If your a new comer to Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels/Magic series, Here is my review in three words:
Awesome! Brilliant! Hilarious!
So, if your an urban fantIf your a new comer to Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels/Magic series, Here is my review in three words:
Awesome! Brilliant! Hilarious!
So, if your an urban fantasy lover and still have some how managed to not have read this series, don't start at Magic Bleeds. Start at Magic Bites!
My advice to you is to run... no, no, no, DON'T WALK! RUN! You won't be sorry!
Now, for those of you who are fans of Ilona Andrews, Magic Bleeds does not disappoint! It starts off about three months after Magic Strikes. Kate Daniels, a Knight of the Order of Merciful Aid, is sent back out on a call that ends in her tracking down the proverbial "a guy in a cloak" After further investigation, Kate finds five other cases, reaching as far down south as Miami, of this same suspect leaving murder, destruction, and plagues in his wake. Kate, however, will do everything in her power to stop him from obtaining his goal.
Kate must make some really hard decisions in Magic Bleeds. Her professional career is at crossroads and other opportunities are starting to appeal to her. Curran is forcing an answer from her and wants her to make it now. The fact that Andrews addresses the romance/suitor issue so early and actually makes a decision is applaudable. So few writers our willing to do this and I for one am extremely happy she has. It's refreshing, not being dragged around. So, much respect to you Ilona. Though, that's all I'm going to say about His Furriness. As for Roland, we learn far more than we ever have about him and his past. Only time will tell how this plays out.
Magic Bleeds is a pivotal edition to this series. This book was meant to make or break. Like their previous three novels, Andrews uses myth and legend to create a story that leaves you on the edge-of-your-seat. I always find myself laughing out loud to the point of actual tears. Magic Bleeds is by far the best in this series year-to-date. Everything in the longer standing story arcs move forward and grows for good or for bad. The issue I now have with Magic Bleeds is the fact that I read through it so fast that I have to wait another three sixty five for the next edition....more
Janet Begay is a Stormwalker, which is her father's peoples way of saying that she can harness the power of storms for her own use. On a calm day, shJanet Begay is a Stormwalker, which is her father's peoples way of saying that she can harness the power of storms for her own use. On a calm day, she can't work much more than a simple spell, but put a storm near her, and she can make the wind, lighting, and rain dance to her bidding. Storm magic being earth magic, Janet inherited the gene from her grandmother, a small feisty Navajo woman, that is way stronger than she looked. Janet's mother, however, doesn't like earth magic for it enabled Janet to withstand her. Janet's mother is a Goddess of the Beneath. Beneath is a world below this from which humans once emerged, eons ago. There'd been still another world below that one, and so on. Gods had led the way from the Beneath to this world, pushing up through vortexes and bringing people with them. Those same Gods had sealed the way behind them before crueler entities could emerge, like Janet's mother. Some beasties did slip through, however, known as skinwalkers. Demons that wear the skin of dead animals or humans that prowl around in the night dessert.
Janet has just moved to the small city of Mellegan two weeks prior, sent for by Chief McGuire to find his missing daughter, Amy. It's been a year since her disappearance and-after exhausting all other avenues-he's turned to more unconventional ways of looking for her. When Stormwalker starts, Janet's on her way back to Mellegan when a skinwalker is sent after her by her mother, but instead of getting his target-Janet on her Harley-he ends up hitting the truck in front of her killing the driver. After a mysterious force runs off the foul beasty, Janet is excited to see that the local sheriff has already been called. Except when Sheriff Nash Jones arrives, he places Janet under arrest for manslaughter. Sheriff Jones is an Unbeliever of all things magical and supernatural and refuses Janet's story of a skinwalker. It doesn't help any that Jones already hates Janet for her interference in the case of Amy McGuire's disappearance, Jones' fiance. Janet is taken back to lock up and while there the beasty returns for her. She embraces her gift and destroys it, but in the process, unknowingly calls for her ex-boyfriend Mick.
