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Review: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UNDEAD

The Good, The Bad And The Undead by Kim Harrison
Book 2 of the Rachel Morgan series

Genre: urban fantasy, chick lit

About The Good, The Bad And The Undead:

Rachel Morgan’s back, and in more trouble than ever! Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and other vampire novels won’t want to miss the second novel in Kim Harrison’s addicting–and already bestselling–supernatural series.

Former-bounty-hunter Rachel Morgan has it pretty good. She has left the corrupt Inderland Runner Service and started her own independent service. She has survived werewolves, shape-changing demons, bad-hair days, and sharing a church with her vampire roommate Ivy. She even has a cute (if human) boyfriend – what more could a witch want?

But living with a reformed vampire isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, particularly when your roommate’s very bad ex-boyfriend wants her back, and wouldn’t mind you in the process. And especially when he’s six feet of sheer supernatural seduction, and you’ve got a demon mark that makes vampires literally hotter than hell….

To save herself and Ivy, Rachel must confront the vampire master – and the dark secrets she’s hidden even from herself.

Source: Info in the About The Good, The Bad And The Undead was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30262.The_Good_the_Bad_and_the_Undead on 018/06/2011.

Review:

I had to put this book down several times for extended periods of time because I got irritated with the main protagonist. I knew from book 1 that she can be irritatingly stupid but after I put the book down for sometime I’d forget just how irritating and pick the book up again. It was like that, on and off, on and off, until I eventually finished reading it after more than two years. Maybe a more forgiving reader might find this book a quicker read than I did.

Rachel Morgan, the main protagonist, is just this side of stupid who blunders around from danger to danger and survived by sheer dumb luck. Not only does she endangers herself, but also people around her. WTF!! Character development? I think that rates really low. However, there is also Jenks. Who became my instant favourite pixie! Tends to fly around my head and sass every single character in the book! The pixie image to the right is not quiet right because his wings is suppose to be more like a dragonfly, but that pic is the best I could find. And then there’s the demon, Big Al! The wildcard character, shrouded in mystery and not quite sure yet whether he would turn out to be the biggest bad guy in the entire Rachel Morgan world, but he’s likeable to me! I hope he turns out to be not too bad… Come to think of it, everybody else in the Rachel Morgan world is well developed, even the bad guys’ characters. It’s only the main protagonist who is too stupid to live.

I really like the world building. It’s rich and vibrant. It’s painted with skillful and masterful flair. It got all the good fantasy elements, fairies, weres, witches, and vampires, yet still feel authentic. The kind of urban fantasy world which really appeals to my fantasy buff self. Despite that, I don’t think I would be buying anymore books in this series because I couldn’t stand the annoying stupidity of the main protagonist. If ever, I would borrow it from the library than waste my money.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story Telling Quality = 3.5
World Building = 5
Character Development = 2.5
Pace = 1
Plot = 2
Ending = 1.5

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 cherries

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27/08/2011 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, chicklit, Kim Harrison, magic, Rachel Morgan series, review, urban fantasy, Witch | , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Review: MAGIC SLAYS

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
Book 5 of the Kate Daniels series

Genre: adult urban fantasy

Publication Date: 31 May 2011

About Magic Slays:

Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.

So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price . . .

Source: Info in the About Magic Slays was taken from the author’s website at http://www.ilona-andrews.com/books/magic-slays/ on 24/05/2011.

Verdict: Another masterpiece!

Review:
The story telling quality is masterful! Again! But when I first started reading it, it seems that the story itself has gone just slightly stale to me. This is the fifth book in the Kate Daniels series and it seems like it’s starting to feel like “same old, same old“. However it became more engrossing again about three quarters into the book and there were a few revelations which points out to new exciting things happening in the coming books. Makes me eagerly look forward to the next book! Which begs the question, when is the next book coming out? And, how many books are slated for this series? As a reader, I am eagerly awaiting for the next Kate Daniels. Even though it started off feeling like it’s more of the same old tune, the pace was still fast seeing that I inhaled this book overnight which I attibute to this authors’ masterful story telling quality. This being book 5 in the series, I suggest that you read the previous books first as it will give a reader a better understanding of characters and events. However, for those who could not wait, I believe that this book can be read on it’s own and a reader would still understand it as there is enough background info in the book to keep a reader in the loop, but I do not recommend that. If you skip the previous books and go straight to this one, you would be selling yourself short and miss out of hours and hours of wonderful reading pleasure since the previous books of this series are all brilliant reads! And if you don’t read them in order, the subsequent books in the series have the inevitable spoilers of the previous books. My suggestion is to read this series according to it’s reading order. Visit the author’s website for more info at www.ilona-andrews.com.
CymLowell
Overall, I immensely enjoyed this book and would give it a score of 4.5 out of 5.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Thank you to Penguin for the review copy of Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews received.

