Magic Bites is the first book in the series. When we first meet Kate she isn't in a very good place in her life. She's drinking a little heavily and hMagic Bites is the first book in the series. When we first meet Kate she isn't in a very good place in her life. She's drinking a little heavily and has isolated herself almost completely. She doesn't have any friends, because she fears they'll either find out what she is and use her or die on her. While in the midst of trying to get drunk on Boone's Farm, Kate receives news that her mentor, Greg, has been murdered. Greg was the closest thing to family that Kate had left, so she immediately launches herself into the investigation. Soon, Kate finds herself in the middle of a brewing war the shapeshifters and the organization that controls vampires.
I really loved this story. Kate grew over the course of the novel and Ilona has done some really interesting things with vampires and werewolves. Plus you got to love a lead character who has a sword named Slayer and the penchant for addressing it like its a living being.
The world building in the book was, at times, a little tedious. However, the world Ilona has created here is really fascinating. Its a unique take on a post-apocalyptic world. Instead of the destruction coming from a bomb or zombies, it comes from the re-emergence of magic. Technology is slowly being taken over by magic, this means that cars, phones, guns, etc aren't very reliable. It also means that all kinds of creatures from mythology are popping up. This is where Kate comes in, she's typically hired as a merc to take out various creatures terrorizing people. I really love this concept, I just wish that we could've seen Kate doing more merc work.
The only thing I was a little leery about was the Pack alpha, Curran. I knew he eventually becomes a love interest for Kate, but this book really portrayed him as a jackass. However, I did love how Kate never backed down from him and their snarky conversations were pretty amusing. One last comment, there are some really fantastic side characters here. I always love a series that takes just as much time fleshing out minor characters as they do the main.
I would recommend this book to fans of Kelley Armstrong and Laurell K. Hamilton....more
Really starting to love Singh's writing. This was a good sequel to Slave to Sensation. However, I felt like large parts of this book ran a little tooReally starting to love Singh's writing. This was a good sequel to Slave to Sensation. However, I felt like large parts of this book ran a little too close to being like the first book. I also don't like how Singh makes the murder/serial killer aspects of these stories a secondary plot. There's all this build up to who is killing people and causing Faith to have these visions and when they finally do figure things out. The outcome is rather anti-climatic. However, I still rather adore the world Singh has built for her characters and can't wait to read the next story in the series....more
I've had this one on my TBR pile for years, but it never seemed to interest me enough to actually pick it up. That was until I read a short story by SI've had this one on my TBR pile for years, but it never seemed to interest me enough to actually pick it up. That was until I read a short story by Singh and was captivated by the world she's built for her characters. Main reason I was so drawn to this? Because its like Star Trek technology minus the space travel and aliens but with shifters and psychics who seem to resemble an extreme version of Vulcans. Confused? I'll explain.
The series has a futuristic setting where there are three known races co-existing on earth. There's the humans, changelings, and the Psy. The changelings are shifters who can change into a certain animal. While the Psy are strong psychics who have killed off their emotions in order to live a very logical and cerebral existence. Since emotions don't play a part in their lives, the Psy are known for being ruthless and cold. Any Psy who displays an emotion or breaks uniformity gets the psychic equivalent of a lobotomy. This is why Sascha has been extremely careful over the years to hide the fact she feels things. Sascha lives in fear that one day her carefully built mental shields will collapse and the other Psy will see her "defect" and have her eliminated. This especially becomes a problem when a business deal between the Psy and shifters has her working with Lucas Hunter, the local leopard pack's alpha. Lucas seems intent on trying to ruffle her feathers, putting added strain on her maintenance of being the perfect Psy. Lucas has an ulterior motive for trying to upset Sascha's balance. Changeling women have been vanishing and turning up seven days later brutally murdered. The evidence the local packs have lead them to believe that the serial killer is a Psy. And Lucas sees Sascha as a way to discover who the killer is.
