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May
26

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews Welcome to my weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: On the Edge Author: Ilona Andrews Narrator: Renée Raudman Audio Speed: 1.25x Series: The Edge #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance Source: Purchased On the Edge is the first story in Ilona Andrews’ unique urban fantasy romance series. The Edge is the place between the Broken (human, non-magical world) and the Weird (mirror world with alternate history and magic-filled). Rose and her two young brothers, Georgie and Jack, live in the Edge, while Rose holds a below minimum wage job in the Broken to try and make ends meet. Everything changes when a Blue Blood from the Weird, Declan, shows up on...
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Dec
22

Review: Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews

Review: Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews Magic Stars Author: Ilona Andrews Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Magic Stars is a great little side novella for fans of the Kate Daniels series. Told mostly from the third person POV of Derek, the story shares Derek and Julie’s adventures as they work together on a deadly investigation. It is a straight forward tale, giving readers insight into both Derek’s precarious emotional/mental state and Julie’s magical training. We learn some of the rather shocking and dangerous activities Julie has been exploring, all of which make me very nervous for what is in store for her as she grows and matures. *bites nails*. Derek and...
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Nov
10

Review: Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

Review: Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews Sweep in Peace Author: Ilona Andrews Reviewer: Una Rating: A What I’m Talking About: The Innkeeper Chronicles is just one of those solid urban fantasy/science fiction series that I enjoy. Sweep in Peace was a nail-biting and intriguingly fascinating mystery/action/drama.  This series is on my reread list, and it should be on yours. Note: This story was originally released as a serial on the author’s website.  Once completed, it was taken down, edited and prepped for release.  I did read it as the serial and now as an ARC.  There may have been typographical type changes but, in my opinion, the overall story remained unchanged. This series centers on...
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Jul
29

Review: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Review: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews Magic Shifts Author: Ilona Andrews Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: It’s honestly becoming difficult to write reviews for the Kate Daniels series because I cannot find the words to express how amazing the books and overall series are. The world building, story telling, plot development, characters’ relationships… every aspect of the series… it all works so well, the stories are darn near perfection. Every book, while completely original, builds upon the previous story, creating an utterly sublime experience, making me want to reread the series from the beginning each time. If you aren’t reading the Kate Daniels series, you are missing out. Note: This review...
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Jan
8

Listen Up! The Re-Read + Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Listen Up! The Re-Read + Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews Welcome to the first post of my new weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… THE RE-READ: For many, to include myself, audiobooks are a learned pleasure. Figuring out how to listen attentively and appreciate the nuances of the narration can take a newbie some time. Listening to a book you’ve read previously is a great way to break into audiobooks. This is especially true if you loved the book, and it is narrated by a top-tier performer. I started my love affair with audiobooks in this manner. I completed a “re-read” of the Kate Daniel series by Ilona Andrews and narrated by Renee Raudman. It took...
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Dec
11

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Ilona Andrews

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Ilona Andrews Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Ilona Andrews Book: “Magic Steals” from Night Shift Anthology Release Date: November 25, 2014 Publisher: Berkley Christmas Shopping List Kate, Curran, and the rest are buying gifts for each other. Match the gifts with characters who would purchase them for their loved ones. Remember, you are not matching the character with...
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Nov
24

Review: Night Shift Anthology

Review: Night Shift Anthology Night Shift Author: Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla Vane Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: The Night Shift anthology is a wonderful collection of paranormal and fantasy novellas from some wonderful authors. “Secrets at Midnight” by Nalini Singh Psy/Changeling series #13.5 This enjoyable novella from the world of Psy-Changeling shares the romance of Bastien and Kirby. Readers familiar with the series will recognize Bastien as DarkRiver sentinel Mercy’s brother. Kirby, on the other hand, is a human who seems to have all the markers of a cat shifter. Overall, Secrets at Midnight is an enjoyable, easy-going Changeling story. I’ve missed the Changelings a lot,...
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Oct
24

Review + Giveaway: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Review + Giveaway: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews Burn for Me Author: Ilona Andrews Reviewer: Jen Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Burn for Me kicks off a brand new series from the husband-wife writing team of Ilona Andrews. Their modern-day world has an alternate history, one that saw the development of magical powers in humans. Not everyone has these powers, such as telekinetics and pyrokinetic, and modern society equates the strength of one’s abilities with power and social rank. The authors do a great job laying out this history in the prologue. It is unique, yet familiar enough that it comes together easily. Several characters are introduced almost immediately, and the reader needs to pay attention...
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Jul
28

Review: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Review: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews Magic Breaks Author: Ilona Andrews Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A What I’m Talking About: NOTE: After seriously struggling on how much to include in my review of this book, I have decided to include a separate section at the end of the review with anything that may be considered a spoiler. After recently completing my “re-read” of the entire Kate Daniels series via audiobooks (check out my post on listening to audiobooks), I was primed and anxious to start Magic Breaks. In fact, probably too anxious: I was downright apprehensive. And when the book opens with a note to readers from the authors stating “some really big things happen...
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Dec
19

Review: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Review: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews Clean Sweep Author: Ilona Andrews  Reviewer: Una Rating: A What I’m Talking About: The writing team know as Ilona Andrews decided to give their fans (and blog followers) a treat: they released a serial story on their website.  The story started with a girl and her broom and went from there.  Well, the genius that is Ilona Andrews took “a girl and her broom” and turned it into Clean Sweep, a delightful and fascinating tale of a girl, her broom, and a world we could only hope to dream of.  What took place over months, a chapter a week release, is now available as a full e-book.  I did...
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