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Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  27,598 ratings  ·  1,445 reviews
Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems...more
Mass Market Paperback, Ace, 260 pages
Published April 2008 by Penguin
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Anzu The Great Destroyer

Hmmm I wonder what this Magic Burns book will be about

What?? I mean.. What?? This can’t be right

Why isn’t she being stupid?? Wha- How???

She’s going to fuck up

Any second now

Aaaaany second now


This book is perfect!!

I mean, amIrite? AM-I-RITE???

One thing I love about Ilona Andrews is the fact that she didn’t make Kate a sappy character. Not once did she have a "love" thought about any of the hot dudes in the book. Not once. Sure, she thinks about banging them but that’s the normal thing to do....more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Kate Daniels, could you be more awesome? Nope. This book rocked my world! I loved the first book, but I loved this one even more. Kate Daniels is such a cool heroine. She's not only kickbutt, independent, and snarky, but she's utterly likeable. She's down to earth, and one of those heroines I think a guy or a girl could get along with equally well. I like her quick thinking and her ability to get out of some pretty nasty spots. And her willingness to do the right thing, even at personal cost to...more
j  u  l  i  o
Mar 26, 2014 j u l i o rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to j u l i o by: MostlyDelores

no poets, these two—sometimes the prose reminded me of chunk from the goonies inquiring about the possibility of some rocky road—but fuck my life can they write a Finerr Batturr or what, amirite?

ladies? can I get an amen?

*icy, shunning silence*

no? too busy drooling over curran?


*gaze darkens lustily* too.
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Mar 17, 2013 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everyone who likes fantasy and kick-butt women
I've procrastinated forever in writing this review. Magic Burns is one of my frequent re-reads, and I'm not sure I can do it justice.

What keeps drawing me back? An interesting heroine that is confident, skilled in her field, funny, occasionally lonely, caring despite herself and lives according to an ethical code? Action that builds from the somewhat ridiculous (a salamander pyromaniac) to the tragic (spikey dogs) to epic (a battle between shapeshifters and gods)? Relationship building that giv...more
Aug 11, 2011 Lora rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of Magic Bites and other similar urban fantasy titles
In Magic Burns Kate is faced with a whole new challenge, and even though it sounds simple it turns out to be anything but; Kate is tasked with retrieving important maps stolen from the shapeshifter Pack of Atlanta.
Along the way Kate crosses paths with a seductive-but-evil guy who worships a Celtic goddess of three, gets strapped with a thirteen-year-old girl whom she must search for the possibly-dead mother of, meets a pack of kinky werehyenas, and once again she manages to antagonize the Beast...more
Before I begin, I’m going to evoke my 13 year old alter ego…
Curran loves Kate, Curran loves Kate! Okay, so he didn’t say those exact three words, what he actually said was “As you wish” but he said it after reading The Princess Bride and everyone knows that is how Wesley told Buttercup he loved her. SQUEE!!!

Okay, now that I have gotten out of the way, this book and this series are so awesome! God, I still sound like a fan girl, but it doesn’t make what I say any less true. Look into the eyeballs...more
Stacia (keyboard abuser)
Jul 08, 2012 Stacia (keyboard abuser) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stacia (keyboard abuser) by: Regina
He inhaled my scent, bent close, about to kiss me...
I just stood there like an idiot.
Curran smirked and whispered in my ear instead. "Psych."


I'm pretty sure that Kate and Curran are working on turning sexual tension into a sport. Watching two stubborn beings trying to coexist in the same room makes for an interesting dynamic.

Okay, so I might be eating my words just a little bit. But it's going to be a small meal, no larger than a snack. I'll nibble on two or three mini words, no longer than t...more
The Holy Terror
This was a good book but not perfect. I'd give it 3.5 stars.

I have a hard time with books that have a mystery that needs to be solved and then the character goes from place to place and from person to person following clues and trying to figure out what's going on. It seems like we're just following her as she goes to each strange new place meeting all kinds of new people that I no doubt will probably forget.

In the beginning I couldn't remember who a lot of the characters were and it still took...more
Jo ★  The Book Sloth★
This was soo good!! This book was much better than the first and the first was already awesome!!
I LOVED it! I won't get into details...I have another one to read!

**************3/3/2014 UPDATE**************

1st re-read

After reading this book for the second time I'm ready to write a review without gashing on and on about how awesome it is.

