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When monsters appear on Earth, Maggie MacKay is on the job. No one is better at hauling the creepy crawlies back where they belong. No one, that is, except Maggie's dad, who vanished in the middle of an assignment. Now, an elf named Killian has shown up with a gig. Seems Maggie's uncle teamed up with the forces of dark to turn Earth into a vampire convenience store, servinWhen monsters appear on Earth, Maggie MacKay is on the job. No one is better at hauling the creepy crawlies back where they belong. No one, that is, except Maggie's dad, who vanished in the middle of an assignment. Now, an elf named Killian has shown up with a gig. Seems Maggie's uncle teamed up with the forces of dark to turn Earth into a vampire convenience store, serving bottomless refills on humans. Ah, family...The only hope for survival lies in tracking down two magical artifacts and a secret that disappeared with Maggie's dad.WARNING: This book contains cussing, brawling, and unladylike behavior. Proceed with caution....

Title : Maggie for Hire
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ISBN : 9781463762544
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Number of Pages : 286 Pages
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Maggie for Hire Reviews

  • Shera (Book Whispers)
    2018-12-27 13:32

    It's clear from my reviews that I have not been doing well with indie/self pub books for Urban Fantasy. That said I enjoyed the humor immensely in this book, and the grammar was clean. Wow, what a nice little twist. Sadly it felt like non-stop jokes. Which is a sad coincidence as I was talking to some Goodreads friends about how of late Urban Fantasy authors seem to think snarky/witty jokes is the way to go. Completely leaving character development and world building in the background. Which also led to how snarky humor may not be witty, but simply rude.Thankfully it comes off witty in Maggie For Hire. Sadly the writing is bare bones. When I read a book the words need to transport me into the world. Where all I can visualize is this world. Taste, smell, feel, and just be in a freaking book coma. Where I don't need to eat or sleep because the author is providing all my needs. Maggie was a stranger going into the book, and coming out of it. She has a great since of humor. Yeah. None of the other cast of characters stood out much. And no I didn't find the elf sexy. With poor writing. Or I should say it's “telling” writing. Don't tell me how hot and sexy this elf is, make me believe it through the writing. Now the plot. Nothing special. Runs like an uninspired UF, with nothing new. In fact, there is so little new material here that this is how it goes: chasing, little mini fight, find some one, ask questions. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. By the end of the book I skimmed. GASP! Yeah, me the advocate of no skimming. Sorry, by the last 50% I know longer cared. And actually considered exercising my “Did Not Finish” powers. But I wanted to get the last few jokes in.Come for the jokes, and stay for them. Because you're not going to get much else out of this. There are some amazing authors out there, especially in the UF genre, and I know what I want. Sadly Maggie For Hire may have some solid writing—especially compared to some of the shit ARCs lately—but it's not quite there yet. A bit more work with world building, characters, and not telling the story is needed. Right now the book is free on Amazon for Kindle, try it out don't be shy. I read this as a group read and there were many readers who enjoyed it and moved on the the next books. For me, I want more. Nay, I need more. Sexual Content: Sexual jokes, a few. Clean, cleaner than most YA. 2/5- Average/disappointing, library check-out.Originally reviewed at Book Whispers.

  • Bethany
    2019-01-04 19:26

    If urban fantasy could be bottled, then this story is a shot-glass full of awesomesauce.Lessons Learned from Maggie for Hire:1. My life will not be complete until I have a Brownie of my very own. (Pipistrelle, if you’re out there…I need you!)2. “Fairy glamour. It is not just for seducing the ladies.” – Killian3. Engraved stakes make classy gifts.4. One should always keep Ambrosia Nectar on hand for visiting elves. Failing that…a beer will do.5. “Life is too short to waste daytime cell minutes being yelled at by a vampire.” – MaggieThis story had everything I love in an urban fantasy, from an evil uncle to a priest with attitude, all served up with a twist of humor that kept me laughing out loud and flipping the pages. The writing is fast-paced and playful, and packed with entertaining dialogue. I especially loved the interaction between Killian and Maggie – they spent most of the novel playing straight-man and comedian, and the chemistry was perfect.I popped open my glove compartment and handed Killian a Glock. “I do not use guns.” “Who said it was for you?” He raised an eyebrow. “Listen, some ladies make men carry their purses. All I’m asking is for you to carry my extra gun.”Don’t let the humor fool you, though; the world – or rather, worlds – where Maggie lives aren’t full of fluffy werewolves and sparkly vampires. The creatures she’s hunting are scary and evil, and the battles are appropriately bloody.I enjoyed the fast-paced plot – being dropped straight into the action is my favorite way to start the story, and at no point during the tale did I feel bogged down by worldbuilding details or back story. There was just enough of it at just the right times to keep me engaged and entertained. If anything, I’d have liked to see the plot drawn out a little longer, with more time spent on developing some of the relationships in the story. That being said, I think the snappy pace of the story fits the sassy protagonist perfectly, and there was enough of an ending to make the story feel complete, even if I was sad to see it end.A kickass heroine with a snarky sense of humor and a colorful cast of supporting characters make this a fast, fun read – but only for those with a sense of humor strong enough to handle a little tongue-in-cheek action! Don't miss Kate's giggle-worthy interview on Dark Side of the Covers!

