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An Apple for the Creature (Kate Daniels #5.3 - Magic Tests)

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Includes a never-before-published Sookie Stackhouse story!

What could be scarier than the first day of school? How about a crash course in the paranormal from Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, editors of Home Improvement: Undead Edition? Your worst school nightmares—taking that math test you never studied for, finding yourself naked in school assembly, not knowing whi
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Ace (first published August 30th 2012)
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Oct 24, 2014 Evgeny rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Buddy read with Armina, Eilonwy, Asya, and Monty Cupcake.

This review is for Ilona Andrews' Magic Tests only. I will update it after I read other short stories of the collection.

Kate Daniels' protégée Julie got kicked out of her last school, so now Kate needs to find another place of learning for Julie and somehow motivate her to actually stay there. Julie chooses a school at random from the list Kate did. She was not enthusiastic with a place until the principal mentioned that he can only accep
Buddy read with Eilonwy , Evgeny , Asya , and Monty Cupcake

This goes only for Magic Tests by Ilona Andrews. I might come back to the other stories in this anthology sometime in the future.


“True strength isn’t in killing-or ignoring-your opponent, it’s in having the will to shield those who need your protection.”

Or how Kate tricked Julie in growing up a little and taking more responsibility.

I quite like Julie's character, though she can be a bit annoying at times but I think
October 2015 re-read: I'll be honest, I don't love anthologies. Most of the time the stories aren't worth it, so I only usually grab them for favorite authors. I will say that I'm not sorry I grabbed this one. "Magic Tests" is awesome. I love Julie. I loved meeting Yu (don't mess with my shipping of Derek and Julie though). And I loved seeing Kate from Julie's point-of-view - even if only for a few moments.

Rating only for "Magic Tests" by Ilona Andrews at this time

Kate looked at me. It was her h
Sep 03, 2012 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing
 ‘Magic Tests’ by Ilona Andrews 

Julie Lennart-Olsen is princess of the Pack and ward to pack-master Curran and his mate, Kate Daniels. She knows her important place in the pack hierarchy, and what is expected of her as ward to two of the most powerful people in Atlanta. But what Julie cannot abide, what is far too awful for words, pomp and circumstance is . . . school. Julie once went so far as to mail herself back to Kate rather than remain at her hated boarding school. That’s why Julie can’t q
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
i just read the first chapter from Magic Tests and now i really wanna get my hands on it.

here's the link


Playing Possum by Charlaine Harris. (1-24pgs)
a Sookie Stackhouse novella

Sookie is visiting her nephew, Hunter to celebrate Labour Day with his kindergarten class mates.

the start of this book was beyond boring i actually skipped a few pages until it got to the "good" bit and even that w
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The anthologies edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner combine top authors from many different genres with a specific paranormal theme. This time the theme was school and it produced some unique and interesting stories. I think these anthologies are some of the best in paranormal fiction, but this one didn’t quite hit the mark for me. There were some truly exceptional stories in this volume, but they were outnumbered by the les
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Only read Magic Tests.

I beyond loathe Julie, even more now from reading her POV. All she ever goes on about is how she doesn't need an education & can skip it all & instantly be Kate. Not happening, ever.

The story is getting 2-3 stars only in deference to its talk of the color of magics & use of Greek mythology. Julie gets negative stars. 5 stars for the dragon.
All stories feature a student-teacher dynamic or some other education aspect. First anthology I've read that included author bios as a lead-in to each story. Something I'd like to see become a standard practice in the future because it's nice to know whether the story is from a series, & what other works to check out if you find that author interesting. Let review commence...

Featuring Sookie & her nephew hunter from the Sookie Stackhouse series. Sookie &
Sep 05, 2012 Ferdy rated it liked it
Rating only for Magic Tests - 3/5 stars, spoilers

I didn't read any of the contributions by the other authors, I just read Ilona Andrews short story. Magic Tests is from the perspective of Kate's ward Julie.
Julie is annoyed when Kate takes her to a new school to enroll, on their arrival the principle asks Julie to investigate a missing student.
I had mixed feelings about Julie. I didn't really like her at the beginning of the story when she was around Kate but once she was with people her own age
Nov 01, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
Anyways... I adore anthologies. I like to be able to just sit down sometimes and finish a story in one hour. (One of the reasons I love King, he writes short story books all the time). I also love to be introduced to new authors. This book had some amazing stories. One complaint I have this time around is a few of them 5 or 6 were stories that ended up in the air. So it was up to our imagination. While I don't mind these types of stories I prefer the short stories I read to end in a pretty bow.

Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
**Only read the two stories listed below**

Charlaine Harris ~ Playing Possum

3.5 stars...

A story about Sookie bringing goodies to Hunter's kindergarten party when a secretary's angry ex-boyfriend shows up with a gun.

