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I had my first foray into adult urban fantasy and y’all, I quite liked it. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews is the first of a series and actually was a great book to lose my urban fantasy v-card to. It’s got plenty of elements I really like from kick ass heroine to swears to fighting to the South ahhh and magic!
For real, I am ALL for kick ass leading ladies and Kate Daniels brings it in spades. With a taste for Boone’s Farm alcohol and a trusty magical sword named Slayer, Kate lives in Atlanta, Georgia working as a mercenary. However, her Atlanta is not the same as current day ATL. You see, ATL alternates between periods when magic is up and technology doesn’t work and periods when technology is up and magic doesn’t work. An assortment of paranormal creatures such as vampires and shape shifters are out of the closet so to speak and coexist with humans.
When Kate’s guardian Greg, a mage, is brutally murdered it is is up to Kate to solve the case because she doesn’t totally trust The Order Of The Knights Of Merciful Aid to figure it out. When her investigation turns up murders of Pack members and murders of the People (shapeshifter and vampire respectively) – she draws the eye of both and stumbles upon something much larger than her case.
Friends, this book, Magic Bites, is totally bitchin’. There are epic fights all over the place. There are hints at a romance that I am pretty sure will be slow burning and actually developed logically. Kate, herself, has a total attitude that I love. She is very much the get it done and take no prisoners type.
Seriously, I could not ask for a better book to venture into a whole new genre with. I hardly felt like a fish out of water while reading Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. Plus, y’all it keeps me rejuvenated in my life as a voracious reader to switch it up every once in awhile. I highly recommend this book if you are looking to switch it up from your usual YA read.
Disclosure: Purchased copy.
Other reviews of Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews:
Bunbury In The Stacks – “The urban fantasy world created by Andrews is, for lack of a better term, awesome.”
One More Page – “This is a very solid debut from Ilona Andrews.”
A Jane Of All Reads – “THIS BOOK IS FANTABULOUSNESS! Yeah, buddy.”
The Allure Of Books – “Kate Daniels is a flippin’ awesome heroine.”