Magic Rises: A Kate Daniels Novel

Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews 4.5Kate Daniels and I had a rocky start. I didn't think the first book was that great, nor did it deserve the hype it had gotten, but my friends insisted that they all got progressively better. So I finally relented and read book two. It was a definite improvement. By the 3rd one I in love with Kate, Curran and their world. This book was no exception. I loved it!This book had a bit of everything. Action, romance, sexy scenes, backstabbing, mysteries, politics, humor and death. Yes I said death. So be prepared! The whole book was some very intricate maneuvering to get to Kate, with of course some added bonus of the subplot having new magical creatures. I like how Andrews managed both plot threads at the same time. They were both separate but together and they meshed very nicely. We also have the addition of the new people to Kate's 'team' in a way, and they were all connected with each other.What I truly love about these books are the characters. Specifically Kate and Derek. Yeah I said Derek and not Curran, sue me! xD I love that Kate is smart and doesn't just suddenly have amnesia when her brain power is needed to solve the problems like in so many books. Not only is she smart, but she is mouthy. Love all her comebacks xD She is badass and she compassionate, and she'll do what has to be done to make her people safe. Even when she was having issues with Curran, she would never have turned her back on the shapeshifters. They were hers now and she going to do her damnest to keep them safe. Then there is Derek. He has become Kate's backup and right hand man. He is loyal to her, and even after all the crap he went through he still manages to keep it together and still be one hell of a back up. I would love if Andrews wrote a novella or a whole book with Derek being the MC, like they did with Andrea. I can't really go anymore in depth about the plot than I already did without spoiling something, and I really don't want to do that. It would just ruin the whole thing and that's just no fun xD I had been in a bit of a book slump when I picked this one up, but it managed not only to keep my interest to get me out of the slump, that's how awesome it is xD