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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!
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Kate finds herself in the middle of pack business when Derek is tragically hurt. Jim tries to protect the pack behind Curran’s back and there has been a murder. Kate once again puts herself in danger for her friends, as she demands vengeance and tries to protect Curran and his pack. The plot was action-packed as we find ourselves in the middle of the Midnight Games. The games feature a gladiator type arena where shifters and other supernatural creatures compete. The stakes are high and the betting is of the chart. It is also a place that Curran has strictly forbidden any pack involvement with the games. I found myself standing still in the middle of my chores totally caught up in the tale and holding my breath.
Andrews keeps the action at full throttle even as she continues to develop Kate. I loved the softer sides of our snarky heroine. Andrews gives her wings and allows her to fly. It is so impressive. Curran continues to make me swoon. He is a fearless alpha, quick to temper and cocky as hell, but we see his softer side as well. The interactions between him and Kate are positively delightful. I find myself giggling at their banter. His mannerisms and her inner banter are things of pure joy.
Andrews weaved in a little Hindu and some Greek and Norse mythology, which I found fascinating. I love that the tale is grounded more in shifter history with the magic woven into it. We learn more about Kate’s reasons for burning her blood and what she is. Dark, gritty, bloody and heart stopping at times Magic Strikes was perfectly balanced with humor, friendship and snark. The ending was perfect and had me giggling.
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 have to admit that I struggled with the first book but only because I had just come off of Pamela Palmer's Feral Warriors series which had me hook, line and sinker. I liked the plot of the first book but it did not quite engage me as other similar books had done. I listened to the first book and liked it enough to continue with book #2. The second one was better and I became more engaged with the characters and I enjoyed how the story unfolds a little bit of information with each book. Then I bought book #3 and all I can say is that Magic Strikes, struck me with a profound impact. I never imagined how engaging this story would be and how riveting the final battle would be...and oh the ending...let's just say I won't ruin this story for you...but it is so worth your time. If you are like me and wasn't quite sure if this series is worth your money/credits, let me assure you it is money well spent!
Yes. I already have.
The narrator was easy to listen to, but I think she got a little over-dramatic in some places.
There was a lot of fighting in this one so be prepared for a lot of blood and gore.
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The more books I read in this series the better it gets. With the first book it was only okay to me but it was good enough to try the next book. The second book I enjoyed immensely and was glad I gave this series another shot. Now with this book I'm hooked and can't wait to find out what is going to happen next. There were a few small sections when Kate would flashback to memories that would be a little disjointed and I ended up confused. Partially because I didn't always realize it was a memory and I would be wondering where did the story go. I love how Curran leaves you will a big grin on your face at the end of each book. Narrator is good, she has the sound of dry humor down.
There's a wry humour throughout these stories that makes me laugh out loud - and the narrator catches it perfectly. I don't review books often but I'm really enjoying these! The stories are interesting, the characters are well developed and there are always little surprises. For instance I really enjoyed the letter at the very end of the book…..
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.
In some ways, Magic Strikes represents a major turning point in the overall plot of the series. The characters and over-arching plot points introduced in the first 2 installments of the series begin to coalesce into something more substantial in this 3rd book. Character's choose there sides, take their stands and show their true colors. For some, the consequences are devastating... This installment is a sentimental favorite (though I would have a hard time identifying any of the books in the series as a clear best). We really begin to see what some of these characters are made of. The author shows us what some of our favorite characters are really made of and starts to give us clear indications of where the series is going.