  • MJ
    2019-01-17 18:23

    This was a fun, light read. I liked the story and the mythology of it was interesting. But it was a little too-light a read. I couldn't get into it as much as I normally (like to) do in a book. While not needing an info dump, it needed to be tighter and more dramatic with descriptions to hold your interest. Some people (like the Chinese man) stood off the page while others (her Dad) were so flat. (Didn't even find out what species he was... just he was from the Other Side and had magic.) I thought the Brownie was charming and had the perfect name!

  • Mara
    2019-01-08 12:24

    The problem with humour is that it may be really personal. Quite a usual nightmare: you crack a joke and nobody laughs.The author keeps cracking jokes every paragraph and I kept not being amused. The level of "fun" is this: [we started] "travelling at a trot. A fox trot, if you will" (they are guided by a fox). It's really cheap humour, I can find nothing witty in it. After a few chapters I was ready to drive up the wall. Definitely not my idea of fun...Unfortunately, this is not the only problem. Word-building is non-existent, even if the idea behind the story is cool (if you use standard UF fare either you stuck to it or you really make it personal). Characters are cardboard, dumb and bordering unacceptable. There are so many things that do no add up. You have the leading lady, who has been just tricked by an elf in to giving him a bonus, that has no problem in finding him on her sofa. After she has told him to make himself scarce. You have this elf who touches Maggie constantly (do you imagine a standard elf as a touchy-feely type?). You have the leading lady's mother that after having Seen the Armageddon, nags her daughter to give her granbabies. Let's not talk about the villain/s. Caricature anyone?The book is stuffed with this things. The plot is all over and... I better stop. You might want to read a different review. Michelle loved it:

  • Beanbag Love
    2019-01-02 12:09

    Maybe a 3.75. Cute book. Funny cast of characters. Pretty light as UF goes, but diverting and enjoyable. Maggie is a magical tracker who can cross between Earth and the Other Side. The Other Side is kind of an alternate Earth where magic is strong. She's a bounty hunter and often works for the Other Side police. This time though, she's been hired by the Elf Queen herself to stop someone from tearing open the "walls" between the Other Side and Earth. She's assigned a hot hunk of an elf named Killian as her partner. He is NOT your typical hot hunk. He's really cute and funny, not constantly alpha and smoldering. Oh, he can definitely turn it on, but then Maggie yells at him and he apologizes. He loves sweets and Maggie's television and good wisecracks. He's adorable. She also picks up a brownie along the way named Pipistrelle. I want one! He's so cute!There are others that make their way through the story and I found myself laughing out loud and wanting to return to the story whenever I had to put it down. Ultimately, the humor makes the plot a little less than gripping, but it's still definitely an enjoyable read. I've already started the second one. The first two have been reasonably priced so I'll continue as long as that's the case. This author has quite a few books out (even though I was completely unfamiliar with her before this) so I'll probably check out some of her other series as well. I can always use a good laugh.

  • Meigan
    2019-01-06 15:29

    This was quite a fun little ball of fluff and the bonus was - it was free on Amazon. I would have totally paid for it, simply because of the many things I enjoyed about it. There were so many different paranormal critters to be found in this book - vampires, brownies (yay!), ghouls, trolls, ogres, elves, a few zombies, a few mentions of witches, and a talking fox. That's one of the aspects I enjoyed was the variety of creatures, both good and bad. Pipistrelle the brownie was definitely a favorite :) Another high point was the different sides and the means to get from one place to another. There was the Earth side, and there was the Other Side. Portals are used to get from one side to the next, and the way Maggie traveled from between the two was pretty neat. I won't go into specifics for fear of spoilage. The characters were all pretty interesting too. Maggie is a "world walker", she is one of the few people who can travel freely from one side to the next. She can also create portals, which is a coveted gift since not many can do that. The only thing that prevents me from rating this higher was the lack of suspense I felt while reading. Parts of the story seemed rushed to me, and some of those parts were critical to lending a "sweaty palms" feeling, like the ending. It was over rather quickly (just like many of the fight scenes were). And there was no romance or sex. Some flirting, but that was it. But, I'm still interested enough to continue on with the series. It caught my interest, and I liked too many parts of the story that it wouldn't make sense not to read the sequels. It was also quite funny for most of the book, and simple humor is often enough to hook me. Simple humor works for simple people, and I'm definitely simple :) (As a direct red flag to prove my simple-ness, I have been known to watch Spongebob. With my kid, of course, and I laugh hysterically at the episode where Spongebob receives his favorite magazine - "Simple-Ton: A Ton of Simple Things to Do." Gets me every time :) )