Mick is a mysterious man. Janet knows no more about him then she does the next stranger, even after their passionate love affair. Mick is stubborn, intimidating, and over protective. He would disappear for hours to days at a time, leaving Janet to sit and wait around for him. When he would return to her, he would treat her like a fragile doll. After six months of this behavior, Janet decided that she'd had had enough. Now, five years later, Mick's back to keep watch over Janet again. Janet's not happy to see Mick, but can't help how her storm magic responds to him. He's the only man she's ever met that can take in her excess storm magic and not get hurt. The process of filtering her magic leaves them both in flames. Between his over powering Alpha maleness and his amazingly good looks, Janet is unable to turn Mick away no matter how much she wants or needs to for her own sanity.
Stormwalker was an extremely fast-paced read for me. I had already read through over half of it before I'd even realized it. It starts off strong and continues to the very end. Janet is a smart, strong, and sassy kick-ass heroine that is afraid of what's inside her, and rightly so. She has more power than she knows or cares to use and it's easy to respect her in her cautiousness. Allyson James has created a world that is very rich in detail. There are many sub-characters in Stormwalker all well rounded and like-able. I think my favorite would have to be Coyote, the god and trickster. Or the magic mirror with no preference on sexual gender, but flaming none the less. Both added a light to some of the more darker scenes and had me laughing-out-loud on multiple occasions. Stormwalker was an awesome start and now Firewalker, Stormwalker two, can't come soon enough. ...more
I've been waiting (what seems like forever, but in fact, only several months) for Married by Morning - Lisa Kleypas fourth installment into her HathawI've been waiting (what seems like forever, but in fact, only several months) for Married by Morning - Lisa Kleypas fourth installment into her Hathaways series. My favorite character in this series, Leo Hathaway (or Lord Ramsay) and his story are the focal point of this book and my only complaint is to it being too short and to how fast I devoured it.
Leo Hathaway is the eldest of the eccentric Hathaway family. It's only been a couple of years since inheriting the tittle of Viscount Ramsay due to a series of unfortunate events and Leo Hathaway, has only recently decided to embrace his position. He use to be an unbearable rake and completely self destructive until his trip to Paris with his younger sister, Win. Paris agreed with him incredibly well and allowed him the time and space he needed to come to terms with the loss of his first love, Laura, to Scarlett fever four years ago. Leo is a passionate man, loving and grieving with such ferociousness that it consumes him completely. Upon returning home from Paris, Leo learns of a new governess and companion for his sisters, Poppy and Beatrix, hired by the eldest sister, Amelia, to teach the unconventional Hathaways how to be have in polite society. Upon the first meeting of Catherine Marks, Leo takes away from the experience an unnerving need to throttle her. He dislikes her immediately, however, the feeling is quite mutual.
Catherine Marks thinks very little of Lord Ramsay. She finds him to be cynical, foolish, and self absorbed. Always on her guard around him, she fires just as many fiery comebacks to his every stinging quip. She's a closemouthed woman with a damaging past. Spending most of her time in the Hathaway family on the outside, always looking in. Though she has fallen head over heels for the bizarre family, she knows it's only a matter of time before her disguises no longer work and her most hated enemy recognizes her, spilling all her secrets, and forcing her to run once again.
Leo has always found Marks to be cantankerous, stubborn and ... utterly fascinating. Try as he might not to, he can't help wanting to find out all her guarded secrets. He launches a full out war upon her, completely unstoppable. And the more he learns, the more obsessed with her he becomes. He's afraid of falling in love again, but Marks is proving to be an irresistible challenge in the form of slow seduction.
Married by Morning starts before the end of Tempt Me at Twilight. Lisa Kleypas fans of the Hathaways had to be all but dying to know what events took place to cause such of confrontation between Marks and Leo at the end of Poppy and Harry's story. For such a scene to unfold could not have been anything short of scandalous to have the two even be in the same room alone together. Both frequently take full enjoyment in tormenting each other relentlessly and the resulting mixture of sharp barbs and witty dialogue is unbearably humorous. Married by Morning is clever and emotionally intense with scorching love scenes that heat up the pages and cause glasses to fog. The way Leo treats Marks is such a turn in character that not only is Mark's seeing him in a new light, the reader is as well. He showed such tenderness with Marks, in and out of the bedroom, that it left me pleasantly surprised by how romantic he can truly be. It is undoubtedly my favorite edition to the Hathaways series....more
I absolutely love it when I find that book that I just simply can't put down. When interruptions and chores earn a growling response. Food is all butI absolutely love it when I find that book that I just simply can't put down. When interruptions and chores earn a growling response. Food is all but forgotten along with the Internet and television. Kalayna Price's debut in her new Alex Craft series had me completely glued to it's pages and devouring it in one sitting!
