Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

“I’m not going to ask you to come with me. That would be like stepping in front of a moving train and saying, ‘Hey, honey, come stand next to me.’”
I hopped off the wall and stood next to him. “Anytime.”
He just looked at me.
“I’ve never killed a train before. It might be fun to try.”

Book six in the Kate Daniels series by husband-and-wife author team Ilona Andrews expands upon the "Post Shift" world. All the previous books have been set in and around Atlanta, Georgia, after magic returned to the world, casting it into upheaval. This time, Kate and her honey, the shapeshifter Beast Lord, are traveling across the treacherous ocean to Europe. Tangled up in the savage politics of the Continental shapeshifter packs and being manipulated by a deadly figure out of her family history, Kate is walking a knife's edge.  

The characters never fail to be engaging and the settings are rich with their own personalities. Not exactly the best writing ever, but certainly an enjoyable chapter in the saga. This story features the death of a major character, but also introduces a new one that definitely promises to be entertaining. And the ending left me grinning. Can't wait to read the next one!

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The Heist by Macklemore, featuring Ryan Lewis

cover for The Heist by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, text and lizard or snake skin patterning in gold outlines on black background"We came here to live life like nobody was watching"

With danceable beats, social-consciousness, and an excellent sense of humor, Macklemore's first studio album features the Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit "Thrift Shop", as well as "Can't Hold Us" and "Same Love".

I first heard "Thrift Shop" on the radio and I did a double-take. A song about resale shops? That's not only funny but catchy and promotes bargain-conscious shopping.. from a rapper? Different, to say the least. Give the rest of the album a listen, too!

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