Inner voice: Yeah, right... You'll use the word awesome at least 5 more times in your review.

Jo: Oh shut up, you idiotic know-it-all.

Sooooooooo, this book was awe...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
The most appealing thing about any Kate Daniels book, is hands-down, Kate Daniels herself. She strong and smart, witty and irreverent. And it doesn’t look like she ever gets a moment’s peace. As the book begins, a few months have passed since the events of Magic Bites. Kate is working as a liaison between the mercenary guild and the Order of Merciful Aid. And the waves of magic in the world are growing more frequent and intense, indicating a flare is on the horizon.

While on a mission for the Pac...more
For the first quarter of the book, I thought this was heading toward 3 stars. I liked it and it explained the world much better than Magic Bites, but there were more new characters and creatures when I'd barely managed to wrap my head around the ones already introduced. But then, but then, there was the soup and the please and the thank you and AH. And then Noelle sent me this gif for Curran:

...and well, I was walking around murmuring Curran all day.

Starbucks barista: May I have a name for this...more
Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)
I knew by page 2 that I would love this book. Here's why:

"Alright Jeremy. Give me the salamander and I won't cut your head off."

When I first started this series I was definitely holding myself back a little from letting myself love it. First of all I'd been traumatized by a past relationship with a series (Anita! Why!?). Secondly this series reminded me of the one that broke my heart. But not anymore!

I was so entertained while reading this book that my earlier annoyance at the whole magic vs...more
Erica Ravenclaw

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

No spoilers! Definitely colorful language abound!

Magic Bites Review

I think the first thing I would like to address here is directly to Kate.

My dear Kate, how I adore you on so many levels it's almost unnerving how much I like you. I may or may not have a girl crush on your badassery, however we need to clear somethings up. First of all I'm getting real tired of your obsession that you should be able to control everything at all times. Then subsequently the way you tear yourself down f...more
For so long, I had heard wonderful things about the Kate Daniels series, but never jumped in. I am not a big urban fantasy gal, preferring instead the more romantic paranormals. But I have to say that this series is great, and the building relationship between Kate and Curran was terrific.

Great characters, very well done story in a complex, involved and detailed world. I gave the first book three stars for the simple fact that I sometimes got lost in the world-building, but here everything flow...more
*Originally Read 6/16/10*

After reading the last book I was a little frustrated. Nothing about the world was explained and the vague hints about Kate's "big secret" were irritating. Luckily early on in the book we start getting some new information. One of my biggest irritants was my lack of understanding of these magic waves. What's causing this, when did this start? I got some of the answers I was looking for, which was nice. I still want want more answers, but I'll try to be patient.

The beginn...more
✽ Sharon is an emotional book junkie ✽
**4-4.5 stars**

The best part of this book is all the great lines!!! I flew through most of the other parts searching for them. That doesn't mean that the rest isn't interesting because it is. I think the only bad part (for me) was all the descriptions of the locations ~ especially starting at Saiman's apartment and the coven!! I really got bogged down in all that! BUT I LOVED all the interactions between Kate and Curran....they were soooo funny!

The parts with Julie and Andrea were really heart...more
The Flooze
I think the final two words of this book sum up my feelings:

"Oh boy."

Where the first book plodded along on heavy feet, this one soars on by. World-building now firmly in place, Andrews feels free to glide through her universe, periodically offering intriguing nuggets of info about both Kate and this new Atlanta. The mystery aspect is much clearer and easy to follow. The mythology is explained casually and is understandable. The frenzy of battle is captured in a moment that makes your eyes widen...more
Loved it, this series is awesome, love the world, love the characters, it's great. Can't wait for 3!
My love for Kate Daniels started strong in Magic Bites; when I first read it, I didn't think it would be possible for me to love her - or her world - more. I was wrong. The Kate Daniels' series just gets better and better!

Kate's been doing pretty well since the events of Magic Bites. She's settling into her new job at the Order and continuing to take jobs for the Guild. Unfortunately, things are about to go crazy. It's not just the normal magic-tech fluctuations that Kate has to worry about now,...more
I finished Magic Burns this morning. Yes, I did like the book; I gave it 4 stars. But up until last night, I didn't understand why everyone was raving about this book. Then I got to the good parts.

