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Magic Rises Viral Book starsOkay before everyone freaks out let me explain something here My modus operandi for reading books I m really looking forward to is to go into them bl

Magic Rises Viral Book 2.5 starsOkay, before everyone freaks out, let me explain something here. My modus operandi for reading books I’m really looking forward to is to go into them blind. I don’t read reviews, I ignore status updates from friends, and sometimes, I don’t even read the book blurb. So that’s what I did going into this. I ignored everyone and everything. Don’t do that. You need to prepare yourself. There’s a lot of fucking drama in this book. For me, too much drama. I spent over two hundred pages feeling like this:I already have rage issues (as some of you know), so you can understand how it could be…upsetting to be that mad for nearly two thirds of a book. One of the reasons I love this series so much is because it’s stayed away from the kind of relationship-based angst that leads to my epic bitch fits. I can get that crap anywhere and pretty much everywhere else and so these books had become a sort of safe harbor for me. Not so much with this one.Aside from the drama-llamas, I had other issues, but I won’t go into them until the book has been out for a few weeks as I don’t want to spoil anything. I will say this, there were plot inconsistencies, there were actions and behaviors that were so out of character that they were hard for me to swallow and in the end, everything was too quickly and neatly tied up with a bow. Deus ex machina, people. I’m not sure if it was all the rage I’d endured or my annoyance at the way things seemed to resolve themselves but by the admittedly epic climax I wasn’t as emotionally invested as I should have been. There’s a scene I’m pretty sure I should have cried at but I didn’t because by that point I was almost…indifferent.I still love Ilona Andrews. This is still one of my favorite series of all time. I have infinite faith in them to continue to deliver but for the reasons I listed above, this book is just not one of my favorites. This review can also be found at The Book Eaters.. Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems Kate Daniels will fight to solve them no matter the cost.Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to itsAtlanta is a city plagued by magical problems Kate Daniels will fight to solve them no matter the cost.Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there s little available in Atlanta.Kate can t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even painful The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute and they ll pay him in medicine With the young people s survival and the Pack s future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer but they have little doubt that they re heading straight into a trap. Popular Books Magic Rises August 2016 re-read: God, I love this book. The tension in it is delicious - even excepting the thing that I hate. Because there are plenty of things that I love. And Kate is amazing, as always.October 2015 re-read: I loved this book just as much as the first time I read it. And though I said, in my original review, to read it without any spoilers, I would amend that now. Just this one: Curran is an ass. And the emotional turmoil that Kate gets put through in this book is devastating. She's kicked when she's down more than once, and at different points in the book I wanted to kill so many people for making her hurt so badly. I understand (especially on a re-read - though I guessed the first time through) why it was happening, but it doesn't make it any less painful.That being said, this book is so taut with tension and we meet some fantastic new characters. It broke my heart more than once, and I sighed with relief when it was done. This is - by far - the most difficult, emotionally, book in the series. It's also one of the best.20 July 2014: $1.99 on KindleSeriously - this whole series is on sale. I love it so much. HIGHLY recommended. The next book comes out in a little over a week. Review:I highly, highly recommend avoiding all spoilers for this book. Read it fresh. I promise there aren't spoilers in my review below. The spoiler tags just note stream-of-consciousness thoughts I had.., If you don't want to know anything other than I loved it - Read no further. Fair warning ;)Once upon a time, I'd never read anything by Ilona Andrews. I lived in the dark, badgered by my good friend (thank you Kat!!) constantly as she tried to get me to pick up Magic Bites. I don't even remember what my problem was – why I didn't pick up this book as soon as I knew about it. I think I thought it just wasn't for me. If I wasn't so very wrong that would be funny.Then, one day, I was looking at my beautiful bookshelf full of books I needed to read and Magic Bites called out louder than the rest. I picked it up, laid down on my bed, and turned to the first page. I sat at a table in my shadowy kitchen, staring down a bottle of Boone's Farm Hard Lemonade, when a magic fluctuation hit... Several hours later I surfaced to the real world