Maggie For Hire (Maggie MacKay – Magical Tracker 1)
Now an elf named Killian has shown up with a gig. Seems Maggie’s uncle is working with the forces of dark to turn Earth into a vampire convenience store, serving bottomless refills on humans.
The only hope for survival lies in tracking down two magical objects and a secret that vanished with Maggie’s father.
WARNING: This book contains cussing, brawling, and unladylike behavior. Proceed with caution.
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I love a great paranormal book, and this one had some solid aspects, but it just wasn’t the whole package.Maggie was very sarcastic, which I normally love, but after awhile it got a little tiresome and predictable. Instead or random sarcasm, it was continual which made the book seem longer than it was. There were a few times I had to stop and walk away from it because I wanted to see what happened but I needed a Maggie break.I liked the 2 different worlds and the travel, it had some intriging aspects and that is what kept me going even though I did not love Maggie.The book did not have romance, it was pretty much straight paranormal. Lots of curse words for those that are offended by that.Overall, I felt this was average, with occasional moments of great originality. It was those moments that kept me reading.With that said, I may again try this author in the future to find out if she develops Maggie in a better way. I think I paid 3.99 for this, and that did not bother me, I know have paid much more for much worse.If you love the genre give it a shot, but don’t go in expecting it to knock your socks off.
As a fan of old school Janet Evanovich and all Charlaine Harris, I’m always looking for novels with a combination of fun and grit. Maggie For Hire has an abundance of both. Zipping you through a recognizable LA with some serious SciFi/alternate universe twists, Kate Danley has created a protagonist who is at the same time tough and quirky. She’s laid down a fantastic back story that she will be able to pull threads from for many novels to come (which I look forward to!) This is an excellent choice for those who have run out of Sookie Stackhouse novels, or simply run out of patience with Evanovich for regurgitating the same plot lines.
For those of you who’ve read the True Blood series, it’s easy to explain the overall tone and feel of this book. There’s light-hearted humor, a hint of romance, occasional gross-outs, tons of action, and a serious plot line beneath it all.Maggie strongly reminds me of Sookie Stackhouse. She never lets fear stop her from doing the right thing and is unimpressed by supernatural beings. There’s also a lot of Stephanie Plum in her (Janet Evanovich’s bounty hunting spitfire heroine). Maggie is a delightful and intriguing woman, and it’s a pleasure getting to know her.Maggie lives in a supernatural dimension with portals to earth. Her job is to track bad guys and return them to their own dimension and jail. When she is approached by a sexy hunk of an elf (Killian) who wants to hire her for an unusual job, she fearlessly (possibly foolishly) accepts.Vampires are trying to break the boundary between the dimensions, and if they succeed, the human race will become nothing more than a memory. The moment Maggie and Killian start asking questions, they become targets. Now they have to figure out what the vamps are up to while fending off attacks!I don’t want to give away anymore details and ruin it for anyone. However, I can tell you the plot thickens considerably after that. We are introduced to several other types of supernatural beings, both good and evil. There are also a priest, a cranky old chinese man who sheds light on the magical items the vamps are using to destroy the boundary, Maggie’s nagging psychic mother, and her completely normal human sister. The character development is excellent, and the sheer variety of characters is entertaining to say the least!There are more errors than any real book I’ve read but only a fraction of the mistakes we see in most free e-books. Obviously an effort was made, and I respect and appreciate Ms. Danley’s work more because of it.I really enjoyed the journey this book took me on, and I will be keeping watch, hoping to meet Maggie and Killian again some day. It’s a rare gift to be given – a mystery with thrills, wit, humor, a wide range of interesting characters, courage, loyalty, supernatural elements, and new ideas/concepts. Now that I know it’s possible to find all that in one place, I want more!
Campy, lazy, trite humor. Deus ex-machina happy ending.the most difficult thing our heroine had to do was not sleep with her partner the gorgeous elf who constantly flirts. I mean of course he wants her, she’s so funny and capable. but maybe they are saving that for the sequel.this is lazy urban fantasy. i love urban fantasy but it seems like everything is the same now.she is the tough-talking, special-powers having, able-to-kick-ass-of-men-double-my-body-weight(wait is that too many hyphens?) troupe that urban fantasy consists of these days.there was no climax or character development.her information gathering is composed of going to the scary bar in town and buying a stranger a drink: “i shouldn’t be telling you this, i will be killed later, but i mean you did buy me a shot of no-name booze, seems like a fair trade”from there on out shes just kicking ass left and right. i mean vampires, ghouls, doppelgangers, mafia-like doormen and all manner of everything fall to her knifes and bar knuckle fighting tactics. seriously i’m supposed to believe she is just a huge street brawler?in the end i just wanted her to stop making lame jokes while she kills vampires.its hard to believe in any way she is gunning for her life. this read like fan fiction
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review of it.Maggie for Hire is just an awesomely funny novel. I was literally laughing the entire time. This will definitely be my go to book when a bad day comes my way.It has all the creatures I enjoy reading about:vampires, elves, Fey, demons, and magic users.Maggie is a lovable character and just really down to Earth. She curses when she gets mad, she is a fighter who doesn’t mind getting dirt on her hands, and she loves her family. She sounds like we could be best friends!Despite all the comedy, there is a real mystery going on and Maggie is good at what she does; tracking down the magicks that have been naughty. She is sorta a bounty hunter for OtherWorldly creatures.There isn’t really a lot of romance in the book but there is hints of it sprinkled throughout the story, however, Maggie is just too busy to bother with it. I think if it didn’t have all the cursing it could be considered young adult, but Maggie does like to cuss like a sailor, so I would keep it for the over 18 crowd.I would definitely be interested in reading more from Maggie, so I am going to be on the out look for more of Maggie MacKay- Magical Tracker!!
