Cherry Adair's Tropical Heat and Cindy Gerard's Desert Heart were good stories.
Lora Leigh's Atlanta Heat intertwines with Elite Ops as Leigh uses charCherry Adair's Tropical Heat and Cindy Gerard's Desert Heart were good stories.
Lora Leigh's Atlanta Heat intertwines with Elite Ops as Leigh uses characters from both series. I THINK this story comes after Elite Ops 1 & 2... Do try and read it after those two as it resolves quite of bit of those stories.
C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp's To Ease the Rage was imaginative. Could be interesting as a series.
Keri Arthur's Dreams was ... eyyy...
Amanda Ashely'sC.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp's To Ease the Rage was imaginative. Could be interesting as a series.
Keri Arthur's Dreams was ... eyyy...
Amanda Ashely's Music of the Night was lamely sweet. A fairy tale, sorry, vampire take on Phantom of the Opera.
Jenna Black's Fangs for Hire was imaginative but a little too obvious.
Karen Chance's Day of the Dead was interesting. Had a very different take on vampires in Mexico involving Mayan? culture.
Delilah Devlin's Viper's Bite was imaginative; I liked it.
Barbara Emrys' A Temporary Vampire had a different take on vampires. Might be interesting to follow her.
Sherri Erwin's Fade to Black did not inspire me to search her work out although she is an imaginative, good writer.
Colleen Gleason's In Which a Masquerade Ball Unmasks an Undead was a historical paranomal romance...duh...
Raven Hart's Knowledge of Evil was rather obvious.
Nancy Holder's Vampire Unchained is the apocalypse---vampire style. Good.
Dina James' Play Dead....duh...
Caitlin Kiernan's Untitled 12 was...oh yuck. Also appeared in Frog Toes & Tentacles. It was still yuck. Her Ode to Edvard Much was irritating. Well-written, but too vague. Also appeared in Sirenia Digest #6.
Jenna Maclaine's Righteous was lame.
Alexis Morgan's What's at Stake? was imaginative, predictable.
Vicki Pettersson's Remember the Blood had a very different perspective. A bit on the creepy side.
Kimberly Raye's Love Bites was cute and predictable.
Oh gawd..dental paranomal adventures in Overbite by Savannah Russe.
Lilith Saintcrow's A Stand-Up Dame was good; very P. N. Elrod-ish. Her Coming Home was also good.
Susan Sizemore's Dancing with the Star was cute.
Rachel Vincent's Midday Mangler Meets His Match was excellent. Created a whole new world with vampires as the norm---going to school, having jobs, etc.
Shiloh Walker's Hunter's Choice was good; I'm hoping it's a series.
Rebecca York's Sacrifice was a lame-ass story. So juvenile.
The Stories Carrie Alexander's Naughty Girl has a different take on men working on aFirst read Feb 18, 2010.
Series: Reno's Chance (Tempting Seals, 1)
The Stories Carrie Alexander's Naughty Girl has a different take on men working on a road construction crew when Brenda encourages Estrella to go after Drum, a hunk so gorgeous that all the guys want to be on his crew—he gets all the boob flashers. Estrella takes her chance when her employer goes out of town to chance an anonymous fling with him and invites him to her boss' apartment until everything goes wrong.
Pamela Britton's Wanted: One Hot-Blooded Man is such a misnomer, at least, in how I normally interpret "hot-blooded" because Trent is the most incredible gentleman. Bree was raped by her then-fiance and has returned to her old hometown hoping to run into an old boyfriend, Trent. She's hoping he can help her get past her fear of making love.
Susan Donovan's Have Mercy is a case of two people with no luck in love. Win's agent has sent her up to his cabin to work on the script due in one month. She always works better when there's a man in her life and Artie knows just the guy to help her out.
Lora Leigh's Reno's Chance is an excellent start for her Tempting Seals series. Reno Chavez is determined to conquer Raven McIntire. Each has wanted the other forever but Reno has been set on waiting for Raven to grow up and gain some experience before he takes her. For she will be his. Forever. ...more
It's taken awhile (May 6, 2011) but, yes, Karen Chance's "Rogue Elements" is also #1 in the Lia de Croissets subseries which is part of her CassandraIt's taken awhile (May 6, 2011) but, yes, Karen Chance's "Rogue Elements" is also #1 in the Lia de Croissets subseries which is part of her Cassandra Palmer series.
Charlaine Harris' "Gift Wrap" is part of her Sookie Stackhouse series; it's either 8.1 or 8.2---even Goodreads can't make up its mind as of May 2011. This story is also in A Touch of Dead.
Carrie Vaughan's "Il Est Né" is Kitty Norville, 2.2.
First in the Kate Daniels urban fantasy series that takes place in an alternate Atlanta. I'd say dystopian as well! Eeek!
My Take I do love this series.First in the Kate Daniels urban fantasy series that takes place in an alternate Atlanta. I'd say dystopian as well! Eeek!
My Take I do love this series. And I see from my notes that this is the third time I've read it...and as soon as I finish this review, I intend to re-read it. Yet again. It's a fascinating world that Andrews has created with a world torn apart---literally---by a sudden onset of magic.
No, it's not a cabal or a secret black arts organization, but a natural phenomenon that has hit the world. A world we wouldn't recognize as it vacillates from tech to magic, disrupting any technology, crumbling hard infrastructure with power swinging between those who can't use magic and those who can. A world which has seen the rise of new organizations from legal to criminal to species in an attempt to survive.
An intriguing world intricately described and will appeal to those who enjoy reading dystopian-style stories with that human ingenuity for survival. But that's an undertheme.
I love this sentence, with every adjective and noun, it creates another shield against the world:
"Thick metal grates secured small windows, blocked by pale venetian blinds behind dusty glass."
