Review: Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

December 23, 2014     Danielle Romero     5 Stars, reviews

Review: Magic Strikes by Ilona AndrewsMagic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #3
Also in this series: Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Bleeds, Magic Slays
Also by this author: Burn for Me, Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Bleeds, Magic Slays, Magic Binds, White Hot, Wildfire
Published by Penguin on 2009
Genres: Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 310
Format: Paperback
When magic strikes and Atlanta goes to pieces, it's a job for Kate Daniels… 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…

my thoughtsWhile the second book in this series did intrigue me and keep me pretty entertained I jumped into this book because I needed more of that sexual tension between Kate and Curran. I even tried to take a break from this series and read an adult romance book and I couldn’t do it. No characters were going to do it for me other than Kate and Curran. What can I say I have a thing for Curran. He may become one of my top book boyfriends soon!

This book was amazing! There review done….

This book was right up my alley because I loved the storyline within this one. I highly enjoy fighting in my books and the idea that Kate and the gang were going to have to get into a ring to fight for their lives was fascinating to me because for some reason I wanted to see how each one of the shapeshifters would fight and I wanted to see if Kate would use magic or not. I loved that this book had even more of the shapeshifters in it because I find them all fascinating and each one of them has a huge personality that shines on the page. I also can’t help but love that Kate was once again trying to defy Curran in this one. I enjoyed the exchanges they had throughout the entire book. Each moment was a moment to soak up and re-read as soon as the entire scene was done. I can’t tell you how many times I re-read their scenes in this novel. They took their witty banter to a whole new level in this novel and each moment was memorable and intense.

All of the side characters just added to the tension because they had to explain to Kate what Curran was doing and what it means in their culture. The entire time I was just ready for Curran to get ahold of Kate and to not let her slip away this time. I enjoyed the softer side to his personality in this one and the fact that he was still the Beast Lord which meant he still expected to be obeyed. I also will mention how much I loved the Hot Tub scene in this book. I have to say that Andrews is certainly building the sexual tension in this book and I really hope that in the fourth book that Kate and Curran can figure out their relationship and be with each other. The tension is unbearable at this point and I’m dying for them to be with one another.

Overall, this one had the fighting scenes I wanted from this particular plotline and I also was so enthralled with Kate and Curran’s romance or lack of one. I also will say this was the book that had the most humor in it. I was constantly laughing while reading it and it made me feel like the characters had finally grown to be who they always should have been. I can’t wait for the next book.

5 coffee cups


about the authorIlona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. “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.