  • Marianne
    2019-01-17 17:04

    I loved this book up until the last 10%, and frankly, I couldn't understand why this book wasn't rated higher. The cast included a wide variety of intriguing (and let's not forget, hilarious) creatures: Brain eating zombie bellboys, a brownie (not the chocolate kind, but don't worry you are not the only one who misunderstood,)evil minion vampires with a new Master who dreams of day-walking, ghouls who pick up ideas from union workers, a catholic priest... In fact, this book had almost everything a girl who appreciates low brow humor can hope for. Maggie and Killan, the hot elf, were hilarious together. Their flirtatious and snarky banter made my day. Don't believe me? Check out my status updates... I know Killan was sent to protect Maggie and help her out in her current predicament; but I do hope he sticks around. They make a great team and they made my day;-)But now for the bad news: Everything related to uncle Ulrich. Wow, he was a cartoonish villain, really badly developed. I think even the book itself agrees. (There's a line in there somewhere that acknowleges this sad fact.) And the final battle: What a joke, it was over almost before it began. So yeah, if the author had made just a little more effort with the ending, I would gladly have given this book a 4. But I'm still more than enough intrigued to go ahead and read book #2.3.75 stars

  • Jana Brown
    2018-12-29 17:23

    I got this free for the Kindle and, unfortunately, was really glad it was free. This was an over cliched DNF for me. Maggie annoyed me. Her elf romantic interest annoyed me more and the plot and pacing were jerky and uncertain. I also struggled with accepting the world building. I think there is some good potential here, but definitely needed tightening and a good edit.

  • Ladiibbug
    2019-01-19 19:20

    #1 Maggie MacKay, Magical Tracker #1 Urban FantasyBRAVO!! **5 Stars** (I'm VERY stingy with 5 stars)100% Outstanding, knocked my socks off from the first pages! Author Kate Danley's urban fantasy world, is enchanting, totally engrossing, and unique. Talk about unputdownable!The characters all quickly become people (well, some are elves, or brownies, or ???) you like very much and care about (or are afraid of). Exceptionally well written, exciting and well developed plot that kept me eagerly turning the pages till the wee hours.Maggie is one tough gal. She can be protective, caring, snarky, cynically funny, or deadly lethal with her arsenal of weapons she uses (from back cover) "hauling the creepy crawlies back to where they belong". I LOVED Maggie and can't WAIT to read more in this series!The back cover summary ends with: "WARNING: This book contains cussing, brawling and unladylike behavior. Proceed with caution." LOL!#2 in Maggie MacKay Magical Tracker series: Maggie Get Your Gun#3 " " " : Maggie On The Bounty#4 " " " : M&K Tracking#5 " " " : untitledAuthor Kate Danley has other books (search G/R's), including the multiple award-winning The Woodcutter 5/17/15 Second read, same 5 stars & review as above. I failed to mention the HUGE AWESOMENESS of the author naming one character Lars, and another Ulrich. The real life Lars Ulrich being the drummer in Metallica, a favorite band.Hoping for library's purchase of book 2 to arrive soon!

