Mouthy women who know how to take care of themselves are the kind of ladies that Urban Fantasy fans have come to love and crave fr...moreGenre: Urban Fantasy
Mouthy women who know how to take care of themselves are the kind of ladies that Urban Fantasy fans have come to love and crave from the genre. Kate Daniels has definitely taken one of the top places since her debut, and several books later she's still one of the most highly recommended bad ass babes around.
Magic is coming back after a 4,000 year absence, in a alternative Atlanta, GA. Where during Tech time magic is down and technology is in full control. During Magic technology doesn't work and it's back to a buggy wagon if you don't have car that runs off magic and water. Everything isn't black and white though, some magic can still get through tech time and visa versa. The world is strange and delightfully NEW! Mercenaries fight monsters for a price, Crusader knights still battle, shifters come in tons of fun varieties, necromancers control vampires (who are anything but sexy and romantic), and any kind of demon/creature could pop up at any moment going all Godzilla.
The world is really well fleshed out. The mesh of technology and magic is suburb, where the lights of the modern day go out and magic lanterns spark on. The two blend so well together, but magic and technology still battle for control. The creatures all have a mythology behind them that you can understand, but like the magic there's still an unpredictability that leaves you guessing.
Still, I must be upfront that this is not the strongest series starter I've read. The killer was obvious right from the beginning, to the point that the killer handed Kate all the evidence and clues she needed. Kate isn't fleshed out enough for my taste. Sure I loved wondering what kind of awesome wit would pop out of her mouth next, but the reader really doesn't get to know her. It may have been something to do with the short page count and the tons of action crammed into a tight bundle. And there's no complaining about the action!
This is a great setup novel to get the key players in and get readers ready to really start on the series. Kate's secret of what she is and why she's protecting that secret was driving me up the walls by the end of Magic Bites. The tension between The Beast Lord, Curran, and Kate is just firing up here—I wanna see these two Alphas butt heads! The wide range of paranormal critters make for a colorful cast that I just can't get enough of. Even with the drawbacks that only make this a good series starter, the potential is there. So much potential that I've continued to buy anything that the author duo put out.
Sexual content: Lots of creepy sex talk from the villain and raping of victims, readers who are not used to darker fantasy might find content disturbing. Lots of sexual humor.
Rating: 3/5- Adored it, just a few minor things held it back.
Magic Burns could easily have passed as book one for the Kate Daniels series. In fact, I might have preferred it as the starting point. It brought mor...moreMagic Burns could easily have passed as book one for the Kate Daniels series. In fact, I might have preferred it as the starting point. It brought more details about Kate to light, but not much. Then some of the more basic questions about the universe of the Kate Daniels were finally given a better explanation. The lack of world building and character depth on Kate were two of my biggest complaints on the first book. The focus on Magic Burns is much like the previous book—Magic Bites—the supernatural mystery. Since I like mysteries I can’t complain too much and the magic “wave” that comes up here is just too much fun!
Andrews shows us a side of both Kate and Curran that had been seemingly lacking in the first book—featuring compassion and personalities outside of killing things. A little girls live is at stake and it’s warming how both Kate and Curran do everything in their power to help this one girl. Kate still isn’t fleshed out enough for me. I. Need. More.
The monster isn’t as scary as the creepy animalistic rapist from the first book, but it’s definitely up there. A magic flare is coming up, where magic takes out technology for days to weeks. What was supposed to be a quick retrieval of some pack maps turns quickly into a gruesome battle between gods. Of course the evil god is trying to break through and become “real” on the human plane—which can only successfully happen during a magic flare.
Another fun entry to the Kate Daniel world. It helped flesh it out a bit more, but I still feel like it held a lot back. Fun characters come in and are not explored enough, mainly a certain goddesses’ horny “hell hound”. The buildup between Kate and Curran is definitely heating up, and I’m starting to see why the fans rave. With a better plot, tons of great action, and simply more Kate Daniel time—why miss it?
Sexual Content: As mentioned in the review, there is one horny guy/hellhound. Nothing too risky, unless you can’t handle the sexual tension building up.
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back
Urban Fantasy junkies, this is it. The fabled book that is supposed to change your mind about this series. The book that drags the Kate Daniels series...moreUrban Fantasy junkies, this is it. The fabled book that is supposed to change your mind about this series. The book that drags the Kate Daniels series away from the average read it has been teetering towards and pulls it up out of the shadows.
