Rating ***** (5 stars) I cannot believe that I waited so long to start this series. I have heard so many great things about it, but I just did not pick it up. Even after I got the first book on Kindle I waited to start reading it. Do not make the same mistake.
A Court of Thornes and Roses is an amazingly written fantasy novel that combines familiar elements to make a refreshingly different story. While not entirely unique it is different enough to place the reader firmly in a new world. It is a world where humans are struggling to survive against fairies.
In a weird Beauty and the Beast tone Feyre, a 19 year old human, gets caught up in the fairy world. She is strong, brave, and human. Although, in the ways of 19 year olds she falls in love too fast.
This book is a horrible love story, but it is a great tale of human indurance. It is a story of courage and sacrifice. Mostly it is a story of trying to survive.
Magic Gifts is a novella in the Kate Daniels series. In many ways it is hard to review the story separately. It is so mixed in with the rest of the books. I first read about this story in one of the main novels of the book. I still had this book on hold and had skipped over it.
While I enjoyed going back and getting a better context of what led to the events of the story I was also a little disappointed that there was not more. There was just enough plot to make this a full book instead of a novella. Yet the writing was good and it was a good story. I do highly recommend reading the novella and short stories in this series.
Magic Strikes is the third book in the Kate Daniels series. I find the third book in the series is extremely important. It seems to be the point in a series when it is decided if things will end or continue on. If the series is continuing on then it is extremely important that the third book shows a lot of growth and reason for the reader to continue.
In my opinion the third book in the Kate Daniel series is better than the first two books. At this point most of the characters have been introduced. They are familiar, yet they are still mysterious. The relationships still feel new going into this book. By bringing everyone together in the Midnight Games the main characters become connected. It is a connection that you feel will last with them throughout the series.
This is the book where relationships truly begin, both love interests and family interests. Kate can no longer hide who she is.
The third book is really the book that tends to decide if you are committing to a series or bailing out. This book will make you commit. I would recommend you have the fourth book ready to start reading.
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