Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Blogiversary Day 3: Win a SIGNED copy of Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

From the author's website:
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic. 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 rose.

Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.

When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.

This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…

*Spoilery Spoilers Ahead*

Oh. Mah. Gawd. Loved it, loved it, loved it! I had such high expectations for this book and it was everything I thought it would be and more. I have seen a ton of reviews for this book already, so I'm just going to go into my thoughts...

Ilona and Gordon are brilliant! I was afraid this would end up being a book I had waited and waited for only to be met with disappointment because I had built it up so much in anticipation. I really should have known better.

This book was heavy on the mythology and had not just one bad guy but 7 (or really, 8). Kate went through the ringer physically and emotionally in this book; she saw a lot of her friends/acquantainces die and learned more than she ever wanted to know about her family. Ilona Andrews did not pull any punches in this book.

For some warped reason I loved the scene with the head in the fridge and her conversation with Ghastek (although Magic Bleeds was light on the vamps they were still there).

Also love how the dog adopted Kate :)

Of course, I cannot forget the sexin'. Seriously, the sexin'. I loved when Kate decided to take the plunge and show Curran she was interested. Not only did it show emotional growth on her part by taking the risk, but it also showed how the other characters feel about her by giving her assistance. As they say down South, "she's good people". (And the "slut hut", OMG - I spit diet coke all over my desk at lunch!)

We got some great peeks into Kate's head in this book, from Kate talking to Andrea about her first friendship and first relationship to Kate's revelation to Curran about her father. I love how her character has developed over the course of the series so far.

I could not have asked for a better ending. This book definitely gets 5/5 stars!

And while some storylines were (very) nicely wrapped up, there are some questions I have: Is Andrea still her friend? Will Curran let her interact with Siaman in the future? What was up with the writing on her skin when she said the power word? Why did Hugo set a bodyguard on Kate? Is Roland melancholy because he wants her back or because he wants to kill her? When is the next book coming out - I need these answers!!!

Oh, just wondering: Does Ilona Andrews pick her power words from Blogger w/v?


The Giveaway:

I purchased a signed copy of Magic Bleeds from Powell's Books
to give away to one lucky follower.

Here's the deets:

Open to all but you MUST follow this blog.
Answer this question:
What do you do when you've got a much-anticipated book in your hands -
read it quickly or make it last?

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Ends June 30 at midnight central time.


  1. I devour it on the first read! Then I read it again more slowly the next time : )

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  2. I read it as fast as I can. After I always regret it though, and think I should have waited. I tell myself I’ll read it fast once, and then again more slowly. Never happens though. I always find another book I want/need to read. I’m such a book pig LOL

  3. I usually read it fast as I've been waiting to read it!

  4. For the most part I read the book as soon as I buy it, but if it is from an author who has less release dates I will hold onto the book before I read it.

  5. No need to enter me, I should start with Curran from the start ;)

    But I will answer the question, answer I devour it at once!!!! or carry it around and drool over it for days and read when I can

  6. usually i zip through it like nobody's business! and it's a good thing i have lots of favorite authors, or i'd be a very cranky girl!

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  7. I read them as fast as I can. They make us wait so long in between books so the anticiaption is too great and I want to find out what happens next asap.
    But then I usually skim the book again before the next one comes out because I read it so fast I forget some parts.




  8. I Read them as fast as i can.
    But if i have books that go whit the new book i will read them first to chatch up.
    I'm a follower


  9. You couldn't be more right "brilliant" I loved it! No need to enter me but in answer to your question quick I picked up Magic Bleeds and didn't put it down till I was finished! Great Review!

  10. Not entering, just waving weakly, which is all I can manage after work today...

    Veri word: amnub

    Yup, I am nub - that's all that's left of me after today.

  11. I read it as fast as I can.


  12. As fast as I can!! Please enter me.

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  13. I read it as fast I can. I usually cannot wait to finish!
    I am a follower.

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  14. I read it right away !

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  15. I can't NOT read it! I devour it as fast as I can. Even if that means detting no sleep :P

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  16. Not entering... just popping in to say HIIIII!!!!! Hope all is going well and showing my love and support! Hugs to you honey!

