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Magic Burns

(Kate Daniels #2)

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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  62,980 Ratings  ·  3,094 Reviews
Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems
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Mass Market Paperback, 260 pages
Published April 2008 by Berkley Publishing Group
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Anzu The Great Destroyer

Hmmm I wonder what this Magic Burns book will be about


What?? I mean.. What?? This can’t be right


Why isn’t she being stupid?? Wha- How???


She’s going to fuck up


Any second now


Aaaaany second now
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This book is perfect!!

I mean, amIrite? AM-I-RITE???

One thing I love about Ilona Andrews is the fact that she didn’t make Kate a sappy character. Not once did she have a "love" thought about any of the hot dudes in the book. Not once. Sure, she thinks about banging them but that’s the normal thing to do.
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
5/6/18: I hope that when the Andrews write their Julie and Derek spinoff that one of the books takes place during another flare and Red shows up. Then I want for Julie and/or Derek to break several of his bones. Big important ones. Like a femur and his pelvis. Yeah.

4.5 stars

After the trial by fire world-building of MAGIC BITES, any leftover questions are quickly answered in KATE DANIELS #2 by virtue of the shifts from magic to tech and tech to magic occurring with alarming frequency as a result
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
The Grand IAA™ KD Buddy Rerererereread Extravaganza (GIAAKDBRE™), aka the yellow brick road to Magic Triumphs

Presenting Episode 2, or How Kate Daniels Learned Being a Toy Mouse with Raging Hormones isn't as Easy as Chopping People into Tiny Little Pieces.

» And the moral of this particular rererereread is: Psych.

» And the other moral of this particular rererereread is: someone call Desandra ASAP! Bran wants to show her his pork sword!

» And the other, other moral of this particular rer
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
April 2018 update: After holding out for two years, I finally renewed my $70 nonresident library card. I was so stoked when I found that the library now has the entire Kate Daniels series! I brought The. Entire. Series. home with me, and I’m starting with this one and working my way through the series, since there are a few I’ve never read. Cheer me on!

This second book in the Kate Daniels series is a clear improvement over the first one, with a tighter and more memorable plot. A (hot, of course)
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
Reread 6/2018

4.5 "I'm really starting to love this series" stars

“You don't cause problems. You cause catastrophes.”

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While investigating a mysterious bowman who killed her mark, mercenary Kate Daniels finds herself in the custody of a pre-teen girl. Turns out the young street girl has some magical powers, the kind of powers that 1 in 10,000 people get and there are creatures coming after her. Kate must go to the last person she wants help from, Curran, and together they fight to help the
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘


3.5 stars ← See that .5 stars? It means that I liked Magic Burns more that Magic Bites. WOOT!



RATING CLARIFICATIONS

✘ It does not mean that I wouldn't volunteer as tribute for slapping Curran in his face. I would, because alpha-males have just that little *something* that makes me want to snarl (even if, to be fair, he's not the worst but far from it). To each their owns, okay? Even Barrons never won me. That asshole (I know, I know, *GASP* *But BARRONS!* /SNARL/). Kate's pretty amazing, though
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Carol.
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who likes fantasy and kick-butt women
I've procrastinated forever in writing this review. Magic Burns is one of my frequent re-reads, and I'm not sure I can do it justice.

What keeps drawing me back? An interesting heroine that is confident, skilled in her field, funny, occasionally lonely, caring despite herself and lives according to an ethical code? Action that builds from the somewhat ridiculous (a salamander pyromaniac) to the tragic (spikey dogs) to epic (a battle between shapeshifters and gods)? Relationship building that giv
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Jilly
Rereading this with the lovelies at the Ilona Andrews Addicts group.



Here's my original review from a year ago:

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"Rambo called, he wants his bandana back."
"This Rambo, he a friend of yours?"
"Who's Rambo?" Julie asked.
If a cultural reference flies over a man's head, does it make a sound if nobody else gets it?

rambo photo: rambo 1171199-Rambo-Penticton.jpg
(This is Rambo, for all of you youngsters)

I'm still loving Kate. As a matter of fact, I like her better in this book than the first one. She is more human, but still hilarious an
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Kate Daniels Buddy Read/Reread on May 11 with the gang at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)

4.5 Stars bumped up a half star from first read

Revisited review after Re-read on Jun 30, 2014


Ilona Andrews is an author I think I can re-read time and time again. I liked this book even more the second time around. The magic and mythology drew me in and the plot and story were even better the second time around.