27/05/2011 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, review | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Review: MAGIC SLAYS

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
Book 5 of the Kate Daniels series

Genre: adult urban fantasy

Publication Date: 31 May 2011

About Magic Slays:

Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.

So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price . . .

Source: Info in the About Magic Slays was taken from the author’s website at http://www.ilona-andrews.com/books/magic-slays/ on 24/05/2011.

Verdict: Another masterpiece!

Review:
The story telling quality is masterful! Again! But when I first started reading it, it seems that the story itself has gone just slightly stale to me. This is the fifth book in the Kate Daniels series and it seems like it’s starting to feel like “same old, same old“. However it became more engrossing again about three quarters into the book and there were a few revelations which points out to new exciting things happening in the coming books. Makes me eagerly look forward to the next book! Which begs the question, when is the next book coming out? And, how many books are slated for this series? As a reader, I am eagerly awaiting for the next Kate Daniels. Even though it started off feeling like it’s more of the same old tune, the pace was still fast seeing that I inhaled this book overnight which I attibute to this authors’ masterful story telling quality. This being book 5 in the series, I suggest that you read the previous books first as it will give a reader a better understanding of characters and events. However, for those who could not wait, I believe that this book can be read on it’s own and a reader would still understand it as there is enough background info in the book to keep a reader in the loop, but I do not recommend that. If you skip the previous books and go straight to this one, you would be selling yourself short and miss out of hours and hours of wonderful reading pleasure since the previous books of this series are all brilliant reads! And if you don’t read them in order, the subsequent books in the series have the inevitable spoilers of the previous books. My suggestion is to read this series according to it’s reading order. Visit the author’s website for more info at www.ilona-andrews.com.
CymLowell
Overall, I immensely enjoyed this book and would give it a score of 4.5 out of 5.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Thank you to Penguin for the review copy of Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews received.

27/05/2011 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, chicklit, Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels series, Penguin, review, urban fantasy | , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

WW28: DEAD WITCH WALKING

WW28
A chance to showcase your favourite!

  • First you grab our Wicked Wednesday pic.
  • Then you grab a book. Turn to page 28. Take the first sentence. And then you post it in your site with a link back to WW28.
  • Come back to Cherry Mischievous – WW28 and give us the url of your post (in a comment at a WW28 post) so that other WW28 readers can find your WW28 offering.

WW28 book offering: Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

Page 28, 1st Sentence:

“Ticked, I looked across the street to the Starbucks catering to uptown snits who needed sixty different ways to brew a bean in order to not be happy with any of them.”

About Dead Witch Walking:

Forty years ago a genetically engineered virus killed half of the world’s human population and exposed creatures of dreams and nightmares that had, until then, lived in secret alongside humanity.

Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending criminals throughout modern-day Cincinnati. She is also a witch.

Used to confronting criminal vampires, dark witches and homicidal werewolves, Rachel’s latest assignments – apprehending cable-stealing magic students and tax-evading leprechauns – have prompted her to break her thirty-year contract with the I.S. and start her own runner agency.

But no one quits the I.S.

Marked for death, Rachel is a dead witch walking unless she can appease her former employers and pay off her contract by exposing the city’s most prominent citizen as a drug lord. But making an enemy of the ambiguous Trent Kalamack proves even more deadly than leaving the I.S.

Source: Info in the About Dead Witch Walking was taken from the back of the book cover.

