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Giveaway Winner Announced – Gunmetal Magic

Gunmetal Magic Illona Andrew Cover Andrea Nash Kate DanielsHi everyone! As usual, I want to thank all of you for participating, but now we have a winner. If you posted in the comment section of the announcement thread, you were entered for a chance (or multiple chances for those following the blog multiple ways) to win. And the winner is:

Crystal Watson-Andresakis

Please check your email, Crystal! Hope you enjoy! Thank you everyone for the continued support and I look forward to the next giveaway, which I plan to announce…TOMORROW! Yes, I’m in a very giving mood. Stay tuned!


Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels World #1) – All About Awesome Andrea

Gunmetal Magic Illona Andrew Cover Andrea Nash Kate DanielsNo Kate Daniels review of mine is complete without a quote, so let’s kick it off with my favorite:

“We’re engaged to be engaged,” Rebecca said. “We’re waiting until the end of the physical year to officially announce.”
“You mean fiscal year?” Dear God, she was a moron.
“Yes, that’s what I meant.”

The Andrews clan has yet to let me down.  I really enjoyed Andrea’s short story, Magic Mourns, in the Must Love Hellhounds anthology.  So I was really looking forward to her solo novel.  As an added bonus, they even throw in the final version of the Magic Gifts novella.  This book was a gift that kept on giving.

Andrea is down and out after being ousted by her old job. To make matters worse she goes through a nasty breakup with Raphael, and just for good measure she’s still being pressured to join the Bouda clan.  This threatens her lone hyena status which she likes just fine. She’s trying to keep herself occupied by running her and Kate’s start up investigation firm, Cutting Edge.  Keeping her distance to avoid Raphael and his new main squeeze was initially going well, but unfortunately (or is it?) that becomes impossible as a string of murders ties his business into the thick of things. No, he’s not the culprit, but the two must work together to solve the grisly crime. And sparks will fly…

This book offers everything you want in a Kate Daniels read.  I laughed quite a bit, I cringed at some of the action and crime scenes, and I even found myself frustrated at times with the complicated relationship of Andrea and Raphael.  Their banter is extremely entertaining, but I definitely found myself wanting to smack sense into both of them.  So many of their issues could be solved easily through real communication, but hard heads make for soft bottoms.

I liked the addition of Ascanio, though it may have been a little formulaic. He felt like Andrea’s Julie or Derek, but I like how the youth are incorporated and have interesting story lines.  I find that I genuinely care about these characters because they are forced to grow up really fast, but they still possess threads of innocence and naivete.

The villains have interesting powers, but I wasn’t quite as enthralled with the characters themselves. I was more interested in the lasting effects their powers could potentially have throughout  the rest of the series. This felt more contained, but do hope it carries over to other novels.

Overall I thought it was a necessary novel to explore Andrea’s character and her journey of self-acceptance while she puts her life on the line for the ones she loves. Though frustrating, Andrea is a fantastically layered character which can sometimes be a challenge for writers (which is why the most interesting characters are side characters), but the Andrews handled giving her the spotlight very well.

If you love Kate Daniels novels, I can’t imagine you’ll want to miss this. Kate and Curran do make cameo appearances here and there as well. It is worth the read.

*Copy provided by publisher


Giveaway Tyme! Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels World #1) by Ilona Andrews

Gunmetal Magic Illona Andrew Cover Andrea Nash Kate Daniels

Though I’m not quite finished reading it yet, I felt like that shouldn’t delay me from sharing the wealth with you guys! It’s a bloody fantastic book and I’m super excited to be giving this away.  Many of you know the drill, but in case you don’t:

I am collecting entries through Saturday, August 18th. I will announce the winners the next day.

How to Enter (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY): My giveaways are only open to followers of Your Urban Fantasy who are 18 years of age or older. In order to enter YOU MUST COMMENT ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT POST! If you’re a new member, sign up on the right panel to follow my blog via email and/or Twitter. (Make sure you check your email to confirm your subscription. You should receive a notification immediately, so check your spam folder if you don’t see it right away). Current followers can just say so in their post and your entry will be added. Overall, there are up to 3 chances to win:

  1. Follow this blog via email (THIS IS REQUIRED)
  2. Follow me on Twitter (bonus entry)
  3. “Like” Your Urban Fantasy on Facebook (bonus entry)

While I do appreciate RSS subscribers, I cannot confirm your status as a follower so your entry will not count (sorry!); however, you are welcome to sign up by email and Twitter or Facebook. Good luck!