I got excited when new characters, which will be around throughout the series, were introduced and the
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Kate Daniels, could you be more awesome? Nope. This book rocked my world! I loved the first book, but I loved this one even more. Kate Daniels is such a cool heroine. She's not only kickbutt, independent, and snarky, but she's utterly likeable. She's down to earth, and one of those heroines I think a guy or a girl could get along with equally well. I like her quick thinking and her ability to get out of some pretty nasty spots. And her willingness to do the right thing, even at personal cost to ...more
Julio Genao
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julio by: MostlyDelores
wheeee!

no poets, these two—sometimes the prose reminded me of chunk from the goonies inquiring about the possibility of some rocky road—but fuck my life can they write a Finerr Batturr or what, amirite?

ladies? can I get an amen?

*icy, shunning silence*

no? too busy drooling over curran?

s'okay.

*gaze darkens lustily*

...me too.
Katerina
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“This was hell and I was its fury.”

Celtic mythology,witch covens,lots of ass kicking and HOT shapeshifters?


Kate Daniels is worried.A powerful wave of magic known as the flare is going to strike Atlanta and make possible for malevolent deities to walk among the humans,spreading chaos and death,and somehow in the center of the crisis is the street urchin Kate's looking after.And the world's gone mad.
“I needed to find Julie,find her mom,convince a sociopath to donate some blood for the good o
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Helen 2.0
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Better than the first book! Curran is man-candy supreme.
Simona Bartolotta
3.5

"Welcome home. I'm glad you made it. There is coffee in the kitchen for you."


I think that a fair number of my neurons just melted.

No time for the review, must jump on book three. And at any rate, what I have to say is exactly what I said in my review of Magic Bites, less the 'introductory book' issue (though the world-building can still get better, in my opinion), plus the 'So Curran will get hotter from book to book, uh? Because my system can sustain just as much oestrogen release' issue. Al
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Melissa (Ever So Mela)
I just realized the last 40% always saves these books for me.


I had the same problem with this one as I did with the previous Kate Daniels.
It's slow
And sadly, sometimes glacially slow, more towards the beginning with a crescendo in the middle. But thank the heavens this ending rocked millions over the last one.


I do have to say that if they had explained the world in the last book like they did here, I would've rated it a lot higher.

Kate, at least for me, just got better by the second. She
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Sophia Triad
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sexually frustrated Kate Daniels is being pursued by every interesting male creature in this book:

a) Saiman (With a magic store body, a Polymorph i.e. he changes human forms):
“Can you dance? Dance with me Kate!”,
“Stay with me. It will be fun.”

b) Ghastec (One of the People, a Master of the Dead i.e. he creates vampires)
“A pleasure to see you, as always”,
“You are in an excellent physical shape and you are well proportioned.”

c) Bran (A goddess' hound, a scoundrel, a thief, a brigand, a human pre
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Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Buddy-read with the amazetastic Casey to commence July 20th..... because I can't seem to read anything I am supposed to right now!



Review, such as it were....



A Kraft Dinner review of a Kate Daniels novel.

3.5 Stars

I liked Magic Burns a little bit better than the first one in the series. Honestly, I don’t know that it will ever match the mania I felt picking up the Fever series last year but I’m totally okay with that. This series is fun. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, the way the books ar
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Fourth re-read: 27.04.17
I really like the slow burn between Kate and Curran, however, damn, I just want to skip all the in between... I really do love Curran.
Third re-read: 16.09.16
I still like it. I don't love it, but it's damn well close. Curran still remains one of my favorite heroes, and Kate, with all her awesomeness, is still one of my favorite heroines.
Second re-read: 06.08.15
Awesome, even still.
Re-read: 28.07.14
Man, I can't get enough of Kate and Curran.

This series get better and better
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Maria V. Snyder
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes - I'm hooked on the Kate Daniels series. For now. Don't know how many books I'll read before I lose interest if I even do. I stuck with Ilona Andrews Edge series to the end (need more!) and enjoyed the spin-off novel of Gunmetal Magic with Kate's best friend so I'm thinking I'm in for the long haul. Good thing I have six novels left to read :).
Navessa
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I knew by page 2 that I would love this book. Here's why:

"Alright Jeremy. Give me the salamander and I won't cut your head off."

When I first started this series I was definitely holding myself back a little from letting myself love it. First of all I'd been traumatized by a past relationship with a series (Anita! Why!?). Secondly this series reminded me of the one that broke my heart. But not anymore!

I was so entertained while reading this book that my earlier annoyance at the whole magic vs
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♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
First read July 2014
Second read May 2016


I liked this more than the first one. We get to see the real Kate, all her aspirations and insecurities. She broke my heart so many times. Everyone around her dies. She's so alone.

