Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ashley's #CBR4 Review #3: Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

Magic Study is the sequel to Poison Study and it once again places you in the world of Yelena.  This time she is trying to learn how to control her newly discovered magical powers and trying to figure out how to fit into a brand new life and brand new family (not all of which are glad she has returned) in the land of Sitia since her execution has been ordered in Ixia once it was discovered that she possessed magical abilities.  The order has placed her far away from her love Valek and reunites her with her family that she was kidnapped from many many years ago when she was just a child.

I didn't really enjoy the second novel in the series a much. I found it harder to get through this one for some reason.  The writing is similar, there are a lot of the same characters but it just feels like to little plot is stretched out over as many pages as possible causing the novel to drag A LOT.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778327124
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ashley's #CBR4 Review #2: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Yelena has committed murder and for that she has been sentenced to death.  She has sat in prison for over a year and when two men come to remove her from her cell she is convinced the date of her hanging has arrived.  But instead of death she is offered a choice.  She can become the Commander's food taster.  It's a dangerous job and chances are that she will be poisoned eventually since assassination attempts on the Commander's life are not rare.  Yelena considers the option and decide it's better to live and she hopes that she will be able to find a way to escape.

Poison Study was a great fast read and you really do being enthralled with the details of how Yelena came to be in prison and he attempts to escape so she can lead a normal life again.

I would write more but I'm 35 book reviews behind :)

Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778327116
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Ashley's #CBR4 Review #1: Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

This time last year I had over 20 books read and reviewed, but I am in the middle of starting up my own event planning company and time has been tight.  If anyone is in the Triad, NC area please check out Social Conceptions, LLC!  ::shameless self promotion over:: I'm also getting married this year and that has added to the super craziness.  Please forgive me for being so lame this year :)

A plaque has wiped out most of the human population.  For some reason it appears that children under 20 and adults over the age of 60 had the highest immunity rate.  Lucy is a 16 year old girl who has lost her entire family and is struggling to get by.  She has been surviving by reading survivalist novels and eating wild squirrels, turtles, and plants.

The novel begins detailing Lucy's struggle to survive and it's haunting story.  Lucy then meets Aidan who has banned together with other survivors and Lucy joins him at their camp and then we are treated to all the different ways these survivors have started to build a home.

Then we get to the big antagonist.  A group of people called sweepers who abduct survivosr.  The survivors are then never seen again.  If this had just been a dystopian novel that dealt with how Lucy and the other people managed to survive I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more.  The "sweepers" were this big bad enemy, but all they did was stun people and take them away.  I'm fairly certain in New York city the survivors could have gathered together some guns to protect themselves.  The reason survivors were being abducted seemed ridiculous and If the world has ended I seriously doubt the few survivors remaining would be kidnapping each other unless they wanted their provisions.  I would probably suggest skipping this entry in YA dystopian fiction.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
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