Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

Title: Gunmetal Magic
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Novel Set in the Kate Daniels Series (#5.5)
Published By: Ace (July 31, 2012)
Source: Purchased
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!


Book Description:
The New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels novels have been hailed as “top-notch urban fantasy” (Monsters and Critics). Now, Ilona Andrews delves deeper into Kate’s world, and reveals its untold stories…
After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea’s whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano—the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea’s former lover—die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate. Now she must work with Raphael as her search for the killer leads into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta. And dealing with her feelings for him might have to take a back seat to saving the world…










First off I have to start by saying that this may look like it is a novella set in the world of Kate Daniels, but it isn't. This is a full length kick butt book told all from Andrea's point of view and I wouldn't be doing this book justice if I didn't also add that it was about freaking time Andrea got her own book! Andrea is amazing and she really shines in this book.

I already knew I liked Andrea but I had no idea how badas$ she was until reading this. I truly love her now and admire all that she has been through. We got glimpes of her story and struggles throughout the series but nothing like this.

I have to say, I like being in her head.

She is fierce, loyal, tough, and still has a soft heart. She may not have it all figured out but she is one smart cookie and catches on fast and most importantly, she has some pretty amazing, pretty kick butt friends to help her along the way.

I loved seeing the Pack dynamic through a different angle, through different eyes than what we get to see when Kate narrates. All of the people I already loved, I love more and the new people (I am looking at you Roman and Ascanio)? Well, I love them even more now as well. 

We still get the kick butt nonstop action and laugh out loud funny humor we have come to expect from the Andrews team, but all in a different light and with a slightly different edge.

I freaking loved this book and I am seriously hoping that they do more through Andrea's point of view because I loved every single minute of it. From her interactions with Kate and Curran to the buoda boys (and yes, even buoda women), this was just so much fun and a wonderful addition to the series and a must read for fans of Kate.



60 comments:

  1. ANDREA, YOU SAY?! AND THIS ISN'T JUST A NOVELLA BUT A FULL-LENGTH NOVEL?! I am already sold. I love her in the main books, and yes, it's about time we get to be inside her head and see things from her perspective. Canna wait!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. You are going to love this and yes, a full length novel!

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  2. I need to meet these characters, Ali! I'm usually not for novellas but I have a feeling I would want to read the ones in this series because these authors are amazing writers!
    Lovely review! :)

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    1. They really are and so darn funny! There are serious moments but a lot of funny ones to break them up so it is nice. :)

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  3. It's always good when a book can make you laugh out loud; that hardly ever happens to me these days!

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    1. I know. I love humor in books, even serious ones. Sometimes it is just needed.

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  4. MUST read this Ali! I need to get caught up on this series, I'd forgotten about this book entirely. I knew I was missing a couple Kate books, but I can't believe this one slipped my mind! So glad you enjoyed being in Andrea's head. I can't wait:)

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    1. Glad I could put it back on your radar then. :)

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  5. Sounds like a rave to me. Thanks for the heads up. :-)

    Here's my link if you'd like to drop by :-)

    Anna from Shout with maginette

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    1. It is a fun series, thanks for stopping by Anna!

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  6. OOh thanks Kindlemom I haven't read this one yet :)

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  7. I'm glad to see you're reading more of this series since you enjoyed the last one so much. I like it when the 'novella' turns out to be a book and it's great when a minor character gets to be the star for a change. It's good that it is different though. I hate it when all of the characters sound exactly the same.

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    1. She definitely has a different voice from the others and I know just what you mean. ;)

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  8. You are rolling through this series. I think I will go ahead and start reading the first one this weekend :) I can't wait any longer.

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    1. Yay! I am so excited you are going to start it Heidi!

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  9. I don't know this series, but that's great you enjoyed this latest installment. It's fun getting the point of view from other characters.

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    1. It really was a nice change of pace for this series. :)

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  10. Ok Ali..just yesterday I missing Kate and the world she lives in and was tinkering with the idea of picking up the novellas...you my friend have convinced me!

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  11. just snagged it on audio..it is full length..12 glorious hours..woot!

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  12. I don't know who Andrea is, but I concur. She needs a book...for all the reasons that you've stated. Lol. :) See how supportive I am of you? <3

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  13. I'd assumed novella, just because of the .5 so it's good that it isn't. I love when an author finally allows you into the head of a character that you've loved. I wish more authors did that!

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  14. I am one of the very few people that read the first one, and quit the series-I almost hate to admit that. But true story, I am glad you liked it so well though :)

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    1. I didn't love the first one at all so I can see that. I did push through to the second and loved it so, you never know. You may like the others too. :)

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  15. I can't wait. I love Andrea and Raphael so much. But damn, that blurb makes me sad. FORMER lover??? NOOOOO.

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  16. Yaaaaaay! So happy you love Andrea's story. I will always love Kate and Curran more but Andrea is amazing and funny like Kate. Plus! I needed to know her story and it was so satisfying!

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  17. Oh yes I loved this one! Andrea was a really interesting character to follow, plus, it was un to have Kate too there. A great one! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  18. I love the kick-butt heroines in books today. Women were always spunky and strong in fiction but now they're physically strong!

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  19. I NEED to read Andrea's story - she is such a great sidekick! She deserves her own story - so glad you enjoyed this, Ali : )

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    1. If you love her then you definitely need to. It was pretty awesome getting to know her better. I hope you end up loving this as well Kim!

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  20. wow sound like a great book, lovely review :)

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  21. This is the one I read! I really enjoyed it and I realized I really need to read the Kate books!

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    1. If you liked this then you will love the rest too Candace!

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  22. I'm almost caught up with Elemental Assassin and I promised I will tackle this series once I am.

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    1. Woohoo! I am just starting that series and loving it so I know why it is taking up your time but I know you will love this one as well. :)

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  23. I'm ashamed to admit that even though I'm a big fan of this series I somehow ended up skipping this book. I definitely need to remedy that soon. Glad you enjoyed it, great review!

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  24. Kate Daniels <3 Only read book one, but it was really good. ^^ That cover is so kickass!!

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  25. I haven't heard of this series, but I think I will check it out now :) Thanks for the review.

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  26. I'm really hoping they return to Andrea's PoV too! I love her and although she and Kate seem so similar, their minds are quite different which I really enjoyed. Plus, the whole romance angle in this is actually really different from that between Kate and Curran so I love the differences between these books and Kate's books. Fingers crossed that Ilona and Gordon will return to this spin-off series soon!

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  27. Ooh I'm glad to hear this isn't a novella but a full length novel! Yay more to look forward to! Still catching up on Kate's books, but I'm looking forward to reading this one, it sounds awesome!

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    1. So glad you are reading this series too, it really is wonderful. You will love being inside Andrea's head. :D

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  28. *hangs head* I've not read this one yet but I adore the series! That's always awesome when you just love being in one of the characters heads like that. Makes for such a fun time :D

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    1. You need to read this one, you will love it.

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  29. I think I stopped around either book 5 or 6 (cannot quite remember) and while I do plan on picking up the next books in the series, I keep forgetting to since I have so many other books to read! :P

    I do remember that when I found out that this was a full length novel about Andrea, I got REALLY excited. I love Andrea and Raphael! :D I do think that before I dive back in, I am going to start with this book! :D

    I am so glad you loved the book, Ali and you have me all the more excited to dive in! I cannot wait to be in her head! :D

    Fantastic review! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. Hopefully you can pick this series back up and add this one to the list. ;)

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  30. This one is new to me also, but if you freaking loved it :) I am definitely adding it to my TBR list.

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