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Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1)

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Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic…

One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers d
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Published March 1st 2007 by Ace
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  • Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
    Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
    Release date: Mar 27, 2007
    New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews invites you to experience the first novel in the “intriguing world” (Locus) of Kate Daniels.

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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
    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    Don't be fooled by the awful cover, this is the best UF series out there. Seriously, if you aren't already familiar with Kate, do iiiiiiiiiit.

    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 se
    Kat Kennedy
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Oct 23, 2015 Katerina rated it really liked it  ·  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
     Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    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
    Lola  Reviewer
    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
    This was a really dry book. I!
    So, I originally read this (at the prompting of my BFF) back in 2010, and was so underwhelmed it took me 4 years to pick up the second book. And, no I didn't bother doing a re-read of book 1 beforehand. I was simply so sick and tired of all my friends telling me what a great series I was missing out on, that I just snatched up 2 and dove in.
    I fully expected to hate it.


    However, Magic Burns was fantastic, and set me on the path of becoming a rabid fan of no
    Jan 04, 2010 Tatiana rated it it was ok  ·  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
    ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    KD is the Cure to All of Life's Problems Buddy Read (KDitCtAoLPBR™) with my dear wife Ange, and the poor souls who have fallen into our deathly KD Surprise Reread Trap (KSRT™) ❣

    Last reread: April 27, 2016.

    Original rating: 5 stars
    Rating after xxxxxx rereads: 10 stars. Up up up the rating goes.

    » And the moral of this particular rererereread is : one tiny little KD fix and all is right in the world again. Bye now.

    [Original review]

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    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

    Honestly? I don't know why I kept reading past chapter 2, but I did. It could have been the astounding number of high reviews from my friends, but nah, it usually doesn't influence me. Or, perhaps it could have been a 'yay! Vacations!' effect, or maybe I'm not a quitter -

    *bursts of laughing*

    Nah, it must be the book. When I consider all the reasons that should have convinced me to stop reading, I'm almost awed, actually. Well, kind of. But books that manage to reverse my opinion in a good way
    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
    Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    Nov 20, 2015 Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* by: Angela
    3 Here-kitty-kitty Stars

    There is an inherent issue with having an Urban Fantasy novel that is only 260 pages long, in my opinion. And that issue is that there is far too much world information that has be introduced to the reader to avoid falling into the dreaded Info Dump territory; Magic Bites stumbles into that territory a little too much for my liking. I don’t know that I have ever said I wished that an UF novel was longer, but in this case I do because with the added length it may have bee
    Mar 24, 2014 julio rated it liked it  ·  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
    I reread this one with the girls at the Ilona Andrews Addicts group. And, strangely, I was slightly disappointed. Why? Well, I know this world and Kate so well now that I expected a magical wonderland when I read it again. But, there were problems that I didn't remember.

    Problem 1: Worldbuilding

    There were info-dumps galore. Pages and pages of them. But, we are never actually given a reason why the world changed from what we know now to a magic-infested one. There was no cataclysmic event, war, or
    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
    Helen 2.0
    I decided to read this series alternating with the rest of Mercy Thompson, in part to make Mercy last longer, but also because I'm scared of what the scary folks at IAA might do if I don't get caught up with Kate Daniels soon.
    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
    Magic could not be measured and explained in scientific terms, for magic grew through destroying the very natural principles that made science as people knew it possible.

    Originally, I wasn't going to write a review for this. I'm not the biggest fan of writing long reviews or just necessary reviews with explained detail no matter how long or short it is when it comes to a long series. I always tend to lack writing the review and explaining a lot because I'm putting so much information of the
    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
    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
    Sep 09, 2013 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Evgeny by: Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    Shelves: fantasy
    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
    Simona Bartolotta
    Oh, well. What do they say? About damn time.


    "The day I needed an escort was the day I'd turn my saber over to someone who knew what to do with it."

    I promise I'll be short and straight to the point, but, first, an applause to me, because I have finally joined the hype. Yay!


    And now, let's see what we have.

    Magic Bites is, glaringly, a book with an introductory function. I would be perfectly fine with this if the purpose of being introductory was fulfilled, which, with my greatest disappointment
    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
    Sep 23, 2016 Orient rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: everybody
    Recommended to Orient by: Milda Page Runner
    "Magic Bites" is the first book in the series, but my love to Kate didn’t start from this book. I read Magic Slays first. And it was awesome! As I encountered some problems with long-term series, I thought I’ll have a curious peek into the middle of Kate Daniels' series and, well, I found a really sharp hook. It really hooked me through my crocodile skin. So when I picked "Magic Bites", I had a task for it: to be similar or better in action, magic, character development. Too much of expectations ...more
    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
    Niki Hawkes  - The Obsessive Bookseller
    I think I have a “read only the first book of every urban fantasy series you come across” problem, and Magic Bites is just one more victim in a long line of my series ADD. My intention is to continue on in all of them eventually, but unfortunately this one is pretty low on that list.

    It started out with such a bang, too: a strong female protagonists who totally handles her shit against an ugly vampire (a small, misshapen creature that had me celebrating a grittier take on supernatural beings). It
    Maria V. Snyder
    Apr 14, 2015 Maria V. Snyder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
    Fourth re-read: 26.04.17.
    I just needed Curran, so I decided to re-read this one again. Since I remember everything in this book, I read it pretty fast, but slowed down when Curran appeared. I think I'll re-read book #2 and #3 as well... xp
    Third re-read: 15.09.16.
    Still oh so awesome! I love Curran and Kate is terrific and together they are amazing!
    Second re-read: 06.08.15.
    Still love this series! Curran is damn hot and Kate is one of my favorite heroines ;D
    Re-read: 27.07.14 and still
    Honestly, as long as I'm just focusing on the Urban Fantasy Romance angle of the tale, it's fine, but when it comes right down to all the weres and the types of vamps, it's all pretty much old hat.

    So What's really good about the series? The character development. So far it's a pretty solid introduction and the meet-cute is pretty funny. Our MC is kind of a mess with her magic and her sword, but that's okay when the big bad kitty decides he likes her and wants to "help" her.

    The vamps do have an
    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
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    Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. 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 better grade ...more
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    Other Books in the Series

    Kate Daniels (1 - 10 of 11 books)
    • Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)
    • Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3)
    • Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)
    • Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)
    • Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)
    • Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)
    • Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)
    • Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)
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    • Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels, #10)

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