Review: MAGIC STARS by Ilona Andrews

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MAGIC STARS by Ilona Andrews

I know that I have about a million favorite things about this series, but two of them are definitely Julie and Derek, the foster kids/proteges of the two main characters. Watching them “grow up” and come into their own skills and powers over the course of the books has been a treat, and it was delightful to read about their own mini-adventure in this novella.

I’m glad that the potential for romance is there, but currently unfulfilled due to age differences. While both of them have already had difficult lives, I’d rather see Julie have the chance to be “a kid” for a while before linking her fate to someone else. To be fair, I also totally support that Julie’s idea of being a kid means getting involved in her own shenanigans that would make Kate’s hair stand on end!

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Currently reading: Absolutely nothing. Line edits to book 3 have consumed me. Feed the author warm fuzzies by checking out the 99 cent sale for book 1, Steel Victory, on Amazon!

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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