Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic…When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s gu...

Details Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)

TitleMagic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
Release DateApr 1st, 2007
Number of pages260 pages
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires, Magic, Romance

Reviews Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)

  • Wendy Darling
    3.5 stars10 Reasons to Love Kate Daniels:1. She doesn't take any crap from anyone.2. She's sarcastic and occasionally rude and always hilarious. Who else would greet a snarly Beast Lord with "Here, kitty, kitty...?"3. She knows all the rules of diplomacy when dealing with shapeshifters, vampires, and other supernaturals.4. She knows how to break all those rules and commands respect in spite of it.5. She admits when she makes mistakes.6. She's com...
  • Kat Kennedy
    Ever ventured out into the world of dating and discovered that it was disproportionately populated with assholes? Did you ever look around and say, "Where the hell are all these assholes coming from?"Well, if Curran turned your oven on then the answer is possibly: You!Yes, that's right. Assholes who have the common traits of narcissism, marchiavellianism and pyscopathy according to recent studies, score more with the ladies. It's called the Dark ...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    Don't be fooled by the awful cover, this is the best UF series out there. Seriously, if you aren't already familiar with Kate, do iiiiiiiiiit.This is my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E series. And that's kind of a big deal. For example, if you asked me what my second favorite series was, I'd have to give you a top 5 list. BUT. KATE DANIELS is unquestionably my #1 favorite. I'm rereading the series, b/c the new book is out next Tuesday, and I think this is my fif...
  • Katerina
    “These were unsafe times. But then in safer times, I'd be a woman without a job. The safe-tech world had little use for a magic-touting mercenary like me.” Welcome to a world where magic and technology fight to gain the upper hand. Where necromancers control vampires and every nightmarish mythical creature turns out to be real, eager to devour human flesh.Welcome to Atlanta. The story “My name is Kate Daniels. Greg Feldman was my legal g...
  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    About twelve years ago, there was a little girl named Danielle who read a book called Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton, and was seduced into the dark, enchanting world of urban fantasy. She went on to read more urban fantasy than she could shake a stick at. Over the years, she lost touch with Anita Blake, and mourned the loss of a tough-as-nails, kickass, urban fantasy heroine to join for exciting, dangerous, and magical adventures. Recent...
  • Lola Reviewer
    Curran, where have you been all my life?Because he simply stole my heart from the very beginning. And I’m usually not even into shapeshifters!Must be due to his sense of humour, handsomeness and, of course, alpha personality and status. His Majesty Curran, The chosen Lord of Free Beasts, Requests your presence at the meeting of his Pack At 22:00 of this night. Damn you, lucky Kate. I wish I could pay him a visit myself. “Oh, it's you," Cur...
  • Anne
    This was a really dry book. I!So, I originally read this (at the prompting of my BFF) back in 2010, and was so underwhelmed it took me 4 years to pick up the second book. And, no I didn't bother doing a re-read of book 1 beforehand. I was simply so sick and tired of all my friends telling me what a great series I was missing out on, that I just snatched up 2 and dove in.I fully expected to hate it.However, Magic Burns was fantastic, an...
  • Tatiana
    I've read enough urban fantasy to know that the genre is extremely formulaic, just like, let's say, the genre of historical romance. Basically, you are aware of what exactly you are going to get from the get-go. The difficulty here is to find a series whose standard mix of ass-kicking heroine/amusing cast of secondary characters/lore/mystery/paranormal hunk that suits your personal preferences. Unfortunately, I will have to put "Magic Bites" into...
  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    ❣ KD is the Cure to All of Life's Problems Buddy Read (KDitCtAoLPBR™) with my dear wife Ange, and the poor souls who have fallen into our deathly KD Surprise Reread Trap (KSRT™) ❣➽ Last reread: April 27, 2016.✎ Original rating: 5 stars✎ Rating after xxxxxx rereads: 10 stars. Up up up the rating goes.» And the moral of this particular rererereread is : one tiny little KD fix and all is right in the world again. Bye now.[Original rev...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
    Honestly? I don't know why I kept reading past chapter 2, but I did. It could have been the astounding number of high reviews from my friends, but nah, it usually doesn't influence me. Or, perhaps it could have been a 'yay! Vacations!' effect, or maybe I'm not a quitter - *bursts of laughing* Nah, it must be the book. When I consider all the reasons that should have convinced me to stop reading, I'm almost awed, actually. Well, kind of. But books...