again; reluctant to leave behind Kate, Derek, Curran, and even Saiman. Luckily, the next three books were out and I immediately downloaded them, and any novellas I could find, to my Kindle. And ordered them in paper to be shipped to me... The next several days were spent in a magic-induced reading high from this series. Immediately upon finishing Magic Bleeds I started the series from the beginning. Diving back into this world, spending time with the characters I couldn't yet let go of, and eagerly, (view spoiler)[impatiently (hide spoiler)], awaited Magic Slays.I'm here to say, the magic definitely isn't waning on this series. Ilona Andrews continues to be one of the best in the Urban Fantasy genre. They've proved time and again they have excellent world–building skills as they show us an Atlanta ravaged by the effects of magic and technology fluctuating, and Kate's struggles through it. Relationships are complex and nuanced; the slow build of Kate and Curran's relationship is just one of the things that makes them my favorite literary couple, ever. So when, Jenny was kind enough to send me her ARC to read I was ecstatic! (view spoiler)[I may have jumped and skipped and floated back to the house after getting the package, and squealed when I opened it. (hide spoiler)] I immediately cracked it open and started reading. I recommend flipping to the end and starting with An Ill-Advised Rescue (if you haven't already read it on their website) which is a fully-contained short story that relates to the beginning of Magic Rises; also, it's just more awesome times with Kate.In Magic Rises Ilona Andrews takes everything a step further – expanding the world over the Black Sea, and pushing these characters I've come to love so much to the very edge of their abilities to endure. This book was an emotional roller-coaster for me. I was up, I was down; I cried, I laughed, I screamed, I cheered. My heart broke, and was put back together.If I had the ability to jump into the pages of this book and kick some people's asses, I would have. I wanted to kill some characters. Slap others upside the head; hug and comfort if possible. It's not an exaggeration to say this book will put you through the emotional wringer. Not only are Kate and Curran fighting for the medicine to save the shapeshifter children from going loup – emotional enough in and of itself – Ilona Andrews puts everything on the line, shaking it up and pulling us through the other side. I won't say a lot about the main story line, except to say that it blew me away. I wasn't sure how I was going to stay interested outside of Atlanta – dealing with packs I'd never heard of and didn't know. Lucky for me, and for Kate and Curran, a contingent from the Pack traveled with them. The help and support was very much needed, and I enjoyed seeing how Kate's begun to integrate from her solitary existence to being an alpha, the alpha female of the Pack. She went from working alone, having no friends, no lovers, no one she trusted to relying on others, being emotionally involved in others survival, and doing everything she can to help those under her care – no matter the cost.The cost has the potential to be very high in Magic Rises. Even knowing they're walking into a trap, Kate and Curran don't begin to contemplate the possibilities of how dangerous this deal is. To their lives, yes, but also to everything they hold dear. Their relationship is tested, hard, in this book. And I can easily say that I wanted to kick Curran's ass more than once. I was devastated for Kate, I felt her pain and I hated to see her hurt. There are shocks and twists, plots and schemes, danger and kick-ass fights. There are also quiet moments full of love and friendship. You may finish this book unable to look at some characters the way you did before starting, or find others mean more than you expected – I know I did. The plot, which I worried about when I first started, moved along nicely with a lot of action – there was one fight scene that had my fanning myself, it was so hot. As always, there's plenty of witty banter between Kate and everyone. Even while my heart was being torn out, slowly, they still had the ability to make me laugh.Magic Rises is right up there with Magic Strikes for my favorite book in this series, and catapulted the Kate Daniels series to my favorite ever (view spoiler)[past the Fevers – yes, I know, I was shocked too (hide spoiler)]! It's a fantastic addition to the series, the world, and the genre. Magic Rises is a game-changer, shaking everything up and showing yet again that Ilona Andrews are the best. I read late into the night, staying up until I finished it – at 1AM. Sleep wasn't important to me, and I'll lay money on you not thinking so either. If you're waiting for this book as impatiently as I was, you won't be disappointed. If you haven't started this series – are you in for a treat. Go! Grab Magic Bites and dive in! You can thank me later.Previous thoughts: Amazing.Simply Amazing.This is one of the two best books in the series to date! Review to come closer to release day.ETA: Also, I think this book catapulted this series to my favorite series. Ever. Period.

