Joint review with KellyOriginal review: http://onabookbender.com/2012/04/09/joint-review-with-soulswallo-magic-bites-by-ilona-andrews/Kelly: This is a series that had been on my radar for a while.Amanda: Mine, too! Though I can’t exactly remember why it’s been on my radar. Just one of those series that everyone loves and I should read, too.Kelly: I kept hearing about Curran’s awesomeness and it was recommended by several people whose opinions I trust. So, I went into this book with some fairly high expectations.Amanda: I really had no expectations. I didn’t even read the synopsis before diving in. I like to do this with heavily recommended books in case it doesn’t live up to the hype.Kelly: I’m glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Kate’s world is dark and gritty and when things start happening they START HAPPENING. I really, really liked the idea behind the magical and technological blackouts. At this point I don’t know why these blackouts happen but the picture I have of two opposing forces pushing against one another gives me the shivers. Honestly, there’s so much room for wacky shenanigans that I’m itching to get my hands on the next few books.Amanda: I think I’ve pretty much established that I’m an information whore, so while I agree that I liked the idea of magical and tech blackouts, I wanted to know why they happen. It was a source of frustration for me, and one of the reasons I didn’t rate the book higher. I wasn’t quite able to situate myself into the world and I dislike that. But I liked what I read, so I assume that each book will get better.Kelly: One of the biggest things I’m curious about is Kate and her magical mystery past. Why is her blood so powerful? Who is her father? She has all these secrets and I want some answers.Amanda: I think I know who her father is. Unless the answer is too easy. But her blood is so powerful because of who her father is no matter who he is. But yes! I want to know more about Kate’s past. She’s very interesting, and we really only get a hint of who she is in t his book.Kelly: And then there’s Curran.Amanda: Rawr.Kelly: The Beast Lord (Not to be confused with the Lion King- which I kept calling him in my head). I know he plays a big part in later books (or at least a part. I’m really just assuming it’s big. Oh, *snicker*, I made a size joke.) and I want to see how Kate integrates herself into his world.Amanda: Or, how Curran integrates himself into Kate’s world.Kelly: Plenty of fun (and sexy) characters, creepy bad guys who are uber-creepy, and a world with oodles of potential. Yep, this book pushed all my buttons. In a good way.Amanda: Yes! I think this is another winner series. I instantly wanted to pick up the next book in the series. Everything I read leads me to believe that the series will continue to get better.