Review: Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

Fire Study by Maria V. SnyderTitle: Fire Study
Series: Study, #3
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Mira
ISBN: 9780778325345
Tags: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Adventure
Source: Library
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥
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When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena’s unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena’s fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before….

Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself—and save the land she holds dear.

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Review: Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

Magic Study by Maria V. SnyderTitle: Magic Study
Series: Study, #2
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Mira
ISBN: 9780778323921
Tags: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Adventure
Source: Library
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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A lesson in loyalty – A master class in intrigue

Yelena is a survivor. Kidnapped as a child, held prisoner as a teen, then released to act as a poison taster, she is now a student of magic. But these magic skills place her in imminent danger, and with an execution order on her head, she has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of birth
But nothing in Sitia is familiar. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her powers, a rogue magician emerges – and Yelena catches his eye. Suddenly she is embroiled in a situation not of her making. And once again her magical abilities will either save her life… or be her downfall.

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Review: Legacy by Cayla Kluver

Legacy by Kayla KluverTitle: Legacy
Series: Legacy, #1
Author: Cayla Kluver
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 9780373210343
Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Source: Library
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥
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I noticed his eyes. They were blue, sharp and intense. Despite the youthful glows of his suntanned face, his eyes were cold and unfriendly, suggesting he had great experience in the world and was now expecting the worst.

In her seventeenth year, Princess Alera of Hytanica faces one duty: to marry the man who will be king. But her father’s choice of suitor fills her with despair.

When the palace guard captures and intruder— a boy her age with steel-blue eyes, hailing from her kingdom’s greatest enemy— Alera is alarmed… and intrigued. But she could not have guessed that their clandestine meetings would unveil the dark legacy shadowing both their lands.

In this mystical world of court conspiracies and blood magic, loyalties will be tested. Courage won’t be enough. And as the battle begins for everything Alera holds dear, love may be the downfall of a kingdom.

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Review: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study by Maria V. SnyderTitle: Poison Study
Series: Study, #1
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Mira
ISBN: 9780778324331
Tags: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Adventure
Source: Library
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…

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Review: Red Madrassa by Terah Edun

Red Madrassa by Terah EdunTitle: Red Madrassa
Series: Algardis, #1
Author: Terah Edun
Publisher: Self Published
ASIN: B00A4152SA
Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Source: Bought
Hearts: ♥ ♥
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A magical accident threw them together. But when Fate holds all the cards, it can be impossible to tell the difference between pure chance and Destiny…

Allorna thought being a hereditary guardian meant an automatic posting with the royal family. Instead, she’s assigned to Petty Larceny–which has its moments, especially when she engineers a jailbreak and finds herself on the run from her colleagues.

With healer trainee Sidimo in tow, she sets out to save Maride, a young mage unjustly accused of murder. But now she has to clear her name as well. Easier said than done, especially when they accidentally enroll at the Red Madrassa, a legendary school of magic.

Alongside Vedaris, a sarcastic dragon-boy, and Sitara, a storm-caller, they soon find themselves hooked on their studies. The road they’ve stumbled upon is a challenging one, and now each must decide whether the Madrassa is where they truly belong…

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Blog Tour: The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette Review & Giveaway

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Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by at my stop of The Tale of Mally Biddle Blog Tour!

The Book


The Ugly Stepsister Strikes BackTitle
: The Tale of Mally Biddle
Series: –
Author: M.L. LeGette
Publisher: Self Published
ASIN:B00AB6BLLU
Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: A copy was made available by the author in exchange for an honest review
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥

~A Fairy Tale Fantasy~

When Mally Biddle agreed to spy upon the King of Lenzar and his overbearing knights she knew she was heading into danger. She didn’t know she’d find a family unlike any other.

Posing as a servant in Bosc Castle, Mally serves tea and restocks the fires for the most dangerous men in the kingdom. Her goal is to learn the truth of what happened sixteen years ago, when the infant princess met her death … a death that has more questions than answers.

