Monday, August 20, 2012

Review: Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

Title: Gunmetal Magic
Author: Ilona Andrews 
Series: Kate Daniels (To be read after Magic Gifts) 
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Publisher: ACE
Number of Pages: 216
Source: Sent from the publisher

Some people have everything figured out — Andrea Nash is not one of those people. After being kicked out of the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. All she can do is try to put herself back together, something made easier by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend, Kate Daniels.When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano — the male alpha of Clan Bouda and Andrea's former lover — die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate ... and must work with Raphael. As her search for the killer leads her into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta, Andrea knows that dealing with her feelings for Raphael might have to take a backseat to saving the world ...(goodreads)

I was really excited to read this book because Andrea and Raphael are some of my favorite secondary characters in a series. This book is told in the same time period as Magic Gifts, which was told from Kate's point of view.

I had a hard time warming up to Andrea as a heroine, and I'm not sure why. I think a part of it was because I was so used to everything being from Kate's point of view. I think another reason was that there was a lot of action in the first part of the book, but not a lot of interaction with other characters if that makes since. I did love how she took Ascanio (sp) under her wing, and played peace keeper between him and Julie.  I did love how Andrea came into her own in the second half of the book, but I had trouble with some events that just seemed to happen a little too easily after a lot of buildup.

While I had a little trouble with Andrea as a heroine, I had no trouble with Raphael. Raphael quickly won me over as an Alpha hero. He was great. He really understood Andrea, where she was coming from but didn't cut her any slack. My favorite part of the book was when he wrote Mine on Andrea's table.

I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I hadn't read Magic Gifts a few days prior, because the first half of the book just felt like a repeat of that novella, even though events were a bit different.  However, I loved the second half of that book and I think it's because there was more of Raphael in it. :) For a spin off book though, this was an enjoyable read and I really hope that there are more books with Raphael and Andrea in them.

Barrons Hero Hotness Meter: High 
Curran Crush Meter: High
Rhiannon Kick Ass Heroine Meter: High 
Finn Sidekick Meter: High 
Martini Sigh Meter: High