Malin’s #CBR5 Review #156: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews – triple Cannonball!

It’s my last book of the year, and I’m feeling a bit worn out after a LOT of blogging, so I’m taking the liberty of letting the authors themselves summarise the book (it’s self published), because Ilona writes way better than I:

On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problems should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is…different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, “normal” is a bit of a stretch for Dina. 

And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night… Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor Sean Evans – an alpha-strain werewolf – and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her Inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she is facing is unlike anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything. 

Full review on my blog.

Malin’s #CBR5 Review #105: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

This is book 6 in a series. It’s therefore not the best place to start reading, and I can guarantee that the review will contain spoilers for at least some of the other books that have come before. If you haven’t read these books, run, don’t walk to a bookstore or a library, and get started.

When several of the Pack’s children threaten to turn Loup, and may have to be killed, mercenary bad-ass Kate Daniels and her mate Curran, the Beast Lord of the Pack realize that they need to get their hands on more panacea, a herbal concoction that ensures the survival of most of the young shapeshifters. It’s obvious to both of them that the invitation they have received from a couple of European packs is a big ol’ trap, but they’re offered so much of the precious panacea (which they have absolutely no way of making themselves), that they simply cannot afford to refuse. So Kate and Curran ally with someone they normally wouldn’t trust, gather up a band of their best fighters, and set off to Eastern Europe on an adventure.

Read the rest on my blog.

Rochelle’s #CBR5 Review #12: Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels 4) by Ilona Andrews

And the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short. – Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

After reading a bunch of disappointing urban fantasy, I returned to the Kate Daniels series to remind myself how it should be done.

The Kate Daniels series is a combination of urban fantasy and post-apocalypse.  The setting is a familiar urban landscape, Atlanta, made foreign by the apocalyptic return of magic to the world.  Magic once ruled the world, but faded, allowing technology to take precedence.  A few decades before the series begins, magic returns, throwing the world into chaos.  Magic comes in waves, alternating unpredictably with technology.  The return of magic, brings legendary creatures and gods, shape-shifters and vampires to the world.  The world has become unpredictable and violent.  Society has become balkanized.  Long distance travel has become difficult and long distance communication less certain.  Guns are unreliable, making swords and hand-to-hand combat more relevant.  A few spoilers for previous books and this book follow after the break. Continue reading