KINDLE ☨ Magic Burns ♂

Kate Daniels, could you be awesome Nope This book rocked my world I loved the first book, but I loved this one even 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 herself And she s so funny I think her one liners are hilarious, and her internal dialogue really puts me in the action and gives me an identification factor.The action in this book was fantastic A little bit gory and gruesome, but the fast pace allows you to tolerate that aspect fairly well It s like watching a really good movie The climax was one heck of a battle I can t say I ve read many other urban fantasy books where the conclusion had me so riveted Ilona Andrews really knows how to write action, and that s coming from a very picky reader when it comes to action scenes.The use of magic and the ugly and beneficial aspects fit very well with this particular story The descriptions of the freaky version of a modern day Atlanta that has been morphed by magic into a sort of dystopian future setting, rife with deadly and mystical creatures were very vivid and iconic I think this is such a great idea for an urban fantasy series.I thought the Celtic mythology elements were very well done The whole use of Morrigan and the Formorians It tied in so smoothly with the overall plot There wasn t boring periods where info dump slowed down the story There was a huge element of risk here where you really worried if everything was going to be resolved well To be honest, I didn t really think of Curran as much of a love interest in the first book There was a bit of potential, and he had me intrigued, although I wasn t sold But, I could really see the attraction between Kate and Curran, and I was digging Curran pretty hard He swell, he s the Beast Lord, with all that applies I like the back and forth between Kate and Curran How she s attracted and kind of scared of him because he s pretty scary, let s face it , but she won t allow herself not to stand up to him It s pretty clear that Curran has it bad for Kate I loved his courtship ritual that she didn t pick up on it had to be explained by a few members of the Pack I love the slow build of their relationship, with all the nice flirting moments I can t way to see things progress with this couple Kate s sidekicks were cool Derek is adorable but a tough fighter I loved Julie I hope to see of her All the contacts and the acquaintances that Kate has stand out in my mind, each adding to the story in crucial ways And then there was Bran A very interesting character with a complex relationship with Kate Man, oh, man I had no idea how much I would come to love this series It just keeps getting better and better I was so pumped after reading this book, it took me a whole hour to calm down Magic Burns is highly recommended to the discerning urban fantasy reader who likes a great heroine, kickbutt action, wonderful world building, and intriguing secondary characters I m going to try to keep myself from devouring this series back to back I need to have a guaranteed read in my pile for that rainy day , and the Kate Daniels series is definitely that 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 formsCan 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 vampiresA pleasure to see you, as always , You are in an excellent physical shape and you are well proportionedc Bran A goddess hound, a scoundrel, a thief, a brigand, a human previously who just wanted to be hero and to be rememberedKeep me warm tonight and maybe I ll feel generous in the morning Why don t you sleep with me Kiss me and I promise I ll talk d Raphael a fun, patient hyena, a male BoudaTwo years That s entirely too long If you want, we can take care of that After two years, it s pure therapyAnd undoubtedly the absolute winnere Curran The Furry Highness, the Lord of the Beasts, the Shapeshifters Pack leaderNot only will you sleep with me, but you will say please You will say please before and thank you afterOf course she is not saving herself for marriage The reasons are complicated and involve the exchange of magic and great power.Oh and there was some fighting all around in the book, but I was not paying attention Okay, I am only joking The battles were magnificent KINDLE ♅ Magic Burns ☦ 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 On A Much Bigger Scale A Divine OneWhen Kate Sets Out To Retrieve A Set Of Stolen Maps For The Pack, Atlanta S Paramilitary Clan Of Shapeshifters, She Quickly Realizes Much 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 May Not Survive 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 memorable plot A hot, of course guy with teleporting powers and a mean crossbow has stolen maps from the local werepack, and Curran, the Beast Lord, and his chief of security, Jim, are determined to get them back, partly out of pride for Pack security This leads to a 13 year old girl, Julie, who has a highly valuable ability to see and sort magic by type and color, and who also has a mad crush on Red, a juvenile delinquent with secret plans of his own Kate s investigation leads her and the Pack to a looming battle for power, involving a powerful underworld figure, Morfran, the Irish war goddess Morrigan, and her magical cauldron Also witches of various sorts and powers, including the Maiden, the Crone and the