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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  9,273 ratings  ·  585 reviews
Four of the bestselling names in romance and fantasy come together in this collection of thrilling novellas featuring powerful women who know how to handle a hex or two.

New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews spins “Magic Dreams.” Shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau finds herself in deep waters when she must challenge a dark being to a battle of wits or risk losing
Mass Market Paperback, 326 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Berkley (first published June 1st 2011)
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Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans only
I don't normally say this, but... People! Aim higher! Not the authors, although that goes for them too. No, I'm talking readers. Ilona Andrews, as always, has an interesting blog post about the 'Cheap, Fast, and Good' phenomenon in publishing (link). You should read it, as I think she offers some excellent insight, particularly the comment, "Research has shown that if a person wants a particular movie or book, they would rather settle for a mediocre book on their preferred topic than buy a bette ...more
Sophia Triad
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(This review is only for the story Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews)

Jim likes a girl. The problem is that Jim is too Alpha to make the first move. Moreover as the Pack Leader of the were-cats and head of Security for Curran the Beast Lord, he can be easily accused of taking advantage of his position.
Dali likes a boy. The problem is that were-tigress Dali is vegetarian, almost blind and too unattractive to make the first move. A brain with glasses she describes herself.
One day Jim is in trouble. Bei
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
I picked up this Anthology to listen to the novella Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels #4.5) only. I LOVE the Kate Daniels series and have been listening to the books and loving them all over again. Instead of just listening to Magic Dreams I went ahead and listened to all four novellas; Magic Dreams, Ice Shards, Double Hexed, and Blood Debt. This Anthology was interesting and each novella was different and enjoyable to listen too.

Magic Dreams - 5 Stars

Here we get Jim & Dali, two shapeshiftes in the Cat
Review for Magic Dreams

Dali has always been a bit peculiar to me, but then again, I thinks she’s supposed to be that way to everyone. I often wondered what her background and motivations were and now I know and oh my! I loved her so much! This is a fast, intense read/listen and it has a great balance of thrills/chills and suspense, along with a bit of romance. I’m all about the romance but too much can kill a story and not enough can make me lose interest. This had the perfect ratio for me. And
Blodeuedd Finland
Since this is an anthology I am going to review the novellas separately.

Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #4.5)
In this one Dali and Jim fight together to bring down a Japanese demon. Dali is not a scary shifter, but she does know her magic. Jim is an alpha and they have always been at odds. That is you know they both like each other but never get together. So therefore I looked forward to reading this book knowing it would finally happen. Interesting mythology and in a way I did not fe
Jennifer Estep
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Hexed is an urban fantasy anthology that features novellas by Ilona Andrews, Yasmine Galenorn, Allyson James, and Jeanne C. Stein.

Andrews's story, Magic Dreams, focuses on Dali Harimau, a shapeshifting tiger, and her quest to save Jim, the man that she loves, when a spider-like demon infects Jim and tries to take over his body. Iris Kuusi, a Finnish sprite, is looking for redemption and a chance to discover what really happened to her former lover in Galenorn's Ice Shards. Janet Begay, a Stormwa
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
**only read Magic Dreams**

What a cute, sweet story! I went into this thinking I wasn't going to like Dali much but I was so wrong. She is really funny which I wasn't expecting. I loved the names of her cars ~ Rambo and Pooki! Even though there wasn't much physically going on between her and Jim, there still was a lot going on.

The big baddy was very interesting and I enjoyed the whole Asian spin on things. Dali's Mom was great too.

I really hope we get to see more of them together in future book
Mrs. Badass
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: june-2011, kindle
June 7th
So far I've only read Magic Dreams, by Ilona Andrews, and that's because I read the Magic Series faithfully. I will probably read the Anna Strong novella, as I've read most of the books, but the others I could give or take.

Jim and Dali were fantastic. I love Dali so much. Her insecurities made her all the more endearing, and relate-able for me personally. I've always had a thing for Mr. Tall, Dark and Scary Jim, and I loved his explanation for not acting on his feelings towards Dali soon
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall rating of anthology: 4

Excellent anthology containing four high quality novellas. The genres are fantasy/paranormal romance. I’m not a huge romance fan, although I do love fantasy. But these were good stories.

