Monthly Archives: July 2010

Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3) by Ilona Andrews

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Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with these days.  Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with these days. 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… (from Goodreads)

These books just keep getting better and better.  The character development is ongoing and Saiman has definitely gone from one of the okay characters to how quick can he die.  I hope Kate takes care of that for me.

An entirely different type of creature is introduced who are connected in some way to Kate’s real father.  Needless to say, they are the big, bad guys.

And the relationship between Andrea and Raphael is heating up!

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Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2) by Ilona Andrews

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When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city man not survive… (from Goodreads)

This is turning into one of my favorite series.  I have already contacted the author to find out when book five, Magic Slays, is due out.  Unfortunately, there is no release date yet.

The relationship, if you can call it that, between Kate and Curran continues to develop, but they still seem more interested in sniping at each other than becoming lovers.  Of course, due to her raising Kate has real issues with any type of relationship, whether friend or lover.  Her friends all seem to die on her and this one may not be the exception.

This book really fleshes out some of the other characters in the book.  There are some that I thought were okay at first, but now I really despise and others that I thought were “ewwww” who turn out to be okay.  Who knows what book three will bring?

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Hourglass (Evernight, #3) by Claudia Gray

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After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school, Bianca and Lucas seek refuge with Black Cross, the elite group of vampire hunters led by Lucas’s stepfather. When Bianca’s close friend—the vampire Balthazar—is captured by Black Cross, Bianca knows she has to do whatever it takes to save him. But at what cost? (from Goodreads)

Talk about your love triangles.  Lucas and Balthazar both love Bianca.  She loves Lucas, but has strong feelings for Balthazar as well.  Oh yeah, Lucas is a vampire hunter, Balthazar is a vampire, and Bianca is in the process of turning into a vampire.  Sheesh!

Personally, I’m rooting for Balthazar.  Lucas has way too many issues with vampires.

Oh yes, let’s not forget about the wraiths that are trying to kill Bianca.  No one knows why they are targeting her, or if they do know, they’re not telling.

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Stargazer (Evernight, #2) by Claudia Gray

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Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful, dangerous students of all—vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one of them.

But Bianca fell in love with Lucas—a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school. (from Goodreads)

You would think being in love with a member of a cult determined to kill you and all of your kind would be enough trouble, but no, Bianca also has wraiths after her.  What has she done to deserve this?

On the other hand, she also has two gorgeous guys in love with her.  Lucas, who is human and a vampire hunter, and Balthazar, who is one of her own kind.  Balthazar, who is gorgeous and kind and would do almost anything for Bianca.  How is a girl to choose?

I would recommend these books to anyone who loves vampire romances.  They are more like Vampire Academy and the House of Night series than Twilight, but should appeal to anyone who loves the paranormal.

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Evernight (Evernight, #1) by Claudia Gray

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She’s been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn’t fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He’s not the “Evernight type” either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

I originally read this book when it was first published. There are three books in the series out now with the fourth, Afterlife, due in March 2011. With all the wonderful YA books being published, I somehow missed reading the third, so I am doing a reread of the entire series.

This is one of those books that it is hard to say much without giving away a major plot twist. I had actually forgotten I had read it until I started it again. I kept asking myself, “Isn’t this the one where . . .?” And it was!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal romances. There is a love triangle with a really nice guy and a “is he really a nice guy or is it all an act” guy.

I wish I could say more, but it would really spoil it for you.

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Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews

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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.

I don’t know if it is because I am reading these so soon after Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series or if there is really a resemblance, but I keep confusing Kate and Mac in my mind.  Both of them are loners who are expected to save the world from a magical disaster.  Both of them have alpha males who try to control them.   Hey, they’re even both from Georgia!

Having said that, I much prefer this series.  Kate is a smart mouth, but she is also smart.  She has a serious attitude problem, but she also has the skill and training to back it up.

I didn’t think I was going to like the book to begin with, but halfway through I ordered the rest of the series.  Unfortunately, they won’t be here for a couple of days.

My only complaint is that there are so many characters, I feel like I should keep notes.  When the “bad guy” is revealed, I had to go back and figure out which one he was.  It made me want to re-read the book again just to get things straight.

Regardless, I can’t wait for UPS to come tomorrow.

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

I had serious doubts about this book.  I don’t like what I call problem novels and I think YA fiction is inundated with them.  However, I was completely wrong about this book.  I am not sure how the author took what was a horrible premise and made something positive out of it, but she managed it.

This is not a paranormal book.  Mia is not a ghost.  She is, however, able to see what is going on with everyone around her while her body is in a coma.

There are a number of flashbacks in the story which explain her relationships with her friends and family.  This is not a story about a girl with a lot of problems prior to the accident.  It is the story of a girl who must decide if she can survive the accident.

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