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Book Review: Magic Bites


Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Published by: Ace, April 2007
Pages: 260
Serie: Kate Daniels #1
Status: Read on December 1, 2015

35 stars

Goodreads Summary:
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic…

One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.

In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight.

But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy…

My Thoughts:

Another  book that took me too long to finish. Except that I actually like this book :). Two friends of mine love this series, so they said I should absolutely read it. They have probably read the whole series about 7 times each.

I think what felt most refreshing was that this book feels like you’re reading a YA-book, but without the 15-year old who meets the love of her life.

I liked the main character, a sarcastic 25-year old who does not take crap from anyone, knows the rules (and when to break them) and can admit her mistakes.

” It’s a reflex. Hear a bell, get food. See an undead, throw a knife. Same thing, really. ”
– Kate

The reason this book does not have a higher rating is because of the beginning. You get no explanation to how this world works, how its magic works or how the different creatures work. You know there is magic and then suddenly there is not. It took me way too long to understand how everything in this world worked, which is probably why I did not like this book immediately.

But now I like it, so I will definitely read the rest of the series! (or at least the second one…)

Curran turned to me. “Take one of mine again and I’ll kill you.” He said it in a conversational manner, matter-of-fact and flat, but in his eyes I could see a simple certainty. If he had to, he would kill me. He would not lose any sleep over it. He would not give it a second thought. He would do it and move on, untroubled by ending my existence.

It scared the shit out of me, so I laughed in his face.
– Kate

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