What more can I say about Ilona Andrews's series that I haven't said already? I love Kate Daniels and all her adventures. Magic Slays continues with t...moreWhat more can I say about Ilona Andrews's series that I haven't said already? I love Kate Daniels and all her adventures. Magic Slays continues with the action packed adventures that Kate can't help but be involved in. Magic and tech still war with each other, and Kate is once again thrown into the mess. However, though Mythology has been major theme for magic in the past books, it had less of a hold in Magic Slays. This time, Kate is not fighting against the different sects of the magical community, but rather a human organisation jealous of how important and destructive magic can be.
Andrews once again keeps up the hilarious dialogue. I love Kate's internal conversations and the lines she says while fighting. I love it, one of my favourite part of reading this serious was waiting for what fantastic comment Kate with come up with next.
Kate keeps proving how powerful she is. This book was very much a show of her magic side. While Magic Strikes and Magic Bleeds involved a lot of Kate's fighting skills, Magic Slays explores her magic side a bit more. She's definitely got some major power at her disposal. And I can't wait to see how she fine-tunes it in the future.
I was a little disappointed in the ending. Not that it wasn't the way I wanted it to end, but I wish there had been more. A week of losing myself in Kate's world and suddenly it ended. I was hoping for more to drag out having to wait for the next one. But I can live with that.
The book left me wandering what will happen next, with a brief mention of Hugh and more myths blowing Roland out of proportion, Kate and Curran are bound to face bigger troubles in the future. I was concerned that we still hadn't seen Hugh for a while. A small cameo in Magic Strikes and then nothing. I know Roland's supposed to be dangerous, but Hugh worries me.
And as always, can't get enough of Curran. He's perfect with Kate. I simple adore him.
The end of Magic Strikes (#3) made me really want Magic Bleeds, and it was pretty emotional seeing how the note played out. But what a way to start th...moreThe end of Magic Strikes (#3) made me really want Magic Bleeds, and it was pretty emotional seeing how the note played out. But what a way to start the next book.
I'm so happy the books continue to use mythology as a part of the main storyline, and as with the previous books, Magic Bleeds didn't disappoint in that department. I love that they're not just myths from one region of the world, that they're from all over the place. The Babylonian and Egyptian references made me think back to high school ancient history lessons and I really enjoyed it.
I love that we saw more of Kate's family troubles in this book. We've had hints, discovered high ranking officials, and now a more direct indication of who she is and what she can do. And there's no doubt she's a powerful one.
Kate's Curran obsession was driving me insane. It was so obvious how they both had feeling for each other and yet neither could manage to say what they really felt. Their moments together are tough but cute, I love it. Kate's worked her way into Pack business over the last few books, she's not going to be able to escape now. Can't say I blame her though.
Loved the book. Love the series. Can't wait to read the next one.
Oh my god. A absolutely fantastic continuation of the series. I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed Magic Strikes. Full of action, mystery, dan...moreOh my god. A absolutely fantastic continuation of the series. I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed Magic Strikes. Full of action, mystery, danger; it lived up to expectations and more.
I love how detailed the mythology in the series is. Each book explores a new region of mythology, and knowing almost nothing about Hindi myths I found it really interesting learning about the rakshasa. I also loved the underground fighting plot. It was so detailed and left a thousand questions about Kate's past that I couldn't help being excited for every new word. At least a few of my suspicions were confirmed about Kate, who she is and why she's so powerful and I'm glad we got to see more of Kate's fighting skills and magic.
I like that the book kept up the humorous one liners and scenes. Especially when Kate and Curran are together. And I think I melted whenever Curran showed his protective side.
The epilogue made me so glad I had Magic Bleeds sitting next to me; because with a note like that, it's hard to keep away.
I absolutely adore this book! I cannot remember the last time I laughed so much. While the series certainly wouldn't be labelled a "humour" book, the...moreI absolutely adore this book! I cannot remember the last time I laughed so much. While the series certainly wouldn't be labelled a "humour" book, the one-liners and tension filled conversations are insanely funny, that you can't help wanting more.
Magic Burns takes us further into the world of shifting power and magic. We get a better understanding of how society is constantly shifting between tech and magic, as though on a pendulum swinging between the two zones. Magic is taking over throughout the book, leaving less time in the tech zone and causing quite a few problems because of it.
Kate is an amazing protagonist. She is loyal and fierce and I love that she can't seem to control what words come out of her mouth. Despite realising just how much trouble her mouth gets her in, there's an unstoppable need to say the first thing that comes to mind. Her fighting skills are amazing, I wouldn't want to come up against her. I love Slayer, it's the coolest sword ever. And yet, she's got some super power magic mystery going on. I think I've managed to piece together some of the mystery, but there are still parts left undisclosed.