  • Jo ★The Book Sloth★
    Okay, okay... I admit the book was good and I was terribly wrong for not reading it sooner! All my fears were misplaced!!Possible Spoilers coming up “He finished the bandage and was examining it critically."You know those things are unreliable." His voice held just a touch of reproach.“Eleven out of twelve work fine. I’d say that’s better chances than getting an orgasm with a blind date and women still try.” Kate is brilliant! A little...
  • Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    3 Here-kitty-kitty Stars There is an inherent issue with having an Urban Fantasy novel that is only 260 pages long, in my opinion. And that issue is that there is far too much world information that has be introduced to the reader to avoid falling into the dreaded Info Dump territory; Magic Bites stumbles into that territory a little too much for my liking. I don’t know that I have ever said I wished that an UF novel was longer, but in this cas...
  • julio
    ...and then you read a book by a pro, and you're all: fuuuuuuuuuck.s'not perfect.acute symptoms of firstbookinaseriesitis.but lemme just fanboi about the writing for a minute, ok?propulsive plotting: one thing leads naturally to another. the solution to one problem creates another. the solution to that creates yet another.the false-denoument was a nice touch, but a little too early—a quick glance at my reading progress made it easy to dismiss t...
  • Jilly
    I reread this one with the girls at the Ilona Andrews Addicts group. And, strangely, I was slightly disappointed. Why? Well, I know this world and Kate so well now that I expected a magical wonderland when I read it again. But, there were problems that I didn't remember.Problem 1: WorldbuildingThere were info-dumps galore. Pages and pages of them. But, we are never actually given a reason why the world changed from what we know now to a magic-inf...
  • Lora
    Actual rating: 3.5 starsWell . . . damn. This didn't turn out as I'd planned. While reading this I kept thinking to myself, Just go with three stars, almost everyone else you know has. The series will get better as it goes, just as everyone says, then you can rave and give them four. Although there were plenty things that bothered me about this, there were still more things that I liked. In fact, I would say that this surpassed my expectations.Bu...
  • Maggie
    Magic could not be measured and explained in scientific terms, for magic grew through destroying the very natural principles that made science as people knew it possible. Originally, I wasn't going to write a review for this. I'm not the biggest fan of writing long reviews or just necessary reviews with explained detail no matter how long or short it is when it comes to a long series. I always tend to lack writing the review and explaining a lot...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Kate Daniels Buddy Read/Reread starts April 27 with the gang at Ilona Andrews Addicts (IAA)Let the fun and games begin, Yes it is still only a 3.5 star read but I really enjoyed it all over again. There is a little plotting issue that is fuzzy but overall great start to one of my favorite UF series. Only beaten just slightly by books 1-5 of Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series.3.5 Stars Re-read 25Jun2014 before the release of Magic BreaksI forgot th...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    4.5 stars “What kind of woman greets the Beast Lord with 'here, kitty, kitty'?” The best kind of woman! To say I enjoyed this book was a serious understatement. But I get ahead of myself.Kate Daniels is a mercenary who cleans up paranormal messes. When she gets news that her mentor, and last connection to any family she has, is murdered, Kate takes on the case. She is thrown into the world of Shapeshifters, Vampires and the People, and mus...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    Oh, well. What do they say? About damn time.3.5"The day I needed an escort was the day I'd turn my saber over to someone who knew what to do with it."I promise I'll be short and straight to the point, but, first, an applause to me, because I have finally joined the hype. Yay!And now, let's see what we have.•Magic Bites is, glaringly, a book with an introductory function. I would be perfectly fine with this if the purpose of being introductory w...
