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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