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April 9, 2015

Cherry Popped: Kate Daniels & Spook Squad


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.





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36 comments:

  1. Woot!! I loved both, I need to catch up on a few more of Kate Daniels :) Glad you finally got around to KArthur.

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    1. Yup. After months of talking about it, I finally got around to reading it!

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    2. Her newer books are even better, though these aren't bad. You know what I mean hahaha

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  2. Magic Bites is one of those books that I think everybody except me has read, and 'm sure it's somewhere on my TBR list. I'm happy to hear that you loved it and it was worth the wait!

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    1. It's for that reason why I decided to drop everything and just get on with it.

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  3. Oh I seriously love Keri Author but haven't read that one yet. *flails* a lot! I really love Kate and Curran too. Didn't love the first one all that much but was SO glad I carried on to the rest of them. Yay for popping your cherry!

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    1. That seems to be the consensus for Magic Bites. I'm glad I loved it though otherwise I might not be motivated to read the series further

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  4. I'm still wrangling, lols. I have Magic Bites on audio, it's part of my challenge so I will be getting to it this year :D

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    1. Good luck with your own wrangles. Damn, this week was hard on me reading wise!

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  5. Can I just tell you that I love the Title "Cherry Popped" and makes me laugh out loud! Kudos to you. Everyone is really raving about Magic Bites, so I'm going to have to add this to the pile. Hugs...

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    1. hahaha. Thank you, I thought it was clever and a little green

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  6. Glad you liked both of these enough to want to carry on with them. Love this feature too!

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  7. Yay for cherry popping! I love Kate & Curran, so I'm so happy you met and love them. :) I haven't popped my cherry with the Spook Squad so I'll have to give that a go. I've only read part of Arthur's Riley Jensen series. Fun, Braine! This is great Friday fun! Have a good one!

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  8. That feature's name is simply great, lol ! My cherry still needs to be popped with these series, but I'm sure there'll come a day when I won't be innocent any more ;)

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    1. I still got a lot of cherry popping to do. And innocence is overrated... when it comes to books anyway lol

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  9. Okay, I know I'm the only intelligent being in the universe who has yet to start Magic Bites, but it IS on my list and I shall read it, and soon. But golly gosh, Braine, I'd never heard of the second one and if your review is any indication, Memory Zero is even more up my alley than Magic Bites. So thank you for - YET AGAIN - broadening my horizons! (You should really consider asking people for a fee... :D) Have an amazing weekend <3

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    1. Glad to stretch your limits, Ramona. happy weekend!

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  10. I've had Magic Bites for years and like you I keep thinking I'm going to read it. I really need to! I hadn't heard of that Kerri Arthur book somehow. I'm glad you liked both!

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    1. I know you started Elemental Assassin, do kate Daniels next. We can always do it together if you like :)

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  11. Yay! so happy to see you enjoyed these two books. I just love Kate Danies and I really enjoyed the Arthur one. I hope it will continue like that for you too. Great reviews!

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    1. Thanks, lady! Its because of y'all's reviews that I managed to wrangle these two

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  12. I must have been motivated by the same review posts for Kate Daniels series. I'm on book five now after cramming them in wherever I could fit them since the beginning of the year. Love the series!

    I still haven't read Keri Arthur's books yet. I can see the appeal.

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    1. yay for wrangling! One must make time for the greats

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  13. I'm so glad you love Magic Bites too! This series is AWESOME. Still need to read Book 7 and 8 though...I need my hands on the audiobook. I haven't read Memory Zero (and it's the first I've heard of this book) but I love reluctant heroines too so I'm def checking this out!

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  14. I am so glad you finally started Kate Daniels and loved it. OMG It's fantastic, but I'm biased since I LOVE the series or anything by the Andrews team. Great reviews by the way. I have not yet read the Spook Squad, but I need to check this series out. Thank's for putting it on my reading radar.

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  15. Wahoo. Book one was my least favorite of the KD series so I cannot wait to hear your reaction to book two.

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  16. Wahoo. Book one was my least favorite of the KD series so I cannot wait to hear your reaction to book two.

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  17. Yay!! Glad you have started the Kate Daniels series! I love it so much, although I am a couple books behind. I agree, they built the world and characters beautifully in this first book!
    I really need to read a Keri Arthur book, myself! Glad you enjoyed it!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  18. WOOT!! Okay, I admit, I need to try the Arthur myself, but I don't even care b/c KATE DANIELS!! Yayayay! :D

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  19. You've joined to KD club!! lol. You need to binge THAT series.

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  20. We agree with your review: Loved it! We gobbled up the entire Kate Daniels series and can't wait for the new one to be released in August: Magic Shifts :)
    ❤︎ Izzie & Coco

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