“Many have tried to kill us. All have failed.” // Review of “Magic Study” by Maria V. Snyder

Title: Magic Study (Study #2)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Date Read: 28/03/2017 – 06/06/2017
Rating: ★★★

Review:

Like the first book in the series, this one was easy to read and offered an intriguing plot. However, once again, I wasn’t invested in the romance and some parts went on a bit long. 

Magic Study is set in Sitia, the country neighbouring Ixia, where Yelena grew up. She is reunited with the family she hasn’t seen in 14 years, and begins to study magic and learn to control her powers, but a rogue magician and a brother who doesn’t know how to deal with the return of his lost sister are causing havoc.

I really enjoyed the expansion of this world. The set-up in Book 1, with the Commander’s takeover of Ixia was interesting, but now we see it from the POV of the Sitians, who can’t understand the Commander’s methods, and who see him and Valek as little more than power-hungry murderers. Yelena finds it hard to reconcile the people she knows and loves with the Sitian attitudes towards them. I really enjoyed that this was so messy and complicated, and that there was no black and white about these circumstances.

I still wasn’t especially invested in Valek and Yelena’s relationship, and I actually enjoyed the story a lot more before Valek turned up again. I also thought the climax and resolution were a little too dragged out; the action was good, but went on a bit long. Overall, though, I felt this book was on a par with this first one in terms of readability and enjoyment value, and at the moment, I’m still keen to continue with the series.


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#WWW Wednesday – 14 June 2017

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This blog hop is hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for this week, and just answer the three questions.

Sorry I wasn’t around last week! Life was too crazy for blogging, and I had barely been reading anyway. Life is back to normal now, though, so I should be around regularly for a while.

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What have you recently finished reading?

I finished Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder, which I felt was about on par with the first book in the series. My review will go up on Friday.

Before that, I finished reading The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie and reviewed it here. It was very cute and I recommend it.

Last but not least, I read The Betrayal of Bindy MacKenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty. This is the 4th book by her that I have read this year and it was a strange one… Bindy Mackenzie read like a Jane Austen heroine, but the book is a YA Contemporary… so it took some getting used to but in the end, I was hooked enough to see it through. It was still weird, though.

What are you currently reading?

Dracula by Bram Stoker and Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice on audio  are still ongoing. I have knocked off another couple of hours of Interview, but haven’t had an opportunity to continue with Dracula.

While I was sure that I had until December to read it, it turns out that Ensnared by Rita Stradling was published at the end of May, so I have started my ARC today. It’s a futuristic Beauty and the Beast retelling so I have high hopes, though the reviews are mixed.

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

I will probably start Fire Study, the third book in the Study series by Maria V. Snyder. General consensus seems to be that the quality goes down as the series goes on, so we’ll see how it goes.

What are you reading this week? 🙂

~ Emily

 

 

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#WWW Wednesday – 31 May 2017

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This blog hop is hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for this week, and just answer the three questions.

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What have you recently finished reading?

I finished Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder and enjoyed it quite a lot. I posted my review here. It’s a bit of a different take on usual high fantasy and I enjoyed that a lot.

I also posted my review of Stephen King’s On Writing. Click the title to read it. As I said last week, I wasn’t the biggest fan, and I went into a bit more detail why in the review.

What are you currently reading?

Dracula by Bram Stoker and Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice on audio  are still ongoing. Haven’t really made much progress on either of those this week. Not sure when I’ll have time for more Dracula, but South Pacific opens this Friday and I have a few occasions where my car pool buddy won’t be with me, so I’ll be driving to and from the theatre on my own. I should be able to knock off a few hours then (though driving home at midnight, I often blast show tunes to keep myself awake, so taht might eat into it a bit).

I have also started Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder, and I’m far enough through it I’m ticking if off for May on my April – June TBR. I’m enjoying it so far but the general consensus on this series seems to be that the follow-ups weren’t as good as the first book. So I’m approaching with caution. I think the fact that I wasn’t a fan of the romance aspect of Poison Study, and Valek and Yelena are separated in this one, is helping.

Finally (I know, I have way too  many books on the go at the moment), I am also reading The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie and it is ADORABLE! I worried that the perspective of the cat would be annoying or just plain weird to read, but it’s not at all. And the aspects of Buddhist teachings are woven in so well that you barely even realise you’re learning about a tenet of Buddhism as you go.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I will hopefully want to read Fire Study next, though I did find that I didn’t want to start Magic Study immediately after Poison Study, and that a couple of days’ break between them was good. I might try to find a standalone to go inbetween. There are a few things on my current TBR that would work.

What are you reading this week? 🙂

~ Emily

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