  • Chuck Briggs
    2019-01-20 17:25

    It's become a statement so commonly used in Goodread reviews and lampooned on other websites and numerous blogs - but you know, sometimes it turns out to be the truth: “Maggie for Hire” is a work I ordinarily would not have read if I wasn’t researching the genre and some of the archetypes involved. There. You know where I'm coming from and how to take the rest of the review if you take these things seriously.I have to place "Maggie for Hire" in the middle of the pack. although I see that most people rate it higher. On the plus side, "Maggie for Hire"'s characters are solid, the plotting competent and the fantasy elements utilized knowingly – but there’s not much depth. Reading the book, for me, was like plopping down on the sofa to watch an episode of a television series. You stick it out until the end and have a reasonably good time watching the program, but it vanishes from your mind as soon as the next show comes on. Author/actress Kate Danley is no light weight. She won the Garcia Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year and the Reader View Reviewer First Choice Award, 1st Place Fantasy Book for her debut novel “The Woodcutter.” “In Maggie for Hire,” the central character and narrator Maggie McKay is a “Magical Tracker.” Her job is to track down vampires, werewolves and other supernatural nasties who slip in from a parallel world into our own and send the critters back to where they came from.So far, so good. We have “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” meets “The Bounty Hunter.” Like most of the heroines of this particular genre, Maggie sees herself as a “badass” Her language can get pretty f***ing coarse – but I can handle that. I don’t live in a hermetically sealed bag and am aware that a lot of our youth pride themselves on their ability to curse. As an established, trained actress with extensive theatre credits, author Kate Danley has no trouble maintaining the voice of her tough, Doc Martin wearing, hipster heroine. Other characterizations, including her partner, an annoyingly knight-like elf, are well maintained throughout.There's some very good writing here. As a matter of fact, here's a paragraph I just love written in a contemporary, neo Chandleresque vein:"The roads of downtown LA are a bizarre mash-up of good times gone by and really good times gone by. Homeless crackheads camp out beneath the art deco marquees of some of the most beautiful theaters ever to be abandoned. Sure, much of the space had been converted to lofts and fancy living, but the folks in those homes lived like robber barons under siege, locked behind iron worked gates and security codes. They were posh overlords with a panoramic view of skid row from every floor-to-ceiling window."That ain’t bad - st all. Okay, there’s a verb tense slip. It should read “the folks in those homes LIVE like robber barons…..” and “They ARE posh overlords…” because the rest of the paragraph starts out in the present tense, but that’s small stuff. Most people aren’t anal enough to stop reading because of a couple of errors. So far we have a likeable heroine, some fast paced adventure and some passages of “class” writing. The BIG problem is that the characters, especially Maggie, are a complacent lot. There are no inner conflicts, no internal issues to be resolved along with the complications of the plot to give the characters any depth and resonance. How much depth can you give an Elf?! Well, actually she manages a little bit of character trajectory on that one as the Mr. Spock/Knightly Elf tries to become more hip and “with it.” (Wait a minute! Wasn’t that a familiar sub plot of those old, Mickey Rooney, “Andy Hardy” movies?!! That’s hip?!! Sigh.) I don’t care if I’m reading about Vampires, Vampire Killers, Dwarves or Talking Animals: I like a little depth of character. Maggie is basically, a tough talking, too well adjusted superhero. Shoot. Peter Parker has more complications than Maggie! Maggie is simply a fantasy wish fulfillment character and because of that, ….. well … kinda routine.I am now going to stick my neck out and no doubt become even less popular among my fellow writers than I already am.I am going to blame the touch of rushed mediocrity that crept into “Maggie for Hire” squarely on NaNo, the National Novel Writing Event. I have never participated in NaNo, but I have some friends I respect who have. The problem with NaNo is that it encourages you to write fast and finish what you are working on no matter what stands in your way. That’s cool – admirable, in fact. The problem is, a lot of people encouraged by certain professionals in the field just sit down and let fly, expecting to fix everything in the rewrite. IN some cases, the prose may flow, the plot may be polished and the characters well maintained – but the subtext which makes a GOOD book is missing. Hell, the characters of “Lord of the Rings” had personal foibles and inner conflicts – just like real people, which is why “Lord of the Rings” is a masterpiece, the high water mark of its genre. I’ve read some Urban Fantasy that at least has the main character struggling to straighten out her family relationships and suffer romantic complications.There’s also a pretty bad PC slip - something the author may not have intended, but it’s there.Among hip, young people – for a couple of decades now, as a matter of fact – it’s been an easy laugh getter and good way to ingratiate yourself to your peers by saying: “F***ing Hippies!” To casually indulge in hate for ANY group: hippies, blacks, Latinos, Jews, gays, lesbians or Polish People (remember Polack jokes, gang? ) is to further the cause of extremist “haters” everywhere and make that kind of minority slur socially acceptable. F***ing writers! F***ing pointy head intellectuals! F***king potty mouth, magical trackers!I am sure that that wasn’t the author’s intent. Oh, by the way. She didn’t write "F***ing Hippies." She wrote “F***king Elves!” It’s cute, but not okay because Elves are fictional, imaginary creatures. This HAD to have been a slip on the author's part because, like a good “buddy” story, the relationship between Maggie and her Elf deepens and matures as the story moves on – but the slur is pretty casually tossed out there. (See what Santa brings YOU this year, young lady! Elves remember!)So, in the end, “Maggie for Hire” is a decent, professional but routine outing in the Urban Fantasy Genre. Kate Danley is a talented writer and will probably move on to greater things. For example, the mayhem/combat scenes are well handled. However, but I think the characters should have been a little more carefully thought through and the subtext developed before buying a ticket on the NaNo Express.