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    Ilona 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.

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  • 2.5 starsOkay, before everyone freaks out, let me explain something here My modus operandi for reading books I m really looking forward to is to go into them blind I don t read reviews, I ignore status updates from friends, and sometimes, I don t even read the book blurb So that s what I did going into this I ignored everyone and everything Don t do that You need to prepare yourself There s a lot of fucking drama in this book For me, too much drama I spent over two hundred pages feeling like thi [...]


  • August 2016 re read God, I love this book The tension in it is delicious even excepting the thing that I hate Because there are plenty of things that I love And Kate is amazing, as always.October 2015 re read I loved this book just as much as the first time I read it And though I said, in my original review, to read it without any spoilers, I would amend that now Just this one Curran is an ass And the emotional turmoil that Kate gets put through in this book is devastating She s kicked when she [...]


  • 2.5 stars SpoilersNot impressed I ve never given an Ilona Andrews book less than 3 stars before but there was just too much WTFery in Magic Rises to rate it any higher I loved all the earlier Kate Daniels books, they had the right balance of plot, action, romance and humour Sadly, Magic Rises was a complete mess.Random thoughts What s what Pack kids go loup, need medicine, loads of melodrama, Kate Curran offered medicine and in exchange must protect pregnant shifter Desendra , Kate and gang trav [...]


  • 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 Last rererereread July 2016 Previous rating 12 stars New rating no longer counting It s useless And the moral of this particular rererereread is damn I LOVE this book I actually think I LOVE it than I do Magic Strikes That s right I love this than I do the Midnight Games And flying palaces And the Scarlet Star AND HOT TUBS [...]


  • 3.5 starsFirst of all, it s still amazing to me how the Andrews can reduce you to tears over peripheral characters with just a few sentences.One minute you re fine, then the next you re, Well, that sucks, and then your face gets warm, your eyes get hot, and before you even know what s happened, you re blubberingS Blubbering.Why are you blubbering B c a mother gets down on the floor to sing her child, who will than likely have to be killed b c she s gone rabid, a lullaby, barely able to choke ou [...]


  • 3.5 Kate Daniels was exactly what I needed to get through my reading slump It helped me 1 year ago when I binged read the first 5 volumes in the series and I have the feeling it helped now as well I needed fast paced, engaging adventure to absorb me completely and compel me to open the kindle whenever I got the chance Kate is my favorite UF heroine, smart, witty, kick ass and funny I enjoyed that the setting in this volume shifts to Europe, exactly to Georgia, a country I do not know too much I [...]


  • Is it too early to post this Probably But it was so damn good Here is the review Ilona Andrews is the gold standard for urban fantasy This book made me laugh and it made me ache It kept me glued to the page And after six installments, Kate Daniels is every bit as engaging as ever maybe even so.You get to a point in almost every series where the gang takes a road trip and this is that book All of the core characters are there Kate, Curran, Derek Andrea, Rafael, and even Saiman So I didn t feel l [...]


  • This is an extra story from Magic Rises , which did not exactly fit to the action of the novel Thus, it was added to the end of it Saiman gets kidnapped, so Kate and Derek run to his rescue As a result, Saiman will own a favor to the pack.It really does not add much to the series, but it is definitely great to see Kate in action And to listen to her smart mouth driving people crazy.Merged review Far far away, somewhere in Europe, two of the biggest European Packs are in turmoil A wolf princess, [...]



  • 3rd read.I never get enough.Kate Daniels Buddy Read Reread with the gang at Ilona Andrews Addicts IAA before the release of Magic ShiftsI loved this all over again The emotional development of Kate Currans relationship, Saiman as an ally, Hugh as an Enemy and all the side character that are so rich with their own personalities that always shine through I eat it all up and want This is one of my favorite series of all time and that stays true even on the 3rd read through 2nd read Re read before [...]


