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Review: Shadow Study

shadow studyShadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Source: paperback copy courtesy of publisher

Spin-offs can be sooo… iffy. It can very easily disappoint fans especially if you love the original trilogy. I approached Shadow Study with a mixture of caution and utter excitement. Yes, a lot more excitement than caution because Maria V. Snyder is a Must-Read-Author for me. And to my complete delight, she did not disappoint; Shadow Study had me on the edge of my seat from the very first page to the very last.

In Shadow Study, there are a few perspectives (Yelena’s, Valek’s, & a little bit of Janco’s) and a number of new very interesting characters. What is most prominent in this book is Valek’s flashbacks of his past –mostly on how he became who he is and to be where he is. As a fan, I must say I found these to be very exciting! Although it’s a little strange that his background is being told as Valek’s spacing out and remembering them… are you allowed to space out if you’re an assassin?

With Yelena’s magic being blocked (pssst, I don’t think it’s the poisoned arrow! I think something at the end of the book has something to do with this), it lent the story higher tension as it renders her vulnerable. Each time something happens, my thought ran to, ‘oh no, she’s got no magic! This is bad…’ She’s proven herself to be very resourceful again and again. She’s definitely one of my favourite heroine of all time.

Shadow Study has an action-driven plot full of intrigues and with many twists that I will guarantee to keep your eyes glued onto the pages. An Un-put-down-able read and I think I may have to re-read the Study trilogy to staunch my impatience for book 2. If you haven’t read the Study and Glass trilogies yet, I suggest that you start there first as there are many familiar characters in this novel. If you loved these 2 trilogies, never fear, you’d love this new instalment of Yelena & Valek!

Thank you, Harlequin Books Australia for copy of paperback in exchange of honest review

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Review: Taste of Darkness

tasteTaste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Source: eARC courtesy of publisher via NetGalley

Please note this is a review of the third and last book of The Healer trilogy and there will be spoilers in respect to earlier books

One of the most anticipated book of the year for me is Taste of Darkness. The months that I’ve waited for this ‘hopefully’ glorious conclusion were totally agonising. Of course I was one of the first ones to request this title on Netgalley. Thankfully, I was left to my own devices that weekend (the boys went camping) and boy oh boy oh boy, did I gorge myself! And yes, I stayed up to finish reading 😉

Book 3 picks up exactly where book 2 left off- lucky ducks, we didn’t miss out on 1 second of Avry & Kerrick at all! If you remember, we were all left to die when our hearts just completely broke at the end of book 2… so book 3 was really like a salve to our fractured souls.

It was going on tangents all the time and this really tests my patience. I kept telling myself just wait and it will all make sense in the end. It did but unlike books 1 & 2, I felt this book was slightly messy and that Snyder was trying to give some ‘airtime’ to other characters which I don’t really think is necessary because all we want is Avry & Kerrick. I know some would love this additional aspect but I found it a little too much to my taste.

I’ve seen some reviews who love and rave about the political / war / strategy content. Unfortunately, I’ve recently found out that I’m just not one of those (didn’t enjoy GoT as much as I thought I might’ve). In this, at least, is a bit of difference from previous Snyder works. It has a more epic fantasy feel rather than the usual YA fantasy.

Overall, I have really enjoyed reading this book though I’m slightly deflated at the ending. I’m not sure whether it’s the ending that really was a little off or I was just disappointed that the Healer trilogy has come to an end. I suspect it is the later. I cannot wait for further works from Maria V. Snyder; as always, she never disappoints.

Thanks to Harlequin Books for copy of eARC via NetGalley

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Review: Touch of Power

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Source: Own – get your own copy from The Book Depository

I’ve loved (or at least, really liked) all of Snyder’s previous works and this one, definitely, did not disappoint. This is one of those books which kept you riveted because there is always something happening within a few pages’ of ‘rest’. A book that you don’t want to put down because you want to know what’s going to happen next, what will she choose to do next, what will happen to her because of her courage to choose the right thing to do, etc etc etc.

The opening of the book was excellent as you feel the suspense straight away as Avry put herself at risk in doing what she thinks is the right thing to do. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that it was followed by some pretty explosive action and pretty shortly afterwards, we are being introduced to Kerrick. I have to confess that, at first, I wasn’t keen on Kerrick at all! Especially not at the way he treated Avry but as Avry (and therefore, I) got to know him better, I grew to like him more and more.

I loved the magic in this story and I think this is only a scratch on the surface as there seems to be a lot more going on and I CAN’T wait to find out (as it happened Scent of Magic arrived yesterday –thank you, Harlequin Teen Australia!). This particular genre being my comfort zone, it is no surprise that I loved it but please, do not ask me to choose which is my fave Snyder’s book! *I can’t!*

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