What was most compelling about this book was how all the characters were great. None of them seemed to melt into each other. Each had their own individual traits and you left to story wanting to know more about them and their past. Which, sadly, is often rare in romances where it can sometimes feel like interesting personalities are only given to the two main characters. I also loved Sascha and Lucas. It was fun watching Sascha struggle to hide who she was and live the very sterile existence of the Psy when its obvious she craves more. Lucas was also fun. I love that traits of the animals they can change into bled into their mannerisms in human form. I was also glad to see that Singh built a respectful relationship between them despite the animosity between the races. There was no forcing Sascha into anything or trying to seduce information out of her. Which was a relief.
My only complaint about the book is that I knew who the serial killer was almost as soon as he appeared. It just seemed painfully obvious, but I could understand why the characters didn't figure it out. Since they all had good reason for not knowing, it saved me from being frustrated with the book. I just wish that Singh had made it a little harder to figure out for the readers.
I highly recommend this series to fans of paranormal romances. I can't wait to start the next book in the series. ...more
Drew and Indigo's book. It took me forever to finish reading this one. Not because it was boring, it just wasn't Singh's most thrilling addition to thDrew and Indigo's book. It took me forever to finish reading this one. Not because it was boring, it just wasn't Singh's most thrilling addition to the series. In the beginning of this book, Drew has decided to romantically pursue Indigo. Indigo, being one of the only female lieutenants, is leery of starting a romantic relationship with anyone. Let alone someone lower on command chain than her. Drew persists. Indigo slowly goes crazy because Drew is a charming bastard who doesn't give up. Small bits of drama happen. And that's about it.
Like I said, I love Drew and Indigo, but without any real development in the Psy/changling war happening I felt like this book dragged a little. Yes, there is a small side plot about the Psy spying on them, but it wasn't given very much page time. I also found myself getting really annoyed with the alpha dynamics happening in the story. I hate that Singh seems to be implying that the only way for a relationship to work between a man and a woman is if the man is more dominant than the woman. She even attempts to drive this point home by showing a failed relationship between two characters where the woman is more dominant than the male. The woman is miserable and still in love with the male who's a big asshole because he can't stand that she's more dominant. That's some stupid crap. To her credit though, Singh usually makes it a point to show/state how the characters at the center of her novels are equals. I just really didn't like how the story seemed to go out of its way to state that a relationship where the woman was more "dominant" is doomed. ...more
Hawke and Sienna's book! Like everyone else who reads this series, I was really anticipating this one. Hawke and Sienna's relationship has been brewinHawke and Sienna's book! Like everyone else who reads this series, I was really anticipating this one. Hawke and Sienna's relationship has been brewing in the background of this series since the very first novel. Sienna is an X-cardnial Psy. X Psy aren't known for having long life spans, their powers typically cause them to die a fiery death long before they reach their mid-twenties. So when Sienna feels her powers slowly slipping out of her control, she knows she'll eventually have to leave SnowDancer or risk taking the entire pack down with her. In the meantime, she's determined to keep trying to reinforce her control, but the angst filled relationship she has with Hawke is not helping matters. Hawke has always caused her emotions to erupt into chaos and the confusing signals he's been sending her has just been adding fuel to that fire. Sienna has loved him for a hella long time and everyone at SnowDancer seems to be hellbent on shoving them together. Unfortunately, Hawke refuses to act on his attraction and Sienna is done waiting around for him to change his mind.
Oh man, I loved this story to bits. Hawke has been a favorite side character of mine ever since he showed up in Slave to Sensation and went out of his way to annoy Lucas. I really loved seeing that playfulness in his character expanded in this story. There's some really cute scenes centered on him "playing" with Sienna and I loved that she was able to hold her own against him. However, in the beginning of this book his stubbornness concerning her was pretty annoying. Hawke had a kind of "kid in the playground" mentality about Sienna. He didn't want to play with her, but no one else was allowed to play with her either. This combined with their relationship throughout the other books, made me really wish that Singh hadn't gone the virgin route with Sienna. Going into this book, I had hoped that Sienna would've slept with Kit or someone before this story. It was kind of a damper to see Sienna able to match Hawke everywhere and then suddenly play the shy and naive virgin in the bedroom. She eventually gets out of that, but it still broke the tone of the rest of the book to have to sit through that "first-time" scene.
Aside from the main romance, this one also had the benefit of a pretty great action side story. The Psy are organizing some pretty brutal attacks against SnowDancer in an attempt to weaken them so they can eventually be wiped out. The suspense of organizing defensive maneuvers and counter attacks was pretty awesome. I also really enjoyed that this installment seemed bloodier than the others in the series, it made the brewing war seem more imminent and important than it has been in the other novels.
My only real complaint is that I feel like Lara and Walker got short changed. Like Sienna and Hawke, their story has been quietly building over the course of a few books, but they got slotted as the secondary romance in this one. Lara and Walker's relationship was nicely done, but it faded a lot into the background in comparison to the other major plot threads such as: Hawke and Sienna's relationship, the Psy attacks, and Lucas and Sasha's baby. Because of this I really wish that they had been given their own book or at least their own short story.
I would recommend this book if you're a fan, but not to someone looking to start the series. This book really needs to be worked up to in order to appreciate the relationships and events that are at the center of the story. ...more
Book three in the Kate Daniel's series. After gaining a ward in Magic Burns, Kate has really started to be more cautious. She now has someone dependinBook three in the Kate Daniel's series. After gaining a ward in Magic Burns, Kate has really started to be more cautious. She now has someone depending on her and is building friendships with people who would be upset if she died doing something stupid. One of those friendships is with the shifter, Derek, who asks Kate to deliver a note to a young woman at the highly illegal Midnight Games. The Midnight Games are basically various to-the-death cage matches. Kate wants nothing to do with the Games, but one of the teams involved are participating for more than just the money and glory of winning. They have a vendetta against the shifter community and after Derek is brutally attacked, Kate and some other members of the Pack end up joining the Games. I'll give it to Andrews, she wasn't afraid to make the Games brutal or make her characters pull punches in this book. I think this one was the most violent of the books in the series so far... and I kind of loved it. This installment in the series was also great for giving a bit more background on Kate and Jim. It also introduced Dali, who is a pretty awesome character. Her and Doolittle ended up adding a nice balance to the characters who relied mostly on their physical fighting skills in this one. All in all, this was a pretty fantastic addition to the series.
If you're looking to start the series but don't want to start with the first book, I would say that you could probably begin with this one and be okay....more
Book Five in the Kate Daniel's series. After the tension and suspense of Magic Bleeds this one is a step back to the slower paced books in the seriesBook Five in the Kate Daniel's series. After the tension and suspense of Magic Bleeds this one is a step back to the slower paced books in the series like Magic Burns. Magic Slays opens with Kate bored out of her mind and feeling a little useless. Her old employer at the Order has gone out of his way to smash Kate's reputation in the community. With no one wanting to do business with her, Kate's new agency is slowly circling the drain. But things slowly start to pick up when the Red Guard commissions Kate to find a missing scientist and the machine he had been building. As it turns out, the machine the scientist had been building is practically a doomsday device. This felt a little like, for lack of a better word, a settling book. A lot of important aspects in the series changed during Magic Bleeds and this one felt like a story meant to let everyone adjust those new changes. Kate is now firmly entrenched in Pack politics, she's formed relationships that could prove disastrous if her father ever shows up, and she has a new job. There's also some minor changes surrounding Andrea and the fall out she's facing because the decisions she made in Magic Bleeds. All in all, this was an entertaining installment. But I'll admit some of it dragged for me. I also wish that we could've seen more of Jim in this book. I can't even remember if he appeared in this one, same with Doolittle. I'm interested to see where Andrews takes this series now that she has plans to give some of the side characters their own novels....more