Mother The Andrews team does a great job of incorporating obscure mythology from all over the world into their novels Kate Daniels is my favorite kick ass heroine She s impertinent The vampire stared at me, his mouth slack as Ghastek assessed his options I took a couple of forms from my desk, put them in the vampire 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 And she s quick and tough as nails I tell you what, you put the maps right here on the bed On the count of three, we each grab them If you win, I tell you who he is If I win, I get you On three One, he said, bending forward like a runner Two He lunged for the maps I grabbed the chair and hit him with it He went down I hit him again to make sure he stayed that way, stepped over him, and picked up the maps I win Your problem is, you underestimate me because I m a woman The Kate Daniels books aren t terribly deep, but they re definitely a lot of fun, mixed with some sexual tension.One thing view spoiler The sexual tension with Curran is driving me crazy hide spoiler 3.5 stars See that.5 stars It means that I liked Magic Burnsthat 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 I ship her It does not mean that I m against a sexual development between them, but he ll better crawl Somehow I have doubts about his ability to do just that, but oh well As long as they remain equals, I ll ship them It does not mean that I didn t throw SOS stares at my Kindle each time I realized that I had read 3 pages without remembering anything of them again It means that I m still waiting for these books to become compelling for me It means that I m starting Magic Strikes right now, quietly expecting it to blow me away I AM SERIOUS BLOW ME AWAY, BOOK OR ELSE MY REVIEWS FOR THIS SERIESclick on the pictures to goFor of my reviews, please visit Reread 6 20184.5 I m really starting to love this series starsYou don t cause problems You cause catastrophesWhile 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 girl Another great installment in this series The plot thickens with this book but we still have some questions left unanswered Such as What exactly is Kate Who is Roland What interest does Curran have in Kate My favorite part of this book was the interactions between Kate and Curran Their banter is so much fun to read and I am dying for the two of them to admit they have the hots for each otherNot 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, GoldilocksIlona Andrews writing duo has done it again and marked a winner in my book The world building and character development are awesome, and that s all I ask for in urban fantasy Well, those two things and the hopes of romance Short review from me, because I m dying to get to the third book I keep hearing rumors about a hot tub scene 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 gives equal importance to girlfriends, adopted family and potential romance A sophisticated vision of a post apocalypic Atlanta that shifts from magic to tech Vampires that are not romantacized and over, most empathetically, do notsparkle Hard to say, but it s a favorite If they ever release it in hardcover, I ll buy it in a flash, because my paperback is worn out.Kate is the heroine of the series, and one of my all time favorite characters.She s anything but a sweet talking diplomat Negotiate He Jim wanted me to engage a lunatic who had already burned four people into smoking meat Okay, I could do that Alright, Jeremy, I yelled into the night Give me the salamander and I won t cut your head off She s got a gift of understatement His nose no longer looked broken No blood, either Wonderful Not only could he teleport, but he also regenerated while he did it If he started spitting fire, we d be all set She knows a losing battle when she sees one I looked at his face and saw the decisive thrust of the adolescent jaw No intelligent life there I turned to Julie She s creative The vampire started at me, his mouth slack as Ghastek assessed his options I took a couple of forms from my desk, put them in 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 And sometimes, very rarely, she has nothing to say She Julie shrugged Sex Red knows a ritual that would give him my powers if I do sex with him I stared at her, speechless There were so many things wrong with what she said that my brain experienced a momentary shutdown But don t be misled, she isn t all sarcasm, and her confrontations with evil aren t marked by trading witticisms But there s enough humor to ease the way in to the serious stuff Five stars, again and again.Re read May, 2017, because my cousin was borrowing it Idk, maybe I needed to make sure it was good or something, before I lent it to her Or just in case she didn t return it Cross posted at Rereading this with the lovelies at the Ilona Andrews Addicts group Here s my original review from a year ago 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 itThis 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 human, but still hilarious and kickass at the same time.In this book, we get all of these strange creatures from Celtic mythology that I have never heard of before, and that was refreshing The monsters were strange and scary, and I liked the introduction of Julie and how she affected Kate I love the crazy aunt reference to Kate