The story was okay...I wasn't really excited about the gun violence but what I did like was the interaction between Sookie and Hunter. Just wish we would've gotten more between the two of them.

Ilona Andrews ~ Magic Tests

4 stars...

Kate made Julie pick a new school and when they get th
Feb 01, 2016 Wickedshizuku rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal fans, Sci-fi fans, UF fans, Horror fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
Donald Harstad "Academy Field Trip"
This story was just hilarious. I found the agent brilliant in his responses.

Charlaine Harris "Playing Possum"
I'm so over Sookie Stackhouse it's not even funny. I feel that anything after book 8 (From Dead to Worse), is just flogging a dead horse.

Marjorie M. Liu "Sympathy for the Bones"
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Well look at that; this is where all the gold has been!

Jonathan Maberry "Spellcaster 2.0"
This story at first didn't make a lot of sense to me. It didn't seem that there was muc
Aug 30, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
3 stars for the whole anthology but 4.5 stars if I was just rating Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews

An Apple for the Creature is an anthology containing 13 school related stories that would probably make great holiday reading around Halloween. As with most anthologies I found the quality of the stories was a bit hit and miss, there were several I enjoyed but I doubt I'll read the book again. In fact, I think the only story I would go out of my way to re-read is Magic Tests by Ilona Andrews which is t
jo mo
only interested in magic tests (by ilona andrews) and only read this single short story too. didn't disappoint. so, even though i only read one story from the whole compilation .. i'm giving it 4 whopping stars. rightly so. you'll see why when you read it for yourself.

storyline? kate wants julie to go to a school and whets her appetite through a mission julie has accepted where she is to find a missing school girl and thus ultimately making her spend some time in the potential school:
i looked a
Laura Davis
I got this book mainly for Magic Tests by Ilona Andrews which enjoyed - even the secondary characters from her Kate Daniels world make excellent reading. It is nice to read what other people think of Kate.

Also pleasantly surprised to find story by Faith Hunter based on character of Rick from her Jane Yellowrock series - liked finding out more about Rick & what is happening to him since he was turned into werewolf & hoping to hear more about him in next book

However, I did find several ot
Review and rating only pertain to Magic Tests by Ilona Andrews in this collection.

I really enjoyed a glimpse into Julie's mind as the MC. This was a short and cute story where Julie gets to flex her magical powers. A solid 3.5 stars.
Marilyn Belsham
I picked this up for the Sookie story but that turned out to be a nothing in terms of adding anything to the Sookie-verse. However some of the other stories in this collection were really very good...and a couple were not so great. I almost averaged out to a 3 but there were a couple of standouts that put it over the top. I would pick this up and focus on Donald Harstad's 'Academy Field Trip' which features an undercover police investigation into a suspected vampire and was appropriately mysteri ...more
May 21, 2013 Jackielemon rated it really liked it
Got this anthology to read the Edgar nominated story "Iphigenia in Aulis" by Mike Carey. A wonderful, compelling read that makes the other stories pale in comparison. I will give this story to a few people I think will enjoy it and I will definitely search out other writing by Mike Carey. Good thing there is only one more Sookie Stackhouse book left in the series because I am so over it!
Sarah ♥ Vutch forever ♥
The rating is only for "Magic Tests" by Ilona Andrews.

This was a cute litte story with an interesting cast of characters.

I missed Curran and Derek - they are my fave characters in the series - and there was too much talk about how beautiful Yu Fong was. But apart from that it was good.
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Ilona Andrews' story only. Maybe I'll give the others a try some other day.

1st read: 1st Oct 2012
2nd read: 21st Jul 2013
Cindy Crawford
Sep 30, 2012 Cindy Crawford rated it liked it
This collection of short stories is definitely worth reading, although only one or two stories really stood out. These are all stories about some kind of supernatural creatures or magic, and all have something to do with a school setting.

Most people will probably read the book for the Sookie Stackhouse story, and it is a good one. Sookie takes cupcakes to her nephew's class at the same time the deranged ex-boyfriend of the school secretary shows up. The story is tense, and allows Sookie to use h
As I've said in other reviews of anthologies, when they started getting popular I thought it was an annoying idea just aimed at getting fans of certain authors to buy more books. And of course that is the plan, put Charlaine Harris's name on a book and say that there's a Sookie story inside and it guarantees lots of sales. Or in this case, from what I can see in the Goodreads reviews so far, it's all about Ilona Andrews. Which is the reason I got it too, I have to admit it. But I have developed ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Arushi rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, anthologies
I only read the Ilona Andrews short, Magic Tests. Eventually I plan to read the rest, but not anytime soon.

Its a cute story, and I liked Julie's POV. I loved how she thought like Kate, and her reactions were based on what she thought Kate would do, but she was smart enough to know what would work for her and what would not.

I also loved her snarky comments about Curran, Kate and Derek, though Kate was there only for a little while and none of the others showed up.

