Saturday, May 18, 2013

re·view : Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

Magic Study (Study #2) by Maria V. Snyder
3,5 STARS.



With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways—and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better....

Despite the turmoil, she's eager to start her magic training—especially as she's been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia's throne for a lost prince—and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians.

If that wasn't bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies....


To be honest, I LOVED the first book, so the screw up would have to be massive to make me not like this one.
It started great, first 300 pages went just like I expected for the writing, plot, pacing.. Yada, yada, yada.. It was all awesome, could not wait to keep reading. It really felt like a continuation of the last book.

And omg, I love Kiki. Want her now. I'll keep her on the balcony, she will bond with my dog, it will be perfect. But daydreaming aside, It went down hill from there..
The thing I loved the most in Poison Study was that Yelena wasn't stupid, I didn't get frustrated with her. But after those 300 pages, I wanted to whack her every other chapters.
The whole "do the first thing that comes to mind and expect it to be fine" did not work for me.

Other thing that bother me is the whole violence/rape scenario that was used again in this book. It felt like the subject was well explored on the first book, no need to do it twice.

And finally, Snyder makes me wait 250 pages for Valek and when things get interesting she is like "sorry folks, lets jump to the morning after" wait, whaat?
I don't want sordid details, but throw me a bone, eh?

After all of this, somehow the woman managed to tie up the story in a way that I can't wait to see what happens next. How did that happen?

I just need to know. Now. Give it to me.

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