For some reason I always thought that having a radio show would be cool. Then I thought about how awesome it would be if the main character of an Urba...moreFor some reason I always thought that having a radio show would be cool. Then I thought about how awesome it would be if the main character of an Urban Fantasy series would be the host of a radio show.
However, I obviously didn’t think it through. What could one possibly expect from a book like this? Sure, the main character would be all badass on the radio.
*I would recommend to: p...morePACK by Jeaniene Frost - 2 stars
In Sheep's Clothing by Meljean Brook - 2 stars
GRACE OF SMALL MAGICS by Ilona Andrews - 4 stars
*I would recommend to: paranormal romance fans, fans of Ilona Andrews who can borrow this book, or can afford buying it, just to skip Frost and Brook's stories and jump directly into Grace of Small Magics.(less)
First of all, I’d like to thank Maria for asking me to review this even though she knows I can be a major ass at times. I promise I’ll be gentle!
Under...moreFirst of all, I’d like to thank Maria for asking me to review this even though she knows I can be a major ass at times. I promise I’ll be gentle!
Under Witch Moon starts as a fairly interesting book. We have two crazy women tackling each other in a desert of sorts, hints of werewolves, vampires, loads of creepy crawlers and a serial killer who mutilates his victims and who also might be a werewolf. Not bad.
But then it gets boring. We get loads of talk and no action. Adriel is silly, immature and a major coward. She got on my nerves a lot and is totally not my kind of heroine. I love strong badass women not schoolgirls. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the schoolgirl type, and I surely wouldn’t want it to be replaced by a pornstar *cough*GeorginaKincaid*cough*, but when reading an Urban Fantasy book I prefer to have a major bitch as a main character. That’s just how my mind rolls.
As the story went on I felt that most of the events were unimportant, and I was confused most of the time. I felt like I was trapped into a maze, not knowing which way to go, what to do, where to look. I just wanted out.
White Feather is the hottie of the series. He was okay I guess, didn’t really impress me. I felt that there was no spark between him and Adriel so their romance was insignificant to me.
The second half of the book seemed to drag on forever. I totally lost interest and I felt like the book would be better if it was shorter than being filled with unnecessary details.
So I guess that’s all. Maria, in order to make it up, I got you a really hot date. He’s a bit shy so don’t go too hard on him.
I saw Howlers: First Bite on Amazon one day. It was free. It only made sense for me to click the “Buy now with 1-Click” button. Yes, it was because of...moreI saw Howlers: First Bite on Amazon one day. It was free. It only made sense for me to click the “Buy now with 1-Click” button. Yes, it was because of the cover.
Howlers: First Bite follows the story of fifteen-year-old Lou and her sister Mel, who, after some rather dramatic events in their early years and a strange inheritance, move to Tasmania – I shite you not – with their little brother and grandfather. Now those events that I mentioned earlier left the poor kids parentless. Their mother died after a strange animal attack – I bet the title gives you a hint to what kind of attack that was – and their father freaked and bailed out. The kids are in the overly capable hands of their grandfather, Arthur.
Now, as you can imagine, this small town they move to is pretty weird. Poor Lou gets bullied at school because she’s the clumsy one in the family. Mel is the exact opposite: popular and always likeable. However, that’s not what I meant about the town being weird. See, there’s a super-rich kid named David Zardinsky Junior. He owns a company called ZardCorp, right? ZardCorp has spent the last year building a desalination plant out on Dokey Cove Island – an island near our little weird town – in order to provide clean drinking water for the whole country. Following me so far?
One night – THE night - something goes really wrong. Their house gets attacked by a wild animal of some sort. Her sister is missing and Adam, the little brother, disappears after a stupid mistake that Lou makes. While trying to find her brother, Lou stumbles upon a herd of wild bikers. A bunch of teenage angst-filled moments later Lou finds out that these bikers are called the Keepers because, surprise surprise, they “collect and execute” werewolves in order to keep the town folk safe. I’ll give you five bucks if you can guess who the leader of the bikers is.