Magic Burns started off slowly for me. It's been about 2 months since I read Magic Bites, so it took me a while to settle into the book. At times, I felt lost and I needed to reread sections. But as I got used to Ilona Andrew's dark version of Atlanta, a city destroyed by waves of magic, I began to see...more
Despite several moments of WTFery that made me wonder exactly what is in my cough syrup and if I was in fact reading what I was reading, this was a very good read. Imaginative just doesn't quite describe the world Andrews created in this series. I believe this sums it up well: O_o

I'm starting to like Curran more, but I'm still not sure why everyone's jaws drop and rivers of drool form at his feet. Kate is becoming more likable as her character is fleshed out as well. I'm getting a bit annoyed wi...more
I really like dynamics between Kate and Curran. I just wish there was more of that in this book. On to the next one!
Four stars.

I've put off reviewing this for some time. I don't even know what to say or how to review it.

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This was my first ever audio book. I listened to it exclusively while driving to (and from sometimes) work. You can't take notes like that. I have difficulty with focusing on things at times, so sometimes I'd find myself thinking about the car in front of me, cussing out the asshat that cut me off, or...ooh...shiny object!!! I feel bad for the book because I think if I'd read it, this revie...more
More like 4 1/2 stars

After a not so great start with Magic Bleeds, I finally understood why people love so much this series:

1. Kate is one strong, kind-hearted, jaded, wit-spoken heroine who keeps getting herself into trouble.

2. Once you get past the overwhelming world building genesis, the world becomes really interesting, the characters seem more real, and the story flows without the enciclopedia feeling I hated so much about book one.

3. The dialogues (even when the book still has a little mor...more
Originally reviewed here.

There’s something really gratifying to me about picking up a book that I know will be a solid read. I know I’m not going to fall head over heals, but at the same time, I know it’s going to be fast paced, thrilling, intriguing, and downright fun. That was my expectation picking up Magic Burns, the second installment to Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series, and that’s exactly what I got. Color me a satisfied reader.

One of the things I am loving most about this series is its...more
Renee Nicole

Okay, for real. I'm hooked. Gimmie gimme more!

The first book left me "whelmed", if you will. I honestly don't even remember the plot. Not a big deal, since I couldn't tell you what underwear I'm wearing right now, but still. I was kind of flying blind into this one. But it kept getting picked for me in the PIFM challenge, and I'm trying this new thing where I'm CONTINUING with series, instead of starting new ones. Anyway, jeez! End pointless ramble here.

Kate is such a badass, I want to be her so...more
Slightly less teriffic than the first book. Still, the characters are so good & funny that I can forgive the slightly mish-mashed plot. I love Kate! She's waaaay more interesting & deadly than Mac. Curran is a super awesome Alpha A-hole, similar to Barrons. I think he's much more tolerable & has a streak of kindness that Barrons lacks. Can't help the Fever comparison. This series is just a lot more fun for me!

It sagged & dragged through some battle scenes. Wayyyy. Too. Loooong....more
There were lots of great things about this book:
- a flirtatious swirling creature named after cereal that keeps you regular
- a sexy lion who will feed you soup
- a very snarky heroine
- sex education lectures on how sperm carries magical powers

So, why am I only giving it 4 stars? I felt it needed more. More soup feeding! More snark! More Kate vs. Curran ;) I want her to lift more than weights with him. I need battles! MORE MORE MORE! Feed my need for sexual tension.

Ah well, maybe next book. hehe...more

In the wise words of the White Rabbit, no time to write a review, I'm late for a very important date with the third book.

All I can say for now is that I'm in love with this series and that our love is true.
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
To my Goodreads friends - including, but not limited to -

Jamie, Mariya, Samina, Christen and VampAngel.

You were right.

"This was hell and I was its fury."
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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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“Not only will you sleep with me, but you will say 'please.'"
I stared at him, shocked.
The smile widened. "You will say 'please' before and 'thank you' after."
Nervous laughter bubbled up. "You've gone insane. All that peroxide in your hair finally did your brain in, Goldilocks.”
“The vampire stared at me, his mouth slack as Ghastek assessed his options. I took a couple of forms from my desk, put them into the vamp's mouth, and pulled them up by their edges.
"What are you doing?" Ghastek asked.
"My hole puncher broke."
"You have no respect for the undead.”
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