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Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder Book Review

Fire Study is the third book in the Chronicles of Ixia series. I reviewed the first book here and the second book here. Fire Study follows Yelena facing a larger scale threat, with new friends and old. She relied more on her magic in this book and faced self-doubt. The plot twists were even more shocking and the story was less predictable, something that I feel that Snyder has improved upon throughout her novels. 

However, I feel as though I had more issues with this book, particularly in the beginning than I had with the previous two. The tenses seemed to switch between past and present in places, making the writing feel disjointed and confusing. Furthermore, there were times where previous events seemed to have been forgotten. Additionally, this book was inundated with explanations of characters and events in the previous books. I understand that some reference is needed for readers who have not read the series for a while but there were literally paragraphs summarising what had happe…

Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder Book Review

This is the second book in The Chronicles of Ixia series, I reviewed the first book, Poison Study here.
Trigger warnings: rape, abuse, torture, murder, suicide, abduction
Magic Study follows directly on from where Poison Study ended. Before reading Magic Study, I read the extra content on Maria V. Snyder’s website that fits between these two books: chapter 1 of Poison Study from Valek’s point of view and Assassin Study, a short story featuring Valek. This book followed Yelena entering Sitia: her country of birth, trying to find her family, going to a magic school and navigating her magical powers. There were politics, tactics, fights, magic, historical lessons, mysteries, different cultures and varying relationships.  I loved Magic Study. The structure was very similar to Poison Study with different threads of the story and the stakes being raised. I was glad to see that Valek was mentioned and that he was in this book too. There were new characters introduced and I really liked seeing Ye…

The Liebster Award

Thank you to Chloe at for nominating me! The rules: Answer the 11 questions that you have been asked. Nominate 11 other bloggers. Ask your nominees 11 questions. Let them know you nominated them.
1.If you could get any two characters from any two books and put them in a relationship/friendship who would they be? I would love to put Sydney from Vicious by V. E. Schwab and Yelena from The Chronicles of Ixia series together as I feel like they have a lot in common and would be good friends.
2.Favourite song at the moment? I don’t think I have one favourite song at the moment but I have been listening to some songs from past decades lately! 3.What’s your spirit animal? I did the same quiz that Chloe did and also received a deer. It was an interesting result!
4.Any advice for people thinking of starting a book blog? Do it! Just start and see how you feel.
5.If you had to be the sun or the moon which would you rather be? The moon because it has an affinity with the sea and I l…

Sunshine Blogger Award/ Q&A

So, I have already been nominated for this award: see post here. However, another lovely blogger nominated me again! I decided that I would like to answer her questions anyway so here is a mini Q&A. 1.What is your dream job? My dream job is to be a full time blogger and author.
2.What do you think your life will be like in a year? And in ten years? This is a difficult question because you never know what is going to happen! In a year, I hope to be earning something from my blog, to still be reading a lot and to be working on a creative writing project that I love and will finish. In ten years, I hope to have my dream house and be a published author.
3.What is your proudest achievement? The first thing that comes to mind is my degree. I worked so hard to do well and despite feeling bad mentally and physically, I got to the end and received a 2.1.
4.What is your favourite blog post you’ve ever written? I think my favourite would be How Anxiety and Depression Can Affect Reading and Writing b…

99p Kindle Books- 25th February 2018

It can be difficult to find Kindle books at 99p that you want to read, so I have compiled a list of some of the books on Kindle that I would like to read that are ALL 99p!
A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson-

Thief's Magic by Trudi Canavan-

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder-

Shattered Glass by Maria V. Snyder (second to last book in The Chronicles of Ixia series)-

Frostblood by Elly Blake-

Alice by Christina Henry-

After Alice by Gregory Maguire-

The Mysteries by Lisa Tuttle-

This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab-

Our Dark Duet by V. E. Schwab-