  • Tony Hisgett
    2019-01-03 19:06

    After the first two chapters I had begun to hate this book. I thought Maggie was going to be a ‘kickass’ heroine but then she came up with lines like;The kind of guy you feel like you needed to apologize to afterwards for kissing because your face was unworthy of those lips.Thankfully it didn’t turn into a trashy romance, although I would have been quite happy to get rid of Killian. The author obviously wanted to make the book humorous but after a while the one-liners just got in the way of the story. The story didn’t flow, it felt like it was made up of string of incidents that didn’t quite fit together. Having said that I still finished the book and I am willing to give the next one in the series a try in the hope that the author stops trying too hard to be funny and concentrates more on the story and characters.

  • Kate
    2018-12-29 13:08

    Four stars for originality of premise, two and a half for execution, an average of three.The premise of this book was sincerely promising - Maggie McKay is a "magical tracker," a sort of bounty hunter between worlds, wherein supernatural or fantastical creatures are relegated to Other Side but can sometimes cross to Earth to make trouble. Maggie's father was gifted as a "world walker," who could open natural portals that allowed creatures to cross freely, instead of at tightly regulated and controlled official portals; she's inherited a good bit of his talent, plus some mystical sight from her human seer mother.When we meet up with Maggie, it's instant action - she's being pummeled by a vampire and is quickly rescued by an elf, who demands a favour in return. This favour ends up being agreeing to help him save the world(s) from an unknown threat that's trying to break down the boundaries in between them. Okay, awesome. All well and good. We've got kind of a Stephanie Plum meets vampires vibe going on, and that's rad.Unfortunately, the writing sort of lets down the side. Some of the slang is grating - "hellz," for instance, annoyed the bejeezus out of me - but I can work around that, since the author was obviously going for a breezy, lighthearted feel and a comfortable tone. The real problem was slipping between tenses - especially at the beginning, there's some back and forth between past tense and present that got irritating - and the fact that the tone was TOO breezy. More time spent giving the characters individual voices and less focused on creating cute slang would've done worlds to get me to identify more with the characters.The biggest issue, though, was the relationship between Maggie and Killian. The rest of the plot moves along at a fair clip, with some interesting red herrings and Big Worldshaking Developments coming along to startle Our Heroine. The relationship subplot, however, is thin and forced...and really detracts from the novel. At first, it seems as though it's being set up as "lust at first sight." Then, suddenly, Maggie is hostile towards Killian. Then he's putting his hands all over her and making breakfast. Then they're just work partners. Then everyone - including both Maggie's mother and a priest?! - is insinuating that they NEED to sleep together. In the middle of all this, they're...not really developing much chemistry, or even consistent chemistry. They keep going back and forth between grumbling at each other and flirting, with no real relationship dynamic developing beyond "there must be a hot foil for the female action star." Killian, honestly, could be replaced by just about anyone - a girl, a non-elf male, a talking monkey - who's also just there to save the heroine from time to time and provide a touch of repartee. Deleting him, or at least giving him a personality, would've improved the story mightily. I wanted to know more about MAGGIE, not about the hot elf tagging along with her, which is what others wanted to discuss in the course of the story. It truly felt as though the author knew that urban fantasy, these days, is really more like "paranormal romance" in many cases, and that it just doesn't sell without a sexy love interest...and so one got tacked right in. The world is interesting enough that I'll be keeping an eye out for the sequel, and hoping that we get more of Maggie and her family, and less of the grafted-on not-really-romance plot. The author's got talent, and hopefully the direction will work itself out with practice....

  • E.G. Manetti
    2018-12-24 15:05

    Vampires are evil. Elves are wise-cracking and sexy. Maggie is a kick-a heroine who can open portals between earth and the fae realm enabling her career as a bounty-hunter for rogue supernaturals hiding out on earth. And, or course she saves earth from a vampire apocalypse. All good pnr/uf material, but nothing that hasn't been done before. Mostly I kept thinking Rachel Morgan and the Hollows did it better. But then, I've always found demons more interesting than elves.

