Series Review: Kate Daniels, books 3-5 by Ilona Andrews

Series Review: Kate Daniels, books 3-5 by Ilona AndrewsMagic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #3
Published by Ace on March 31, 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 310
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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four-half-stars

When magic strikes and Atlanta goes to pieces, it’s a job for Kate Daniels…

Drafted to work for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems these days than she knows what to do with. And in Atlanta, where magic comes and goes like the tide, that’s saying a lot.

But when Kate’s werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games—an invitation-only, no-holds-barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament—she and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta’s shapeshifting community…

After an enjoyable but also somewhat lackluster book two (listen, I realize I gave it the same rating as book one and I stand by that bc I really like the cast and the world but it wasn’t the most fun plot-wise at all), I wasn’t on a high riding into Magic Strikes. But OMG Magic Strikes is so fucking delightful and I have feelings all of a sudden and the plot got way more bamf and holla basically.

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Series Review: Enchanted, Inc. books 3-5 by Shanna Swendson

Series Review: Enchanted, Inc. books 3-5 by Shanna SwendsonDamsel Under Stress by Shanna Swendson
Series: Enchanted Inc. #3
Published by Ballantine on May 1, 2007
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Humor, Fairy Tales
Pages: 306
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

To-do: Stop the bad guys. Rescue the wizard. Find the perfect outfit for New Year’s Eve.

At last, Owen Palmer, the dreamboat wizard at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., has conjured up the courage to get Katie Chandler under the mistletoe at the office holiday party. But just when it looks like Katie has found her prince, in pops her inept fairy godmother, Ethelinda, to throw a wand into the works. Ethelinda’s timing couldn’t be worse. A plot hatched by MSI’s rogue ex-employees, Idris and his evil fairy gal pal Ari, threatens to expose the company’s secrets–and the very existence of magic itself. Even worse, it could also mean the end of Katie’s happily-ever-after.

Now Katie and Owen must work side by side (but alas, not cheek to cheek) to thwart the villains’ plans. Braving black-magic-wielding sorceresses, subway-dwelling dragons, lovelorn frog princes, and even the dreaded trip to meet Owen’s parents at Christmas, Katie and her beau are in a battle to beat Idris at his own sinister game. All mischief and matters of the heart will come to a head at a big New Year’s Eve gala, when the crystal ball will drop, champagne will pour, and Katie will find herself truly spellbound.

These titles really make my life tbh. Damsels are way more often under stress than in distress; this speaks to my workaday soul. Damsel Under Stress is an especially good installment because there’s a lot of Owen. #priorities

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Series Review: Kate Daniels, books 1-2 by Ilona Andrews

Series Review: Kate Daniels, books 1-2 by Ilona AndrewsMagic Bites Series: Kate Daniels #1
Published by Ace on April 1, 2007
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 260
Format: eBook
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three-half-stars

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic…

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…

Magic Bites has been on my to-read list since 2008, I’m pretty sure. I had a brief period where I was really into paranormal romance, but so many of them were ish-y that YA soon won my heart. However, tons of friends absolutely love Andrews’ books, and so I did the really not recommended blogger thing where I requested the most recent book so I’d have to catch up. Based on what I’d heard, I wasn’t really expecting to like the first couple books that much, but actually Magic Bites, though in some ways a bit dated, was a lot of fun.

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November 2017: Month in Review

What I’ve Been Up To:

With the coming of winter, I’ve entered hermit mode. I’ve pretty much stopped going on dates because I don’t feel like it, for example. Aside from some holiday events with friends and family, I’m happily spending my time on the couch with books.

Blogging-wise, I had a tough couple of months. Remember when I took that three week break without saying anything? Yeah, truth is I was actually seriously considering closing my blog down for good. At this point, I’m like 95% decided I’m going to keep it going, but odds got down to about 25% there for a while. I couldn’t talk about it at that point, because I felt so pessimistic. Sometimes I struggle with how little I feel like I matter in the community anymore, and it’s also just so much time. But I had a really great reading month in November, I’ve got my blog scheduled almost a month ahead, and I’m feeling much more positive and in control.

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Cover Snark (247): Queen of Air and Snarkness

Welcome to Cover Snark, where the people are snarky and the covers quiver in fear. Since I don’t write many snarky book reviews here on A Reader of Fictions, Cover Snark is my outlet. If you click on the title of the book, where possible, I’ve linked to Goodreads. Clicking on the cover itself will show you the cover in a larger size, in most cases. Feel free to love covers I hate and vice versa. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Please note that you should by no means contact the author if you do not like their cover; they likely have ZERO control. Feel free to express opinions of the covers in the comments, but please do not @ an author on Twitter because of anything you’ve seen here.

Shiny and New:

1. Zen and Gone – Emily France

Thoughts: I can’t beleaf how adorable this is.

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