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Maria V. Snyder

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Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria's been writing fantasy and science fiction since she was bored at work and needed something creative to do. A dozen novels and numerous short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She’s been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her MA degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she's been happily sharing her knowledge with the current crop of MFA students. She also enjoys creating new worlds where horses and swords rule, 'cause let's face it, they're cool, although she's been known to trap her poor characters in a giant metal cube and let them figure out how to get out. Readers are welcome to check out her website for book excerpts ...more

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Maria V. Snyder Hi Meredith! I chose to use 3rd for Valek and Janco for a couple reasons. One - I think staying in first person between characters is really difficult…moreHi Meredith! I chose to use 3rd for Valek and Janco for a couple reasons. One - I think staying in first person between characters is really difficult to do well (and without jarring the reader) - I've read a few books that stay in first and I didn't like them. Two - I'm not ready to do a first person male POV - I'm not male and I don't know if I can "pull it off." I'd like to practice more before attempting it in one of my novels. Three - I liked the bit of mystery 3rd person keeps. I read a book where the main male protagonist was hard to read and he was mysterious and seemed dangerous, but then in a follow-up book the writer wrote this character in first person and that sense of mystery disappeared and it ruined it for me! So I wanted Valek to keep a bit of that mystery (don't know if I pulled it off or not). So that's why :).(less)
Maria V. Snyder Janco - he's just a blast to write - I love him!
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Today, MAGIC STUDY is being released in Japan with another gorgeous cover by Tae. I love this cover - I thought the one for POISON STUDY was also super cool, but this one...just resonates with me. She's clutching the butterfly pendant Valek carved for her.

To celebrate the release, I'm giving away TWO copies of the book. My publisher in Japan was so kind to send me extra copies and they arrived... Read more of this blog post »
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“Yelena, you've driven me crazy. You've caused me considerable trouble and I've contemplated ending your life twice since I've known you." Valek's warm breath in my ear sent a shiver down my spine.

"But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”

“That sounds more like a poison than a person,” was all I could say. His confession had both shocked and thrilled me.

“Exactly,” Valek replied. “You have poisoned me.”
Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

“Everyone makes choices in life. Some bad, some good. It's called living, and if you want to bow out, then go right ahead. But don't do it halfway. Don't linger in whiner's limbo.”
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“Trusting is hard. Knowing who to trust, even harder.”
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Across the Universe by Beth Revis




goodreads summary-A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
 
  9 votes 16.7%

Delirium by Lauren Oliver


goodreads summary-Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
 
  9 votes 16.7%

Gone by Michael Grant

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goodreads summary-In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.

It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...
 
  6 votes 11.1%

Wither by Lauren DeStefano



goodreads summary-What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.
 
  5 votes 9.3%

Divergent by Veronica Roth


goodreads summary-In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
 
  4 votes 7.4%

Bumped by Megan McCafferty



goodreads summary-When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Until now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend Zen, who is way too short for the job.

Harmony has spent her whole life in religious Goodside, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to bring Melody back to Goodside and convince her that “pregging” for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.

When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.
 
  3 votes 5.6%

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder


goodreads summary-Keep Your Head Down.

Don't Get Noticed.

Or Else.

I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.
 
  3 votes 5.6%

The Maze Runner by James Dashner


goodreads summary-Imagine waking up one day in total darkness, unsure of where you are and unable to remember anything about yourself except your first name. You're in a bizarre place devoid of adults called the Glade. The Glade is an enclosed structure with a jail, a graveyard, a slaughterhouse, living quarters, and gardens. And no way out. Outside the Glade is the Maze, and every day some of the kids -- the Runners -- venture into the labyrinth, trying to map the ever-changing pattern of walls in an attempt to find an exit from this hellish place. So far, no one has figured it out. And not all of the Runners return from their daily exertions, victims of the maniacal Grievers, part animal, part mechanical killing machines.

Thomas is the newest arrival to the Glade in this Truman-meets-Lord of the Flies tale. A motley crew of half a dozen kids is all he has to guide him in this strange world. As soon as he arrives, unusual things begin to happen, and the others grow suspicious of him. Though the Maze seems somehow familiar to Thomas, he's unable to make sense of the place, despite his extraordinary abilities as a Runner. What is this place, and does Thomas hold the key to finding a way out?