04/10/2012 - I also read Iphig
Kathy Davie
May 29, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
An anthology of — appropriately — thirteen educational, creepy tales in the supernatural.

"Playing Possum" (Sookie Stackhouse, 11.2)
"Callie Meet Happy" (Calliope Reaper-Jones, 4.5 (or 1.5??))
"Golden Delicious" (Jane Yellowrock, 4.2)
"Magic Tests" (Kate Daniels, 5.5)
"Bad Hour" (Remy Chandler, 2.5)
"Pirate Dave and the Captain's Ghost" (Pirate Dave, 2)

The Stories
Charlaine Harris' "Playing Possum" finds Sookie being the good auntie and bringing cupcakes to Hunter's kindergarten class for his b
Sabina Bundgaard
I bought this anthology only because of Ilona Andrews story; Magic Tests. As usual, I found a few more authors to put on my list. My TBR Pile is NOT happy! ;-)

I will talk about a little about each story and in the end I will give my opinion on the entire book.
Enjoy! As always, no spoilers. Or at least I will try.
Playing Possum by Charlaine Harris:

This is a short story about Sookie and the day she had promised to come to Hunter’s school with cupcakes. The day turns out be a little more exciting
Oct 27, 2012 Susana rated it really liked it
So far, i've only read Magic Tests by the team Ilona Andrews.

What can i say about this story?

I loved it! Just wished that this short story, wasn't so short... :D
Julie...what can i say about this girl?
Well, why don't you read this small excerpt:

The first guard stepped forward, blocking my path. I gave him my cute smile,
looked past him, and pointed to myself, as if I was being summoned over and couldn’t
believe it. He glanced over his shoulder to check Yu Fong’s face. I drove my fist hard
into his
Sep 08, 2012 Melodiacat rated it really liked it
Playing Possum

Short Story by: Charlaine Harris - Part of An Apple for Creature Anthology

Published on: September 4, 2012

Published by: Ace Hardcover

Reviewed by: Maria G.

Publisher's Blurb: What could be scarier than the first day of school? How about a crash course in the paranormal from Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, editors of Home Improvement: Undead Edition? Your worst school nightmares—taking that math test you never studied for, finding yourself naked in school assembly, not knowing
Traci (Mad Hatter Reads)
Sep 17, 2012 Traci (Mad Hatter Reads) rated it it was amazing
I love anthologies! I know that some people don't and prefer to skip them. But for me, the stories found in anthologies add to the particular series or world that they're set in. They may contain more of the series backstory than is contained in the main series novels, perspective from other series characters, or sometimes it's just a slice of life from our main characters that we wouldn't usually get to see. And if you're really lucky...and actually read all of the stories in the anthology...yo ...more
Aug 21, 2014 Benjamin added it
Shelves: audiobook
Got this from the library, again on a lark--when am I going to learn to avoid those larks?--and generally did not enjoy the experience of listening. But this anthology of education-themed/school-related paranormal tales did raise some interesting questions about publishing. First, for instance, most of these stories took place in the authors' existing universe series, which would be a great way to get new readers, theoretically; i.e., a Sookie Stackhouse fan picks this up for that story, ends up ...more
Dec 27, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
This is a review of Magic Tests by Ilona Andrews, a novella that takes place following Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5). While it isn't as exciting as Magic Gifts or Magic Dreams (other recent novellas), it was nice to have a story from Julie's perspective. She's grown on me since her first appearance in the series and it was fun to see her in the spotlight for once. The ending was certainly interesting... (view spoiler)
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  • Hex Appeal (Phoenix Chronicles; The Shadowfae Chronicles, #4.5; Kate Daniels, #5.6; The Dresden Files, #11.9)
  • Kate's Daddy (Curran POV, #3)
  • Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels, #4.5)
  • Night Shift (Kate Daniels, #6.5; SPI Files, # 0.5; Psy-Changeling, #12.5; Barbarian, #1)
  • Down These Strange Streets
  • Magic Graves (Night Huntress, #4.5; Kate Daniels, #0.5)
  • Have Stakes, Will Travel (Jane Yellowrock, #4.5)
  • Chicks Kick Butt
  • Wild & Steamy (Includes: Iron Seas #0.4; The Disillusionists Trilogy #2.5)
Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr
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Other Books in the Series

Kate Daniels (10 books)
  • Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
  • Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)
  • Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3)
  • Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)
  • Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)
  • Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)
  • Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)
  • Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)
  • Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)
  • Untitled (Kate Daniels, #10)

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“When I got a bad grade in my old boarding school, Kate would make a trip to the school to chew me out. When I got homesick, I'd flunk a grade on purpose. Sometimes she came by herself. Sometimes with other people. Boy kind of people. Of whom I promised myself I wouldn't be thinking about, because they were idiots.” 11 likes
“True strength isn’t in killing—or ignoring—your opponent, it’s in having the will to shield those who need your protection.” 10 likes
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