6/100 Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

This is a fairly fast paced murder mystery with an extreme magical bent.  Andrews creates a very fascinating world.  Her world-building tends to be subtle, sort of getting the gist of things as we go along and the plot unfurls.  Honestly, this is the kind of world building that I appreciate.  While I rushed through this trying to figure out who the murderer was, I was able to get the gist of what Andrews world involves.  While some extra information about how the world became what it is in Andrews time, there are enough hints to get the shape of what happened.  I presume that if I continue reading the series I will get more background as things develop.

If you are looking for a Kick Butt female lead, Kate Daniels, that admits to her own insecurities, then this is a good book for you.  A powerful magic user loses her last connection to the past, her family, and Daniels needs to find out who killed him.  Daniels dances between shifters, necromancers that control vampires, and the governing body.  She manages to attract and piss them all off, and seems very tired doing so.

A fast paced, kick butt, novel that leaves a lot more questions than answers.  The initial mystery is solved at the end of the book, but there are a lot of questions left about Kate Daniels as well as the world in which she lives.  I really did like this book and I look forward to reading more.

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3/100 One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

one fell sweepThis is a fun, fascinating, tear-jerker of an addition to this series. Finally we get to meet some of the innkeeper’s family, and the plot line advances greatly. It is fun and fascinating to see how the different characters interact and evolve along the way. I will frankly admit *mini spoiler* I was reduced to tears near the end of the book and the entire thing ended on an cliff-hanger *end spoiler*
I am dying to read the next book in this series and really enjoyed this addition.

If you are looking for a good book that jerks on the heartstrings and gets the blood pumping with action and adventure then this is the book for you. I will add that I love how this romance progresses, it takes 3 books before the characters really admit their feelings, etc. This seems realistic as opposed to meet, fall in love, fall in bed, & marry, within a few days. I am definitely going to be exploring more of this author, as soon as I have more Audible Credits, or can find them at my local library, lol.

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34-37/100 Audio Books

Bear Meets Girl; The Mane Squeeze; Beast Behaving Badly; and Hunting Season by Shelly Laurenston.

I really enjoy these books by Shelly Laurenston, which is why I keep re-reading them.  When listening to these books on audio it becomes more difficult to skip over the explicit sex and foul language.  If either of these things offend you then do not listen to these on audio.  They really are good books, these are going back to the beginning of the series, therefore going back to some of Laurenston’s early writing.  As she furthered her career Laurenston began to focus more on the characters than the sex.  These early books set up her mythos/world and are useful to read so you know where the other books are going.


33/100 Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

Okay, so this is a re-read.  The main difference is that I listened to this book on Audible this time.  Boy what a difference listening to a book makes.  However, that change is not positive in this case.  I really enjoy the characters, the narrator is phenomenal with the Bronx and southern accents.  It really makes a difference. On the other hand, the amount of graphic sex in this book is much harder to skip over when I’m driving a car than when I’m sitting down and reading.  If you don’t mind graphic sex then this is a good listen, if that squicks you out then it is a decent read if you are willing to skip some parts.    This is the start to an amazing series, there is some graphic sex throughout but the characters are so easy to fall in love with and laugh along with I ignore the sexy times.

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28/100 Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

This was a pretty good book, well book and a half really. The initial story, the beginning of the series, is a fascinating introduction to a very interesting world. There was a little too much graphic sex once that got started but the characters were funny and easy to relate to. If you are looking for a very ‘girl power’; ‘girls unite’ mentality like in her Crow books then you will be a bit disappointed. However if you are looking for strong female characters that know what they want and work hard to get it, then this is a decent book.

My favorite part was when the main character thought that the knight and dragon were separate entities. She had to make a hard decision, Aiken didn’t skip over that decision but included that aspect of the story.
I found this to be an enjoyable read, not wonderful or compelling me to get the next book in the series but enjoyable. I plan on reading the next book in the series to see if the writing develops to the level I am used to from this author under their other pseudonym.
It is my opinion that the ‘prequel’ half story adds to the background, but really is more graphic sex than much else.

26/100 Loup Garou by Mandy M. Roth

This was barely more than a waste of time.  The premise was interesting, the characters had some potential and if time had been spent developing them this might have been an interesting book.  I can overlook some graphic sex, but when the majority of your plot line is jumping from one bout to another I get bored.  There were some interesting parts about being part-fey part-vampire; as well as childhood secrets.  There was just enough potential for me to keep reading, but I certainly cannot recommend this book unless you like a lot of sex.

22/100 A Counselor Among Wolves by Liv Olteano

I am not sure why I read this sequel to the first Leader Murders book, though I do know I will read the third.  Despite my best intentions I have become a bit attached to the characters in this series. I will admit that I like seeing the characters of the first book from a different perspective.  The main character in this book is a tortured soul that I feel bad for.  I am happy to see that the other main character seems to grow a bit in this book, it gives me some hope for the third.

If you do not mind Gay Romance with a really tough main character then this might be a good read for you.  You cannot really read this book without reading the first, it would not make any sense.  The world is rather interesting and the characters are beginning to grow so the entire plot is getting more interesting.