  • First Read October 2014 Five StarsSecond Read July 2015 Five StarsI m keeping my original rating and still think this is my favorite after the third book Hugh steals the show in this one and is such an awesome and sexy villain The angst with Curran and Kate seemed unnecessary, but it didn t overpower the story Thankfully, there was plenty going on and that wasn t focused on too much This one really has a lot of fantastic scenes and dialogue I just love it Re read with Ilona Andrews Addicts group [...]


  • First read July 2014, rating 4 starsSecond read May 2016, rating 3 starsI m having such a hard time reviewing this book Maybe the hardest.I m so sorry I have to lower my rating, but this book didn t make me feel good at all This reread made me dislike Curran than I already did Some things are just unacceptable Review contains spoilers and it is not recommended to Curran s fans If you think he s the ultimate Alpha male and perfect for Kate, please do not proceed reading this Since this is my sec [...]


  • Ah, this one got me in the gut Not short of misunderstandings between lovers, the gang goes to the old world and rubs elbows with a really old clan and can I really, in my heart, decide who s to blame with the fallout between Curran and Kate At least we know those two love each other, even if the pressure s on for greater alliances, Panacea shipments, love rivalries, get in the way.And then there s the totally gratifying reveals about Kate s past Yummy.And I know it s kinda a cheat to keep sayi [...]


  • Good heavens, most of the reviews GR shows on the first page are so full of fangirl squeeing that I can t read for the gifs and shouting fonts It makes me want to hate the book out of naturally iconoclastic tendencies However, as the Andrews continue to write a first rate urban fantasy series, I am unable to indulge although I confess I did not reach squee worthy heights.The briefest of synopsis Curran and Consort are invited to Europe to protect a pregnant were involved in a major dispute betwe [...]


  • Disclaimer I received this book as an eARC from the author.Holy shit That s my reaction to this book in a good way This entire book is full of spoilers, which makes reviewing it a little difficult Kate is very Kate Curran is very Curran At some points I was hoping Kate would punch Curran straight in the face Sadly, that never happened It was really interesting to see a large chunk of the group in a new setting It was enough people that sometimes I had to think about who was who, but overall it w [...]


  • 5 IwanttomakeoutwithKate starsGunmetal Magic made me a little bit afraid to continue reading this series I liked Andrea as Kate s sidekick and I was looking forward to reading her story, but unfortunately, it ended up as weakest book so far Magic Rises started slow and I needed some time to get into the story, but it was worth it Sixth book redeemed Gunmetal Magic plot development, characters, world building absolutely flawless Yes, I was so mad at Curran, I wanted to smack his smug lion nose an [...]


  • I was reading a few older Ilona Andrews blog posts tonight yes, that s my idea of a good time on a Wendnesday night and I came across one where they were talking about how a fan almost fainted when she saw them and how it wasn t a big deal At first, I snickered to myselfbut then I thought, what would I do if I saw IA I WOULD TOTALLY FUCKING FAINT And then, while I was lying all broken and pathetic on the floor, they would crouch down to see if I was okay And THEN I would rear up like fucking Fre [...]


  • After no less than 26 agonizing months, Magic Rises, the long awaited sixth installment in the Kate Daniels series is finally here Breaths are being held, bets are being placed, hearts are beating faster all over the world Fans of the series are both numerous and ridiculously loyal, but will they be disappointed, whether they voice it or not Honestly, I d have to judge that on a case by case basis Early reactions have been very enthusiastic Most reviewers have nothing but high praise to share, a [...]


  • Re read at Ilona Andrews AddictsI had one huge issue with this book Kate and Curran continued to refuse behaving like grown ups and just talk to each other about things.They both had major trust issues with each other she didn t trust him enough not to instantly replace her with the next best conniving idiot who throws herself at him yes, yes, I know there was to Lorelei than this, but still , and he didn t trust her enough to tell her the truth about view spoiler something her life depended on [...]


  • Buddy read with Armina, Eilonwy, Asya, and Monty Cupcake.Curran is made an offer he cannot refuse To do so would be to give up his title of Beast Lord of Atlanta shapeshifters It is obvious from the very beginning the offer is a trap, but the only option for him is to walk straight into it And so the company of Atlanta shapeshifter heavyweights and Kate head to a Caucasian village for a glorified bodyguard job Their main goal is to survive I really like this book It firmly belongs to the categor [...]