I love how the characters keep developing. Derek was a young wolf in Might Bite and has turned into someone loyal, protective and dangerous. Saiman, god I love him, he's so crazy you can't escape him, and I find it interesting how different he is from everyone else, magic affects him deeper, makes me wonder what he'll do next. And Curran - sweet, funny, fierce, sexy, in control Curran - Can't get enough of this man.
I really loved Magic Bites. I was concerned at the start, because little of the magical world is explained up front, you have to learn throughout the...moreI really loved Magic Bites. I was concerned at the start, because little of the magical world is explained up front, you have to learn throughout the story what is happening and how. But after a few pages there's no way to put the book down.
A mystery and action story, Magic Bites shows a world that has developed into two zones: the tech zone and magic zone; where society is used to the shifting of power and magic on a daily basis. Trouble comes in the form of magical beings, whether the necromancers controlling vampires or the shapechangers ruled by the Beast Lord or something completely different and unknown. And throughout this novel, trouble comes as we watch Kate try and uncover the mystery of her guardian's supernatural murder.
Kate Daniels (Guild mercenary, temporary Order employee and women on a mission) is a fabulous protagonist. She has a way of getting into your head. You imagine a sword wielding tough chick can overcome anything, but Kate shows there's vulnerability in everyone. Tough impressions don't always make a fearless person. While Kate is a strong woman, she in not immune to fears and that humanizes her.
I cannot get enough of Curran. I find him centred, in control of himself and the Pack, and yet his cheeky side surfaces so much around Kate that you can't help but smile when he makes an appearance. And I think he fixes roofs just fine; I'd certainly wouldn't take the hammer away from him.
4.8/5 stars (because of the slow beginning) Can't wait to get into the next one. (less)
I love how easy it is to jump back into a Night Huntress book. Cat and Bones and their chaotic lives are so familiar to me that I can't help being hoo...moreI love how easy it is to jump back into a Night Huntress book. Cat and Bones and their chaotic lives are so familiar to me that I can't help being hooked from the first words. If there was any hope that they would get time to rest after the last round of trouble it was lost almost instantly. Picking up right where 'This Side of the Grave' ended, 'One Grave at a Time' is an action packed, trouble filled adventure.
It's amazing to see how much damage the undead can do. I'm not just talking about vampires and ghouls, because we've seen Cat and Bones destroy enough property to last a lifetime, but ghosts as well. Seemingly harmless, semi-sentient beings...not so much any more. Heinrich Kramer causes more trouble than I could have imagined. And proves getting rid of a ghost can be extremely difficult.
I don't like how there's more problems brewing in the future with Cat's old job. New leader Madigan needs a good dose of green-eyeing and perhaps a few hits over the head. I can tell we'll see more of him and I'm sure it won't be a warm and fussy meeting.
I love how stable Cat and Bones's relationship is in this book. We've seen then go through hell on multiple occasions, and often being forced apart more than once in one book. It's nice to see that they're working together more, there was less worry that something would drag them apart, even though they're never quite safe from danger. I wish they'd had the chance to be more intimate, but with the circumstances they were in, it was hard to get a moment alone.
I adore Ian. When we first met him in 'One Foot in the Grave' I thought he was annoying and rude. But after seeing him in the later books (especially, 'First Drop of Crimson', Spade and Denise's book) I can't help but love him. I find myself laughing whenever he turns up, and I laugh more because of how much he annoys Cat and rest of the gang. I hope to see more of him in the future.
Fantastic book. I'm sad I've finished it already, more waiting until the next one. 5/5 Stars(less)
If you’re a long time Demon Trappers fan, like I am, you’re probably dying to get your hands on ‘Forgiven’, especially with the way ‘Forbidden’ (DT#2)...moreIf you’re a long time Demon Trappers fan, like I am, you’re probably dying to get your hands on ‘Forgiven’, especially with the way ‘Forbidden’ (DT#2) ended. This book will take you on a wild ride of emotions; anger, sadness, giddy happiness, and lastly shock, especially with the way it ended. And amazing book that I still can’t believe I’ve finished already, because I feel like it should have lasted longer than it did, but I was so desperate to get to the end that it was over too fast. Although, I’m so glad I had the time to read it all in one go, because you really can’t put it down.
‘Forgiven’ picks up exactly where we left off: Riley shocked to see her father animated again and Beck angry at Ms. Blackthorne, but equally pissed off at the Demon Hunters who are currently forcing him to lying in the dirt. It’s a bit awesome having the books that run over into each other this way. The situations the characters are in are definitely not awesome, a little shocking at times, but I love the idea that there is no massive break between books; days we’ve missed, weeks without knowing what the main characters have been up to. You feel like you’re getting every moment of the story. I love it.
