I was intrigued by the story line.
The narration sounded more like someone reading a book rather than telling a story. It was a chore to finish it.
The writing style of the book was so passive, it was really hard to get into the character. It felt really amateur or lazy in the way that the majority of the time, instead of letting us read exactly what was going on, the author just skims through it in shallow description. For instance, when one of the characters is harassing her, the writer just says "[Character] kept bothering me on a few of my runs" instead of putting us in the moment and letting us know how exactly she is being harassed and threatened. Never for a moment am I honestly afraid for her life (and neither is she, it seems). The twist about the poison was completely predictable by about halfway through the book. The timeline, was weird, too. It felt pieced together, like we were just flickering in and out of the character's life instead of hearing the whole story. Plus, the "sex" was ridiculously purple, the only description being how their souls meshed.
The narrator wasn't completely horrible as there was proper inflection and everything, but her accents were terrible. Valek seemed to be the only British one and his accent was about as realistic as if I had tried. The only other accent seemed to be some sort of Eastern European accent (why?). This accent was the most inconsistent with Reyand and the witch sometimes getting and sometimes not. Also, since I assumed it was a Sitian accent, wouldn't all Sitian characters have it? Apparently not. Also, I know the character was only supposed to be 19, but the narrator made her feel really young sometimes.
I was a little disappointed becuase it really had promise, but it just fell short.
The audio version of Poison Study I think brings the book to life. Gabra Zackman does a great job.
I would recommend this book if you were going on a road trip and needed something to while away the time. The storyline was entertaining and at times a bit unpredictable which is a good thing. Some of it was very predictable.
It's not the best book I've ever heard, but it's FAR from the worst and I've read/listened to a large number of books.
Actually, the ending was a bit of a surprise. I'm still not sure if I liked or disliked the end, but surprise is always good. I do think she was setting it up for a possible sequel.
Not intentionally, no.
Nothing except give Harlequin a second glance.
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.