The audio readers were Cassandra Campbell and Renee Raudman. I’m not sure who read which story, but they were good readers. I think Raudman may have read the first story, and she gave that narrator’s voice a high pitched, little girly quality I didn’t care for, although I suppose it
Magic Dreams - Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels 4.5) 4.5*
Loved it. I was curious about Dali since her first appearance: she's an unique character, with her physical weakness but a strenght she's not aware of, so I really appreciated this insight on her, the relationship with her mother, knowing how she sees herself and that she couldn't stand Kate, how she tries to be strong for Jim and fighting the impulse to try to gain his attention and not wanting to trouble him too much.
I really liked discoverin
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
All four of these authors set magical shorts in the universes of their series: Andrew's Kate Daniels (Magic), Galenorn's Sisters of the Moon, James' Stormwalker, and Stein's Anna Strong. Though I've read at least the starting book of each of the series, Andrews is the only one I've followed religiously but after reading the offerings from James and Stein, I think I may have to pull their other books off the 'to be read' pile.

Magic Dreams - Ilona Andrews - Kate's off licking her wounds, and misf
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I only read Magic Dreams. Maybe I'll get back to it later and give the other stories a chance.

The only problem I had with this story was its length. Too short! Jim and Dali, carrying huge chips on their shoulder have always intrigued me. It was good to finally get a glimpse of their minds.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I read all of these stories but the one by Yasmine Galenorn......I will not read her books!!
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Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #4.5)

A minor character in the Kate Daniels series, Dali proves more than ready for her own series in Magic Dreams. She couldn’t be more dissimilar from Kate, yet she displays the same strength of character and bravery that I’ve come to expect from the women in this series. She’s a tiny, visually impaired, Indonesian woman who shifts into a white Tiger. As a human, she’s about a physically imposing as a kitten
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Hexed is an anthology written by four of the bestselling writers in the fantasy, romance genre. Action and magic follow four powerful woman as they fight for the men they love.

Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews- Rating: B+

Old legends and frightening nightmares came to life in Magic Dreams. The shapeshifting Tigress Dali Harimau finds herself in deep water when she must challenge a dark being to a battle of wits, or risk losing the man she s
One of the better anthologies I've read, I really enjoyed three out of four stories. 

Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews

A terrific story, as usual from this team. They're smart enough not to try to introduce their entire world or all of their characters, but to focus on two of their fun supporting characters and to give them a great adventure. It felt to me like a story that wouldn't be confusing if you'd never read any of the books in the series, but of course I can't really judge that. 

As usual, I l
Lady Jaye
This anthology was a very mixed bag. I have owned a paper copy for close to a year. I started it and could not even get through the first story. Thanks to a challenge, though, I took the opportunity to make myself read it.

Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews - 5 stars
This was the story I started and couldn't get into. I have no idea why or how because this time around I breezed through it. Jim has a death spell of some kind hovering over his head and Dali must help him figure it out and break it or el
Apr 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Basic Premise: 4 novellas by popular UF authors, ostensibly about hexes.

Each one featured characters from the authors' ongoing series. I read it for the Ilona Andrews story, but read all four, mostly because I can't stand to pick up a book and not finish the whole thing. I liked the Ilona Andrews story, but had trouble bringing myself to care overly much about the other stories, as the characters and their struggles are unfamiliar to me. They weren't bad stories by any means, I just couldn't se
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review and rating only for Ilona Andrew's Magic Dreams and Allyson James' Double Hexed.

This is the first time I haven't read all the stories in an anthology. I had the best of intentions, but Yasmine Galenorn's Ice Shards failed to catch my attention, and then I got completely derailed reading the Master of the Universe fanfic (otherwise known as Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker), and after that experience, I couldn't motivate myself to read Jeanne C. Stein's Blood Debt.

Magic Dreams
For me, historically, an anthology is one strong story, one reasonably good and the rest rather weak filler.