Grave Witch is what urban fantasy is all about: fast paced, mysteries galore, and a main character that is smart yet stubborn beyond belief even in the face of stronger enemies. As somewhat of a urban fantasy snob, what puts the cherry on my sundae, is not only when I find that book that consumes me, but also when it's about something I've never seen before and I love Ms.Price's ideas from her Grave Witches to the rest of her wyrd community.
Grave Witch is well written with just the right amount of mystery, intrigue, action and yes even some romance. Her characters were well defined, but not fully unveiled to us just yet. We still have so much to learn. My favorite was Death, he is what his name implies. And there is a love triangle brewing, but I find I'm more intrigued by it than upset by it's presence. It's going to be really interesting to see how it plays out. I have no idea what is coming next for Alex Craft, but I'm extremely eager to find out where Ms. Price takes us next....more
Blood of the Demon is second in the Kara Gillian series and it doesn't disappoint. Detective Kara Gillian is one week back to work at the Beaulac PoliBlood of the Demon is second in the Kara Gillian series and it doesn't disappoint. Detective Kara Gillian is one week back to work at the Beaulac Police Depart after a month leave due to the conclusion of the Symbol Man murders in the first book, Mark of the Demon, when she gets a call from her new sergeant Cory Crawford to go check on fellow detective Brian Roth. Except when she gets there, things turn sour fast leaving Kara shocked and horrified by what she discovers upon arrival. Soon more bodies start surfacing, all with the same M.O. Kara's not satisfied with the rulings of apparent suicides, though. At each crime scene she can feel the arcane residue of something or someone stealing the very essence of each victim. And with each murder, the killer ups the stakes.
Kara Gillian is a demon summoner. She was born with the rare ability and is still honing her skill. She summons demons for the gaining of knowledge, but they must be appeased for the summoning by an offering. Lower-level demons will take just about anything to help them gain higher standings in their ranks, but the higher the demon, the higher the price. The Demons in this series aren't what we think of as servants of Hell, but instead come from a different plane or realm. There are twelve levels of demons, the higher the level of demon, the more powerful. They also don't have the same moral code as we do in what's right or wrong, but they do hold their honor in high regard. So when Kara summons a demon, an offering is given, and they come to terms, there honor holds them and they become no more harmful than a gun.
Kara is quickly becoming one of my favorite heroines with her easy-to-relate-to personality. She's not beautiful or best at what she does. She's intelligent, observant, and resourceful. She gets things wrong and recognizes her mistakes, learns from them. She doesn't have many friends, but in Blood of the Demon she's building relationships towards the goal of trusting others and letting them in. One of those is Federal Agent Ryan Kristoff [introduced to us in Mark of the Demon:] Ryan isn't mind-numbingly attractive or perfect in every way, either. He's mildly good-looking and makes his own share of mistakes, but he's hiding some secrets of his own that have Kara worried about what she really knows about him.
Demon Lord Rhyzkahl is back looking for more from Kara than she's willing to offer. He knows that Kara needs more from him than he needs from her and he's willing to use everything at his disposal to get what he wants. He's only doing what is in his nature and Kara's loneliness gets the better of her. Blood of the Demon has the beginnings of a love triangle brewing between Kara, Ryan, and Rhyzkahl, but it's almost a strange way to describe it. Kara can't seem to let go of Rhyzkahl knowing he falsely plays her and she can't help her growing feelings for Ryan Kristoff, but is trying to keep him as a friend if nothing else.
Blood of the Demon was a great addition to this series. It has all the suspense and mystery from the first, making political scandal the order of the day. Even when the mystery was solved, I was still left wanting more. You learn more about Kara's world and the demons that occupy it. All the characters grew with tension rising as they developed a feel for one another. Diana Rowland puts a different twist on vampires that I found intriguing and I'm wondering what she'll dream up next. I really can't wait for her next novel--they just keep getting better and better....more