So much was going on in this book; so much that had to be resolved. It’s hard to take a breath with all the action and trouble that pops up on every page. Firstly, the Demon Hunters. They’re still in Atlanta and still causing trouble for the Trappers, but you learn to love them a bit more in ‘Forgiven’. Captain Salvatore has some genuinely awesome moments in this book and I kind of hope we’re not done with the Hunters just yet, because I’d hate to lose some of our main characters for the last book. Next, there’s Riley’s involvement with both the Angels and Lucifer. I was a little worried about what this would do to Riley, bringing up Simon and Ori memories, the reasons for being tied to both sides of the immortal war. But she seemed to handle most of it pretty well, even having Ori in her head for part of the novel.
Finally, we have the Fake Holy Water issue. This is probably the only part of the book that made me a little sad. I was desperate to find out what was up with the faulty Holy Water, it’s been on Riley’s brain for so long and even got Peter wrapped up in the mystery (which is awesome, because I love Peter). But I was a little disappointed in the way it was played out. There’s a pretty strong focus in the beginning of the book with Riley and Peter. Then Beck and the Trappers take control and we miss out of seeing that part of the story unless in passing conversations. With the way Riley and Beck’s POVs change, I thought we’d get to see more of it. But that doesn’t change my opinion of the book, because I loved every moment of it. And in the end, the Holy Water issue wasn’t the biggest complication Riley and Beck had to face, so it was necessary for the story to have it become a lesser issue.
It’s not all doom and gloom within ‘Forgiven’, although there is plenty of that considering what Riley and Beck have to face. The pop culture references throughout the book helped bring a few giggles to the story, including a Lord of the Rings mention that had me laughing out loud on the bus, which was a bit awkward.
There were times where I thought Jana was speaking specifically to me. I guess this happens when you talk to authors online; the conversations you have about the book turn out to be random lines within the story. I had to smile when Riley asks about celibate Demon Hunters, when Ayden’s age is confirmed and when Beck’s gold-flecked eyes are mentioned.
And my ever growing obsession with Beck and Riley and their potential relationship grew to new levels; in ways I didn’t think were possible. I still wanted to knock some sense into Beck occasionally for his association with Justine aka. the Stick Chick; especially when he was all upset at missing out on a chance to be with Riley instead. But my love for all that is Beck and Riley – and all they can be when working together – and my need for more of them was definitely satisfied. I can’t get enough of these two.
The ending: Oh.My.Goodness! I’m still so shocked, and yet, oddly hopeful. I’m worried about the consequences of Riley’s choices towards the end of the novel, but I really feel like everything will work out for the best. That doesn’t mean I’m not DYING for ‘Foretold’. I really hope August gets here quickly. Don’t know how I’ll survive the wait, probably through endless discussions about 'Forgiven'.
I hadn't realised how much I missed the Evernight world until I was thrown back in with 'Balthazar'. A dangerous book, that revisits the life of vampi...moreI hadn't realised how much I missed the Evernight world until I was thrown back in with 'Balthazar'. A dangerous book, that revisits the life of vampires after the destruction of Evernight Academy.
As one of my favourite characters in the series, I was really looking forward to reading about Balthazar. I was unsure what we'd be getting from his story: Something old? Something new? Turns out it was a bit of both, and can I just say: Wow! Learning about Balthazar's past gave me chills; especially with the way it was presents: a jumbled timeline showing his human, early vampire years and most recent past, all mixed in with present drama with Skye and the vampires. It's an intense, fast-paced read that I had so much trouble putting down.
If you're a long time Evernight fan, you'll notice that our leading lady, Skye, is a repeat Evernight character. Although, I'll admit, for the first few pages I couldn't remember who she was (my bad). But she does have an Evernight background and an extremely important skill that winds up putting her in serious danger: Vampire Style. Her powers weren't explored as much as I thought they'd be. Their unknown quality left you wanting more, especially close to the end of the book.
I love the action in this book. It seemed never-ending, probably because we saw plenty in the 'present' timeline, but was also witness a fair few fights in Balthazar's past. I'm definitely a fan of a good action scene, and if you're like that too, you won't be disappointed with this one.
My only issue with 'Balthazar' is the uncertainty at the end. So much is left up in the air and, at the time of writing this, I'm unaware if there is going to be more in the series. What is going to happen to Skye and Balthazar? Are there still vampires after them? Will Skye learn more about her skills? But, most importantly, what's going on with Charity? Yep, that's right, our fave crazy vampire sister is back and she's pretty kick-ass in this book. But her role leaves me with so many questions. I thought we'd have some big Brother-Sister confrontation, but we're sort of left hanging. Maybe that's being saved for a future book (Please, Claudia?)
Mysteries and questions aside; I adored this book, definitely worth reading.