  • Amy Sumida
    2019-01-19 15:28

    The only bad thing I have to say about this book was that it was too short. Other than that, the characters are witty, well-developed, and down-right hilarious. There's the right amount of sexual tension, though maybe a sex scene would have been nice... I'm a grown-up, I like sex. Maggie's very sharp and is presented in a way that you can relate to, even though her life is so magical. Loved every minute of this book.

  • Natalie
    2018-12-27 20:26

    10% in and I'm at a big hell no. Every second the author is trying to make us laugh with some (not) funny witticism. I couldn't take it anymore. And then there is stuff like this: "The kind of guy you feel you need to apologize to afterwards for kissing because your face was unworthy of those lips."Gag. Plot sounded cool but I hate Maggie because she talks like an imbecile.

  • Nicole
    2018-12-26 16:23

    EhI was into the book until I hit the half way mark and then it just didn't keep my attention. Unfortunately, it wasn't great enough for me to pay money to try out the second book in the series.

  • Mary
    2019-01-07 19:07


  • Graylark
    2019-01-10 12:04

    DNF pretty early.The reviews said it was bad because it was too full of wisecracks. I thought, ok, I like wisecracking heroines so that's fine. But it was annoying because the book was written like: 1. One sentence of something actually happening2. Several paragraphs of wisecracking inner monologue3. Another sentence of something actually happening4. Several paragraphs of wisecracking inner monologueetc.Bleagh.

  • Snarktastic Sonja
    2018-12-30 20:23

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really liked the urban fantasy twist that uses magic in one world with portals between that and this world. The book is written in a very conversational style. There are few details - and lots of snark and conversation. My favorite kind of book! The love interest (at least that is my assumption) is an elf. I like elves. Much better than werewolves. Or vampires. So, I am tickled as punch with the use of an elf as the love interest. Even though I strongly resist reading anything that involves vampires, I really liked the use in this book. There is not enough detail to be creepy. It is just kind of assumed that you realize vampires are creepy. When the breed does something beyond what is "understood" to be normal for them, the author explains why they are able to do so. (I.E. be out in daylight.) And, the word sparkle was never used in the same sentence. I purchased this book on a free promotion. As such, I tend to be on the look out for grammar and other writing issues that might (or might not) remove one from the story. Not to nit-pick, but to review for others. I did find the use of the word "bring" instead of "take" which is a personal pet peeve, so it definitely jumped me out of the story. And that could honestly happen to any author. But, I found no other grammar related issues.The book is written in a very conversational style. If one enjoys a great deal of description or detail, they would be advised to look elsewhere. (Easily explained when I read the author blurb - she writes plays.) The only writing element that really bothered me was the use of chapters. In a 263 page book, there are 44 chapters, with the last one being 13 pages (yes, I counted). The starting and stopping really annoyed me. That being said, each section did seem to be a perfectly logical place to chapter. I also did not like the use of the f-word. (All those who know me know the quickest way to cause me to tune out of any conversation is to use that word.) Therefore, it did make me laugh to see the author apologize to her family for its use in her acknowledgments.Even for the current price of $2.99, this is a great, fun read.

  • Traci Loudin
    2019-01-17 17:04

    Here's what made me want to read this book. From the author:"Although Maggie has a male sidekick, her value is her own and whether they end up together or not has nothing to do with her journey. When I wrote Maggie, I was rebelliously pushing back on a theme I was seeing in the urban fantasy genre: that in order for a woman to be successful, she had to end up entangled romantically. The urban fantasy women (at the time) were always being saved by some guy. They were incompetent and stumbling upon victory. They were smooching vampires and dating werewolves. They were unable to overcome evil unless there was some big strong someone there to fight the monsters for them in the final battle. What I decided to do with Maggie was to have a heroine who was really good at her job, who really liked what she did, and who didn't need to be saved by anyone." - Kate Danley(link)But I'd forgotten all about that quote while reading it, and "Will they or won't they?" was strong with this one. (view spoiler)[They won't. Which was refreshing in its own way, but from the author's comments, you wouldn't expect a romantic angle at ALL, right? I found it a little tiresome. (hide spoiler)]It's true that Maggie is kickass and very good at her job. In some cases, I almost felt like she was TOO good. Fight scenes had little tension, because she could literally throw a stake and it would pierce and kill the vampire. If she's this good in Book One, it doesn't seem like she'll have much of a character arc, and I like to watch characters grow. I suppose most of my complaints are really more of a critique of the urban fantasy genre in general. I've tried this, the Iron Druid series, and Dresden, and I'm starting to get a handle on it now. They're episodic, exciting, and fun, but in no way deep. What I absolutely loved about this book was the blend of real world technology and magic. More than the other urban fantasy series I've mentioned, this book walks the line between scifi and fantasy. And I love that.