Anyway, a bunch of non-important events later, Lou manages to find Mel, and they join forces to find their little brother and to uncover the truth behind Dokey Cove Island.
I did not enjoy Howlers: First Bite as much as I would wish to. The start was really slow and boring. My wish that the pace would pick up was never granted. The characters are difficult to like – I could not even pick one as my favorite – which is a major minus in my dictionary. The story is extremely silly and made me feel like I’m watching the Disney Chanel – which I hate with all my heart (unless they play Kick Buttowski, but that’s on Disney XD so it doesn’t really count, does it?). Overall, I would say it’s a rather mediocre book.
Mild spoilers, which are conveniently hidden in spoiler tags, ahead.
This was a bumpy ride. A ridiculously fun yet painful ride. Let me start by sayin...moreMild spoilers, which are conveniently hidden in spoiler tags, ahead.
This was a bumpy ride. A ridiculously fun yet painful ride. Let me start by saying that I’m pretty much crazy about Ilona Andrews’ books. Kate Daniels is between my most favorite series ever. I’m not exaggerating, it really is. I’ve been waiting for this book, like all of you guys, I’m sure, for about a year. Some of my Goodreads friends got the ARC a month before the release. I hated them. Still kind of do. I’ve been avoiding Goodreads in order not to get Magic Rises spoiled in any way. Yep, I’m that paranoid.
Anyways, as much as I love the author and the characters, I can’t help but feel that there is something wrong with Magic Rises. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved it but there were some things that bothered me, and I couldn’t ignore them as much as I tried. I’m not going to say much about the positive things because they’re the typical thing you would expect from a Kate Daniels book. All the awesomeness is there, all most of the cool characters are there. A relatively new villain, Hugh, who is pretty badass. For some crazy reason I really loved him. And we get more of Kate and Curran. What more do you want?
Well, call me an asshole but I wanted more, especially from the first half of the book. Because I will get into mild spoilers, I’ll mark the next part in a spoiler tag.
(view spoiler)[I really was happy to hear that Magic Rises will take place on another country/continent. I love Atlanta, and after this book I can say that I kind of miss it already, but the thought of exploring the universe Ilona Andrews has created, getting to see a totally different environment and culture, meeting the other packs and god knows what other monstrous creatures made me all giddy. The possibilities are endless! I remember seeing a post on Ilona Andrews’ blog about Georgia. You can view it here. Sadly, the first video has been removed. That’s the video I wanted you guys to watch. The rest of them are some traditional dances, pretty cool stuff, you can watch them if you wish. Lucky for you, I found it on another channel. Here it is. WATCH!
Oh yes. WANT.
Now, since you guys have a small idea of what I wanted, I can start my rant. I feel like most of the first half of the book was boring. The sea crossing part was kind of fun, as much fun as one could have on a ship. Weredolphins?
The part in the Georgian castle, not so much. Most of the first part of Kate’s trip was spent indoors. The focus was on the newly introduced characters (which were douchebags), pack politics (boring) and awkwardness between Kate and Curran (y u do this??). I could get over the douchebags and boring politics, but the problems between Kate and Curran not so much.
The cynical part of me believes that the drama between Kate and Curran is added only to keep readers from getting bored of their relationship. To make things more interesting. And I’m ok with that. I really am. What bothered me was the way in which this was done. Ok, I can’t help myself so get ready for some spoilception. Major spoilers – do not click unless you’ve already read the book.
(view spoiler)[ I knew that Curran had something planned. I knew he couldn’t just throw the relationship out the window just like that. Lorelei is a fucking asshat who clearly wants something more than his hot bod spread on a platter, and Curran is too smart not to see this. I also knew that he’s keeping it from Kate. I had a good idea why he’s doing this, and in the end the story proved me right. But I don’t like this type of drama. It’s simply not my thing. I don’t like the stress and the insecurity that Kate went through, I feel like it made the rest of the story lose its quality. I also felt sad that Kate got so insecure about Curran’s love. I’m kind of disappointed in her, to tell you the truth.