For me it’s been the inability to get past Kate’s snark. Don’t get me wrong I love—love, love, love,worship—her wit and sharp tongue. Those snarky comebacks are one of the main reasons I would have read this series into the realm of one star reads. Andrew’s finally lets us into Kate’s head. What she’s running from, what she is, and her past. It was like I was meeting Kate for the first time. She’s truly one of the most wonderful bad ass woman leads out there. She’s hard and lethal, but she is a huge softy. She can kill the bad guys and right the wrongs without a worry of the price, but she can grieve over the “innocents” she doesn’t even know.
Curran and Kate are really starting to heat. To the point where they might have enough sexual tension on the page to outdo early Anita Blake books and The Night Huntress series. You’ll need a few cold showers by the time this book is done. Not only is the sexual tension good, but Curran’s real feelings for Kate become clearer and clearer. She’s not just someone he wants because she said no, he has an emotional interest.
Andrews has brought readers into the dark world of the Umpar—a cannibalistic rapist—to battles between two gods. Now we’re introduced to the world of the Midnight Games. Basically teams of people volunteer to be gladiators and make a living that way. The spectators are just as bloody as the olden times and they love a good show—meaning the more death and blood the better. It’s cold and cruel, hard believing that Kate grew up in such life. Too be quite honest the gladiator battles have to be some of the best action scenes written out there. Many times I found myself in a frenzied panic along with the characters.
Speaking of characters so much happens to them that it well makes up for the first two books. Kate gets a new friend, the were-hyena Andrea who is being wooed by a “sex god” from the local hyena clan. My favorite jaguar shifter is breaking the rules and almost defying Curran—and he gets a little silly. Then there’s poor Derek. The stuff that happens to him is heart breaking. At more than one point I had to get up leave the book behind and go on some really long runs to relieve the stress.
This book is hot. The action is on fire, the plot is burning with emotions and plot turns, Kate and Curran are sizzling with chemistry, and Curran is just smoking hot! This is the book that probably has some of the funniest moments, sexiest, and best one liners. The more Kate becomes a “real” person the more I like her. It’s a world that is well worth a visit. By the end of the book I was driven made by the cliffhanger between Kate and Curran. (As a hint I will say it has to do with a underwear served dinner.)
Sexual Content: Hot kisses, hot tub scene, and some nasty hints of rape from the villains.
This is a title that kept me going “Heck yes!” throughout the whole read. With “Oh, no she didn't!” Then at the end I was a little shocked that more o...moreThis is a title that kept me going “Heck yes!” throughout the whole read. With “Oh, no she didn't!” Then at the end I was a little shocked that more of my reading friends had yet to read this one! A lot have it on their TBR piles, yet no read. The few that read it are giving it glowing ratings and praise! Dying Bites is the perfect intro for The Bloodhound Files.
Jace ends up getting pulled over to an alternate world from our own earth. They don't have any one with job description is the “tracking and apprehension of mentally-fractured killers.” They try to pull it off that they don't have such killers like we do in our world, but the truth comes out. What they don't have is too many humans, and they need a human view point to solve this. Vampires and werewolves are dominate and in the last world war it wasn't Hitler trying to purify the world from Jews, it was Vampires and Werewolves trying to turn the human populace. Soon after that Jace is faced with the chilling reality that humans face as the food source to vampires. Some try to protect them on reserves, and others just want to farm them. Humans are weak and at the bottom of the food chain literally.
Jace is investigating ritualistic killings being done by a human. The victims are vampires and werewolves. It soon becomes apparent that these aren't just random killings. Each murder site has power and in some way shows Jace horrors that occurred to the human race in this new world. The killer wants to wake up a god to make the world anew. It's beyond refreshing to see the moral conflict that Jace is going through. As she has to decide whether or not to take sides with the “monsters” or the humans. Because I certainly identified with the humans, and at times I could see where they were coming from. What's more is how the magic works in this world. Especially magic so powerful that guns and other such weapons are magically spelled out of everyone. Jace is the only one who can handle her gun and everyone else is still stuck using swords and arrows. Which makes you wonder who would have spelled that to happen, especially since modern weapons is what would even the odds for humans.
Even better is how certain things changed in this alternate reality. From wars to musicians. The way that vampires and werewolves changed some of the basic things in life. Such as full body suits to avoid the sun for vampires, and how a werewolves smell can be admissible in court.
