Review: Of Swine and Roses by Ilona Andrews

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Review: Of Swine and Roses by Ilona Andrews four-half-stars
Of Swine and Roses by Ilona Andrews
Published by Ilona Andrews on August 13, 2009
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 21
Format: eBook
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A young adult short story about a girl, a pig, some magic, and the worst date ever.

Chad Thurman is a thug, who carries brass knuckles in both pockets and lays magic traps for intruders into “his” neighborhood. The last thing Alena Kornov wants to do is to go on the date with him. But when her family pressures her, she can’t say no. Now the ice-cream is absent, the pig is running for its life, and we won’t even mention the dead guy...


This was so good. Just…so short. 🙁 I’m a greedy reader when it comes to Ilona Andrews and I always want MOAR. 😀

This is a super short-short that *could* be tied into the new Hidden Legacy series. I say “could” because this story was the catalyst for both the Kinsmen series and Hidden Legacy. Each of these stories/series are very similar but very different. The magic systems + family is the tie that binds them but after that…the sky is the limit.

Of Swine and Roses is the adorable short story of a teenage girl, Alena, who is pressured by her family to go out on a date with a boy she truly does not like. She goes on the date which starts as a comedy of errors…and then things REALLY get hairy.

The story culminates with Alena walking into her family home: she’s covered in dirt and mud, her clothes have been ruined, she’s scratched and scraped…and she’s holding a pig. O_O

Any more plot details would be a pure spoiler.

I really enjoyed this short and I would love to learn what happens with Alena and her family.

Of Swine and Roses is also a great story to read if you have book hangover from reading Burn for Me.

2 Responses to “Review: Of Swine and Roses by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    Oh, I’m super-greedy when it comes to Ilona Andrews, as well! So much so that this is one of the very few authors whose books I’ve actually re-read. I haven’t read The Kinsmen or Hidden Legacy, I’m kind of holding out on starting something new by them – just to have longer to savour their stories…

    • MrsJoseph

      I totally understand how you feel! I have two books in the KD series that I haven’t read just because I want to be able to draw it out. Totally just saving them for a rainy day.

      Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy) was great! Kinsmen is pretty great, too. But I have a few more IA books to read so I’m happy. 🙂

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