Shadow Study – Maria V. Snyder (Soulfinders #1/ Study #4)

Synopsis:

Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.

Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.
Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.
As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

I read this book in under 24 hours. I stared it at 5pm yesterday and had completed it by 10am this morning (Yes and I’ve already posted this review – this is how much I had to share my enjoyment!). I just about managed to get some sleep even though I wanted to keep reading though the night I refrained. I enjoyed this book so much and I have been waiting for this book for so long that after finally reading I have no idea what to do with myself now. I was worried when I heard this book POV would be split between Yelena, Valek and Janco but actually the book was so well written that I did not find the switch in perspectives choppy at all. The book flowed well and at no point was I confused about who was narrating. I am so glad that I loved this book, because I love the original 3 books in the series so much I was worried that I had too high of expectation for this and if I didn’t love this book then it would have just slightly impacted my love for the previous books in the series. However I had nothing to worry about because maria writes so well that you are sucked into the story and literally sitting on the edge of your seat to find out what happens next. The story was well paced as it was full of action so it did not drag but neither was it packed with so much going on that the read could could not keep up. I was literally shocked with the developments involving the commander.

I actually really liked the multiple perspective because we got to see what was happening in places where Yelena was not present which helped with the story progression and gave the reader more insight into other side characters around Yelena and Valek. Though the main reason I loved the multiple perspectives was because we got to see more about Valek and how he thinks, how he came to be who he is and his childhood. I am so glad that we got to know more about him and in a way his feelings. I will admit I had an Awww moment when Valek would think things like not missing being in the sought but missing a certain southerner. There is a tiny bit of romance in this book but that is not the main focus of this book, but I really do like seeing the relationship development between Valek and Yelena.

I actually enjoyed this book more than Fire study because in Fire Study the fact that Yelena ignored Moon man and was mean to him was a sour point with me. I enjoyed that Yelena actually learned from this and accepted that she still thinks highly of him even if he was always giving her cryptic advice. I will not say that there were not points where I wanted to hurt Yelena because she was being too independent and I questioned her thinking, there sure fire way of knowing when something is going to happen or go wrong is when Yelena goes off alone. I can overlook those because like I mentioned I felt she was learning from her mistakes and atleast she does take action and do not wait around for a ‘hero’ to do the work. I was also glad to see more of Leif in this book because I really did not like him at all when he was first introduced in this series but he’s grown on me

I knew what was going to happen on the last page due to coming across a spoiler by mistake so that was not a massive shock but it is definitely a cliff hanger ending, I mean I was thinking saying say what?. I really wish I did not come across that spoiler but this did not affect my enjoyment of the book. Though now I cannot wait until the next book Night Study. I’m so excited I had to go on Goodreads and fins out when the next book. Turns out I have about a year to wait for the next book but considering Fire Study was realised in 2008 and originally Maria was not going to write more books on Yelena I cannot complain but I really wish this time goes fast.

I have not read the Storm Glass series but I own so I will be reading those next, I should have read them before this book as other characters from there are mentioned but it did not confuse me to an extent where I could not enjoy this book.

I thought this was going to be a short review. Obviously I was wrong, I know I did not speak much about the story but I do not want to ruin the book for anyone. If you have not read this book or series it is one that I would recommend. The series is a favourite of mine. If you like a strong willed heroine with a good story and great side characters then this book is for you. Though I do not promised that there will not be points where you want to shake some sense into Yelena..:D

Happy Reading!!

One book or more?

You may have noticed I have not posted in over a week, I apologise I am so busy with work.Everything has gone mental, I’m stuck on the Eat, Sleep, Work repeat cycle and so have not managed to fit in much reading time or time to do blog posts or check out my favourite blogs to see what you guys are up to. I’m hoping work is going to calm down soon, but I have my doubts. I work in customer services and the call volumes just keep going up and up. Oh well I have my fingers crossed for the occasional quiet day.

Anyway my lack of reading made me think about other book lovers, I sometimes see people read more than one book at a time. I have never done this before, I read one book at a time as I do not think I could switch between storylines because that would confuse me to no end. I need to give what I am reading my undivided attention and if I’m really not enjoying the book then stop reading the book and move on to another one instead rather than alternating between the two. I know there others can actually read multiple books and know what is going on in each of them. I do wonder if people prefer reading a book at a time or multiple? Do you read multiple because you do not know which one to start and want to read both? How you do keep track of what’s happening in both books if you’re reading more than 1 storyline? So many questions!!

So do you read one book or more?

My Lord Wicked – Cheryl Bolen – Contains spoilers

This book contains some adult content

Synopsis:

What woman would dare make her home at eerie Marshbanks Abbey, perched on a stony hill in remote Northumbria? It is said its owner, the brilliant botanist, Lord Stacks, killed his beautiful bride there ten years earlier.

