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Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (3 stars)

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Ever since reading (and loving) Anne Bishop's Written in Red, I've been looking for similar urban fantasy series with interesting worlds, fun characters and a limited amount of romance. After seeing a few readers gushing about Kate Daniels, I decided to give Magic Bites a try. And it was pretty good. :)

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #1
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Published on April 1, 2007
Published by Ace
Final Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis:
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.

Review:
Kate Daniels is a financially unstable mercenary with a mouth. The mouth is the bigger problem. It can be entertaining, but Kate does not know when to shut up. I couldn't help thinking "this girl is asking to get murdered" several times, but she managed to stay out of "too stupid to live" territory. Just. ;) On the downside, Kate has an overabundance of special-ness going on, but on the bright side, she still regularly gets beat up and hurt. No all powerful Super Saiyans here. :)

I was a little wary about the romance factor going in. I think this is technically urban fantasy, not paranormal romance, so the focus should remain on the plot; but I'm still new to this genre, so I had no idea. Thankfully, they resolved the main "romantic interest" in this book to my satisfaction. I thought his appearances were some of the weaker scenes. The interactions with the Beast Lord are fun because they breed both conflict and humor...but we'll see where that goes. I can see it either working really well or really badly. (He's a little on the bossy/aggressive/violent side.)

The world is interesting enough, and I like this take on vampires. No sparkles. I approve.

While Kate's first-person narration gets to be a little too much at times, overall I enjoyed the story and would be willing to pick up Book 2. And if that goes well, I can binge-read the next seven or eight. :)


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10 comments :

  1. Interesting. I don't think I've ever ready any urban fantasy novels before. I've always loved the castle/princess YA books. I should try getting out of my comfort zone more.

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    1. That's essentially why I picked up Written in Red. I've been trying to find more "adult" books, especially series, for when YA goes through a dry spell and doesn't have anything I like, and just to find more authors whose work I like.

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  2. I hadn't heard of this one before. I'm not sure I know what the difference is between urban fantasy and paranormal. I've heard the term, but is urban fantasy a newer category?

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    1. Um...I'm not sure. I think paranormal romance (PNR) is typically less plot, almost all romance, and urban fantasy is more adventure/mystery/something (not just romance). Hmm...maybe check with Tabitha and/or Anya?

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  3. *jumps in* :D Urban fantasy is when the focus is on the mystery/plot and there might not be any romance at all (Dresden Files for example) whereas paranormal romance is romance first and foremost that happens to involve paranormal beings (Twilight is a good example, though it tends to be adult and have a lot more sex).

    I'm glad you enjoyed book one! The series gets MUCH stronger as it goes on and the world is so epically awesome, so I see binging in your future *ships you all the books*

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    1. Ooh, that's good to hear! I can already see lots of fun plot possibilities for this world. Now the hard part: putting off any and all binge-reading for the next two weeks. ;)

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  4. I think I might need more romance O_O Urban fantasy is cool and all, but romance mixed in is nice! I hope you love the rest of the series, Kel!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Me too! And I hear the series develops a main love interest as it goes; it's just a slower build than a completely romance-focused book. :)

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  5. Anya is wrong haha the Dresden Files does have the occasional romance in it lol. Oh but yes romance is not the focus in urban fantasy but it is often still present. I just purchased this audio on audio this past week!

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    1. Everything seems to have some romance in it lol. Yay for romance not being the main focus! I hope you enjoy the audiobook!

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