Kate Daniels Book 6 anyone?

Keeping their promise for Kate beating Terrible in a recent poll for the better Alpha character (as if there was ever any doubt), the Andrews clan is giving us Chapter 1 of Book 6.  It’s literally hot off the press:

http://www.ilona-andrews.com/snippet-writing/bribes-i-pay-them

We are so luck that they are so awesome. Still waiting anxiously for my ARC of Gunmetal Magic myself…


Win a Gunmetal Magic ARC by Ilona Andrews

Gunmetal Magic Illona Andrew Cover Andrea Nash Kate DanielsI debated with myself about whether or not I should the word (because the smaller the pool the greater my chances, right?), but I decided to look out for my peeps because you guys rock.  So yeah, if you want a chance to win the book then check out the Ilona Andrews Blog:

http://www.ilona-andrews.com/give-away/win-an-advance-review-copy-of-gunmetal-magic/comment-page-7#comment-70880

And if one of you wins, you HAVE to tell me! I’m entered so I’ve got my fingers crossed.  Good luck everybody!


Mercy Thompson Graphic Novel: Moon Called Vol. 2 – Eye candy extraordinaire

moon called volume 2, patrcia briggsIt took me a little while to get around to reading the second and final volume for the Moon Called graphic novel.  What with no bookstores nearby, I wasn’t totally sure if I wanted to pay for a comic that I couldn’t see.  The first volume was beautifully illustrated, but I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy the story.  For me the Mercy Thompson series definitely suffers from FBS (first book syndrome), but seeing the story illustrated mitigated the experience immensely.

Volume 2 picks up directly after Volume 1. Adam’s daughter, Jesse, has been kidnapped and Mercy tries to help track her down.  She has to enlist help from her vampire friend, Stefan, whose camarilla may have information on where to find her.  She has to manage this on top of figuring out whose been experimenting on weres. Facing a lot of danger, Mercy has to work with vampires, werewolves and faeries while she tests her own boundaries to see where she fits into it all.

The comments from my first review remain steady when it comes to the artwork. If anything I think it’s even better than the first volume.  The story is the weakest part of this entry, but I can’t say if it’s because I was never really interested when it came to the written novels or if it was because it’s difficult to grasp the whole story when you’re limited to speech bubbles.  Sometimes it was hard to follow and I noticed a couple of continuity issues from frame to frame.  Even still, the art exceeded my expectations when it comes to this series.  I have a new way to imagine the characters.  I was really happy to see Stefan this time around and he has a significant presence. I feel like the illustrator probably liked drawing him. He’s quite the looker!  I like Mercy and Adam together, but I honestly wouldn’t have minded seeing her with Stefan in the books, and the graphic novel only makes it worse now, haha!

So all in all, I do recommend this if only to admire the beautiful illustrations, but you will definitely need Volume 1 as a companion to know everything that’s happened.

 

 


Gunmetal Magic by Illona Andrews – Cover Reveal

Gunmetal Magic Illona Andrew Cover Andrea Nash Kate Daniels

http://www.ilona-andrews.com/writing/cover-reveal-gunmetal-magic

 

I gotta say I really like it! Looks like Andrea is ready to kick butt and take names! I’ve always liked her character so I’m really looking forward to this release.  Not that I don’t love Kate and Curran as well of course.

 


Magic Strikes Hot Tub Scene (Curran’s POV)…and 1 more hour until the Kim Harrison and Patricia Briggs Streaming!

Yeah, so if you didn’t know, now you know (and you SHOULD know that it’ll be R-rated-ish):

http://www.ilona-andrews.com/snippet-writing/magic-strikes-hot-tub-pov

Nice short. I always appreciate reading Curran’s side of things. Above all, I really appreciate that the Andrews team doesn’t allow their series to be brought down by gratuitous sex scenes.  The plot really does remain at the forefront.

