the biggest reason why I liked it so much?

1. Strong and opinionated main female character who doesn't need alpha male to save her ass.
2. There is no instant love story. Actually, there is no love story at all.
3. Magic Bites can be described as paranormal mystery. Imagine Hercule Poirot with vagina and bad ass sword.
4. Male versus
Brace yourselves, this review is a bit long winded. I devoured Magic Bites, but I’m still unsure of how I feel about it as a whole, and it's nearly impossible to describe.

What I liked:
The heroine. Kate has a dry humor, she can even be a bit of a smart ass, but she knows when to hold her tongue and she doesn’t push too hard or too far. She’s an ass kicking, sword welding badass and yet, she is remarkably down to earth. She has an astounding wealth of knowledge about the magic saturated world she
I tossed Magic Bites into the my last Amazon order, mostly because of the Patricia Briggs quotes on both front and back covers as well as several positive blog reviews I'd read. The most fascinating thing about this book is that the author's name, Ilona Andrews, is actually a combination of Ilona and Andrew Gordon's first names. They are the husband and wife team who create the Kate Daniels books. That is to say, together they come up with the characters and plot, then Ilona writes the book, a ...more
Maria Snyder
I really enjoyed this book! I was worried when I first started because I'm not a big fan of urban fantasy because the main protagonist - usually a kick-ass, stubborn, lone-wolf type annoys me because they're just too hard-core and push everybody away. But the main protagonist in this book, Kate Daniels wasn't as hard-core - she was capable and intelligent and did have a bit of that stubborn, "I can do this myself" attitude, but it didn't annoy me because she realized her limitations and sought h ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review has also been posted at Carole's Random Life.

I feel a little guilty giving any book by the writing team of Ilona Andrews anything less than a full 5 stars. This series does start out as a solid 4 star territory for me though. The rating is based on the story and not the narration. I loved this book the first time I read it and I liked it just as much the second time.

This book is the first in the Kate Daniels series and there is a lot of world building which slows things down just a
Athena Shardbearer

Loved it just like the first time!


Well damn....I liked it a lot!

Here kitty, kitty, you want some warm milk and a tummy rub? I can't stop thinking about this damn book. It's a trap...I was slowly drawn in and BAM hit with awesomeness and a badass MC. I see it, the near future, where I lose myself Kate and Curran and this whole damn series. Where I tell my family Amehe and my enemies Ud . Don't you just h
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
The Kate Daniels story is very intriguing and left a lot of unanswered questions but that's a good thing for a series. At first, I was in the dark ~ A LOT but then I found out about the prequel and read that. (A Questionable Client in the anthology Dark and Stormy Knights) It explained a few things as to why the world is the way it is and a little bit about Kate.

Kate does remind me a little of how Anita Blake was in the beginning especially all the blood and gross stuff. I still don't know what
More of a 3 and half star really. Although I did like Magic Bites, it suffered from freshman-itis. The world building was a bit convoluted and difficult to nail down, but that's mostly because its an intricate world Andrew's building and one like no other. (I also get the feeling the book was reedited for page count with, unfortunately, world building becoming the bloody casualty.)

Still the tale of Kate Daniels and her search for the being that not only killed a beloved friend but also is cutti
I'd been putting this book off for a while because a lot of people compared Kate to Anita Blake and I didn't think I could handle dealing with another emotionally crippled main character, even if she was a bad ass. While I agree that there are a lot of similarities between the two (ass kickery, gross amounts of natural magical talent, smart aleckness) I was pleasantly surprised that Kate didn't come with Anita's pitfalls. Yes there was some boo-hooing and some 'why me' but it happened towards th ...more
Rachel E. Carter

Review of Narration in Audio Book:
I liked the narrator, but I’m not sure I like how she portrayed the main character Kate. At times she seemed a little too emotional and from the way the story went I didn’t see Kate as that emotional of a character (just something about the inflection of her voice).

Review of storyline itself:

WHAT I LIKED: This is an adult urban fantasy Buffy the Vampire Slayer book in my opinion. I loved how fiercely independent the protagonist was and how she always seemed, li
Liz* Fashionably Late
3.5 Stars

"Dar Vorona. Gift of the Raven. I am my father's gift."
"The raven is holding a bloody sword."
"I never said it was a nice gift.”

Last year I read Darkfever. Why? because GR friends kept saying I HAD to read it. I had my doubts but happily obliged and learnt my lesson. Best reading of the year.

These past few weeks, Kate Daniels's been the star. So like a good student, I took Magic Bites and read it non stop till the very end. There're fantastic reviews out there that will convince you t
Reread in June 2015.

I really enjoyed my reread of this one. I'm familiar with the world now, so the confusion I felt on my first time through wasn't here this time. The story flowed, I was able to focus on plot points instead of trying to learn this foreign world. I highly recommend this one be reread!!! I'm going with 4 stars this time around.

Review for first read February 2014:

Actual rating 3.5 stars. No spoilers.

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So I know a lot of people love, adore, and worship this series. I'm actuall
Erica Ravenclaw

No spoilers and colorful language abound!

  Curran. Want. Curran. Want. Curran. Want. Curran. Want. Curran. Want.Curran. Want.Curran. Want.  

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I had a really difficult time settling into this new world as I.A. wrote on a need to know basis. Frankly, need to know basis style writing typically annoys the shit out of me. Why are you making up words and not telling me what they mean? How am I supposed to understand the world you have created if you are not explaining it to me? F
Early 2015

It was just another day in the GoodReads community. I had just found out that you can add people as friends (yep, took me a few years...Buddy reading literally blew my mind!) and I was minding my own business, reading fantasy books as usual.
When suddenly, a new message started popping out:

And that's how I found out about a series called Kate Daniels. Apparently, I was one of the very few who had no idea what the whole hype was all about. Before long, my updates page was buzzing with me
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Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a be ...more
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