Donna Reads: Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews

My interest in the Kate Daniels books has seriously waned. I mostly skimmed through this one. I got so sick of the secondary character, Saiman I wanted to scream. When part of Kate’s “family” showed up, I began to skim. I flipped through and read bits here and there until the final battle scene. I didn’t miss anything by skipping major portions. Kate’s treatment by the Pack was disappointing. I believe I’m done with this series. I wanted to get to the romance, but it isn’t worth the wait. I hate the main character so I have come to the conclusion that these books are not for me. Usually bad characters develop and grow on you as a series progresses. She hasn’t, and I don’t feel she ever will.

Donna Reads: Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) by Ilona Andrews

Kate and gladiators and torture. This was a harder one for me to read. There’s an illegal, underground, fight to the death gladiator tournament going on. Kate’s young shapeshifter friend, Derek gets mixed up with a girl he wants to rescue. Her captors are a bunch of sadistic freaks who can’t be stopped, and they want to eliminate all shapeshifters. Of course they work for the ultimate bad guy, Roland and they bring Kate much closer to being discovered. Of course Kate and her shapeshifter friends go behind Curran, the Beast Lord’s back and meet the freaks in the tournament.

I didn’t like how Curran was kept out of the loop for three quarters of the book. I kept looking for him to show up and save the day like he always does. There’s a reason why he’s in charge. He saves Kate’s ass time and time again. In this one at the end of the big battle scene, she finally does the saving. Then she gets carried off, half dead, and he has to save her yet again.

Her character is developing and growing, but it’s in infinitesimal amounts. I love the writing; I really don’t like Kate.

Donna Reads: Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels finds herself in another life threatening situation. This one was a crazy mix of shapeshifters, the undead, witches, gods and goddesses. In trying to help a young girl find her witch mother, Kate almost gets killed again. Kate gets saved by the pack again. But Kate doesn’t need anyone but herself.

Two books in, and I’ve grown weary of Kate’s independence. I know other readers love her because she’s kickass and strong. I find her ridiculous. She’s overpowered so easily many times. A smart mouth and fast moves doesn’t make you admirable. It usually makes you a target. In many ways she’s quite stupid. I still don’t like Kate.

I admire the writing here because the pages of these books fly by. I don’t always care for the graphic and gory details, but I skim those and don’t lose any of the story. I do like the slow attraction building between Kate and Curran. I’ll keep reading because I want to see her admit she needs someone else, and I want to hear her come clean with him on all of the details of her past.

Donna Reads: Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels is a mercenary. She goes wherever she’s asked, no matter how dangerous, for money. She kills bad things for the bounty. When her guardian is killed, she decides to investigate his murder on her own. 

This is a book I’ve had on my Kindle for some time, but I haven’t read it. I had to be in the mood to pick it up. It’s a little dark and twisted with vampires, shapeshifters, necromancers, and mercenaries. It’s also a little violent and gory although it’s easy to skim through the goriest parts. 

I didn’t like the lack of backstory. Although this is the first book in a long series, the writers chose to just dive right in. There’s no detail, no history, and no explanation. I felt at times like I was missing something. They’d refer to a past event like we should be familiar with it. I kept wondering if I’d picked up the second book by mistake. I am assuming that more will be explained as the series progresses, but the lost feeling was annoying for me and spoiled some of my enjoyment of the story. 

Overall, I liked the writing enough to keep reading. It made me want to see what happens next. I’m not wild about Kate. I don’t care for her leap before you look attitude. Her lone wolf style would get her killed pretty quickly. I’m intrigued by the shapeshifters and the upcoming romance. That’s enough to keep me reading.