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And yeah, if anybody will be around in an hour, I hope you can tune into the stream and chat! I’m really looking forward to what we’ll be hearing about Rachel and Mercy.

https://vampirenovelfan.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/the-hollows-rachel-morgan-digest-news-and-spoiler-answers-revealed

 


Magic Gifts – there’s Naked Curran…’nuff said

Ilona Andrews - Magic Gifts - Kate Daniels - Andrea Nash - CurranSo now that I have your attention…

There IS naked Curran, but there’s always more to say when it comes to a Kate Daniels story. I initially didn’t even read the synopsis because Kate gets an insta-click. The cover is really cool, making me wonder if covers for future novels are in for a style change.

This story takes place after Magic Slays (Book 5) and runs simultaneously with Andrea’s upcoming novel, Gunmetal Magic. Kate and Curran just can’t seem to catch a break as their dinner date goes horribly wrong. I swear this is probably the most quotable series. Kate sums it up perfectly:

“Best date ever. Well, until people died and vampires showed up. But before that it was awesome.”

It turns out the source of the trouble is a magical necklace that kills whoever wears it. The first victim was a navigator. The second potential victim is her kid brother. Well, he will be unless Kate and Curran can figure out how to get it off without killing him. This of course segues into a fast-paced, action heavy adventure for our favorite duo.

It’s fun to see Kate and Curran working as a team. They bicker, but you know the love is there. Aside from that, there are plenty of laughs along the way, a couple of sad moments, and one HUGE development! I was expecting all filler, but there is a major spoiler within this story, making me want to read Gunmetal Magic ASAP.  While Magic Gifts is a novella, it is very substantive, resulting in a satisfying Kate Daniels fix for me. I’m up for Kate and Curran anytime, but I’m a fan of Andrea too so I’m really looking forward to reading her novel.

This story was a wonderful surprise and holiday treat from the Andrews team, so I’m just another fan expressing my thanks!


The Shadow Reader – I definitely plan to keep up with this one

The Shadow Reader McKenzie Lewis Sandy WilliamsSandy Williams creates and nice array of characters in this new series. We’re taken into the world of McKenzie Lewis, a college student trying to live a normal life and finally earn her degree.  Unfortunately, that is proving impossible due to her rare gift.  While human, she has the ability to see and track fae–otherworldly beings from the Realm.  Her gift has made her an asset for 10 years in a civil war between the species, while also alienating her from her family.

Kyol, a fae and sword master to the king, has been a close companion to her, protecting her while she helps them locate enemy rebels.  But that all changes when she ends up kidnapped by the enemy…or are they?

A great deal of the book is spent with McKenzie trying to escape from the rebels, however as she learns about their ways it appears that she may not have been playing for the right side.

I quite enjoyed this book for a first installment.  We’re introduced to two potential love-interests:  Kyol, her companion for the past 10 years, and Aren, leader of the rebels.  A lot of time is spent on this subject and normally I don’t enjoy love triangles, but I found myself okay with this one, especially because she does make a decision by the end.  Since this is only the first book I don’t think it’s over, but I am hopeful that there won’t be too much back and forth that plagues so many other series. I’d rather have more focus on plot, action, and interesting dialogue than to  have her indecisive for a million and one silly reasons.

The book is in first person present which has been a growing trend these days.  If you don’t read this style often it may be a bit of an adjustment, but I’ve grown used to it so it no longer bothers me.  I almost didn’t even notice.

I think it would have liked a bit more description of the Realm.  Some series are fantastic and immersing you in other worlds (Wayfinder, a duology I recently read with a similar style is a good example), but here I felt like it was more character focused.

There’s a good balance of action and downtime which is great for the pace and keeps the story from becoming too boring or too overbearing.  I just know I don’t envy McKenzie for all of the things that happen to her.

I definitely recommend this, but since the series is just beginning you may be like me and wish for it to have a few books under its belt first.  Ongoing series tend to have cliffhangers and those usually drive me nuts when I get invested enough in a series, but I just couldn’t resist picking this one up since so many seemed to be enjoying it.  Maybe you will too.


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