Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
3.5 stars. The new third series in the study series did NOT disappoint! It is so rare that an author takes the sincere earnest wishes for a continuation and actually manufactures a KICK ASS BOOK. It just shows how talented Maria V Synder is. Her readers wanted the same character in the same world, just different plot and she delivered. That takes SKILL.
This book is written from 3 POVs: Yelena, Valek, and Janco. We also get reacquainted with Opal, Devlen, Ari, as well as get a whole slew of new characters. Someone has found a way to take away Yelena's magic and she seeks the help of the Sitian council and her brother Leif for help. On Valek's side, The Commander assigns him duty over busting a smuggling operation. However, things aren't so easy for poor Valek, with a new young assassin vying for his position at the Commander's side and the sudden lax security in Ixia.
eh, 2.5 stars really.
Received an arc of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Nicole just moved to a new school and the moment she walks in, she discovers her whole class is full of witches. After her momentary confusion, she picks up the trade like a pro, with the help of her new friend Kate. On the night of the Olympian Meteor Shower, She, Kate, her insta-love Blake, his girlfriend Danielle, and another dude all get powers from the comet. They are destined for great things.
I recommend this for middle schoolers or early high schoolers who don't have a lot of YA fantasy/mythology under their belt. Nicole as a character is fine, as is Blake. Kate, however, is the goody to shoes to end all good to shoes. Seriously, just stop. Danielle is your stereotypical jealous bitchy "stay away from my boyfriend or I'll curse you" bitchy girlfriend who gets in the way of Blake and Nicole getting together in their insta-lovey way.
Kristia has lived her life in the same town since she was little with her Mormor (grandma) who is now dead. It's time for a change. She travels to Europe to study abroad. There she falls in love and meets a Norse god.
The Insta-love was strong in this one. Even if everything else was fine. I couldn't get passed that. Oh, and it reads like a Twilight novel:
Kristia: Why is this guy glaring at me? Why Does he hate me?
--after much glaring--
Ull: Hi, my name is Edwar--i Mean Ull. Can we be friends *avoids questions about why he was avoiding her the last week or so*
Kristia: He's beautiful and moves unbelievably fast. Say it. Say it outloud!!
Ull: I'm the Norse God of Winter
In Case you need a reminder of why we dislike this, try to remember that stupid scene that was burned into our minds forever:
WHY WOULD THIS AUTHOR EVEN GO THERE??? WHY WOULD SHE REPEAT THIS SCENE!?!?!
Here we have Alex, a half blood who lives in a society where half bloods are either mindless servants, guards, or sentinels to the pure bloods. After living outside in the mortal realm for 3 years with her mother, she is forced back to convenant. Her mother is dead and she is has no where to go. Alex's dream is to be a sentinel and fight of daimons (fancy way to spell demons.) Unfortunately, she's 3 years behind in school. That is where Aiden St. Delphi, "hottie extraordinaire" comes in to help her train.
a rip off of vampire academy, but I like alex infinitely better than rose. She is more human in the sense that she has emotions, like anger and despair. A lot of it too. I also enjoy that whiney Lisa wasn't here. Caleb, Alex's best friend, is a much better partner in crime. Aiden is pretty much Dmitri in everyway. It's like Armentrout was dying to just copywrite Dmitri but just BARELY made them different. by making Aiden boring. But different.