Along her search for the truth, Mally meets the energized Lita Stump, the strict and matriarchal Meriyal Boyd, and the opinionated Archibald Diggleby. Then of course there are the knights: Sir Leon Gibbs who is slicker than a greased hog, Adrian Bayard, hot tempered and violent, and the worst of the lot: Sir Illius Molick, Captain of the Knights.

And then there is Maud, a mysterious woman who just might know everything…

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Review

Even though I could predict how most of the story would go just from reading the blurb. Even though the plot is not very new, or refreshing. (Lost princess? I can’t even count how many books I’ve read about that ;). ) Even though there were some other things that happened in the story that I did not like very much, I enjoyed reading this book. It has just the right mix of entertaining characters, good story and a lovely heroine to keep my attention. To let me like this book ^^

As I said, the plot is not very imaginative. It was easy to guess how everything would end, but M.L. LeGette kept me reading by not clearly explaining the who, the how and the what. She made characters behave in such a way it was hard to predict what their role was. Where they the good guys? Or bad? Or something in between? It was hard to guess at times, which made reading this book the more fun ^^

Mally Briddle was a great gal. She was obviously a bit too gullible at times. How else could you believe that someone is a Rebel, when you just met him? And agree the next moment to go on a life threatening mission? She could also be prone to acting rashly and therefore putting her and everyone in the Rebel army in danger. I mean, just because you found a new clue, you don’t have to risk your life and that of the Rebel army again and again by ignoring curfew and sneaking to meet them. What happened to secrecy?  Besides these minor character flaws it was a joy to read about her. She’s got her heart in the right place and doesn’t hesitate to run out and help people. Even though she’s a bit clumsy at times, it just makes her more adorable to me.

One last thing though, but this is just a little, little thing that bothered me. The story takes place in a fantasy world, with Medieval aspects. And suddenly they are talking about December and Christmas??? Yeah…. that just didn’t sit right with me. I mean, never once was spoken about a God or deity or anything like it and the next thing I know they are celebrating a Christian feast. Couldn’t it be called Yule or something like that? And December? Did our calendar already exist there? It didn’t fit in the whole. But that’s just the nitpicker in me 😉 I doubt anyone else would be bothered by this 😉

Conclusion

3 HEARTS. Even without a very refreshing plot I felled compelled to finish this book. To get to know the truth, to know all the details. It has very likable characters, who are difficult to categorize. Are they the good or bad guys? A lovely heroine, who could be too gullible or too enthusiastic at times and therefore putting everyone at risk. Still, I had a good time reading this book and I recommend it to everyone for a dull Sunday afternoon.

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Praise

“To say I loved this book is an understatement. Mally is a wonderful character and she encounters so many quirky folks on her assignment. Very well written and engaging story! And an added bonus of a love triangle! I enjoyed it from beginning to end!! I will definitely be looking for more from this author!”

~April Holgate

The Author

7175c-mlMelissa LeGette lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright. The Tale of Mally Biddle is her second novel.

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Review: Song of the Summer King by Jess E. Owen

Song of the Summer King by Jess E. OwenTitle: Song of the Summer King
Series: The Summer King Chronicles, #1
Author: Jess E. Owen
Publisher: Self Published
ASIN: B008LMQND2
Tags: Fantasy, Animals, Griffins, Mythology
Source: Bought
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Shard is a gryfon in danger. He and other young males of the Silver Isles are old enough to fly, hunt, and fight–old enough to be threats to their ruler, the red gryfon king.

In the midst of the dangerous initiation hunt, Shard takes the unexpected advice of a strange she-wolf who seeks him out, and hints that Shard’s past isn’t all that it seems. To learn his past, Shard must abandon the future he wants and make allies of those the gryfons call enemies.

When the gryfon king declares open war on the wolves, it throws Shard’s past and uncertain future into the turmoil between.

Now with battle lines drawn, Shard must decide whether to fight beside his king… or against him.

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