Review: Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews

magic starsReviewed by Jen

I know a lot of people skip novellas. That’s ok. Most of them are just fun pieces of fluff that help us curb our appetites for our favorite series. They rarely impart anything vital. But trust me when I tell you that you don’t want to skip this one. Not just because it’s Derek, though, obviously you want more Derek. But as much as I love digging around in his head, it’s Julie’s thread in this story that you don’t want to miss.

This story centers around Derek’s investigation into the murder of a human family with ties to Kate and Curran.  He takes it personally when someone murders children. Julie gets pulled into the investigation when the case she is working ends up tied to his.

The hunt for the man responsible ends up fraught with danger and full of action. That’s cool, of course, but that’s not what makes the story so awesome. This is all about the characters, who we are seeing without the filter of Kate’s perspective. We learn things about them Kate doesn’t know. We even see things that, perhaps, they don’t even realize about themselves. Like Derek’s steadfast determination to see Julie as a child. Like the fine line he walks between control and loup.

Or the big honking secret Julie is keeping from everybody.

Yes, I’ll admit that I am one of those people who hope for a Derek – Julie pairing one day. But we aren’t close to that yet. But we are close to Julie’s secret exploding with some major repercussions. And I can’t wait to see it. I’ve got one word for you. Karsaran. — You’ll understand after you read the book. Now go buy this right now. Worth every penny of $1.99.

Rating: A

*ARC provided by author for review

Click to purchase: Amazon

Magic Stars
by Ilona Andrews
Release Date: December 8, 2015


  1. I can’t wait for this. I’m going to get the audio when it is available.

  2. It’s just.. sheesh, it’s almost too much.

  3. oh wow…what a great recommendation especially for a novella and YES for Derek!! Love his character. So I see that I need to read it soon.

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