In The Maze Runner, Dashner has crafted a creative and engaging novel that's both mysterious and thought provoking
 
  3 votes 5.6%

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness


goodreads summary-rentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee - whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not - stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden - a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
 
  2 votes 3.7%

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


goodreads summary-Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
 
  2 votes 3.7%

WE by John Dickinson


goodreads summary-We are the only Humans left...In the furthest, coldest, darkest reaches of our solar system, Paul Munro is on a mission from which he can never return. A desolate ice-covered moon will be his home for the rest of his life. And only from here can he see what humanity has become. A thriller to freeze your blood. To absolute zero.
 
  2 votes 3.7%

0.4 by Mike Lancaster

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goodreads summary-It's a brave new world.

'My name is Kyle Straker. And I don't exist anymore.'

So begins the story of Kyle Straker, recorded onto old audiotapes. You might think these tapes are a hoax, but perhaps they contain the history of a past world....If what the tapes say is true, it means that everything we think we know is a lie.

And if everything we know is a lie, does that mean that we are, too?
 
  2 votes 3.7%

Genesis by Bernard Beckett


goodreads summary-“What does it mean to be human?” The answer lies within the mystery of Genesis. Set in a postapocalyptic future, the novel takes the form of an examination undergone by young Anaximander as she prepares to enter an enigmatic institution known simply as The Academy. For her subject she has chosen the life of the philosopher-soldier Adam Forde, her long-dead hero. It is through Anax’s presentation and her answers to persistent questioning by her examiners that we learn the history of her island Republic, along with the rules and beliefs of their society. At the completion of the examination, when everything has been laid bare, Anax must confront the Republic’s last great secret, her own surprising link to Adam Forde, and the horrifying truth about her world.

Like the great writers Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick, Bernard Beckett explores the relationship between humans and technology in a brilliantly rendered novel that will keep readers guessing until the final page.
 
  1 vote 1.9%

Unwind by Neal Shusterman


goodreads summary-Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.
 
  1 vote 1.9%

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff


goodreads summary-“Every war has turning points and every person too.”

Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.

As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.

A riveting and astonishing story.
 
  1 vote 1.9%

XVI by Julia Karr


goodreads summary-Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world—even the most predatory of men—that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past—one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.
 
  1 vote 1.9%




goodreads summary-Set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire regions and people live packed like sardines on the dry land left, DARK LIFE is the harrowing tale of underwater pioneers who have carved out a life for themselves in the harsh deep-sea environment, farming the seafloor in exchange for the land deed.

The story follows Ty, who has lived his whole life on his family's homestead and has dreams of claiming his own stake when he turns eighteen. But when outlaws' attacks on government supply ships and settlements threaten to destroy the underwater territory, Ty finds himself in a fight to stop the outlaws and save the only home he has ever known.

Joined by a girl from the Topside who has come subsea to look for her prospector brother, Ty ventures into the frontier's rough underworld and begins to discover some dark secrets to Dark Life.

As Ty gets closer to the truth, he discovers that the outlaws may not be the bloodthirsty criminals the government has portrayed them as. And that the government abandoning the territory might be the best thing for everyone, especially for someone like Ty, someone with a Dark Gift.
 
  0 votes 0.0%

Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
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goodreads summary-After climate change, on the north shore of Unlake Superior, a dystopian world is divided between those who live inside the wall, and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who live outside. It’s Gaia’s job to “advance” a quota of infants from poverty into the walled Enclave, until the night one agonized mother objects, and Gaia’s parents are arrested.
Badly scarred since childhood, Gaia is a strong, resourceful loner who begins to question her society. As Gaia’s efforts to save her parents take her within the wall, she herself is arrested and imprisoned.
Fraught with difficult moral choices and rich with intricate layers of codes, Birthmarked explores a colorful, cruel, eerily familiar world where one girl can make all the difference, and a real hero makes her own moral code.
 
  0 votes 0.0%

The Declaration by Gemma Malley


goodreads summary-In the year 2140, it is illegal to be young.

Children are all but extinct.

The world is a better place.

Longevity drugs are a fountain of youth. Sign the Declaration, agree not to have children and you too can live forever. Refuse, and you will live as an outcast. For the children born outside the law, it only gets worse – Surplus status.

Not everyone thinks Longevity is a good thing, but you better be clear what side you’re on. . . . Surplus Anna is about to find out what happens when you can’t decide if you should cheat the law or cheat death.
 
