This was a thrilling conclusion to a major part of the Hidden Legacy story line. Nevada Baylor’s family and her interactions with them are my one of my favorite parts of this series, and it was exciting to see plot progression on that front.
For some reason, I had it stuck in my head that this was a trilogy. Once I got to about 50 pages in the book left, I panicked, sure there was no way for everything to get tied up in that short space. The epilogue made it obvious, however, that things in this world are far from over. Continue reading
This series is a prime example for one of the major rules that applies to book buying: Don’t judge a book based on its cover (or publisher).
If you’re already a fan of Ilona Andrews’ other books, there’s absolutely no reason that you won’t also enjoy this series. The romance is there to support and enhance the conflict between the two heroes, and everything is set against a backdrop of amazing urban fantasy world-building. Continue reading
Once again, Ilona Andrews delivers a fast-paced novel with unique characters and plenty of drama and humor. I’m a sucker for a wedding, and we’re quickly approaching Kate and Curran’s (finally!). But Kate’s evil overlord father has set up shop right outside Atlanta, and Kate has bigger things to worry about than dress fittings and cake flavors (but people keep thrusting these things at her, which is hysterical). Continue reading
I really try not to be one of those people who judges a book by the cover, but I don’t think there can be any argument that the cover of Burn For Me is about the most romance cover to ever be a romance cover.
I don’t care. Buy the book anyway. Continue reading
This particular collection of books by writing team Ilona Andrews is published as serial novels on their website. When I read the first book in the Innkeeper Chronicles, I was really afraid that it was going to be a meandering mess. However, I ate up the first book (Clean Sweep) and was happy to come back for more. Continue reading
Favorite story: Because I’m always thrilled to learn more about Kate’s protege, I was delighted to read “Magic Tests” in this collection. Julie shined in this story, especially because she’s not just a miniature version of Kate. She’s been influenced by all the adults in her life, and it shows in the way she handles interpersonal relationships and conflict. I also enjoyed this look into an educational institution in the world of Post-Shift Atlanta, especially because that is a world-building element often overlooked in fantasy series that are not primarily “magical school” narratives.
Story that I wish would be expanded into a novel: How do insurance claims work when magic and nonhumans walk the land? “Retribution Clause” not only featured a protagonist completely different from Kate Daniels, but an entirely new location and type of hero as well! (Gender, race, job, the works.) This was a fun story with a twisty plot, but the most exciting thing about it was everything that was new, such as its setting of Post-Shift Philadelphia. If this story is a “test pilot” to see whether readers are up for a spin-off series, count me in.
Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars.
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Currently reading: Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #1) by Jodi Taylor (63%)
MAGIC STARS by Ilona Andrews
I know that I have about a million favorite things about this series, but two of them are definitely Julie and Derek, the foster kids/proteges of the two main characters. Watching them “grow up” and come into their own skills and powers over the course of the books has been a treat, and it was delightful to read about their own mini-adventure in this novella.
I’m glad that the potential for romance is there, but currently unfulfilled due to age differences. While both of them have already had difficult lives, I’d rather see Julie have the chance to be “a kid” for a while before linking her fate to someone else. To be fair, I also totally support that Julie’s idea of being a kid means getting involved in her own shenanigans that would make Kate’s hair stand on end!
Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.
Currently reading: Absolutely nothing. Line edits to book 3 have consumed me. Feed the author warm fuzzies by checking out the 99 cent sale for book 1, Steel Victory, on Amazon!