Monday, September 30, 2013

Review: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Title: Magic Bites
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels series book 1
Genre: Urban fantasy (Vampires, Weres, Witches), Mythology

Kate Daniels is a Guild mercenary, who cleans up magical problems, with her magic and blade, Slayer. She tries to keep a low profile by doing some simple work for the Guild to pay the bills. However, everything changes when she found out that her guardian died. Kate would do anything to kill the person responsible for killing her only family, even partnering with the Order, which she swore never to do. 

She went to Atlanta to investigate and finds herself stuck in a power struggle between the People, who are vampire controlling, business-minded, necromancers, and the Pack, who are a group of military-like shapeshifter. It seems that this mission is way harder than what Kate thought, getting her into situations that she, herself, might not be able to live through. 

I was super excited to read this book because of the high ratings it got in Goodreads and I wasn't disappointed. It is full of adrenaline pumping fights and cute hot guys <3.

Kate Daniels isn't your average witch. She could break your neck or gut you with her sword, killing you in 2 seconds flat. She lives in a dangerous world where electricity fails due to magic overload, vampires could drain you dry, shapeshifter could tear you to pieces, worms could regenerate endlessly, and words could kill instantly. She is super smart, sarcastic, and fearless. She is your perfect heroine. What I love about Kate is that she is super kick-ass. She won't go down without a fight no matter what. Though, the funny part about this book is that, considering she is a witch, she doesn't really do that much magic. It's fine by me because she could hold herself just fine. I'm just weirded out by the idea.


On to the, hot macho hero, Curran. I think he is the hero; I still couldn't grasp the main guy because there is just full of hot guys in this book. Well, back to Curran. Curran is a shapeshifter that turns to a lion and is the Lord of the Beasts. He keeps a tight rein on his Pack and enforces as much of his bravado to keep himself at the top. Every pack member has a policy that the Pack always comes first, which Curran is also subjected to. I think this is going to be a big issue in his future relationship with Kate, if there is going to be one. He didn't really show that much of his hero side yet. He's still somewhat distant to Kate but you could seriously see the attraction. Though a bit arrogant, he is still a great hero.

This book didn't really reveal much about Kate's true nature, making you want more. The whole book revolved around the case of her guardian, Greg, and some introductions on her world. There were really no secrets or back stories, like what happened to Kate's father, what is Curran's past, etc. I think this is the trick that author is using to rein in her readers and I'm one of the people she currently has a leash on :). She keeps you wanting more. Though the book was a bit too short for my taste, I love every page. I do hope that the author could step-up more and make her book more adrenaline pumping and captivating.

I can't wait to read the next book. :)
PS: I hate the other covers of the book and I think this is the only nice one.

Rating: 4/5

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