Review: Night Study by Maria V. Snyder
Reviews / January 18, 2016

Night Study is the 5th book in the Study series.  It continues right were Night Study left off, after Yelena’s big reveal to Valek  .  Yelena continues to deal with her loss of magic. This has a huge impact on her, as you can imagine and she realizes just how dependent on it she has been. Tensions between Ixia and Sitia are growing worse, and war seems to be imminent. The Commander is, well, not quite himself and Valek seems to have mysteriously lost his trust. I will admit, I do not read a lot of books labeled Young Adult, so I may be off base on some of my assumptions. One thing I do feel is unique about this series (at least from my experience with YA), is that the last two books in the series take place after a good amount of time has passed from the first three. What that means is that the main characters have aged and are more “adults” than they are “young adults”. I believe they are in their late 20s, Valek may actually be in his thirties. But, the overall tone of the book and content is very much in line with what I…

Review: Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
3.5 Stars , Reviews / March 24, 2015

It’s been years since I read the Poison Study trilogy and I honestly did not expect another book in the series. I have not read the other books in the Ixia series and so am not sure how that may or may not impact this one. Since this is considered a Poison Study book, I would assume that skipping the others is fine. Shadow Study does a great job of dropping bits of information for people like me that had not read the series in a while. It helped refresh my memory on events and characters, while I did not remember much, I never felt lost. I don’t read YA all that often, but every once in a while, it can be a nice change of pace, particularly when I am reading some longer, darker epic fantasies. This was no different, it’s a book I would categorize as a comfort read. While Valek may be an assassin, the reader is slightly more removed from the darker edges of the story, making it a lighter read. There’s really no gore or grimness even if there can be some dark parts. I think that’s why I read these books to be honest, even…