So it's clear that I adored this world. Even better is that I adored the cast of characters introduced, it was great being presented with vampires and werewolves that showed humanity. Then the heinous ones that made you want to bear arms with the the human extremists (AKA Free Human Resistance). My favorite character actually ended up being Jace's Golem sidekick. The mythology behind Golem's is awesome, since they're the weapon advancement since modern weaponry as we know it doesn’t exist. The Golem is witty funny, and at times the most human thing in Dying Bites. Which brings to question what really makes a human, well, human?
This is told in first person so readers can sink straight into Jace's mind. It's refreshing to see such a strong woman faced with the reality that in this world she's fresh meat. I look forward to her duking it out with the bad guy, discovering more of this world, some of the romances kindling up, and of course time with my favorite Golem. The Bloodhound Files is definitely a Urban Fantasy that everyone should add to their collection. After reading the first book I made sure I owned all following books. That good, my bookworms. That good.
Sexual Content: Jace has sex, and she’s not conflicted! Yes. Sexual humor and some darker themes.
“I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the obituary. The fact that it had my name on it was sort of a clue.” - Cassie Palmer
The first time I read that sentence of Touch the Dark I was hooked. Many years, and many rereads later, that line gets me every time. Well, that and one of the single most unique stories—Ok series—that I have had the pleasure of reading in the Urban Fantasy genre. (Also fond memories of being the first book that I waited for the book store employees to put out on the shelf on the release date.) Touch the Dark is one of my favorite blends of magic from Greek mythology to voodoo, satyrs to haunted jewelry, magical warded tattoos to the coolest vampire feeding styles ever! Let's be honest Touch the Dark—basically the whole Cassandra Palmer series—is all kinds of messed-up-totally-awesome-fun-with fantasy and mythology.
The most important part is how totally awesome the time travel plays into the storyline. A lot of time traveling books can over play it to the point where it's boring, or so tedious that it actually doesn’t fit into the story. Cassie also has the gift of Sybil, those able to see into the past and future. Again another thing that rarely gets used well enough in paranormal books. Usually meaning authors use it so heavily it kills the book. Chance is one of the few authors that can use time traveling and foresight so magically! The best part is when Cassie changes the time line and the ripples are immediately seen. Things can have amazing and horrible ramifications.
Touch of Dark does suffer from some bad pacing, but it's not distracting enough to take away from the book. (At least for me.) This book is ambitious, and I have no disillusions on how hard it had to be for Chance to find her rhythm. There's a lot of history here—literally—and in the way of back story. This world is rich. From Cassie's tragic past, to pretty much every character that steps onto the page. It was fun playing guess the famous people. From the man in the iron mask to Eve herself. I have mad respect to any author who would have Jack the Reaper and Shakespeare on the same counsel! Chance does a beautiful job giving enough information to make readers love her characters, but not entering into information overload.
Cassie is one of my favorite characters! It's strange that readers who don't like her say she's whiny, but her humor is simple sarcasm. Which a lot of characters within the Urban Fantasy genre utilize. That humor never failed to make me laugh and put a content smile on my face. Cassie is a character that I'd love to be friends with in real life. She’s a tough independent woman who does what she needs to do to protect said independence. Despite the tragedies of her life she still remains compassionate when she needs to and is smart enough to know when to step in. Unlike many characters in the genre she can muddle with politics of the world. Though she may not be so handy with weapons. She's a different kind of hero. But I still have mad respect for her.
Really I don't think I can fully do this book, or series justice, with words. It's a fantastic blend of a little bit of everything. It's sexy and humorous, reminding me why I love long haired male vampires so much. The time travel here is a great example of why there is a niche in the genre for that kind of thing. Because when it's done right it is: Freaking. Amazing. Not to mention that world history just got a lot more interesting with Chance’s fun twists. The best part is how great all the characters are. Billy Joe is one of my favorite ghosts. Come on who doesn't love an Irish cowboy who's gambling issues led him to an early grave? Mircea is one of the top 10 hot vamps of the genre in my book. And now I know that Chance has the skills to take a character that I actually had hoped would die while reading Touch the Dark—Pritkin—and make me totally-fan-girl-cray-cray later in the series. It's refreshing to have an author who can develop characters as the series progresses. This is a wonderful series to invest in. Even if the first book doesn't blow you away, like it did for me, the next books only get better.
Sexual Content: Sex and sexual humor, clearly an adult title.
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.