  0 votes 0.0%

Feed by M.T. Anderson



goodreads summary-Finalist for the 2002 National Book Award, Young People's Literature
Honor book for the 2003 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award (Fiction category)
The Barnes & Noble Review
Brave New World takes a romantic teen twist in this disarming, engrossing novel set in a hyper-computerized future.



Spending time partying on the moon and riding around in his "upcar," Titus is an average teen of the future, complete with a computer chip implant -- the "Feed" -- that lets corporate marketers and government agencies broadcast directly into his brain. Then Titus meets Violet, and an anti-Feed hacker shuts down their Feeds for a short time; but when Violet's Feed is seriously damaged, she begins spouting some radical ideas.



M. T. Anderson has predicted the future, and it's startling indeed. Although Titus is a good, well-meaning kid, his blissful ignorance of the control over him leaves readers thinking twice about the destiny of earth's citizens. Beneath the book's techno-veneer, however, lies a romantic tale between a boy who gives into the system and a girl who sees beyond it. All told, Feed is a "meg" remarkable work of science fiction, and once readers begin, they'll be caught up in its powerful grip. Matt Warner
 
  0 votes 0.0%

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow


goodreads summary-Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they’re mercilessly interrogated for days.

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.
 
  0 votes 0.0%

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi



goodreads summary-Set initially in a future shanty town in America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being dissembled for parts by a rag tag group of workers, we meet Nailer, a teenage boy working the light crew, searching for copper wiring to make quota and live another day. The harsh realities of this life, from his abusive father, to his hand to mouth existence, echo the worst poverty in the present day third world. When an accident leads Nailer to discover an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, and the lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl, Nailer finds himself at a crossroads. Should he strip the ship and live a life of relative wealth, or rescue the girl, Nita, at great risk to himself and hope she'll lead him to a better life. This is a novel that illuminates a world where oil has been replaced by necessity, and where the gap between the haves and have-nots is now an abyss. Yet amidst the shadows of degradation, hope lies ahead.
 
  0 votes 0.0%

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer


goodreads summary-Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.



Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.
 
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“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
Thomas A. Edison

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
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He grinned. "No sense doing things halfhearted. And to think, some girls have to endure listening to poetry.”
Maria V. Snyder, Outside In

“You had lots of visitors, but they were all quiet."

"Oh real funny. Tease the blind man."

~Trella to Logan, pg. 114-115”
Maria V. Snyder, Outside In
tags: humor

“When we reached the door, Belen stepped in the way. 'If any harm—'
'Comes to her, you’ll rip out my arms. Got it,' Kerrick said.
'I’m serious,' Belen said.
'I know. Do you really think I’d put her in danger?'
'Not on purpose, but things happen that are out of your control.'
Kerrick gave him a tight smile. 'You mean I'm not omnipotent?'
'You're not even semi-potent.'
'Is that even a word?' Kerrick asked.
'He probably means you're impotent,' I offered.”
Maria V. Snyder, Touch of Power

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message 103: by Maria

Maria Thank you for accepting my friend request! Poison Study was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It's one of my favorite books! =D


message 102: by Maria

Maria Snyder Courtney wrote: "Your books are amazing!!!

The covers - beautiful.
The summaries - enticing.
The text - undescribable.

Thank you for writing your books."


Thanks for the kind words Courtney! I'm happy to hear you've enjoyed my books!


message 101: by Courtney (last edited Jun 27, 2015 09:01PM)

Courtney Your books are amazing!!!

The covers - beautiful.
The summaries - enticing.
The text - undescribable.

Thank you for writing your books.


message 100: by Aynab

Aynab Maria wrote: "I don't know what I'm doing after I finish the new Study books - there will be three total, Shadow Study, Night Study and ? Study (no title for #3 yet!) I really haven't even thought about it as I'm concentrating on finishing these."

Hahah I can see the difficulty in choosing the last name for the book! Hmm, maybe something like Phantom or Darkness Study? Or maybe even Light Study. But yay! Can't wait for Shadow Study to come out :D


message 99: by Maria

Maria Snyder Aynab wrote: "Are you going to be making a new series like Touch of Power and Poison Study? (Not counting Shadow Study since that's basically Poison Study). ^^"

I don't know what I'm doing after I finish the new Study books - there will be three total, Shadow Study, Night Study and ? Study (no title for #3 yet!) I really haven't even thought about it as I'm concentrating on finishing these.


message 98: by Aynab

Aynab Are you going to be making a new series like Touch of Power and Poison Study? (Not counting Shadow Study since that's basically Poison Study). ^^


message 97: by Maria

Maria Snyder ARGH!! I just accidently hit "Ignore" for all my selected friend requests and can't get them back!! I wanted to approve them all.

