Title: Magic Tests
Author: Ilona Andrews
In: Small Magics & An Apple for the Creature (Charlaine Harris & Toni L. P. Kelner)
Series: Kate Daniels #5.3
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dystopia, Paranormal fantasy, Shapeshifters
Format: eBook short story
5th sentence, 74th page: The look he gave me said loud and clear that he thought I was full of it.
Teenage Julie is sent to a school for exceptional children by her guardian, Kate Daniels.
The events of Magic Tests take place after Magic Slays. The story is told from Julie’s point of view.
Julie is probably the cutest and sassiest of the Kate Daniels characters, which is saying something – most of the women in the Kate Daniels universe are sassy and have an attitude problem. Her cheekiness and contrary attitude translate beautifully into the narrative’s voice and left me giggling quietly throughout the story.
Julie’s attempt at emulating Kate throughout her first solo mission (of sorts) is kind of adorable – you can tell how much admiration there is between the two. Although she spends much of the time trying to figure out how Kate would solve the problem, Julie is still able to have her own unique style. Her talents and skills are used beautifully and help her to shine in her own right.
Magic Tests also leaves Julie to find her own place that she is comfortable and happy in – better than her years on the streets and months in the boarding school.