I was struck from the very first with the rather see-through plotting and cliched writing of this book....but I got caught up in the plot and couldn't stop listening till I finished! The story is addictive, but I still can't get over the cringe-worthy writing, predictability of the story, and the rather half-hearted world-building. YA fantasy can be wonderful, complex, and thought-provoking--this book is an example of the kind of YA that makes people look down on the genre. While there are serious issues (trigger warning) that I think the author handles pretty well, I would take them more seriously if presented within a well-written, well-developed novel. The narrator did a good job.
My daily commute time literally hijacked any spare time for reading, and then, AUDIBLE.
I'm thinking about moving on to book 2 at some point, because I want to know how the love affair turns out.
A complex plot, compelling characters, a ton of action and a pinch of romance create a spellbinding story you won't want to put down! Maria Snyder craftily weaves a story that will "slip under your skin, invade your blood and seize your heart."
I didn't think this book would be my cup of tea because I don't usually read books with magic and such. I downloaded it because it had such great reviews, and they were correct. I really enjoyed it.
This story was a good listen but I was kind of disappointed. I really liked Poison Study but to me Magic Study felt kind of predictable and didn't keep me hooked and I probably won't go for the rest of the series.
A very good listen; the narrator has a pleasant voice with a clear and concise reading style additionally she does male voices well.
The story flows from what might consider a simple idea: a girl slated to be executed for murder is given a second chance as a food taster for the commander. Soon the story grows into much more with delightful characters, political unrest and soon the girl is fighting for her life.
The book starts with a little confusion but grips the listener because of the intrigue and a quick series of events.
There's been a change over the years in what the word 'romance' means. It used to be about emotional boundaries and development, subtly guided with class and technique so that when the culmination of all finally climaxed into a relationship, it felt like you had a big payoff. Nowadays, however, I feel like the emotional development has taken the backseat in favor of a cheaper thrill -- sex.
Poison Study I expected the latter and got the former. I expected to not like it, but the reviews convinced me to give it a shot, and I'm glad I did. This isn't classic literature, but it is a good story that focuses tightly on the main character and how she overcomes all of the obstacles in her way. When the romance arrived I felt it was handled carefully. It didn't pop up and slam you in your face, but neither did it make me roll my eyes or feel that the rest of the novel was contrived to allow protaganist A and hero B to get together for some nooky.
The plot will not leave you breathless, and if you're looking for smut you'll have to look elsewhere, but if you're looking for a solid story with some romance that enhances the subtle flavors of the main plot, this is what you're looking for. It has enough depth to allow it to stand on its own without contrivances to glue it all together, but not so heavy that you'll need all of your brain to keep up. Plus I just liked the idea of a poison tester as a main character.
As for the narrator, she didn't blow my mind with an exceptional reading, but I would class her as quite good. She does accents well, I had minor difficulties distinguishing different characters, and there were a couple whose voices I became attached to. Overall I liked her reading.
I will be purchasing the next books in this series.
I love books! All kinds... classics, mysteries, Christian fiction, suspense and action! I'm also a sucker for anything romantic. ;) And just recently started getting into some non-fiction, philosophical books.
I had a really long drive ahead of me, so I through this book in. I really enjoyed the descriptions of everything. I found myself trying to taste the things she was tasting, and I could almost smell what she was smelling. It was incredibly descriptive and completely drew me in.
I'm not entirely sure what I could compare it to...
When I read, I tend to skip over descriptions of things, but the way she read had me imagining I was there. I'm glad I didn't have the opportunity to skip over anything.
*spoiler* When Valek describes the way he fell in love with Yelena was like succombing to poison. It was almost an odd place for the confession to happen, but it was very moving *end spoiler*
As much as I liked the book, it just kind of left me hanging a bit. I enjoyed the listen, but I really have no desire to read the sequels. Can't say why, other than I didn't really become attached to the characters.
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Really like the characters and world created by Snyder for this book and other "Study" series.
At first I did not like the narrator of this story, felt it was monotone and barely any emotion. But then I got into and fell in love with this story and the narrator.
Give it time to grow on you, great read/listen! All three books!