  • WARNING This review contains a large dose of fan girl squealing a little bit of gushing not in that way you perv and is weighed down completely by boulders of crazy fan bias Enjoy Magic Rises brings us to the sixth book in the Kate Daniels series and the gang have decided to take a little road trip to Europe Okay, so decided isn t precisely the right word to use forced would be a accurate description The European packs have something that Kate and Curran desperately need, a medicine that drasti [...]


  • 3.5 stars Another good installment in the Kate Daniels series, and a nice visit back to see some characters that I ve missed A little too much drama between Kate and Curran for my liking, but a strong story Moving on to the next


  • This was one of those books that pisses you off so badly, but the writing and the story, the continual world building and characterization, the developing personalities of everyone involved simply can t be ignored Even though I was floored at a certain someone Ahem, Curran , I can t help but be amazed This is a world I love to live in, and that s what Ilona Andrews doesey make you LIVE this book Fantastic writing, simply fantastic.In this installment, Kate and Curran are prompted to go to Europe [...]


  • 4.5 s Kate and Curran are offered a deal to arbitrate a dispute between some European shifters in exchange for panacea They know they are walking into a trap but they really have no choice The medicine helps shifter children from going loup What started out as your usual Kate kicks ss and takes no prisoners soon evolved into an emotional slugfest I wasn t sure that my heart could take it And this is where I had to knock off a half star It just didn t ring true to me I understand how Kate took it [...]


  • Reviewed for Fresh FictionIlona Andrews has penned the best book in the Kate Daniels series to date with MAGIC RISES Mercenary, Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran aka the Beast Lord are faced with a crisis that is taking the lives of the Pack s beloved shapeshifting children Their small bodies are unable to control their beast sides, resulting in tragic deaths They learn that there is a medicine that can help them However, it lies heavily guarded in the European packs far away from their home In [...]


  • Mild spoilers, which are conveniently hidden in spoiler tags, ahead This was a bumpy ride A ridiculously fun yet painful ride Let me start by saying that I m pretty much crazy about Ilona Andrews books Kate Daniels is between my most favorite series ever I m not exaggerating, it really is I ve been waiting for this book, like all of you guys, I m sure, for about a year Some of my friends got the ARC a month before the release I hated them Still kind of do I ve been avoiding in order not to get M [...]


  • First Re read 7 20 14My original review below was written in the wee hours of the morning, immediately after a marathon session of reading this book as soon as it had landed on my kindle I was in a sleep deprived and I can admit it in a somewhat emotionally unstable state of mind Haha, and as proof of how sleep deprived I was when I wrote it, I see that instead of panacea, I had called it pancetta Lol, I m not gonna edit my review to correct that, cuz it totally just made me laugh So dumb Anyway [...]


  • Color me surprised This book went up to the first place along with Magic Strikes They are by far my favorite in the series Okay, not all that far since I love them all Major Spoilers, Proceed With Care.What an emotional and action packed ride this book proved to be I d read a few reviews that talked about all the relationship drama between Kate and Curran and that made me reluctant to read it I was afraid that I would hate it and then I ll feel sorry that one favorite series went down the drain [...]


  • I will not read the next Kate Daniels book description nor will I read any reviews Those completely ruined this book for me These are just some of my thoughts about the book I don t plan to write a review The following are not exactly spoilers since I am not writing about the actual events, but still be warned Since I sometimes rate the books I ve read by how they made me feel, this would be less than one star The characters, the world and the story deserve the highest rating, although it is deb [...]


  • I won t do spoilers I ll just be so annoyingly vague to the point you who haven t read the book will feel stupid which you should for not reading the book.Alicia W Brewster Before I get into my FANGIRL FRENZY Let s do a moment of silence for someone dear to my heart who passed away in this book The person who passed away brought such great entertainment to the stories, and was one of the most unique characters in the urban fantasy genre You will be missed I loved this book Was it the best in the [...]


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