I was highly pleased to find that HEXED happily underexceeded my historical expectations....each and every novella smoked!

I was introduced to two new-to-me authors, in that I've heard of them, but not read as yet, Allyson James and Ilona Andrews. I have added their books to the WWBL because of their novellas in this book. Each one kept me up way past my bedtime so I could see what else wa


I confess I went into this not really caring that much about a romance between Dali and Jim, so that colored my perception from the start. But I wanted Ilona Andrews to prove to me that there was a good reason for these two to be together.

However, the story itself did nothing to get that ship to sail for me. Dali is an intriguing character, but she's maybe a little too "quirky" to really grab me -- she seems in some
Carolyn F.
Anthology. 2.875 stars. Worth being the book just for the Allyson James and Ilona Andrews stories.

1. Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews. This has Jim and Dali trying to figure out what killed some shapeshifters at an office and what is slowly killing Jim. Dali finally tries to reach out to Jim to give him a hint of her feelings for him. Great short story. ****

2. Ice Shards by Yasmine Galenorn. I read a full length novel by this author and didn't care for it. This short story is about people that were
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Read Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews. A slice of life about Dali and Jim, told from Dali's POV.

4.5 stars So good!!! The interaction between Dali and Jim was great! The big-bad and all the drama that went with it was great as well. Now I really can't wait for the next book because I need more Dali and Jim!!!

I've really come to love Dali. All her insecurities about herself and how she deals with them is very endearing. And I got to glimpse a side of Jim I haven't seen thus far. What a wonderful shor
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I only read the Ilona Andrews short story
This was a good short set in the word of Kate Daniels. Although Kate is not in the story; it's about Dali and Jim. The story id told from Dali's point of view, which is refreshing. I liked reading about her vulnerability and her feelings for Jim. My only complaint was that I wish the story was told through both Jim and Dali's eyes.
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: andrews-ilona

Ilona's part was the reason I read this and it by itself made the 4+ stars. The other stories were good, but not great; maybe 3+ stars. Dali is my heroine being a kick ass gal despite her handicaps. Her interaction with Jim is great fun to read.

If you like Ilona's books, you'll love this story.
4.5 stars for Magic Dreams.
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf-or-paranormal
Magic Dreams 4 stars!
This goes only for Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews.

My review: here
Third read-through, October 27-29, 2016
I don't really have anything to add to what I've said in the below reviews, but I might up my star rating of Magic Dreams. I'll say more once I finish my reread of it.

So I reread Magic Dreams on October 29, 2016, for what is now the 4th time, and it's still *just* a 4-star "very good" story. See my last status update on 10/29/2016 if you want to know why.

Review after second read-through, September 2015:

After reading over my first review (which you can see b
I absolutely adored this collection of novellas. And was wondering why I didn’t pick this up much, much sooner. After all, it’s been sitting on my bookshelf for a few years. Although, since I now have another two series that I need to buy (I already had two), I’m beginning to think that that may have been my reason for not sinking my teeth into this series too early on.

There was a healthy addition of romance throughout these urban fantasy stories. But, mostly they featured kick ass women, curses
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“Minutes passed by. A little blue butterfly landed on my nose. I blinked at it and it fluttered to my ear. A big yellow butterfly gently floated over and landed on my paw. Soon a whole swarm of them floated up and down around me, like a swirl of multicolored petals. It happened in my backyard, too, if the magic was strong enough. Butterflies were small and light, and very magic sensitive. For some reason I made them feel safe and they gravitated to me like iron shavings to a magnet. They ruined my ferocious badass image, but you’d have to be a complete beast to swat butterflies.

If a baby deer frolicked out from between the buildings trying to cuddle up, I would roar. I wouldn’t bite it, but I would roar. I had my limits.”
“My point is, I would never hurt you or your family.”
I raised my chin at him. “If you tried to hurt my mother, I would totally kick your ass.”
“Yes. You would be lying on the ground, crying, ‘No more, no more,’ and I would be kicking you in the stomach, wham, wham, wham!”
He laughed softly.”
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