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Maggie's predictably unpredictable life gets turned on its head once the elf shows up to hire her, though, and along the way Maggie learns a bit about friendship and family, and about her own powers.
So you know. quite typical in formula for an urban fantasy - but done in an engaging and new way, with clever descriptions of LA, and ways of integrating our world into one of magic that are genuinely creative. This book does suffer a bit from world-building-itis - a bit more time spent setting up things we need to know - but it doesn't suffer much for it, and I'll definitely be continuing with this series. In particular, as a heroine, Maggie is human and flawed, but not in the kind of way that makes you want to reach through the screen and strangle her; she doesn't spend a lifetime beating herself up for mistakes, and she learns from them. A coherent plot, sensible heroine, ending that still sets up future plots, an engaging story - it's hard to ask for much more from a few hours reading.
Maggie MacKay is a tracker of supernatural beings, she is great at her job. She learned from the best, her Dad, who disappeared without a trace in the middle of an assignment.
An elf named Killian has shown up with an assignment. Maggie's Uncle is working with the forces of dark to turn Earth into a "Vampire Convenience Store", with humans as their number one source. Together the two have to track down magical objects, and stop her evil Uncle.
A fast paced supernatural thriller. I really liked Maggie, she is spunky, sassy, down to earth and knows her job well. Killian was just as likable. I liked the plot, it was original, the characters were well rounded, the supernatural beings were awesome.
There was a lot of action, drama, and humor. I like that in a story. I definitely will be following Maggie's story and highly recommend Maggie for Hire to those who love supernatural thrillers. I also liked the cover, it captures Maggie at her best.
Maggie is a Tracker, with her ability to cross from the Other World to Earth and back, she hunts down paranormal criminals for a living. One day, I mean night, as she hunts down vampires (who neither own strip clubs or shine in the sunlight) she meets Killian. Killian is a hot and sexy elf sent by the Elf Queen to hire Maggie. The Job? Save the Universes.
One of the joys of Urban Fantasy is the kick ass women who inhabit it and their quirks. Unfortunately, Maggie doesn't open up enough for us to connect as we do with some of her more famous sisters. Kate Danley is too busy making Maggie sarcastic for even a tidbit of sexual tension between Mags and Killian. This is truly sad, because that tension is as important as the baddies in the world of UF.
Maggie is also difficult to like, because she doesn't seem to like anything but coffee. This is a trait that is so common among UF heroines that is now a funny cliche'. If you remember that and not take it so seriously. I would love to see a UF Heroine have a hankering for Diet Coke in the AM or maybe a Mountain Dew. I wish Maggie was that original. She's not
There are good points. The side character, the Priest the Chinese Wiseman and the The Nun are awesomely funny, not unique but funny. The writing is easy to read, I chomped this puppy in a few hours. There is a nice rhythm to the words and a smooth rhythm to the Worlds. Oh and Maggie's Mom! Yeah, baby, she works.
This really deserves 3 1/2 out of 5, but it is kind on the low end of that half.
At Free - it is a good value, a good time filler and a fun read if you are not looking for depth or originality. It is a popcorn book.
If you want good urban fantasy, read the Dresden Files. Now Harry can explain to you what the Other Side is in detail and why any sane human would never want to go there. Or Bonnie Lamer or Linda Wisdom - now those are ladies who can weave an urban fantasy tale.
Kate Danley is new to this, so perhaps when she gets more experience under her belt, her stories will show more depth and polish. Maybe if I buy book 2 she's already developing that. But do I want to buy book 2?? Jury's out.
I didn't have to backtrack 30 pages to figure out what I missed). I gave it 5 stars because it was good enough for me to want to buy the next book in the series (which is rare).