Unaware of the tales of Lord Stacks’ wickedness, Freddie Lambeth comes to live with her guardian, and through his caring blossoms from a plain, shabbily dressed girl to a lovely young woman.

Freddie and Lord Stacks come to need each other as his flowers need sunshine, but Stacks cannot allow himself to love her. His own wickedness has destroyed any chance for happiness

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Review:

I dislike giving a book a low rating because the author has spent so much time and effort in writing it. Unfortunately there were too many things that I could not overlook in this book to make it a higher rating. The good points of this book were that it was a sweet story and both the Freddie and Lord Stacks were likeable character’s even if they were abit bland. I liked that Freddie showed spirit at the start of the book but it kind of fizzled out as the story progressed.

I really liked the premises of the book, it is based on a orphan girl Freddie who writes to her guardian Lord Stacks to allow her to live with him. Lord Stack agrees but only because he believes Freddie is a boy. When Freddie shows up at Marshbanks Abbey, Lord Stacks home he is surprised to find out Freddie is a she. Here I thought wow this is going to get really interesting but Lord Stacks agrees to keep Freddie at his house without too much convincing as he wants teach her what lady should behave like as her lessons in being a lady have been overlooked by her late father who blamed Freddie for the death of his dear wife because she died giving birth to Freddie. The story develops at a reasonable pace from here but it did not keep me glued to my seat wanting to know what happens next straight away. I also felt some parts of the story were just too coincidental to be believable, especially about the discovery of how Lord Stacks wife died.

My two main problems with the book was first the editing. I can overlook a few misspelt words and some grammar mistakes but this book seemed to have so many it disturbed the flow of the book because I kept noticing these. Second was the repeated way the age gap between Freddie and Lord Stacks was brought up. Freddie is 18 years old and Lord Stacks was her late Father’s friend and so is nearing her fathers age of 38 years old. This is a historical romance so this age gap for back then was not an issue and so I have no problem with the age gap either. My problem was that Lord Stacks keep saying he would look after and treat Freddie as his own daughter as he would never have his own children, this was mentioned in the story a number of times. Then once Lord Stacks was interested in Freddie romantically he kept referring to her in his mind as a women/child, even when he imagined making love to Freddie he imagined her ‘women/child’ body under his. Sorry but that is a no no it makes it feel wrong even if it is not. Freddie is 18 years old and in that time period girl’s that age were already married or getting married and she does not act a child would so there’s nothing child like about her.

Lord Stacks valet was good comic relief in this book how, he made me chuckle at certain points. I really do wish that I liked this book more because it sounded like my kind of book and started of with such promise.

Happy Reading!!

I have news…

I realise you are now expecting some amazing news, based on the title of this post I’ve used to entice you. I do actually have some big news that I want to share, well it is big news for me. You all know if you’ve read my Becca Fitzpatrick book signing post that, that was the only book signing I have ever been to. Well I am going to another book signing. Now you may be tried of me talking about Shadow Study and Maria V Snyder but I had to share this. So Maria Synder is coming to the UK for a tour and I thought I would not be able to see her because she is going to London on March 24th and I could not get time off work to go to her book signing. However, do not feel sorry for me yet because she is coming to Bristol (which is only a 40 minutes drive away from where I live) on April 6 which is my day off. I actually have tickets to go to Maria’s book signing at Waterstones on this date now and I am so excited! Hopefully I will get my Shadow Study book signed 🙂

Ok so that my rambling over! Is anyone else in the UK and planning to see her?

I need a rewind button…

You would think I would learn from my mistakes. One of my rules about books is if there is highly anticipated book that I am waiting for I will not go on Social Media or on certain parts of the internet incase of spoilers because other people are just as excited about it as I am. So you all know I was very excited about Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder (and I still am). I have not started this book yet because I decided I would buy the US cover because I prefer it and wanted a physical copy of the book to go with all my other Maria Snyder books instead of having it on my Kindle as an ebook, and so am still waiting for it to be delivered.  Anyway the point of this post is I was just scrolling along my Instagram page and looking at other peoples post and suddenly wham! I stumbled onto a picture that someone had posted of the last page in Shadow Study and I came across what I think is a massive spoiler. I cannot believe it because I cannot unsee it! The picture did not mention it was a spoiler or anything and it was a Kindle Ebook so I did not initially know the picture was of Shadow Study. Oh well, my lesson for next time is stay away from Social Media! You would think I would have learnt considering this happened with Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead.

Anyone else stumbled across a spoiler about a book you’re excited out by mistake?