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Teaser Tuesday (1) Magic Study (Study #2) by Maria V. Snyder

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’m going to post a snippet instead of just two sentences.

“A failed mission, Roze’s cold thoughts stabbed my mind. Yelena should have been killed, not rescued. She’s too old to learn.

Yelena’s linked to me. She can hear your thoughts. Irys’s annoyance was clear.

Roze gazed at me with her amber eyes. I don’t care.

Unflinching,  I stared back. Your mistake.”

Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder: Review

Yelena, convicted of murdering the son of a powerful general, awaits execution. But with only a few hours left, she is offered an incredible reprieve — and agrees to become the new food taster for Commander Ambrose, the military leader of Ixia. Living in a palace and eating only the best meals is a dramatic change for Yelena, who spent the last year locked up in a rat-infested dungeon, eating gruel. But she soon realizes that she has more to worry about than ingesting potentially lethal poisons in the commander’s meals. The general whose son she murdered has vowed bloody vengeance, and everyone in the commander’s retinue look at Yelena as an untrustworthy criminal. The longer she stays alive, however, the more she begins to understand her own perplexing abilities — all of which will be put to the test when cunning rebels plot to take control of Ixia.

Poison Study is one of my new favorite reads and the start to what I expect to be a very original series. Yelena is one of the most refreshing female characters I’ve come across in a long time. She is as tough as Katniss from The Hunger Games, without being as annoying, and her struggles in her childhood have made her into a complex and completely relatable character. Yelena is entering her twenties and is a bit older than most heroines I am used to reading about lately, which is a good thing for me since I am 23 and can’t relate as much to characters in their teens as I used to. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a more adult fantasy novel. The leading male in this book is older, in his thirties, and reminds me a bit of Booth from the television show Bones. I think he is a man girls of any age will fall for. The supporting cast of characters is also wonderful; with the strong magician Irys and her fierce but well meaning attitude, and Ari and Janco and their playful yet protective manners. Another thing I liked about this book is that not all of the “bad guys” were completely “bad”. In the real world, it’s not so black and white, and I love that this book was willing to show that. The commander’s story also really touched me and I loved that Maria chose to go there with the story. Pick up this book, you will not regret it. I’ve already started book two!

Cover Art: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Story: 5/5

Writing: 5/5

Overall Rating: 5/5

The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher: Review

Vera and her brother, Will, live in the shadow of the Great Panic, in a country that has collapsed from environmental catastrophe. Water is hoarded by governments, rivers are dammed, and clouds are sucked from the sky. But then Vera befriends Kai, who seems to have limitless access to fresh water. When Kai suddenly disappears, Vera and Will set off on a dangerous journey in search of him-pursued by pirates, a paramilitary group, and greedy corporations. Timely and eerily familiar, acclaimed author Cameron Stracher makes a stunning YA debut that’s impossible to forget.

The Water Wars initially drew me in because of its unique dystopian premise, and its warning of the future we could have if we don’t stop wasting one of our most important resources. Another thing that drew me to the book was the beautiful cover art, which is even more lovely when in hand, as you notice the photo on the back as well as the raised drops of water present on the jacket. Unfortunately, this is where my love affair with this book ended. It could have been great, we could have had it all, but in the end we just didn’t mesh. The main characters in the book, Will and Vera, fell flat and were out-shined by their supporting cast; the pirate and female warrior were interesting characters who managed to come to life quickly given the few pages they were given. I also could have cared less about the boy Vera was dead set on rescuing, Kai, and can’t see why Vera and Will would have cared so much about him either. Perhaps they followed the adventure and the promise of hope that he provided and it was more of a rebellion than a rescue mission. Many things happened in this novel but when you don’t feel connected to the characters it’s hard to muster up any interest. It didn’t feel like torture to finish the book but I didn’t enjoy it either. The Water Wars left me feeling very indifferent which is a shame given all of its potential. Well, at least it will serve as a lovely decoration for my shelf!

Cover Art: 5/5

Characters: 2/5

Story: 2/5

Writing: 3/5

Overall Rating: 2/5

Weekly Favorite Covers (1)

I’ve decided I’m going to be doing a post every week that includes my favorite book covers of the week. I may or may not have an obsession with book covers. I haven’t found a meme to join that is similar to this yet so for now I will make my own posts.

This week’s faves:

It’s Monday! What are you reading? (1)

A meme in which we all pretend to like the fact that it’s Monday.

Just kidding. (Sort of.)

Actually, It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. It’s where you share the books you’ve read recently, are reading now, and are about to read.

Reviews to come when my brain has woken up.


Read:
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Reading:
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger


To-Read Next:
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Sunday update.

I’ve finished The Water Wars! Review to come tomorrow.

I wanted to stop by and say though, that I’ve stated reading The Maze Runner, and books like this one are the reason why I read. How captivating the whole story is. I can’t wait to reach the end. Good thing I’ve got book two already on the way.

Candace’s Book Blog Giveaway

Once in a Full Moon, Unearthly and Desires of the Dead are up for grabs over at Candace’s Book Blog. Check it out!