Thursday, 15 August 2013

Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews

Isa's Review:

Entertaining as always but there were things I usually just brush off but this time there were one too many.

Every single book in this series recaps all the major events that happened in the other ones. I don’t think many readers would decide to start reading a series on book #6, so I don’t really see the point of this. It’s repetitive and it starts to grate on the readers who do follow the series. I swear, if I have to read about how Derek was disfigured one more time…

There were some inconsistencies, Kate is 26 when this book starts… and she was 26 back in book #1. Has it really been less than a year? I don’t know, so I guess it could be…

What couldn’t be is Doolittle’s name, in book #5 it was George:

AUNT B: “Shush. George, will you keep me standing here all day?”

And in book #6:

AUNT B: Nonsense, Darrien.” Aunt B crouched by him. “Of course you can. Kate will heal you.

Well, which is it?

I also didn’t get why Kate was so upset at the possibility of her future kids going loup – she is immune to lyc-V. Julie, who has mere traces of her blood, is now also immune to lyc-V. Doesn’t it follow that her kids would be immune as well? 

Didn’t care much for the relationship drama between Kate and Curran, one thing I like about this series is that it always steered clear of that cliché.

But these are minor complaints! The plot was engaging and addictive, as it always is, and the characters were delightful, especially the new ones (yes, Hugh included). I honestly cannot wait to read the next one :)

Susana's Review:

It feels kind of strange giving less than four stars to a book by the team Ilona Andrews, but although i liked it, i wasn't able to love it.

The story starts strong, and it could have been stronger.... had it stayed on track!

Had it focused more on the situation that the pack went to resolve overseas, and less on romance drama i would have liked it so much more...

Look, one thing i love about Curran and Kate as a couple, it's that they're strong individually and stronger as a team...they're smart (normally), capable, intelligent people (werelion..) and they have a great dynamic and chemistry...
...SO... to "see", to read was painful!! I had a moment when i was thinking that Hugh could be perfect for Kate!!!

Argh, oh the blasphemy!! (although i guess, i should thank Heavens (also known as the creative minds behind the book), that the guy didn't appear on the first book....
*love triangle* Ugh....

So yes, this part really didn't work for me, because it just felt convoluted in a YA Drama Teen Fest kind of WAY!!

The reason behind all the drama between Kate and Curran is one of the most idiotic things i ever read....she's Kate Daniel's for crying out loud!! She slays MONSTERS!! 

Kate Daniels and YA do not combine!!

And the story didn't need it!!

As a reader, i would have been much more happier had i had more dialogues and interaction between Kate and Andrea...Andrea and Raphael...and don't even get me started on Jim and Dali!! She could at least have made an appearance...

Bottom line:
I liked it, but i didn't love it...unlike what happened with the previous ones.

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