06/10/2010 Posted by | WW28 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WW28: MAGIC BLEEDS

WW28
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  • First you grab our Wicked Wednesday pic.
  • Then you grab a book. Turn to page 28. Take the first sentence. And then you post it in your site with a link back to WW28.
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WW28 book offering: Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Page 28, 1st Sentence:

Apparently he was a friendly kind of demonic beast.

Well? What do you make of that?

About Magic Bleeds:

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 rose.

Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.

When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.

This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…

Source: Info in the About Magic Bleeds was taken from the author’s website at http://kate.ilona-andrews.com/novels/magic-bleeds/ on 29/05/2010.

We would like to thank Penguin for the review copy of Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews received.

29/09/2010 Posted by | WW28 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: DEAD WITCH WALKING

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
Book 1 of the Rachel Morgan series

Genre: urban fantasy, chick lit

About Dead Witch Walking:

Forty years ago a genetically engineered virus killed half of the world’s human population and exposed creatures of dreams and nightmares that had, until then, lived in secret alongside humanity.

Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending criminals throughout modern-day Cincinnati. She is also a witch.

Used to confronting criminal vampires, dark witches and homicidal werewolves, Rachel’s latest assignments – apprehending cable-stealing magic students and tax-evading leprechauns – have prompted her to break her thirty-year contract with the I.S. and start her own runner agency.

But no one quits the I.S.

Marked for death, Rachel is a dead witch walking unless she can appease her former employers and pay off her contract by exposing the city’s most prominent citizen as a drug lord. But making an enemy of the ambiguous Trent Kalamack proves even more deadly than leaving the I.S.

Source: Info in the About Dead Witch Walking was taken from the back of the book cover.

Review:
This book reads like a female Harry Dresden by Jim Butcher. And just like the Dresden Files, delivers a wonderful reading pleasure!

It took a while to get into the story but I eventually did. The story telling quality while superb is not quite a masterpiece, a 4 out of 5. The story itself while not exactly an original is still quite good, another 4 out of 5. Character development is very very good! I would give it a 5 out of 5. The female protagonist is “human” enough to feel tired and defeated but still hero enough to still want to do the right thing. Makes the readers feel like, “hey I’m not perfect like that but maybe, just maybe, I could be a hero too”. I will not say how or what the ending was because that will give out spoilers, but I would rate the ending a 4.5 out of 5.

Here’s the kicker. My paperback copy is the UK edition with the ugliest cover ever!! The publisher’s UK art department so needs to be fired! Holding that yellow book in my hands is even uglier. A yellow cover for an urban fantasy book?!? In the sales & marketing grid, this cover art will get a rating of zero in a scale of 1 to 5.

I enjoyed this book and would read another Kim Harrison work again. Overall, I would give this book a 4 out of 5.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

26/09/2010 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, chicklit, Kim Harrison, magic, Rachel Morgan series, review, urban fantasy, Witch, wizard | , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

I SO WANT TO READ THIS: FORSAKEN

WISHLIST:

Forsaken: The Demon Trappers
by Jana Oliver

Publication Date: 7 January 2011

About Forsaken: The Demon Trappers:

Seventeen-year-old Riley Blackthorne wants to become
a legendary Demon Trapper just like her father.
How hard can that be?
Way hard when it comes to the Trappers.
Most of these guys don’t want a girl in their Guild,
and the others spend their time staring at her breasts.
Now the demons are calling her by name,
which isn’t good news.
Riley just needs a chance to prove herself.
Which is exactly what Hell is counting on.

Source: Info in the About Forsaken: The Demon Trappers was taken from the authors’ website at http://www.magespell.com/wordpress/ on 28/07/2010.

27/08/2010 Posted by | isowanttoreadthis, wishlist | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WW28: LEADER OF THE PACK

WW28
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  • First you grab our Wicked Wednesday pic.
  • Then you grab a book. Turn to page 28. Take the first sentence. And then you post it in your site with a link back to WW28.
  • Come back to Cherry Mischievous – WW28 and give us the url of your post (in a comment at a WW28 post) so that other WW28 readers can find your WW28 offering.