"You have the Pack. You're surrounded by people who would fall over themselves for the pleasure of your company. I have no one. My parents are dead, my entire family is gone. I have no friends. Except Jim, and that's more of a working relationship than anything else. I have no
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Evgeny
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Buddy read with Armina, Eilonwy, and Asya.

Kate Daniels' occasional partner and shape-shifter Jim asks her to help him apprehend a mad arsonist. They got him, but a mysterious sniper kills the culprit right in front of their eyes. Kate starts looking for the guy and becomes tangled with a teen girl looking for her missing mom, bad-ass monsters from Celtic mythology coming to life, and magic flares which make shape-shifters struggle to keep their bestial part in check. Non-stop action ensures.

I fo
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Sh3llraiser


This was my second time reading this and I am absolutely keeping my original rating. FIVE STARS! I would add 50 stars if I could. It was way better the second time around! (And I can't often say that with books I've read more than once.)

It was kind of like reading it for the first time, I had forgotten so much. Like how much Kate and Curran's tension and chemistry SIZZLED. How did I miss this before. In this book, they are right about here:



LOL But there are so many stand-out scenes. Ilona Andrew
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Cyndi
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished this last night just before sleeping, so of course Kate followed me into my dreams.
The last battle was so visual and I kept seeing her running in with both swords flying. I mean, that was awesome!
She is an excellent character! Although she's powerful and brave she is also lonely and frightened. In this book she goes from one problem to the next like a fairy tale. Almost every person she encounters wants her to complete a task before they will help her. All the while she has this h
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Angela
June 2016 Re-read.

June 2015 re-read: <3 <3

August 2014 re-read: I can't stop. Love this series so much. Kate is such a badass. And funny as hell.

20 July 2014: $1.99 on Kindle

This is my favorite series ever!!! The entire series is on sale!!!

Review:
My love for Kate Daniels started strong in Magic Bites; when I first read it, I didn't think it would be possible for me to love her - or her world - more. I was wrong. The Kate Daniels' series just gets better and better!

Kate's been doing pretty w
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Hannah
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
… And I am in love. This book was better than the first. Kate is still the best, her snarky one-liners are on point, but she also tries to just be a good person and I love that in books. She is not perfect but damn close to it and she is self-aware enough to know her limitations. I LOVE her evolving friendships with Derek and Andrea and I adore how she just takes on Julie. The world building is still impressive and I love how we are slowly told about Kate’s origins and what that might mean. Also ...more
Bradley
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly entertaining and it feels like a serious step-up from the first book.

I mean, witchy adventures and seven-year solar-magical catastrophes aside, who doesn't love a battle between gods? Oh, Morrigan! I've seen you in other series, how beautiful to see and you again!

I liked the mystery and the movements through the UF, and now that we're in the middle of character development, rather than just the opening sequences, I'm enjoying the play between Curran and Kate. Nothing is quite smoot
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Sarah
1st read - June 2013
2nd read - May 2015
3rd read - May 2016
4th read - November 2017
5th read - July 2018

Original Review

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Magic Bites until my friends encouraged me to join them on a group read of this series and I re-read it recently. Now I can't for the life of me figure out why I never carried on reading the series! Magic Burns had everything I loved about Magic Bites and then some, you have more of kick ass Kate, more action, more world building, fantastic chara
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Choko
*** 4.65 ***

The Great Kate Daniels Buddy Read/Reread of 2017 with the gang at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)!


I did have to bump the rating with .65 since the first read, since this book is truly awesome!!! I know I tried to be conservative about it the first time I read it, but it is a shame not to acknowledge how much I really enjoy this book. It is the one we get to meet the urchin Julie and her pathetic crush on the other street kid, the shaman Red. Julie's story breaks your heart, while Kate is
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Heather
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
Before I begin, I’m going to evoke my 13 year old alter ego…
Curran loves Kate, Curran loves Kate! Okay, so he didn’t say those exact three words, what he actually said was “As you wish” but he said it after reading The Princess Bride and everyone knows that is how Wesley told Buttercup he loved her. SQUEE!!!

Okay, now that I have gotten out of the way, this book and this series are so awesome! God, I still sound like a fan girl, but it doesn’t make what I say any less true. Look into the eyeballs
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Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade ...more

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“The vampire stared at me, his mouth slack as Ghastek assessed his options. I took a couple of forms from my desk, put them into the vamp's mouth, and pulled them up by their edges.
"What are you doing?" Ghastek asked.
"My hole puncher broke."
"You have no respect for the undead.”
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“Not only will you sleep with me, but you will say 'please.'"
I stared at him, shocked.
The smile widened. "You will say 'please' before and 'thank you' after."
Nervous laughter bubbled up. "You've gone insane. All that peroxide in your hair finally did your brain in, Goldilocks.”
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