Micro Brew: Favourite Urban Fantasy

Allie over at Hexen Librarian has started a fun blogging prompt called Micro Brew. What is it? Well, here’s the information direct from Hexen Librarian’s website:

This was created by my friend Melanie / The Library of Mars. We would do this on Tumblr, back when that was my only reviewing platform. I’ve been wanting to do something more on my blog because my reviews are as unpredictable as my reading habits. I thought this would be a fun way to promote something that you love. It’s also been re-branded from “Micro Review” to “Micro Brew” because of some confusion and to fit with my blogs overall theme.

I will be posting the prompts on the first day of the month and answering them on the first and third Mondays of the month (anytime in between will be good times to post as well).

I’m a bit late doing the first prompt she posted, but better late than never! This month’s theme is “Favourites”, and the February 4th prompt is:

What is your favourite Urban Fantasy novel?

For me that has to be Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. It’s book one of a series, and I love it so much because the world building is so in depth! And she writes in a way that you get shown the world a bit at a time, as though you already live there, and not told a list of things as an outsider.

The protagonist is Kate Daniels. She’s a strong person, but also has some flaws which make her seem more real and relatable. She finds out about different aspects of herself at the same time as the reader does, so you’re along for the journey with her for each discovery and adventure.

The setting is an alternative Atlanta, which is in a state of constant magical fluctuation – sometimes magic is in full effect, other times only technology will work. It swings back and forth between the two like a pendulum, with little or no warning when a change is coming. There are different magical and mythical beings that live in the world, along with humans who have adapted to the new way of life as best they can, or taking part in minor and epic battles.

There is a romance element to the series, and Ilona Andrews’s husband, Gordon, has actually written books from the romantic partner’s point of view – which adds an extra layer of immersion.

It’s hard to talk about Magic Bites, and the series as a whole, without giving away spoilers! There are so many things to discover along the way! But it’s definitely my favourite Urban Fantasy, and I recommend it to people often.

Magic Bites
by Ilona Andrews

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 arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t want it any other way…

If you want to check it out, here are some links!

Amazon*
Book Depository*
Goodreads

* I am an Amazon associate, and Book Depository associate, which means if you purchase the book through my link, Amazon/BD will give me a small commission (it does NOT affect the price of the book).

June Book Haul!

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I know, it’s been a bit longer than expected since my last post. Sorry!  We went to visit some family, and then started house hunting. Which takes a lot of time – who knew?! (Well, we did but oh well!) What we didn’t realise is how quickly property sells here, especially if it is a “good deal” in a good area.

We ended up in a sort of bidding war, where our offer was one of 5 and everyone had to submit a “best and final” offer. It was really nerve wracking! You don’t know what everyone else is going to do, so we really went all in – the house is just so perfect for us and we didn’t want to lose it. I even wrote a letter to the seller to let them know just how much the house meant to us.  So after a very tense 24 hours of not knowing what would happen… we got the house! 😀  We don’t close on it yet, but it’s so great to know we will be moving to “our house” soon…because it really did feel like home right away.

In the midst of all the busyness I did still find time to buy some books – not much of a surprise there! It’s a slightly mixed bunch, with a few authors I haven’t read before.

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1. Burned by Karen Marie Moning. Amazon
2. The Girl in 6E by A. R. Torre. Amazon (How gorgeous is that cover!)
3. Sweep In Peace by Ilona Andrews. Amazon

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4. Would-Be Witch by Kimberly Frost. Amazon
5. Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks. Amazon
6. You’re Never Weird On The Internet (almost) by Felicia Day. Amazon
7. Vivian Versus The Apocalypse by Katie Coyle. Amazon | Book Depository (the US version has a different title/cover, but I like the UK title/cover more so I bought my copy from Book Depository)

My vlog talks about the books in more detail 🙂

As usual I’ll be taking part in Stacking The Shelves, and The Sunday Post – check out some of the other posts to find great reads 🙂

I purchased these books with my own money, and received no compensation for my honest opinion.
I am a Book Depository and Amazon Associate: they pay me a small commission if you use my link.