Finally I managed to swing another edition of Cherry Popped!
For those of you who don't know this newish (sporadic) feature, this is where I try old-ish and established series, like the ones below. And since they've been around for a while, my feedback will be more about what I liked and/or disliked about it and whether or not I will continue on with the series.
Magic Bites | Kate Daniels 1 | Ilona Andrews
Urban Fantasy | Ace | April 1, 2007
Finally! After two years, Kate Daniel's and her biting magic was dusted off and read! So lately, a few blogs I follow have started this series. And every time I them review it, I swear that I will start. It took some wrangling on my part, I had a hard bout of fantasy slump, and after a week of super slow reading, I finished MAGIC BURNS and loved it!
It helped that MAGIC BITES was a short first novel, only 200+ pages. I loved that Ilona Andrews took their time in shaping this new world and carefully introducing Kate, who she is and what she's about. The magic that's at work in this series as well as all the different creatures we'll expect to see more of along the way. What stood out to me was how well fleshed Kate and Curran are. Usually it takes a a couple of books for us to get a good grasp on the MC's. We usually continue because either the MC's impressed us or the plot was good enough to follow. That wasn't the case here, I felt IAndrews put their characters out there, painted them interesting enough for the readers to immediately form a liking to them. Adding quirks along the way like Curran's love for fried rice minus the peas and Kate's dislike for fancy schmancy stuff. It's also worth noting that unlike other PNR/UF novels, Curran sure took his time before showing up! We usually meet the hero almost immediately, it wasn't the case here. I noticed. I loved it. Oh! And Kate's blade painted black is genius!
Verdict: I want more!
Memory Zero | Spook Squad 1 | Keri Arthur
Urban Fantasy | Dell | June 15, 2004 (Original pub date)
Melissa aka Lily Element, I finally read Keri Arthur!! Yay for me!
MEMORY ZERO is yet another short-ish novel, running at around the same page count as Magic Bites. Perfect because, again, le stupid slump. So here we have vampires, a more sci-fi edge to the world, procedural fantasy, and lots and lots of bombing. Like the bad guys after Samantha Ryan will give these terror groups a run for their infamy because of the amount of fire power they unlesed here.
What we have here is an anomalous reluctant heroine. I love these types of chicks (like Sookie Stackhouse) not only for their uniqueness, but their special gene paves the way for super heroism and awe inspiring character development (if done right). It started with a vampire attack that turned into layers upon layers of conspiracy theories, complex switcheroos involving clones and shifters, transplants, and a slew of other stuff. All these are heightened by close calls, hair raising chases, and countless double crossing, it's hard to figure out who to trust and if the person across Sam is the good guy or the bad guy. MEMORY ZERO is a very thrilling start and now I can say I fully understand why some people binge read the series.
Verdict: I think I will be binge reading this trilogy as well.