  17. When I get a much-anticipated book in my hands I carefully place it on the table and wait for a special time to start it. Normally I'm so busy the special time never occurs so after a while I drink a gallon of coffee and stay up all night reading. I feel awful at work next day but it is worth it.

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  18. I try to take my time reading a new book but within a few chapters I can't put it down. I have to know what happens :-)

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    Stephanie G

  19. I read it as soon as it get it home.


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  20. Read it quickly!

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  21. It usually depends on my mood and the book but I tend to read it the same day. Follower!


  22. It depends! But most of the time, I wait until the "rush-y" feeling in me is gone, just so I don't expect too much or I tend to get disappointed.:D


  23. I try super hard to make it last so I can "savor it." Unfortunately I mostly fail completely and read the book lighting fast. It's sad :(

    been a follower of yours


  24. I try to make it last, but I always end up finishing it within a day, lol. Me = impatient!


    Thanks for the giveaway!


  25. If it's really good, I can't put it down. I normally read through it really fast, then may read it again because I'm afraid I missed something lol.



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  26. Well, in theory, read it fast, but I've had Moon Sworn by Keri Arthur) for weeks and I haven't even touched it yet. I'm not ready for the series to end. So I've made it last.

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  27. When I have a book that I've waited a long time I usually don't eat, sleep, breath until is done. :D

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  28. I read it fast so that no one can give me spoilers before I'm done! That's more important with popular books like Harry Potter, though.

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  29. Read! Read! Read! There is no time to wait and mostly there are no reasons, except school or work but if I'm to curious even that can't stop me.

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  30. I read it fairly fast cause I want to know what happens in the end.
    Sue B

  31. Read it quickly! I'm really impatient when it comes to such books as I simply can't stave myself off the excitement!

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  32. Sometimes, depending on how much I've been looking forward to the read, I let it sit and like to fondle it a bit before diving in.


    Love the cover and title!

  33. I jump right into the book, and just keep going. Most time I've waited a year to read no more waiting.

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  34. I am a Follower.

    I don't tend to read a book as soon as I get it unless it is a continuation of a series that I really want to get to the end of. Usually I have a number of good books in my TBR pile of different genres and I choose what ever genre I feel like at the time.

    Carol T

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  35. quickly lol. If I've recieved a book I've been waiting on I tend to stop everything else and get stuck in

  36. Mostly, I read them as soon as I have a chance. But some I like to make them last so that I can thouroughly enjoy them.
    Thanks so much for this giveaway, especially as it´s international! ;)
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  37. I read it quickly - I do not like dragging it out. I will stay up all night reading it if I have to!!




  38. I read it fast as I can. I can't stand waiting. :)


  39. I try to savor it but usually ending up reading it fast.

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  41. I read as fast as i can. I'm not that patient ;p

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  42. I totally fly through it. Then I wander around the house feeling sad cause it's over.

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  43. I usually read it fast and then I'm sad it's finished.

  44. I read it quickly.

    I went to Linkin Park's concert before. It was so freaking awesome!

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  45. I read it quickly! Lately I've been reading the Sookie Stackhouse series and have been pulling all-nighters to read them the day they arrive in the mail!

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  46. I read it quickly.
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  47. Well even though I would WANT to savour it, I know myself and I would devour it! :-)

    Of course I'm a follower (an old one)

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  48. When I get a new book I have been waiting for in my hands I read it quickly. I can't wait to see what happens. Then I usually read it again to make sure I didn't miss a thing.

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    Book Addict: Blogiversary Day 3: Win a SIGNED copy of Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews


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  49. I read it right away!
    I tweeted
    I am a follower of your blog

  50. I definitely devour a much awaited release! It's hard to go slow!


  51. Read it quickly, unless I know I've got a few uninteruptable hours coming up soon and then I'll save it to enjoy all in one go!


  52. When I have a much anticipated book the first time I usually read it through pretty fast/stay up for a long time without meaning to.

  53. This contest is now closed. Thanks everyone for entering!