s relationship to her Derek is also becoming a great teenage werewolf side kick.Of course, the relationship between Kate and Curran is really fun I especially like reading all of the reviews here and seeing all of the Chris Hemsworth gifs Not hard on the eyes at all Keep them coming, girls Since Curran s hair was longer in this book 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 starsAfter 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 of one of this book s Big Problems, the magical Flare.SIDENOTE that s Flare as in flare up, not flair as in you need at least 15 pieces on your uniform FYI.Right SO a magic Flare has happened every 7 ish years since tech fell, and during a Flare, not only are the magic tech shifts frequent, but the magic is POTENT More strange things happen, creatures show up, already existing magical people and creatures have a harder time maintaining control over their magical aspects it s a MESS.The Casino, the headquarters of The People, shuts down entirely, going into lockdown But I m getting ahead of myself.MAGIC BURNS begins with Kate getting an early morning wakeup call from Jim, who needs backup on a Mercenary Guild gig About the time they ve got everything wrapped up, Jim gets a mysterious text, and ditches Kate, b c Pack business Kate is understandably annoyed She s only one person, and hardly capable of carrying BOTH the dead shot in the back with an arrow by person s unknown perp and the salamander contained by magical glass, and they only get paid if they have proof they took care of the problem.So what does Kate do She cuts off Perp s head So pragmatic, our Kate.After dumping the head and the fire lizard at the Guild, Kate moseys over to the Order, where Derek asks for her help on behalf of the Pack A group of surveyors was ambushed, you see, by a man who stole their maps and literally disappeared This mysterious man left behind several arrows matching the one that killed Perp, so Kate heads back to the parking deck where she cornered Perp that morning, and looks for a clue I LOVE it when Kate looks for clues What she finds is a creepy magnetized metal yard with Stymphalian birds, what looks like a smashed air hanger with a bottomless pit underneath where a cauldron used to sit, and two street kids.One of those street kids is Julie Yay The other street kid is Red boo hiss.Also in the weird, smushed air hanger is a bizarre skeleton pinned to some crates by familiar looking arrows Kate decides to investigate, removes an arrow or two, and what do you know, the bowman somehow knows and comes to investigate The bowman s name is Bran, and Bran is HOT He s mischievous and has swagger and I LOVE him.After lots of flirty banter and maybe a scuffle or two , Bran gives Kate the maps and disappears.Red is long gone by this point, so Kate takes Julie under her wing, stuff happens, Curran in his Alpha ness is even HOT than Bran, Kate is even KICK ASS than we previously thought, and this second installment pretty much kills the first one and the first book was PRE tty dang good IMO This is a series that just keeps getting better, and if you haven t checked it out yet you NEED to check it out Anyone who loves or is interested in Urban Fantasy should have KATE DANIELS in their library Come on time to drink the kool aid This won t hurt a bit, I promise orbit gum smile My other reviews for this series A Questionable Client Kate Daniels, 0.5 Magic Bites Kate Daniels, 1 Magic Strikes Kate Daniels, 3 Magic Mourns Kate Daniels, 3.5 Magic Bleeds Kate Daniels, 4 Magic Dreams Kate Daniels, 4.5 Magic Slays Kate Daniels, 5 Magic Tests Kate Daniels, 5.3 Magic Gifts Kate Daniels, 5.4 Gunmetal Magic Kate Daniels, 5.5 Retribution Clause Kate Daniels, 5.6 An Ill Advised Rescue Kate Daniels, 5.8 Magic Rises Kate Daniels, 6 Magic Steals Kate Daniels, 6.5 Magic Breaks Kate Daniels, 7 Magic Shifts Kate Daniels, 8 Magic Stars Kate Daniels, 8.5, Grey Wolf, 1 Magic Binds Kate Daniels, 9 Iron and Magic Kate Daniels, 9.5 Magic Triumphs Kate Daniels, 10 Curran POV Collection The Adventures Of A Brave Little Kitty Buddy Rerererereread TAOABLKBR with the IA Addicts And the moral of this particular rererererereread isWelcome home I m glad you made it There is coffee in the kitchen for youAnd the other moral of this particular rererererereread is sniffing people to determine their competence, it s a Teenage Werewolf Sidekick Thing TWST Ha Until next time and stuff November 2017 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 rererereread is ain t nuthin like the moral compass of a teenage werewolf And the other, other, other moral of this particular rererereread is evil tentacles undead mermaids sea demons with ugly as fish fish eyes my shrimpy children and my little self feel right at home and stuff It s positively enchanting.Now let s get groovin May 2016 KD is the Cure to All of Life s Problems Buddy Read KDitCtAoLPBR with my dear wife Ange, and the poor IAA souls who have fallen into our deathly KD Surprise Reread Trap KSRT Original rating 5 stars Rating after xxxxxx rereads there aren t enough stars in the sky That s the Combined Magical and Miraculous Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels Effect CMaMIAKDE And the moral of this particular rererereread is I want soup Bye now view spoiler hide spoiler