I had forgotten how much I missed reading about the Kate Daniels world until I picked this one up. I just did not want this book to end, I loved cuddlI had forgotten how much I missed reading about the Kate Daniels world until I picked this one up. I just did not want this book to end, I loved cuddling up with the familiar characters and the change of POV from Kate to Andrea was refreshing. Despite a few problems I had with pacing and a couple of large errors that really should've been caught by the editor (such as the fact that Raphael was said to ask a question in one scene when he wasn't even in said scene); I can't justify giving this book any lower than a 5 because I just enjoyed myself way to much while reading it. My only real complaint... not enough Jim. :P Can't wait to read the next Kate Daniels book....more
This is a dystopian view of the future "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" world. A bit of back-story in the book describes that Buffy eliminated demons from tThis is a dystopian view of the future "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" world. A bit of back-story in the book describes that Buffy eliminated demons from the world by essentially sacrificing herself. Ever since then, no other slayer has been called... this is where the story lost me a little because vampires still exist in this world. If vampires still exist then why wouldn't a slayer immediately be called when Buffy died? Doesn't make sense to me. Anyway, Fray is the first slayer to be called in centuries, but she has no idea what she is. With no slayers having been called for so long, the watcher's council has deteriorated to consisting of crazy fanatics who offer Fray no help. This is rather disastrous since the vampires are planning an uprising that will wipe out most of the human population.
One of the things I love the most about Joss Whedon is that he not only creates some really kick-ass female heroes, but he also tends to surround them with other strong female characters. This graphic novel was no exception. Fray is an awesome character with some really interesting back-story. She reminded me a little of Faith because she has that hard edge about her and I could see her moral compass getting pretty screwed up due to the crap her life forces on her. However, I didn't enjoy this as much as I was hoping to. In part, this is because I'm not a huge fan of dystopian stories and this is definitely that. The inclusion of mutants to the world was interesting in how some reflected demons, but it also had me sighing. It felt like a little cliched to me to have mutants as the disadvantaged citizens of the future with Fray being understanding and sympathetic towards them. This only mildly dampened my enjoyment of the book though. It was still a great read that I would recommend to any fans of the BtVS world....more
Beat of Temptation is a prequel to the series, as it follows Tamsyn and Nathan from the DarkRiver pack. I really loved this short story. I thought it was very well done and I loved the interactions between all the characters.
Stroke of Enticement was my favorite out of all the stories. I loved seeing Singh do a Human/Changeling pairing since she hadn't done one yet in the series. Annie was also a really compelling character and I would have loved to have seen this turned into a full length novel.
Declaration of Courtship was cute and very light. It was nice seeing characters from a different division of the SnowDancer pack.
Texture of Intimacy kind of bored me. There was nothing really motivating the plot. It was just a small peek into the lives of Walker and Lara in the aftermath of Kiss of Snow. So it felt meandering. ...more
Something about this story squicked me out. I think it was the whole mating heat thing. Its not a trope I enjoy. I'd rather have a heroine who has sexSomething about this story squicked me out. I think it was the whole mating heat thing. Its not a trope I enjoy. I'd rather have a heroine who has sex because she wants to, not because her body is literally forcing her to. Other than that, I liked the relationship between Hazel and Oliver. I only wish that the whole "mating heat" hadn't been what the plot revolved around....more
One of my pet peeves is when authors take a male supporting character who was pretty beta in a series and gives them their own book where their personOne of my pet peeves is when authors take a male supporting character who was pretty beta in a series and gives them their own book where their personality does a complete flip. Seriously, beta heroes are attractive, you don't have to turn them into an overbearing ass when they get romantically involved with someone. This is what Rogers does with Thomas and it was pretty disappointing. I'll admit that Rogers doesn't take it to the extreme, but still. Despite that, I still, for the most part, enjoyed this short story....more
Pretty awesome super short online story! Some of the elements reminded me a lot of Star Trek, which just added to my enjoyment. Won't lie, kinda hopinPretty awesome super short online story! Some of the elements reminded me a lot of Star Trek, which just added to my enjoyment. Won't lie, kinda hoping that Adrews decides to make the world she built here into a full length book....more