Within this Andrews alternate universe, the authors introduce the primary cast of characters beautifully, providing just enough information that we learn their personalities, their characteristics, and what drives them; all of it presented in a natural manner. Andrews ties it all together without dumping the information on us. Instead, Kate's power and weaknesses, the Packs' protocols, and the People's preoccupations come through in the action. Andrews also lets slip suggestive details that made me curious the first time I read Magic Bites. Now as I reread, after I've learned what's so critical about Kate's obsession, I find myself wondering what other clues Andrews dropped that I missed the first few times. If there were accompanying snippets that would have tipped me off sooner...hmmm…
The strength of Magic Bites is Kate. She's not rich or beautiful, but she does have a carefully hidden power with a strong sense of morality. She's fair, and no one is free of her skepticism. She trusts no one. She protects everyone. We're privy to Kate's thoughts, her silent acknowledgement of her weaknesses. And her brash refusal to lie down before them.
It's a reflex. Hear a bell, get food. See an undead, throw a knife. Same thing, really.
Andrews includes just about all the supernatural world: shapechangers, demons, gods, and vampires. And then gives them all a twist I've not read before.
Oh, man, you have to love Kate's chutzpah when she's about to meet the Beast Lord for the first time. And he don't take no shit either, LOL.
The first is that "Here kitty, kitty, kitty…"
The second is when Kate asks a waiter to deliver a saucer of milk to Curran".
Ooh, meow...Curran's got cheek telling Kate she's got "a bad case of spotlight deprivation". And he keeps going on about it...hasn't he spoken to Jim? Kate's occasional partner?
Curran reached for the needle, pulled it out, and dropped it to the floor, never taking his eyes off me.
"It's okay," I told him. "I have more."
Gotta give Crest points for trying---and Kate's usual activities take a LOT of trying; I certainly don't grasp the Pack's need to go after him. It didn't make sense on the evidence. And what's with blaming Kate for that "hunch". The Pack Council is the one that jumped all over this.
I wanna know why it took the Crusader two years to find the upir again.
Even amongst all the grimness, there's humor as when Kate tells Curran to send her a formal invitation next time...and he does, LOL.
The Story The unexpected murder of Kate's remaining bit of family that sends her to the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid. With their help or without it, she'll find out who murdered the man she thought of as a father.
The Characters Kate Daniels is with the Mercenary Guild, and she's not much on following orders or hierarchy. The magical sword she carries is named Slayer, and it must be fed. The Karmelion is a beat-up truck that runs on water infused with magic; regular cars, like Betsi, don't run when the magic's up. Greg Feldman is a member of the Order, a knight-diviner, and the man who took Kate in when she needed help, her legal guardian. Anna is Greg's ex-wife, a clairvoyant.
Dr. Maximillian Crest volunteers reconstructive surgery on the dead. Saiman is a completely different kind of shapechanger with an eye for Kate. He deals in information (see "A Questionable Client" in either Dark and Stormy Knights or Magic Graves).
The Pack Jim Black is Kate's sometimes partner on Guild jobs and a member of the Pack Council, a jaguar. Curran Lennart, a man with a sense of humor, is the Beast Lord, king of the Pack, and the type of man Kate's father and Greg had warned her to avoid. Not someone you greet with a "Here kitty, kitty…" Corwin is a lynxwere. Mahon is the Kodiak, a bear shifter, a.k.a., the Executioner. Derek is a beautiful boy whose actions have repercussions. Jennifer is the female alpha-wolf. Dr. Doolittle is the Pack doctor. Aunt B leads the bouda, the hyenas.
Order of Knights of Merciful Aid The Knight-protector in charge in Atlanta is Ted Monahan, a man with a preference for cowboy boots, hat, and fringed shirts. Maxine is the telepathic receptionist. Nick is a Crusader of the Order, a type of independent detective/assassin.
The People Nataraja is the local lord of the People in Atlanta; Rowena is his second-in-command. Ghastek is a Master of the Dead, a title that indicates he has mastery in navigating a vampire. No vampire can be allowed to roam on its own. Bono is a journeyman navigator with an eye for the ladies. Roland is a legendary head of all the People.
The Groups and Organizations in Atlanta The Pack is all the shapechangers in the Atlanta area and a bit beyond. It includes the bouda, wolves, bears, cats, rats, buffalo, foxes, you name it. It's led by the strongest among them: the Beast Lord. A loner is a shapechanger who chooses not to join the Pack; a loup is a shapechanger who allows their body to control their actions. Their central headquarters is the Keep. The Lycos Virus, a.k.a., Lyc-V for short, changes a human into a shapechanger, leading to the individual's battle between mind and body. If the mind wins, they join the Pack.
The People are necromancers who navigate the vampires; the Casino is their headquarters. Yeah, there is absolutely nothing romantic about these vampires.
The Mercenary Guild is hired when it's magic that the police can't or won't handle. The three legal enforcement divisions are the Paranormal Activity Police Division, which is like a magic SWAT unit; the Military Supernatural Defense Units; and, the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, which is similar to the Mercenary Guild, but you don't have to have money to hire them---just a clear conscience. And if you're lucky, you won't get dead.
The upir is a corpse-eater with a strong need to mate, to have a child capable of carrying on. Arag is his eldest son, a baboon hybrid. Olathe was the favored concubine of Roland, and she's a Mistress of the Dead. Yeah, a navigator...
The Cover The cover is an interesting range of greens and oranges with a cat-eyed Kate wielding her sword, Slayer, and decked out in black leather while a pensive-looking Curran in his lion form stares out at an angle. I would have thought a snarling Curran would better suit this particular installment. In the background is a hazy skyline of a crumbling Atlanta.
The title sums it up, for in this new world, Magic Bites....more