Hexed (Kate Daniels, #4.5; Otherworld, #9.5; Stormwalker, #2.5; Anna Strong Chronicles, #6.5)
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Hexed (Kate Daniels #4.5)

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From bestselling authors Ilona Andrews, Yasmine Galenorn, Allyson James, and Jeanne C. Stein comes an anthology of four all-new novellas featuring powerful women who know how to handle a hex or two.

In "Magic Dreams" from Ilona Andrews, old legends and frightening nightmares come to life. The shapeshifting Tigress Dali Harimau finds herself in deep water when she must chall...more
Mass Market Paperback, 326 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Berkley (first published June 1st 2011)
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Blodeuedd Finland
Since this is an anthology I am going to review the novellas separately.

Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #4.5)
In this one Dali and Jim fight together to bring down a Japanese demon. Dali is not a scary shifter, but she does know her magic. Jim is an alpha and they have always been at odds. That is you know they both like each other but never get together. So therefore I looked forward to reading this book knowing it would finally happen. Interesting mythology and in a way I did not fe...more
Jennifer Estep
Hexed is an urban fantasy anthology that features novellas by Ilona Andrews, Yasmine Galenorn, Allyson James, and Jeanne C. Stein.

Andrews's story, Magic Dreams, focuses on Dali Harimau, a shapeshifting tiger, and her quest to save Jim, the man that she loves, when a spider-like demon infects Jim and tries to take over his body. Iris Kuusi, a Finnish sprite, is looking for redemption and a chance to discover what really happened to her former lover in Galenorn's Ice Shards. Janet Begay, a Stormwa...more
✽ Sharon is an emotional book junkie ✽
**only read Magic Dreams**

What a cute, sweet story! I went into this thinking I wasn't going to like Dali much but I was so wrong. She is really funny which I wasn't expecting. I loved the names of her cars ~ Rambo and Pooki! Even though there wasn't much physically going on between her and Jim, there still was a lot going on.

The big baddy was very interesting and I enjoyed the whole Asian spin on things. Dali's Mom was great too.

I really hope we get to see more of them together in future book...more
Erika  Badass
June 7th
So far I've only read Magic Dreams, by Ilona Andrews, and that's because I read the Magic Series faithfully. I will probably read the Anna Strong novella, as I've read most of the books, but the others I could give or take.

Jim and Dali were fantastic. I love Dali so much. Her insecurities made her all the more endearing, and relate-able for me personally. I've always had a thing for Mr. Tall, Dark and Scary Jim, and I loved his explanation for not acting on his feelings towards Dali soon...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #4.5)

A minor character in the Kate Daniels series, Dali proves more than ready for her own series in Magic Dreams. She couldn’t be more dissimilar from Kate, yet she displays the same strength of character and bravery that I’ve come to expect from the women in this series. She’s a tiny, visually impaired, Indonesian woman who shifts into a white Tiger. As a human, she’s about a physically imposing as a kitten...more
Lilli Perspice
Magic Dreams: 4 stars. I don’t normally buy story collections, but I made an exception for Hexed just to read Ilona Andrews’ Magic Dreams. It’s a story told from Dali’s point of view, and she is one of my favorite characters in the Kate Daniels series. Let me just say, I was not disappointed. It had just the right touch of romance to action/mystery to leave me satisfied and smiling. However, I cannot say the same for the rest of the stories, which I will briefly review below.

Ice Shards: 1 star....more
Chichipio
I only read Magic Dreams. Maybe I'll get back to it later and give the other stories a chance.

The only problem I had with this story was its length. Too short! Jim and Dali, carrying huge chips on their shoulder have always intrigued me. It was good to finally get a glimpse of their minds.
Melindeeloo
All four of these authors set magical shorts in the universes of their series: Andrew's Kate Daniels (Magic), Galenorn's Sisters of the Moon, James' Stormwalker, and Stein's Anna Strong. Though I've read at least the starting book of each of the series, Andrews is the only one I've followed religiously but after reading the offerings from James and Stein, I think I may have to pull their other books off the 'to be read' pile.

Magic Dreams - Ilona Andrews - Kate's off licking her wounds, and misf...more
Cathy
One of the better anthologies I've read, I really enjoyed three out of four stories.

Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews

A terrific story, as usual from this team. They're smart enough not to try to introduce their entire world or all of their characters, but to focus on two of their fun supporting characters and to give them a great adventure. It felt to me like a story that wouldn't be confusing if you'd never read any of the books in the series, but of course I can't really judge that.

As usual, I lov...more
Lady Jaye
This anthology was a very mixed bag. I have owned a paper copy for close to a year. I started it and could not even get through the first story. Thanks to a challenge, though, I took the opportunity to make myself read it.

Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews - 5 stars
This was the story I started and couldn't get into. I have no idea why or how because this time around I breezed through it. Jim has a death spell of some kind hovering over his head and Dali must help him figure it out and break it or el...more
Quinn
Review and rating only for Ilona Andrew's Magic Dreams and Allyson James' Double Hexed.

This is the first time I haven't read all the stories in an anthology. I had the best of intentions, but Yasmine Galenorn's Ice Shards failed to catch my attention, and then I got completely derailed reading the Master of the Universe fanfic (otherwise known as Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker), and after that experience, I couldn't motivate myself to read Jeanne C. Stein's Blood Debt.

Magic Dreams...more
Elenariel
Magic Dreams - Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels 4.5) 4.5*
Loved it. I was curious about Dali since her first appearance: she's an unique character, with her physical weakness but a strenght she's not aware of, so I really appreciated this insight on her, the relationship with her mother, knowing how she sees herself and that she couldn't stand Kate, how she tries to be strong for Jim and fighting the impulse to try to gain his attention and not wanting to trouble him too much.
I really liked discoverin...more
Kat
4 novellas by popular UF authors. Each one featured characters from the authors' ongoing series. I read it for the Ilona Andrews story, but read all four, mostly because I can't stand to pick up a book and not finish the whole thing. I liked the Ilona Andrews story, but had trouble bringing myself to care overly much about the other stories, as the characters and their struggles are unfamiliar to me. They weren't bad stories by any means, I just couldn't seem to care. Here are some highlights:

Ma...more
Vickie
For me, historically, an anthology is one strong story, one reasonably good and the rest rather weak filler.


I was highly pleased to find that HEXED happily underexceeded my historical expectations....each and every novella smoked!


I was introduced to two new-to-me authors, in that I've heard of them, but not read as yet, Allyson James and Ilona Andrews. I have added their books to the WWBL because of their novellas in this book. Each one kept me up way past my bedtime so I could see what else wa...more
Stacey
Read Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews. A slice of life about Dali and Jim, told from Dali's POV.

4.5 stars So good!!! The interaction between Dali and Jim was great! The big-bad and all the drama that went with it was great as well. Now I really can't wait for the next book because I need more Dali and Jim!!!

I've really come to love Dali. All her insecurities about herself and how she deals with them is very endearing. And I got to glimpse a side of Jim I haven't seen thus far. What a wonderful shor...more
Ctanner
I only read the Ilona Andrews short story
This was a good short set in the word of Kate Daniels. Although Kate is not in the story; it's about Dali and Jim. The story id told from Dali's point of view, which is refreshing. I liked reading about her vulnerability and her feelings for Jim. My only complaint was that I wish the story was told through both Jim and Dali's eyes.
Pete


Ilona's part was the reason I read this and it by itself made the 4+ stars. The other stories were good, but not great; maybe 3+ stars. Dali is my heroine being a kick ass gal despite her handicaps. Her interaction with Jim is great fun to read.

If you like Ilona's books, you'll love this story.
Kay
Magic Dreams 4 stars!
Katyana
Okay, I'll admit that I only read Magic Dreams. That's because I haven't read any of the other authors, and I am tremendously neurotic and OCD about reading series: I must start at the beginning. And because the other ones are all listed as mid-series (Sisters of the Moon 9.5, Stormwalker 3.5, Anna Strong 6.5), I just couldn't do it. They are all series I have heard great things about, and would like to read, so I just can't bring myself to jump in mid-stream. So in the meantime, this anthology...more
Leigh
Only read Andrews' story, "Magic Dreams"

What a wonderful story about an awesomely sweet and adorable couple, Jim and Dali.

Shortly after the story begins, Dali finds Jim in her house, and he appears to be out of it. With some investigation and deduction, they realize that he has been cursed and is dying. Dali, with her intellect and magical abilities, figures out what is wrong and what she needs to do. She puts herself at risk, ready to sacrifice everything, in order to save the man she loves...J...more
Carolyn F.
Anthology. 2.875 stars. Worth being the book just for the Allyson James and Ilona Andrews stories.

1. Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews. 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. ****

2. Ice Shards by Yasmine Galenorn. I read a full length novel by this author and didn't care for it. This short story is about people that were...more
Jess
I have only read Magic Dreams. I will read the others at a later date.
I adore Ilona Andrews and I think she did a wonderful job with Magic Dreams.

I have one small issue with it.

Some people have said they didnt think that it was long enough, but I do not think that is the issue.

I think the ending is left a little open ended. Dali has gone through so much and loves Jim alot (you will find out how much when she risks everything for him)

So what I felt was missing was a little bit of passion. I want...more
ALPHAreader
I only read the Ilona Andrews story, so my review is based solely on that short.

‘Magic Dreams’ is the new short story from Ilona Andrews. 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...more
Jen
I really enjoyed this book. The various stories were incredibly interesting, and while some I liked more than others, all were good. :)

Magic Dreams (4 stars), Ilona Andrews's contribution, made for a fun read. I enjoyed it especially thanks to the foreshadowing in Magic Bleeds: (view spoiler). I wasn't as keen over Dali's turn at narration, though. For some reason, she fell flat as a narrator for me, though I did (and still do) like...more
Katharine Kimbriel
Oct 11, 2011 Katharine Kimbriel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Paranormal fans, especially Andrews' fans
This is another one of those collections of paranormal romance/urban fantasy Berkley is putting out to introduce readers to new writers (or so I suspect.) The good thing about them is, you may discover a new author to seek out. The bad thing can be, sometimes a story is so out of place you wonder what they were thinking. This may be because the tone of one author was so radically different than the others. For example, the publisher sticking an erotic Slot-A-in-Tab-B in with three tales that emp...more
Liv
Disclaimer: I’m a huge fan of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. So admittedly, I only read the short story by Ilona Andrews, and my rating of this book was entirely based on that alone!

Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews – 4.5 stars

This piece had Dali taking centre stage. Dali was a magic user of Indonesian background, who also happened to be a shapeshifter – a rare and mystical white tiger in were form. Ironically she was a vegetarian tiger, would faint at the sight/smell of blood, and other...more
Tasha Turner
Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews is based in the Kate Daniels world. I think people who haven't read the series can enjoy the story as much as series fans. Dali & Jim - mystical white tiger, great start, love learning more about the world, great job personifying magic, Japanese mythology. It had twist, turns, strong characters, and was fully satisfying as a short story.

ICE SHARDS by Yasmine Galenorn don't really have much to say on this story it was not my cuppa tea

DOUBLE HEXED by Allyson James...more
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Hexed is an anthology written by four of the bestselling writers in the fantasy, romance genre. Action and magic follow four powerful woman as they fight for the men they love.

Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews- Rating: B+

Old legends and frightening nightmares came to life in Magic Dreams. The shapeshifting Tigress Dali Harimau finds herself in deep water when she must challenge a dark being to a battle of wits, or risk losing the man she s...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
**Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews** Rating: 4.0

The story is told in the POV of Dali Harimau. Dali is a magic user, and as well as a shapeshifter who turns into a white tiger. She wears glasses because she is partially blind. She loves to race her 93 Mustang she calls Rambo, but crashes more times than not. I like Dali, but wish she would stop comparing herself to others like Kate. Kate is in a league all her own. She is a very smart individual who has a lot going for her. She doesn't have to wield...more
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“Minutes passed by. A little blue butterfly landed on my nose. I blinked at it and it fluttered to my ear. A big yellow butterfly gently floated over and landed on my paw. Soon a whole swarm of them floated up and down around me, like a swirl of multicolored petals. It happened in my backyard, too, if the magic was strong enough. Butterflies were small and light, and very magic sensitive. For some reason I made them feel safe and they gravitated to me like iron shavings to a magnet. They ruined my ferocious badass image, but you’d have to be a complete beast to swat butterflies.

If a baby deer frolicked out from between the buildings trying to cuddle up, I would roar. I wouldn’t bite it, but I would roar. I had my limits.”
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“My point is, I would never hurt you or your family.”
I raised my chin at him. “If you tried to hurt my mother, I would totally kick your ass.”
“Aha.”
“Yes. You would be lying on the ground, crying, ‘No more, no more,’ and I would be kicking you in the stomach, wham, wham, wham!”
He laughed softly.”
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