by Ilona Andrews
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Reading Grade: Adult
Publication Date: December 4, 2011
Source: gift from Lan @ The Write Obsession
Age Rating: 17+
Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta's magic circles.
The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate's guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league—but she wouldn't have it any other way.
First, I'd like to say thank you to Lan @ The Write Obsession for giving me this book, although I feel bad because I didn't like it as much as I wish I had. But, I do appreciate that she thought I might like it.
- Plot: There wasn't much of one for most of it. Magic Bites was made up of Kate Daniels' daily activities, which was boring until about halfway. Things, then, did get more interesting and it lead to a climactic battle scene with Kate's guardian's killer. She was looking for this killer throughout the novel, and it was a surprise who the real killer was. But, I would have liked to have seen her normal work life at the beginning because you don't get to see what she actually does for a living. Just saying she was a mercenary over and over again didn't help me to understand that.
- Characters: I wish I could have liked these main characters but I couldn't. Kate had a major chip on her shoulder and tried too hard to act tough, which might make sense given her profession, but she seemed fake to me. I like characters that come off genuine and, for me, she hardly had a genuine moment during the entire novel. Curran was my least favorite character, hovering between treating Kate worse than garbage and acting like a decent guy towards her. Guess he couldn't make up his mind. I found him foul-mouthed, rude and border-line abusive. He could be excused for being a werelion, but I have so little tolerance for behavior like that, no matter what. Surprisingly, I really liked Dr. Crest of all people. He was a classy guy and made the story better during his scenes, although he didn't have much overall significance.
- Writing: The writing was very good, made up of mostly short sentences that make the reading move quickly. It was very effective for this type of story.
- Storytelling: I think because I wanted so much to see Kate doing her regular mercenary job, but never got to, I'd have to say the storytelling was not fabulous. Things got a lot better in the second half, but it was too little, too late for me. The humor was occasionally good, but I found it underdone for my tastes. The world-building was extremely well-done, but my gripe with it was only that it was confusing. I never could wrap my brain around how magic was affecting everyone's daily lives, and what all the guilds were, plus how all the shapechangers were classified. I could not figure out how Kate fit into this world that was created for her.
- Overall Quality: I'll give it pretty decent marks for quality. It lacked a lot of things I wished it had had, and had too much of what I wished it had not had, but still was a competent story. A lot of people love it and that has to count for something.
- Favorite Moment/Scene: The scene where Dr. Crest went to Kate's apartment just after she had fought with and killed a nasty vampire, and she was very badly wounded in the abdomen. He was a nice guy and helped her out, being particularly well-suited, since he was a surgeon by trade. I felt that Kate actually showed a smidgeon of genuine-ness and vulnerability because of him.
- My Score: 3 out of 5 stars.Buy this title from AMAZON