If you recently sent me a request - please send it again!!


message 96: by Maria

Maria Snyder Topsy wrote: "Maria I really hope you cook up something again! I LOVED study, glass and healer-series and I felt so sad when reading the last; there was no more to read :( I'm always keeping an eye out for new b..."

I'm glad you've enjoyed my books. I'm working on new Study books - with SHADOW STUDY coming out in 2015. Have you read my Inside Out and Outside In? They're a bit different than my others, but I still have a strong female protagonist and page-turning adventures for the characters :)


message 95: by Topsy

Topsy Maria I really hope you cook up something again! I LOVED study, glass and healer-series and I felt so sad when reading the last; there was no more to read :( I'm always keeping an eye out for new books from you! Keep up the awesome writing!


message 94: by Maria

Maria Snyder Veronica wrote: "I would to see you come to the Chicagoland area so I can have the chance to meet you and have my books signed!! I have read a lot of your books and love them all!!"

Hi Veronica! I would love to visit Chicago - I've flown through the airport dozens of times. I keep waiting for my husband to have business out there so I can tag along :) If I do, I'll make sure to send out info to those living within 100 miles of the area.


Veronica Foster I would to see you come to the Chicagoland area so I can have the chance to meet you and have my books signed!! I have read a lot of your books and love them all!!


message 92: by Maria

Maria Snyder Chantelle wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request, I loved and enjoyed the poison study series and can't wait to read more of your books :D"

Thanks for finding me! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the Study books and you do have lots more to read as I'm up to 12 published novels! You can read the first chapter of ALL my books, plus free short stories about the characters in the Study books on my website. Here's a link: http://www.mariavsnyder.com


message 91: by Maria

Maria Snyder Gillian wrote: "I'm usually pretty ok with having gone to Slippery Rock University, but then I remember that Taste of Darkness is about to come out and realize that I should have gone to Seton Hill."

I've heard great things about Slippery Rock. And you can go to Seton Hill for your graduate degree :) I'm part of their MFA program.


message 90: by Maria

Maria Snyder Shaneen wrote: "Thank you for accepting my friend request! You are one of my favorite authors! I love the Study series and can't wait for the next 3 books in that series to come out. I am also currently reading y..."

Thanks Shaneen! I'm glad you've enjoyed my books and hope you liked the rest of the Glass books. The new Study book will pick up soon after SPY GLASS and has chapters in Valek's POV :)


Chantelle Thanks for accepting my friend request, I loved and enjoyed the poison study series and can't wait to read more of your books :D


message 88: by Gillian

Gillian I'm usually pretty ok with having gone to Slippery Rock University, but then I remember that Taste of Darkness is about to come out and realize that I should have gone to Seton Hill.


message 87: by Shaneen

Shaneen Thank you for accepting my friend request! You are one of my favorite authors! I love the Study series and can't wait for the next 3 books in that series to come out. I am also currently reading your Glass series and finding that I enjoy them as much as I did the Study series and love that I get to enter the world of Sitia and Ixia again! I hope you keep up the awesome work and guarantee that you will always have a fan in me!


message 86: by Maria

Maria Snyder kyendwarrior wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request!:) I absolutely fell in love with your Poison Study books, and I can't wait for the next books in that series to come out!! (SO EXCITED!!!:D) I just put on ho..."

You're very welcome! Thanks for finding me on Goodreads. I'm glad you've enjoyed my books and hope you'll like Touch of Power as well (although I'm pretty sure you will since my readers who loved the Study books have told me they like the Healers books just as well).


kyendwarrior Thanks for accepting my friend request!:) I absolutely fell in love with your Poison Study books, and I can't wait for the next books in that series to come out!! (SO EXCITED!!!:D) I just put on hold the Touch of Power, and I can't wait to read that as well!:)


message 84: by Maria

Maria Snyder Isaias wrote: "Hi, Maria, I want to tell you that I believe you're an amazing author. I've only read your Poison trilogy series but I already have in my hands Storm Glass, and I can't wait to read it!!! And I hav..."

