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Read from January 13 to 14, 2015
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: I am sucked in y'all! SUCKED IN! Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews had me on the edge of seat, laughing out loud, and fanning myself (often all 3 within a matter of 30 minutes). How can you not love a world and characters that make you feel like that multiple times during a story. So far each book has been better than the last!
Narrated By Renée Raudman / Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
Renee ROCKED IT! <----enough said!
Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! reviews
Note: I would have said more about this book but everything is so spoilery. Like I was pretty sure I was going to cry if a certain someone bit it. I also had to laugh when at the end a certain someone was clueless. Also all the quips! The dressing down. ANDREA (no seriously she is one of my favorite characters of all time). So lots to say but just don't want to ruin it! Just listen to it if you haven't already. Relisten if you have cause you know you want too!
This is my favorite book of the series. I have listened to it over 5 times. It has everything in it, action, adventure, comedy and a little romance. I literally was laughing out loud to multiple parts. Highly recommended.
I enjoy the series very much! However, I feel very disappointed by a narrator's lack of respect for Russian language. There are maybe 10 words in the whole book relating to Russian folklore, since Kate has Russian ancestors. Every one of them is pronounce in such bad way, I can’t even recognize the words. I actually feel insulted. I realized, it is silly to have such strong emotions, due to the genre of the book… But at the same time, I expect a little of homework and a due diligence from a professional.
Great narration. I like to list this first as it can make or break a story.
Loved this story. Easy listerning and very entertaining. Will be impatiently waiting for any new books in audio from this author.
I really enjoy it when readers with similar reading interests list their favourite authors and series. It really helps me find new authors too follow. Mine are Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter, Molly Harper, Ilona Andrews, Kresley Cole, Deborah Harkness, Nalini Singh, Coreene Callahan and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
My name is Irene and I'm a lifelong bookaholic. A few years ago, I started adding audiobooks and I'm so happy I joined Audible in 2015 :-))
Love this series, and this installment. Intro Dali Harimau & Roland's henchman, Hugh. Derek lives through a life changing event. Jim wigs out. Raphael makes his intentions clearer to Andrea, & she figures out Kate's BIG SECRET. Curran makes his intentions clearer to Kate. Raudman is truly the voice of this series.
There is a strong likelihood that this review is really going to sound more like gushing than anything else. I am okay with that and hope you are as well. I am a HUGE fan of this series and have been for since I found the series in early 2012. I read the first 5 books within a couple of weeks and can't wait for the next book to be released every year. This is a series that I will most likely re-read often because it is just so good and a lot of fun to revisit.
This was a re-read for me and I actually remembered more of the basic story that I would have guessed. I mean I can't usually remember why I walked into a room these days so remembering the detailed plot of a book that I read in 3 days over 4.5 years ago is an achievement. I actually think that I liked this book a little more on this re-read because I know exactly where the characters are in their lives after 9 books and taking a peek into their past is just a lot of fun.
I really, really liked the first 2 books in the series but this is the book that really turned me into a dedicated fan. After finishing the book for the second time, I understand why this book grabbed me like it did the first time. There is a lot going on in this story and many of my favorite characters play a large part of the story. It is amazing how many future events in the series are foreshadowed in this book.
This book is packed with excitement. There is a bit of mystery to solve. A whole lot of intense action scenes. There are some tense moments regarding the health of one of my favorite characters. Seriously, did you hear what happened to Derek? No?...well you will have to read the book to find out. There is Curran. And a hot tub.....need I say more? The chemistry between Kate and Curran in this book is off the charts. I have read a lot of romantic scenes over the years and only rarely is an author able to capture chemistry in such a way that I can feel my toes curl but this series does it perfectly with this pair.
I really liked the narration in this audiobook. I thought that Renee Raudman did a fabulous job with this book. This is a complete turnaround for me. I had some problems with the narration in the first two books and yes, this is the same narrator. In the first book, I didn't care for the voice used for Curran. In the second book, I really couldn't stand the voices used for Julie. Julie wasn't in this book too much but I wasn't ever bothered by her voice this time around. And Curran - I actually like the voice for him quite a lot in this book. It seems that I really just needed to adjust to the narrator's interpretation of this awesome world.
I cannot recommend this series enough to fans of urban fiction. This is the third book in the series and I feel like this is a series that really does need to be read in order. They are all wonderful books so you will be doing yourself a favor by starting at the beginning anyway. I am ready to jump into a re-read of the next audiobook in the series right away.
I love the series and the characters but this book was the least interesting to me. Maybe it was due to the lack of action, as there there seemed to be too many preparations leading to the main events at the end. Or maybe it was the developments of the relation between Kate and Curran which verged from romantic to unconvincing, and cheesy. I prefer more action, less romance. Btw, Saiman's character shows an interesting revelation!
But I am still planning to continue the series, to see how this whole story develops.