Kate Daniels no longer works for The Order and has started her own P.I./mercenary business called Cutting Edge. Not a lot of jobs are coming her way aKate Daniels no longer works for The Order and has started her own P.I./mercenary business called Cutting Edge. Not a lot of jobs are coming her way and she takes a job from Ghastek, a Master of the Undead who she’s dealt with in the past.
She’s now the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, and has to assimilate to being in a relationship for the first time in her life.
She discovers a threat from non-magic humans who want to annihilate all beings with magic (which includes herself, The Pack and anyone with an ounce of magic).
Kate, Curran and the rest of the gang, both enemy and friend, race to save all magic users in Atlanta and possibly the world.
Favorite Part: “What the hell would you even know about being an alpha? You’re a human. The only reason you’re here is because you’re fucking Curran.”...more
The villain in Magic Bleeds was a little trippy: Kate’s aunt, who is like a giant, psychotic version of Kate. Kate is also one step c**SPOILER ALERT**
The villain in Magic Bleeds was a little trippy: Kate’s aunt, who is like a giant, psychotic version of Kate. Kate is also one step closer to being discovered by her father, Roland. Her aunt’s enormous powers shows Kate how her dad, even more powerful, would squash her like a bug. Plus: Kate and Curran finally have sex!
My favorite parts:
The attack poodle sat nearby, an expression of perfect innocence on his narrow mug. I pointed at the puke. “That was a dick move.” The attack poodle wagged his tail.
Curran appeared above the building behind us. He sailed through the night sky like he had wings and landed on the shingles. The moonlight clutched at his shaggy mane. He took a running start, cleared another gap between the buildings, and followed us, bounding from roof to roof in great leaps.
He saw me and changed direction midleap. That’s right. Come let me kiss you with my fist, baby
I jerked the knife out and stabbed her until she stopped moving....more
I’m a longtime fan of the movie Bloodsport with Jean-Claude Van Damme, so with this book having a similar plot (with supernatural elements), I loved iI’m a longtime fan of the movie Bloodsport with Jean-Claude Van Damme, so with this book having a similar plot (with supernatural elements), I loved it.
There was so much action and humor in this book that, so far, it’s my favorite in the series.
My favorite parts:
“What kind of shapeshifter has orange fur anyway?” “Weredingo.” Now I’d seen everything. Well, at least he didn’t steal my baby.
“Your date appears to be hysterical,” Rene told me. “You think I should slap some man into him?”
“Can I fetch your food, Your Majesty? Can I tell you how strong and might you are, Your Majesty? Can I pick out your fleas, Your Majesty? Can I kiss your ass, our Majesty?”
“…you expect me to fall on my back with my legs spread.” “You can fall on your hands and knees if you prefer.”
“Not only will you sleep with me, but you’ll say please before and thank you after.”
“What the hell was I supposed to do, catch the werebison as he was falling?”
I dreamed that Curran and I killed a dinosaur and then had sex in the dirt.
Kate Daniels is a seriously badass heroine who constantly puts herself in danger to save those she cares about. Things progress with her non-relationship with Curran and it’s nice that some in her life is protective over her. Someone who matches her in the badass department....more
I switched back and forth between the ebook and audiobook, so I may have missed something. I enjoyed the book, but audiobook voices sometimes sound siI switched back and forth between the ebook and audiobook, so I may have missed something. I enjoyed the book, but audiobook voices sometimes sound silly.
My Favorite Quotes: “Why, no, I won’t drink your mysterious love potion.” “Hennessy. The good stuff….”
“You want me to ask your ex-lover/homicidal shapeshifter who scares me shitless to let you marry my ‘ex-could have been’ boyfriend?”
“I need an audience with his furry Highness.”
Curran smiled. “What’s so funny?” “Your panties have a bow,” he said.
He noticed my heroic efforts not to barf. “What is it now?” I waved my hand around my face. “Fur.” “What do you mean?” “Your face has no fur.”
One of the funniest parts is when Kate has to talk about sex with a 13 year old girl (The Birds and the Bees and Magic)....more
This is one of those urban fantasy series I put off reading until it was completed. However, many books in and it doesn’t look like the series will enThis is one of those urban fantasy series I put off reading until it was completed. However, many books in and it doesn’t look like the series will end anytime soon, so I went ahead and dived into the first book.
And I’m so glad I did. It was at first confusing, but once I got the worldbuilding straight, I enjoyed entering the Kate Daniels world.
Like all Ilona Andrews heroines, Kate Daniels is tough, slightly irreverent in her humor and a bit of a loner. She’s a rolling stone mercenary-for-higher who dislikes authority (over her).
The book starts off with Kate discovering her guardian has been murdered and she sets off to find out who killed him. She encounters different supernatural factions as she bounces around Atlanta for information.
The lion on the cover is Curran, the Lord of Beasts and king of the Atlanta shapeshifters (and probably all of Georgia). There are different types of shifters, much like the Anita Blake series. In fact, this book reminded me a lot of early Anita Blake (before everything went to hell and Anita became a sex addict).
Anyways, Curran was one of the most badass shapeshifters I’ve read in fiction. His half-shift mode was crazy (think seven foot tall wolfman, but the guy turns into a lionman).
Even though this is urban fantasy and not paranormal romance, it’s well known that Curran and Kate hook up in the series, so I look forward to when that happens. In Magic Bites they mostly want to choke the life out of each other....more
Four stars by the skin of William’s teeth! This story never really hits the mark in paranormal romance, but the urban fantasy was interesting.
My favorFour stars by the skin of William’s teeth! This story never really hits the mark in paranormal romance, but the urban fantasy was interesting.
My favorite moments:
William waddled from foot to foot. “That’s what you look like when you move.”
He would bring her flowers, swords, and whatever else she liked, until he was sure when he pounced, she wouldn’t want to run away.
William raised the Scout Master’s head by the hair and dangled it for her.
The hero, William, was a wolf shapeshifter who had a problem with normal human interactions. He was tough, but I thought he was adorable. He fell for Cerise pretty fast after she lost the “hobo queen” disguise.
Cerise was Ilona Andrew’s typical tomboy, badass heroine. She loved William despite him being a taboo changeling. She was under a lot of pressure, but managed to fall in love with William while trying to save the world with his help....more