  • Patty Ram
    2019-01-14 16:24

    I love Maggie! She is a "real" person and very entertaining :)

  • Kelly
    2019-01-02 18:25

    Reviewed for One Upon a Time.I liked this one way more than I thought I would. Which isn't to say that I thought I wouldn't like it, but the pop culture references and the general snark that Maggie indulged in tickled my fancy. Plus, who doesn't like it when a hot elf shows up and makes breakfast while helping battle the forces of darkness?It wasn't hard to like Maggie. She's a scrappy fighter, she loves her cat and she helps keep the mean streets of LA clean of supernatural baddies. Her ability to travel between worlds at will makes her something of a hot commodity when her previously unknown evil uncle pops up to enact his evil plan. Did I mention that he's evil? True story. However, help arrives in the form of one seriously hot elf who is determined to help her save the world and who would also like to get into Maggie's pants. I approve of both parts of his plan, btw. Saving the world is important, as are Maggie's pants.I thought the overall worldbuilding was well thought out and intriguing. We learned about several types of supernaturals without ever going into informational overload. Probably my only issue with the book (and it was a relatively minor issue. More an issue-let than anything else.) is the way that Killian and Maggie fell into the casual touching game so easily. It seemed like they were exchanging and/or allowing hugs fairly quickly and that felt a bit out of character on Maggie's part. It didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book, but it was something I noticed.The writing is fast paced, the quips are fun, and Maggie cracked me up something fierce. Her single-minded determination to fix things when the chips are down made her interesting and the bad guys who try to stop her are helpless in the face of her fury. Quirky, fun and gory, I can envision Maggie on a lot of different adventures down the line.-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  • Leiahc
    2018-12-28 19:07

    First, let’s get out of the way what Maggie isn’t – this isn’t a “romance” paranormal or not. It isn’t a “serious” urban fantasy work in the vein of Kate Daniels or Mercy Thompson. It is, instead, a pure and total snarky laugh riot. It is total enjoyment, a few hours of pure relaxation, where the weight of the world goes away and you can immerse yourself in another world.“I suddenly felt like I was about to learn that I had walked into a great big game show of The Multiverse’s Next Top Stooge, Riiight.”The world that you are immersing yourself in is really two worlds – the “normal” everyday world, and another, sitting side-by-side with this world, where all of our dreams and fears exist. If you have ever read Heinlein’s “The Number of the Beast” you are familiar with multiple world theory (well, if you are familiar with modern science, you are also familiar, lol) The Other Side, in Maggie’s case, is a world that fairy tale creatures and monsters of all types populate. As a Tracker, Maggie finds, and brings back to the Other Side, those who ‘slip’ across the barrier between worlds. What happens in this edition is exciting and entertaining, and full of a kind of snarky attitude that had me laughing out loud all through the book.A couple of favorite quotes:“Lacy interrupted herself to shout at the zombie porter, “Cut it out! He’s a vampire! he doesn’t have a brain!”“Locking eyes with a vampire: “Way To Get Yourself Killed Right Quick #84″ in the Idiots Guide to not Getting Dead By A Monster.”See? Pure fun, with a bit of action, a lot of crazy uncle and grins galore.Now, “I shall run a load of laundry before we kick the bad guys’ asses.”Read. Relax. Enjoy. And don’t go in with any expectations other than the fact that it is supposed to be fun and you will be very glad you did.

  • Thenia
    2019-01-21 15:22

    A fun new series starring a heroine with a dry, irreverent sense of humor that I really enjoyed!Maggie is a tracker, utilizing skills she got from both her parents: a highly developed intuition from her psychic mother and the ability to jump between the normal human world and the other world where magic and magical creatures reside, from her father. She's pretty good at what she does, but her latest case turns out to be harder than she would have thought.She has a new partner for it, Killian, who is an elf sent by the Elf Queen to assist her in keeping the boundary between the two worlds from collapsing and essentially, saving both worlds. Apart from that, she has to deal with the various vampires, ghouls and other nasties that are after them and (view spoiler)[an evil uncle she didn't know she had (hide spoiler)] who is actually the mastermind and wants her dead.Despite everything, she manages just fine and I'm looking forward to reading more of her adventures, starting with the next book in the series, Maggie Get Your Gun.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Michelle
    2018-12-24 15:28