WW28 book offering: Leader Of The Pack by Karen MacInerney

Page 28, 1st Sentence:

When I opened the door, the smile died on my lips.

About Leader Of The Pack:

WILDLY INDEPENDENT, SHE’S NOT ONE FOR PACK MENTALITY.

On the outside, Sophie Garou is living every woman’s dream: she has beauty, brains, and a big-time position in Austin’s most respected accounting firm (not to mention a very sexy, very successful new boyfriend). But there’s one Sophie would rather keep under wraps: she is a werewolf.

Sophie’s life gets a little more hairy when her long-estranged father, Luc, arrives in the Live Music Capital to attend the werewolves’ annual Howl and reconnect with his daughter. But Luc’s plans fall apart after he’s accused of murder and arrested by his archrival, Wolfgang, leader of the Houston pack (and one notoriously dirty dog).

Wolfgang drools at the thought of Luc’s impending execution, but Sophie won’t let her father die without a fight. Determined to prove his innocence, she and her friends set out to find the real killer. Along the way, Sophie must deal with taboo attractions, Machiavellian intrigues, sinister agendas, and hair-raising betrayals.

Source: Info in the About Leader Of The Pack was taken from vvb32 Reads blog at http://vvb32reads.blogspot.com/2010/04/giveaway-leader-of-pack.html on 21/05/2010.

I would like to thank vvB32 Reads  for hosting the SheWolf Challenge giveaway which made it possible for me to win  Leader Of The Pack  by Karen MacInerney!!!

18/08/2010 Posted by | WW28 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: MAGIC BITES

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Book 1 of the Kate Daniels series

Genre: urban fantasy

About Magic Bites:

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic…

One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.

In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. But when

Kate’s guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy…

Source: Info in the About Magic Bites was taken from the author’s website at http://kate.ilona-andrews.com/novels/magic-bites/ on 01/08/2010.

Review:
This is the first book of the Kate Daniels story which I recently realized that I haven’t reviewed yet! So this is a retrospective review hence I’ve read this book ages ago. By now there are 4 books in the series already and it just keeps getting better! Click here to see my review of the most recent release of this series, Magic Bleeds. This review applies to all the books in the series. If I am to give a rating to the series as a whole I would give it a 5 out of 5. Is it obvious that I am an Ilona Andrews die hard fan?! 😉

Masterpiece. The story telling quality is very compelling and I would give it a 5 out of 5. The author weaves a magical world of Atlanta and make it seem all too possible. I would give the world building a 5 out of 5. The story leaves you with characters which walks around a readers’ head long after you’ve read the book that you can’t wait for the next installment to get published! I would give the character building another 5 out of 5.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

02/08/2010 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, chicklit, Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels series, magic, review, urban fantasy, vampire | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Review: MAGIC BLEEDS

Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Book 4 of the Kate Daniels series

Genre: urban fantasy, chick lit

About Magic Bleeds:

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 rose.

Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.

When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.

This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…

Source: Info in the About Magic Bleeds was taken from the author’s website at http://kate.ilona-andrews.com/novels/magic-bleeds/ on 07/06/2010.

Verdict: Another masterpiece.

Review: I am beginning to think that this husband and wife team author is another Jim Butcher! I don’t know how they do it, but, they seem to churn out masterpiece after masterpiece every time!! Story telling quality? Hell, the book grabs you by the scruff of your shirt and yanks you away to an alternate universe so seemlessly that a reader forgets the real world!! That, is what I call entertainment!! Suspension of disbelief? 5 out of 5. World building? 5 out of 5. Character development is 5 out of 5. Another masterpiece.

It didn’t escape my notice that Penguin has cheekily stamped this book with a “Great Read Guaranteed!” offer with money back assurance until August 1, 2010. Had I bought this copy, I won’t be one of them getting my money back 🙂

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

We would like to thank Penguin for the review copy of Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews received.

Other reviews on Magic Bleeds (Book 4):

Reviews on Magic Strikes (Book 3):

Reviews on Magic Burns (Book 2):

Reviews on Magic Bites (Book 1):

10/06/2010 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, chicklit, Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels series, magic, Penguin, review, shape shifter, urban fantasy | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments