Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

17333174Rating: 5 stars

Series: Kate Daniels #9

So much happened, and it was completely unexpected! There wasn’t a dull moment. Lots of humor. Roman was the perfect wedding officiator/organizer. Why doesn’t he have his own series? I love that guy. Finally there was plenty of page time with Roland!!! He’s fascinating. I want to hate him but I can’t. Julie’s relationship with Roland was explored although I’m still not sure that bastard hasn’t corrupted her in some way no one is expecting. The reappearance of a certain character was great. I did not see that coming at all, but it was a very interesting twist.

Kate is one hell of a kick ass woman! She was on her own a lot. It was a good change to have her and Curran operate independently. People were there for her, but she made all of the important decisions by herself. It really felt like she was the guardian of Atlanta. Her magical skills were off the charts! Lots of introspection in this one since power was beginning to corrupt Kate while she tried to remain true to herself. I liked seeing her evil side emerge.

There were two things I didn’t like about the book. One is that Hugh wasn’t in it. It wasn’t a big deal, but he was mentioned a fair amount, which made his absence more notable. The second thing is the predictions from the witches. I’m not a fan of stories where events are dictated by a predestined fate. Kate’s future isn’t set in stone, but knowing something was likely to happen seemed to lead to the eventuality of those events. That was a minor annoyance. The rest of the book was so damn good that it didn’t matter.

Deadtown by Nancy Holzner

6591459Rating: 2.5 stars

Series: Deadtown #1

Deadtown is an area of Boston where paranormals live. That includes zombies, witches, werewolves, vampires, and Victory Vaughn, the lone shapeshifter. Politically there is a lot of strife regarding paranormals. Depending on the state, they have little to no rights, but they are fighting for them. Victory wasn’t involved in the political aspect of things; she was just a demon hunter/killer.

What I liked:
-Victory didn’t need anyone else to save her. She was completely capable of doing it on her own.
-Using zombies was different. They’re not common in UF.
-The hellion demon a.k.a. The Destroyer and it’s connection to Victory’s family.
-The demons invaded dreams. It was kind of weird but unique.

Unfortunately there was a lot I didn’t like. Some things were really predictable. I figured out instantly who it was that tried to kidnap Victory. Only one person was a viable suspect for being the one who brought the Destroyer to Boston. I was hoping I’d be surprised at the end, that there would be some kind of a twist, but it didn’t happen.

The worst thing about this book was the characters. It’s not a good sign when the characters I liked (and I use the word liked loosely here) the most were the Destroyer and Victory’s niece. Victory was a kick ass woman, but that was the only thing appealing about her. She didn’t have close ties to anybody. None of the people in her life treated her with any kind of respect, but she kept them around anyway, which didn’t make much sense. Being a shifter definitely had some benefits, but when she turned into an animal or whatever she lost her human ability of higher thought. The whole shifting thing didn’t seem like the coolest ability to have. Victory wasn’t smart. When some creeps tried to kidnap her and throw her in a van, the person she suspected was her kind of sort of boyfriend Kane. WTH was up with that? The dude was a jerk, but he wasn’t evil. And if something like that happens and the person you suspect is the guy you’re screwing, it’s time to end it because there are some serious trust issues. She was self absorbed. Granted she had a lot going on but several times she forgot or ignored her friends. In the end it made sense that these people treated her the way they did because she didn’t treat them any better.

Kane wasn’t really a boyfriend. It was more of a friends with benefits type of situation. They were both self absorbed and workaholics, so it worked for them. It was obvious deep down they didn’t get each other. At least neither of them had illusions that their relationship was more than it was, and it was refreshing. Shit like that happens IRL, but those type of relationships are rarely depicted in UF. The romance was a minor subplot, but it was a love triangle. Victory was seeing Kane but was interested in another guy. The guy Daniel was more appealing than Kane, but Victory didn’t have chemistry with either of them.

Tina the teenage twit was a zombie. Why even introduce zombies into a story when the only one with significant page time was obnoxious, annoying, and dumb as hell? Several things she did put Victory’s life and potentially other people’s in danger, and Tina didn’t give a shit. Nothing would give me more pleasure than her death, but I have the feeling she’ll be around for the long run. There were some other characters I didn’t like, but they’re not even worth mentioning. I wanted to like this book, but it was damn hard to when none of these characters were appealing. I haven’t entirely ruled out reading the next book, but I won’t be rushing out to do it anytime soon.

Ancient Magic by Linsey Hall

29554397Rating: 3 stars

Series: The Huntress #1

Cass and her sisters, Nix and Del, were firesouls. What they were had to remain a secret or they’d be thrown in jail because they had the ability to steal other people’s magic if they killed them. They didn’t want to hurt anybody. They just wanted to live their lives in peace. Aiden, the most powerful shifter alive, asked Cass for her help to find an object that could put her life in danger if in the wrong hands, so she couldn’t refuse the job.

I didn’t get attached to the characters. I liked them, but they just didn’t stand out. I wish Cass had more page time with her sisters to really get a feel of how they interacted. Their relationship was mostly explained rather than being shown what it was like. Nix and Del didn’t get enough page to to gauge what their personalities were like. Cass was loyal and tough. She did unnecessarily put herself in danger often. It was understandable that she didn’t want to use her magic, but it wasn’t smart to avoid using it when it could be used to protect her.

Aiden was the potential love interest. He was powerful, rich, good looking, and caring. He was a nice guy. There wasn’t anything to dislike about him, but I didn’t understand why almost everyone him liked him a lot. People were instantly drawn to him although they barely knew him. He just wasn’t charming or witty enough to garner that kind of attention. At least the romance wasn’t instalove.

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Iron Night by M.L. Brennan

Rating: 4 stars

Series: Generation V #2

Even better than Generation V! Since Fort’s transition had begun, he was being pulled into the family business, which meant he was learning about the supernatural creatures he had avoided for most of his life. Fort’s new roommate was murdered. Everyone but Fort was convinced it was random. He and Suzume teamed up and discovered a sinister plot in the supernatural world.

A new bad ass Fort has emerged! More accurately he was in the process of becoming a bad ass, but he had greatly improved since Generation V. By avoiding his fate he wasn’t doing himself any favors, so he realized that being a complete and total slacker would probably result in his untimely demise. It wasn’t just in the physical aspect that he had grown; he wasn’t being passive and allowing everyone to treat him like a doormat.

Once again I loved Suzume! She is definitely an asset for Fort to have around. Not only is she an excellent fighter, but she is knowledgeable in many aspects Fort is not. She is very witty. Some of the things she says crack me up.

I might have given this 5 stars if it hadn’t been for the potential love triangle. Everything was resolved by the end, so it won’t be dragged on for several books while Fort sorts out his feelings. The lingering possibility of it aggravated me while reading especially since it seemed like only two characters had chemistry.

Generation V by M.L. Brennan

Rating: 3.5 stars

Series: Generation V #1

Generation V was damn funny. It’s been awhile since I laughed that much when reading a book. The plot was fairly straight forward. Fort was disgusted by the actions of other vampires. Since he wasn’t a true vampire yet, a bodyguard was needed while he tried to make things right. Suzume the kitsune bodyguard was spunky and a trickster. The potential for her to be a love interest was there.

The vampire lore wasn’t the same old regurgitated crap. They are selfish bastards and drink blood, which is normal. The creation of vampires was completely original. Vampires are born but aren’t truly vampires until they transition later on in life. It was refreshing to have a new take on them.

Fort was average for a human but highly unusual for a vampire. He cared about people and lacked enthusiasm about transitioning into a vampire although it would happen eventually whether he wanted it to or not. Since his only motivation was to avoid his family as much as possible, he lived on his own but not very well. Most of his possessions were second hand items. I liked it that Fort was not a kick ass, powerful hero. In fact he was the weakest of all of the supes in the book.

I was aggravated at times with Fort’s lackadaisical attitude. Obviously he is a non-confrontational kind of guy. I get it. I’m the same way, but the line needs to be drawn somewhere. Everyone took advantage of him, and he allowed it to happen. It was like he just accepted it. Being treated like crap bothered him, but not deeply enough to do anything about it. Changes occurred with him as the story unraveled, so chances are good that he’ll have good character development over the course of the series.

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Rating: 4 stars

Series: The Others #3

Tensions between humans and the others are rising. Although the others did what was right by freeing the cassandra sangue (a.k.a. blood prophets) in Murder of Crows, humans are using that against them. The Humans First and Last movement has been gaining traction. The question is how are the others going to fight back?

Meg’s main role was to help the cassandra sangue that had been freed. She is by far the most functional of them all. Considering how the others reacted to freedom, Meg’s level of stability is impressive. Although compared to the previous novels, it seemed like her anxiety was slightly worse than it had been before. Meg didn’t have quite as much page time as in the other books. Most of the time she was not with Simon. I love it when they interact, and I wish there had been more of it.

The human side of things played a much bigger role. In Written in Red the human perspectives were somewhat boring and pointless, but with all of the conflict in this Burke and Monty’s POV were interesting. Someone from Monty’s past showed up in his life causing trouble for humans and the others. The humans are starting to cause enough trouble that the others who live deep in the wild are beginning to take notice. Even the others who have contact with humans are afraid of them.

Anyone that loved the prior two books will love this. I didn’t want to put it down and already wish I had the next one.

Thank you so much to netgalley for giving me this ARC!!!