And again, why all the drama? Kate Daniels, as a series, is too good for these immature scenes. I would have taken this better if it was done in a funny way, say like Andrea and Raphael’s fight, when he brought his mindless model and presented her as his fiancée in front of Andrea. It was funny. Cheap, but funny. The Lorelei affair, not so much. (hide spoiler)]
That’s one thing. The other thing is the predictability. The moment they announced the characters that were going on the trip, I knew what’s going to happen to them. Is it just me? Didn’t you guys feel it? I have no idea. Spoilception! Major spoilers. Again.
(view spoiler)[ I am very sensitive to authors killing their characters. It’s not that it gets me sad, it rarely does. Insensitive is my middle name. It’s the reason why they do it. Take J. K. Rowling, for instance. She kept on killing character after character. I felt bad for Sirius Black, since he was the first character, whom I loved, to die. Then she kept on killing and killing and I didn’t get the reason why. I felt like she just wants to force out feelings from her readers, since her story isn’t enough. I don’t feel like the deaths were necessary, and I don’t think they’re even justified. I need authors to properly justify why they chose to kill their characters, not to do it only for tearjerking reasons.
I knew since the beginning that something is going to happen to Doolittle. It was too obvious. I was expecting something more drastic, though. The invalid part was pretty superhero-esque. Very Barbara Gordon. And it matches the story. I’m cool with that. Aunt B, on the other hand, doesn’t. I was torn between Aunt B and Mahon for the tearjerker death of the century. I thought it will be Mahon at first because he’s a dick and I wanted him to die. He still paid the price, and proved to be an ok guy towards the end of the book. But Aunt B… She had to be the martyr of the story. Yeah, no. Just no. I don’t see her death as a necessity. This partially ruined the experience for me. I felt more touched when Christopher offered to make more panacea just to stop Kate from crying. It made me get all teary eyed. It was such a wonderful scene. (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]
That’s about it with the complaints. I can’t really think of anything else that bothered me much. The book also had a very sweet ending; I was really touched by it. And again, can’t wait to read the next one. I heard rumors that Roland will make an appearance in it. The excitement, it burns!
WTF is Gunmetal Magic about? Good question my friend. Gunmetal Magic takes place in the same world as the Kate Daniels se...more
“You’ll never take me alive”
WTF is Gunmetal Magic about? Good question my friend. Gunmetal Magic takes place in the same world as the Kate Daniels series does: post-magic-induced-apocalyptic Atlanta. Now, I presume you have read the previous books. If not, then you probably should, it helps build up the story.
Andrea has a new case. A few members of the pack got killed so you know the old story. She has to investigate and get to the bottom of it. Add lots of actions, fights, bullets, cool weapons, badass monsters, and you get one hell of a book. I’m not going to get into details. Even so, you won’t guess who she has to work with! Ok, maybe it’s pretty obvious who. None other than Raphael, her big EX. Again, you see where this is going, right?
I didn’t use to like Andrea much. She didn’t quite make an impression on me. I used to see her as Kate’s friend. Nothing too important. A shadow. Gunmetal Magic made me have newfound respect for Andrea. She stands well on her own. She’s a strong character. A born leader. She’s smart, and I like the way she thinks and the way she handles her shit. She’s the reason why I’m going to give this book a high score. Or part of the reason. I’ll tell you the other part later.
I don’t know what to say about Raphael. I used to like him at a certain point, but after he broke up with Andrea, I kept wishing that she would hook up with someone better. Like, I dunno, Roman.
Which brings me where I wanted to reach all along. Roman. The second part I was talking about earlier. He stole away the spotlight from everyone. He is currently my favorite character – apart from Kate, of course – and I really want to have a book about him. I fucking need a book about him. Dark mage. Evil. Funny. Charming. Dude. Book. Now.
Fuck it, ONE book isn’t enough. Spin-off series. Pretty please.
“Did those nice church ladies come by again?” He nodded. “I asked them if a man died and then the woman remarried, and the three of them met in heaven, would it be a sin for them to have a threesome, since they were all married in God’s eyes. And then they decided they were late to be somewhere else.”