Review: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

December 10, 2014     Danielle Romero     4stars, reviews

Review: Magic Bites by Ilona AndrewsMagic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #1
Also in this series: Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, Magic Slays
Also by this author: Burn for Me, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, Magic Slays, Magic Binds, White Hot, Wildfire
Published by Penguin on 2012-12-31
Genres: Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews invites you to experience the first novel in the “intriguing world” (Locus) of Kate Daniels with this special edition of Magic Bites...Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up 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. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t want it any other way… This special edition includes in-depth information about the world of Kate Daniels, with descriptions of its characters and factions. Explore Kate’s Atlanta like never before with answers to FAQ and a quiz to find your place there. And don’t miss the prequel story “A Questionable Client,” as well as scenes of events in Magic Bites from Curran’s point of view.

my thoughts

So many bloggers have raved about this series over the years and I finally gave in. I have owned this book for a few years but kept myself from reading it because I read a lot of series and I wanted to finish some before I dove into this new world. Even though I still am in the middle of plenty of series this one was calling to me.

As soon as this one starts it throws you into the world which I found a little confusing. There were just words like Guild, merc, the Order, the People, etc that were thrown around at first without having a lot of meaning to them. Plus I found it to be confusing how the world could shift between tech and magic. I mean it is an interesting concept but since I was just thrown into the world it didn’t make much sense to me at first. As you keep reading you start to get the hang of this version of Atlanta that Kate lives in and it starts to become exciting. There is a mystery attached to the plot and that pushes you to read more and more of this story. Trust me it became a little addicting because I wanted to know who killed the Knight-diviner and what secrets Kate’s world holds.

Not only will the plot grab your attention but there is one male who will certainly catch your eye. Curran is certainly a man I need in my reading life because he is the perfect Alpha male. Curran is the Lord of Beasts and ladies you will need a fan in order to handle him because he is everything we crave in an Alpha male. He is strong, fierce, intelligent, funny, and charming in a dark way. What really kept my romance seeking heart happy in this book were the witty conversations between him and Kate. They are both so fierce and neither of them will cave in to the other and this sexual tension does light up the page. While there was no sexual scenes between the two of them in this book I have a feeling they will light up the pages together at a certain point in this series because that much sexual tension can not hold out forever. I will admit that sometimes I would speed through certain scenes just to get to another scene that contained these two.

Overall, I really liked Kate and Curran and the whole gang of side characters. I enjoyed the witty moments and the sexual tension. While the world building was confusing in this book I’m certain the next book will feel better and explain more of the world to me. I guess my one grip about this book was the fact that the author tends to go on rants when she describes her world. Andrews gets so detailed as to tell us why a certain street is called that. It becomes a little boring but that is my only grip.

4 coffee cups

about the authorIlona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.