    Maggie, a supernatural bounty hunter, faces hordes of vampires as she struggles to to complete an assignment for the queen of the elves.The funny one-liners, the zany adventures, and the crazy characters of Maggie for Hire remind me of another UF series I enjoy: Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series. Maggie for Hire is a fun, fast-paced read with a terrific, kick-butt heroine and a twisty plot. I enjoyed the book from beginning to end, and I definitely will continue with the series.A couple of things kept this from being a five-star book, however. One was the elf, Killian, who is Maggie's partner in adventure. Killian had zero personality. He was as one-dimensional as they get. Additionally, the guy was a wuss. Clearly, Danley did not want the elf upstaging her heroine, but the book would have been much stronger if Killian had been a real 'person' instead of a cardboard character. The other thing that bothered me was the rated-R language. There was simply no reason for it. The book itself is very clean, but the language changed that.Like I said, I really enjoyed this book, and I will be reading others in the series. But with a couple of tweaks, it could have been a five-star read.

  • I.M. Luke
    2018-12-24 12:14

    This book was chalk full of fun stuff. From disgruntled (albeit rude) old timey ancient kung-fu old guy. To adorable brownie, Pipistrelle who was ever excited to help our heroine. The book was a hoot and I can’t wait to read the next one. Fowl mouthed, sarcastic and with a warped sense of humor Maggie MacKay, was fighting bad guys in her trusty Honda Civic. This book came complete with kooky characters and family members that you would never visit for the holidays. I really did enjoy the menagerie of personalities that the author took the time to create. Especially since they were not one dimensional all and did not follow the typical stereotypes that books like this usually follow. I really don’t have any complaints about the book at all and I am looking forward to reading the next one. The plot was great and the action was equally exciting. The banter between Killian and Maggie was downright comical. I am also quite happy that there was no love at first sight stuff cause then you would have to deal with all the angst the goes along with that. I would gladly recommend Maggie for Hire to anyone who would come across this book.

  • Bob
    2019-01-04 19:16

    I got this book as a freebie through Goodreads' Advance Reader Copy thing. I'm of mixed minds about this book; on one hand, I enjoyed it. It's quick-paced, seems well-thought-out, and features a smart, tough woman protagonist. On the other hand, however, it seems kinda rushed. I would have liked to see more detail in portraying the scenes and describing the... everything. There were a lot of blank spots in the background of the action.In defense of the book, I gather from the Afterword that it came from a NaNoWriMo project. Writing an entire novel in a month is a whale of a challenge, and I'm sure that I would leave out a lot of description and background color if I ever attempted such. However, I really wish Ms. Danleyhad gone back and 'filled in' after the book was done.Maggie MacKay is a smart, sassy, likeable character, and her story is a good one. If I see more books from this series, I'll give them a try.

  • Steph
    2019-01-07 17:25

    As a "World Walker", Maggie has the ability to walk between dimensions (Earth and the Other Side). She uses this ability to track supernaturals wreaking havoc on Earth and brings them back to the Other Side. The Other side is an "... alternate world that exists in the same place, just a separate plane of existence, as the world that most humans know." While hunting vampires, Maggie's approached by Killian, an elf sent by the Queen, with another job. Overall, this was a quick, entertaining read but a bit run of the mill. Some characters, such as the China man, Xiaoming, and Brownie, Pipistrelle, were well-written and stood out more than the main character, for me. We learn about Maggie's abilities, a bit about her family, but not much else. She uses sarcasm and snark frequently enough that it's bordering on overkill. That said, the story did draw me in quickly and held my attention throughout.

  • Yaz
    2018-12-23 20:06

    I loved this book, it was exactly what I needed; light hearted, fun and addictive. Maggie is tough, feisty and will do anything to protect her family, even consort with elves. She goes from one crisis to another evading bad guys with her trusty sidekick Killian. Despite loving the book I think the sexual tension between Killain and Maggie could of been developed more. Killian treated Maggie as if they were in a relationship (without the sex), even though Maggie was wary of him.The story is well written and the chapters are short but sweet, although the books is a good length. I enjoyed this book and the author's writing style so much I will be looking out for future releases and also bought The Woodcutter, the other book by this author.

  • John (Taloni) Taloni
    2019-01-20 16:25

    Hilarious! I laughed my way through the story. Maggie's sarcastic take on vampires, elves, brownies and trolls really make this book.I live in Southern California and recognize all the locations. I'm pretty sure I could pick out the entrance to the Other World. Danley's descriptions are dead on. It's like a hardboiled detective story without the hard...would that be a softboiled detective story? The plot falls into place nicely, and the supernatural encounters are serious until they take a left turn into the funny.This book definitely left me wanting more. Time to go buy the other books in the series!