Book: Magic Bites, #1 of 14
Series: Kate Daniels
Author: llona Andrews
Publisher and Publication Date: Penguin Publishing Company, 3/27/2007
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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 Review in a Nutshell:
A world, more specifically, our world- Earth, where magic isn’t hidden!? Instantly intrigued. And almost instantly let down. This series was supposed to be the beez neez! I ran to the bookstore and skipped the whole way home. Not only did I skip the whole way home, my best friend did as well. Magic Bites was going to be the first series we read together. So imagine our disappointment and lengthy discussion on giving up half way through. Which we did, we gave up. I’m still ashamed.
I want to start off with an apology to all of the Kate Daniels fans. I tried, I really did. Maybe one day I will try again. The reason for my disliking of this book is simple. Too much imagery, too much filler! At times I completely tuned out while Kate Daniels was explaining in thorough detail, what plush carpet looked like. When carpets were not being discussed, I was completely lost, as well as my BFF, so I’m fairly positive this wasn’t due to me being an idiot.
I will say, you cannot judge a book by its cover, and you cannot judge a series by one book. I have a difficult time critiquing a book I did not finish. It would be extremely unfair to the author and the fans of Kate Daniels. If you agree or disagree, explain why in the comments, I am always open minded to giving a book a second chance, especially when I have a little ‘push’ from fellow readers!