The plot sounded promising and while the heroine had some witty moments that made me smile, this simply did not hold my attention. At all. There simply was no real connection to any of the characters for me and I did not really care about anything that was happening. Halfway through, I gave up and skimmed to the end.
The beginning was great, it promised to be an interesting para supernatural read and it most def. had all the boxes ticked for the genre. The vampire hunter who can travel from one dimension to another, the lost loved one and the evil relative. Add a cute elf and hey presto you’re on to a winner. Except for me it was slightly dissapointing, because I felt it swayed too much between YA story and grown up dialogue. Sort of a mixed bag of Liquorice Allsorts when it came to the consistency of who the target audience was. So the main charcter would ff and blind, which is fine I have no problem with strong language when used properly and then the same character would have a teenage like convo with one of the other characters. I felt it deflected from an otherwise good plot and storyline. I received a free copy of this book for my review.
Copy received from BookRooster for review.Premise: Maggie is a tracker, but now someone’s tracking her. Her life of tracking undead and other nonhuman bail jumpers is upset when she’s caught between a group of strangely powerful vampires, an elf who wants her services on behalf of the elven queen, and a mysterious figure who wants Maggie’s power to walk between worlds.This was a fun read that started really strong, but there’s not much supporting the suface-level fun.The style of the writing is the most striking thing about this novel. Maggie’s voice is conversational and funny, with a decent turn on humorous phrases. The supporting cast is interesting and sometimes silly.The plot is pretty thin, though. It doesn’t end up amounting to much, and while the climax follows from what comes before, it wasn’t as strong as it could have been. The friendship between Maggie and Killian works right up until it feels forced, and while the style starts adorable, it eventually got a smidge cloying. The Other Side was really interesting, but nothing about it was established beyond the existence of elves, vampires and other mythical beasties. Maggie is half Other Sider, but what that means and what her dad is was never addressed.A lot of my problems with the book, though, didn’t come to mind until after I finished reading it, because the experience of reading it was pleasant. It’s a cotton candy sort of story: inoffensive, sweet, fun for a while, not filling.Can I mention how happy I am that I never saw the cover before reading the book? There are several versions, all pretty terrible.I enjoyed the experience of reading Maggie for Hire, but I don’t think I’ll need to track down the next one.
I don’t often give five-stars to a book, but this is one of the best series of books (two so far) that I have read since Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, and Kalayna Price. Ms. Danley does an exceptional job of creating characters of epic quality that could certainly be part of a long lasting series.The main character, Maggie, is a supernatural detective/tracker/hunter of sorts who is able to easily cross over between the human world (Earth) and the supernatural world called “Other Side.” She partners up with an elf named Killian in order to battle some evil forces, find some magical objects and save the world. Due to her unique ability to create portals to cross worlds, she is the best one for the job; unfortunately, this also makes her a target for the bad guys (vampires) who want to use this ability to get to Earth to make one big snack of all the humans.Killian is your typical elf who has a dry sense of humor, if any at all, is out of touch with current fashion trends, and a bit too gallant in a world where such gentlemanly behavior isn’t really appreciated anymore. He is also a shameless flirt, which creates some good humor. His juxtaposition with Maggie makes for some interesting dialogue and quite a bit of humor because of the stark difference between the two. Maggie is strong-willed, blunt, and probably wouldn’t know how to be polite if her life depended on it. But she isn’t a bad person; on the contrary, she has a heart and quite a few “human” flaws that make her very likeable. One thing I really like about Maggie is that she is not overly strong-willed; she knows when to ask for help and shows a bit of humility occasionally. She has a wonderful energy and sarcastic wit about her that I love in my female leads. Maggie does like to cuss a lot, so if this isn’t your bag, be warned.The character development between the two is wonderful. It is certainly not perfect, and in some ways it seems a bit unlikely on Killian’s part, but for the most part there is a realistic working relationship that forms between the two and we see both characters begin to adapt a bit to the other and form a comfortable and friendly connection. Although there may be very subtle romantic sparks, this is definitely not a romance. However, the characters play off of each other so well that we really don’t need that romantic relationship to be fulfilled.One of the things that is so intriguing about this book (series) is that although there are so many supernatural/urban fantasy books already out there, Ms. Danley still manages to create a unique concept and adds enough details to this world to make it interesting, thought-provoking, and leaves the reader wanting so much more. There are so many interesting minor characters and places within “Other Side” that I could even imagine whole, spin-off books written solely based on these aspects. These books are fun, full of adventure, suspense, action, good connections between characters and creative stories lines. I absolutely cannot wait for the third in the series, which comes out sometime in 2013.
Kate Danley’s entry into the urban fantasy genre is a delightful romp filled with humor, adventure, and silliness as her potty-mouthed heroine crosses dimensions to retrieve magical artifacts that a host of bad guys are after as means of destroying the world. Maggie MacKay kicks the bad guys’ butts with the aid of a host of characters, some sweet and some annoying. If you like urban fantasy and you like to laugh, and if you’re not put off by the f word, you will love this book.