Novella – Origins by Ilona Andrews

Posted May 14, 2016 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 4 Comments

Novella –  Origins by Ilona AndrewsOrigins by Ilona Andrews
Published by Inter Mix on April 19, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 157
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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From Ilona Andrews—#1 New York Times bestselling author of Magic Shifts and the Kate Daniels novels—comes a stark, seductive tale of a world torn asunder by supernatural gifts and irresistible passions...

Karina Tucker is driving a van of children home from a field trip when an unplanned detour to a seemingly ordinary rest stop changes her life. There, she witnesses a world beyond humanity’s sight, of frightful powers and chaos, where she is in death’s grip... before an irresistibly dangerous male saves her—only to take her captive.

For she is a rare commodity in the shadowy realm she’s entered.

Karina soon finds herself caught in a violent civil war where those with inhuman powers strive to destroy each other without mercy. And it becomes all too clear that she must make a choice: submit and become a pawn, or take hold of her own destiny and fight for survival against impossible odds.

Alphas: Origins originally appeared in Angels of Darkness.


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This is a novella which was originally part of an anthology, Angels of Darkness, released in October 4, 2011 by Berkley. Origins was just released on its own. I polished it off in a couple of hours.

As one would expect, something by Ilona Andrews would be well-written enough to hold attention. This was tense and somewhat fast-moving. As with any new world, there were the details to learn and understand. I often take the feel of the main character. Karina was brave and smart; I think she was unrealistically so. I couldn’t believe she could manage so much of what she did. I felt more confused and unsettled, than caring, amused, enlightened or uplifted.

It went too fast and ended too quickly to get me any farther. There’s a whole, wide world there and the surface is so barely scratched. I don’t know much and I’m not sure I care enough about the characters to read more. I DO care enough about this author, so I couldn’t help wondering if there will be more. My recommendation would be to wait and see if there will be more. It’s not quite enough on its own.  I found an answer on Goodreads – Ask the Author – where it says they won’t write more since it was too dark, too scary, not funny enough,  and most of their readers didn’t like it.


About Ilona Andrews

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored several bestselling series, including the #1 NYT bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, rustic fantasy of the Edge, paranormal romance of Hidden Legacy, and Innkeeper Chronicles, which they post as a free weekly serial.

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Posted May 14, 2016 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 4 Comments

4 responses to “Novella – Origins by Ilona Andrews

    • Melanie – you’re right. I would never NOT read it because it is by Ilona Andrews. But it wasn’t long enough to do what I needed. I’m sure if they wrote on in the series it would be awesome, but they say they will not be doing that. Anne

  1. I just finished the Angels of Darkness anthology, just to read this novella by the Andrews team. I also read all the others in the anthology.
    I agree it’s a very vast world and we barley scratch the surface and it was dark. Very different from what Andrews fans are use too. I am in a way wanting more and also not wanting more, but you answered my questions about if they would right more in this world.
    Thank’s for the review.