  • Anzu The Great Destroyer
    Five reasons why owning a Beast Lord would kick ass1. Getting dinner has never been this easy. I always have a hard time finding a good place to order my food from. Order, yes, since I’m too lazy to go out sometimes. Having a Beast Lord with me could save the day. Think of eating some yum roast whenever you want. You just say “Hey Curran, don’t you feel like eating some rabbit?” and he just goes and gets it for you. Freshest rabbit out th...
  • Evgeny
    Buddy read with Armina, Eilonwy, and Asya. By the time this book was published, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series was already well-known with quite a lot of writers trying to copy it with the various degree of success. I am willing to bet any money Kate Daniels was inspired by Dresden Files, directly or indirectly. For this reason I will compare these two.Here we have a female protagonist Kate Daniels who happened to be a mercenary who makes her...
  • Maria V. Snyder
    I really enjoyed this book! I was worried when I first started because I'm not a big fan of urban fantasy because the main protagonist - usually a kick-ass, stubborn, lone-wolf type annoys me because they're just too hard-core and push everybody away. But the main protagonist in this book, Kate Daniels wasn't as hard-core - she was capable and intelligent and did have a bit of that stubborn, "I can do this myself" attitude, but it didn't annoy me...
  • Navessa
    I'd been putting this book off for a while because a lot of people compared Kate to Anita Blake and I didn't think I could handle dealing with another emotionally crippled main character, even if she was a bad ass. While I agree that there are a lot of similarities between the two (ass kickery, gross amounts of natural magical talent, smart aleckness) I was pleasantly surprised that Kate didn't come with Anita's pitfalls. Yes there was some boo-h...
  • Glass
    What a great start of the series! I needed a break from all romance an new adult novels I've been reading lately, and Kate Daniels series was a perfect choice. What's the biggest reason why I liked it so much?1. Strong and opinionated main female character who doesn't need alpha male to save her ass.2. There is no instant love story. Actually, there is no love story at all. 3. Magic Bites can be described as paranormal mystery. Imagine Hercule Po...
  • Angie
    I tossed Magic Bites into the my last Amazon order, mostly because of the Patricia Briggs quotes on both front and back covers as well as several positive blog reviews I'd read. The most fascinating thing about this book is that the author's name, Ilona Andrews, is actually a combination of Ilona and Andrew Gordon's first names. They are the husband and wife team who create the Kate Daniels books. That is to say, together they come up with the ...
  • Sophia Triad
    Magic and technology. The world created in this book is so complex that it is hard to explain it or even just describe it. There is one thing to remember: Magic beats Technology. It is always a winner.I loved the book. It helped the fact that it is full of many hateful, but also many beloved monsters. And I know how to appreciate a good twisted monster LOLKate is a kickass heroine. She knows how to use her sword better than she knows how to walk ...
  • Heather
    Brace yourselves, this review is a bit long winded. I devoured Magic Bites, but I’m still unsure of how I feel about it as a whole, and it's nearly impossible to describe.What I liked:The heroine. Kate has a dry humor, she can even be a bit of a smart ass, but she knows when to hold her tongue and she doesn’t push too hard or too far. She’s an ass kicking, sword welding badass and yet, she is remarkably down to earth. She has an astounding ...
  • ♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
    1-st read July 20142-nd read May 2016I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time. The world building is a bit hard to get into, but spectacular. This book is unique. Unlike anything I've read before. This book (and all the series) is bullshit FREE, and THAT IS AMAZING!I love Kate. Not only in this book, but in every book. She is so tough and very capable. And funny. I gave him my best cryptic smile. He did not fall down to his feet, kiss my sho...
  • Brad
    Honestly, as long as I'm just focusing on the Urban Fantasy Romance angle of the tale, it's fine, but when it comes right down to all the weres and the types of vamps, it's all pretty much old hat. So What's really good about the series? The character development. So far it's a pretty solid introduction and the meet-cute is pretty funny. Our MC is kind of a mess with her magic and her sword, but that's okay when the big bad kitty decides he likes...