Hi Isaias! I'm glad you enjoyed my books. Thanks for the nice comments - always nice to hear :) Yes - I'm writing three more Study books. The first is about Yelena and Valek and I'm writing it right now! It should be published late next year.


message 83: by Isaias

Isaias Hi, Maria, I want to tell you that I believe you're an amazing author. I've only read your Poison trilogy series but I already have in my hands Storm Glass, and I can't wait to read it!!! And I have to ask: IS IT TRUE THAT YOU'RE GOING TO WRITE THREE MORE BOOKS ABOUT POISON STUDY? THERE'S GOING TO BE MORE VALEK AND YELENA?
I hope you can answer me.
Best wishes, Isaias


message 82: by Maria

Maria Snyder WolfGirl wrote: "Maria wrote: "WolfGirl wrote: "Hey Ms Snyder!
You are one of my favourite authors. I've read nearly all your books (currently enjoying Storm Glass) and I find them fantastically awesome! Thanks for..."


LOL about locking yourself in your room! Keep an eye on my Facebook page and my Blog - I'll have contests to win an early copy of Taste of Darkness in the next couple months (most likely the end of Oct. early November) - I always get my box of books early - author perk ;>


message 81: by Maria

Maria Snyder Hetal wrote: "Just finished reading Poison Study for the 3rd time! You are my FAVORITE author and I've read all your books! When I look for a book, I always dorkily look for little review blurbs that say "for fa..."

Thanks Hetal! I'm honored to be your Favorite author :) Have you read On the Edge by Ilona Andrews? I loved it and there is a whole series of them - I just finished the second.


message 80: by Hetal

Hetal Just finished reading Poison Study for the 3rd time! You are my FAVORITE author and I've read all your books! When I look for a book, I always dorkily look for little review blurbs that say "for fans of Maria Synder" and chose my books accordingly :p


WatermeLoonie Maria wrote: "WolfGirl wrote: "Hey Ms Snyder!
You are one of my favourite authors. I've read nearly all your books (currently enjoying Storm Glass) and I find them fantastically awesome! Thanks for gracing the e..."


I shall wait eagerly. The certain event (which I shall not name for fear of a painful death) that happened at the end of the second book left me breathless, and to deal with the shock, I locked myself in my room for nearly a week to read the two over...and over...again ('twas the holidays.) I cannot wait for the next! (God...I'm addicted...)


message 78: by Maria

Maria Snyder WolfGirl wrote: "Hey Ms Snyder!
You are one of my favourite authors. I've read nearly all your books (currently enjoying Storm Glass) and I find them fantastically awesome! Thanks for gracing the earth with your bo..."


Thanks WolfGirl! I'm happy to hear you've enjoyed my books :) The third healer book is coming out the end of December 2013 - not that far away - right?


message 77: by WatermeLoonie (last edited Aug 10, 2013 06:37PM)

WatermeLoonie Hey Ms Snyder!
You are one of my favourite authors. I've read nearly all your books (currently enjoying Storm Glass) and I find them fantastically awesome! Thanks for gracing the earth with your books, they have saved many from the dark pits of boredom. My particular favourite is Touch of Power, can't wait for the third book to come out!!! Inside Out was the first one I read, and it blew me away too. Keep on rocking!!! :D


message 76: by Maria

Maria Snyder Elmira_Amanda wrote: "Hey I was listening to music the other day, and a song came up in my playlist that totally made me think of Poison study. You should listen to it and see what you think. You can probably find it on..."

It was wonderful to meet you! I'll look up the song thanks for letting me know.


message 75: by Amanda

Amanda Hey I was listening to music the other day, and a song came up in my playlist that totally made me think of Poison study. You should listen to it and see what you think. You can probably find it on Youtube it's called Broken Girl and it's by Matthew West. It's really cool. I still can't wait to see you on Saturday


message 74: by Amanda

Amanda Yeah, that's where my librarian said you would be.


message 73: by Maria

Maria Snyder Aynab wrote: "I think I am in love with you! Haha. I particularly LOVE how you never ever write about insta-love! Woooh! Please don't stop writing like that!"

LOL! Thanks :) I don't do insta-love or "insta" anything - I make my characters work for it and I don't make it easy either ;>


message 72: by Maria

Maria Snyder Elmira wrote: "I really like your books. I haven't read your short stories, but I have read all your books. I'm super excited, because my librarian told me that your coming to one of the libraries in my area, so ..."

Thanks Elmira - I'm glad you enjoyed all my books. And I'm going to be down in Kent County, DE on April 20 I wanted to put it on my website, but haven't got all the details yet. Can't wait!


message 71: by Aynab

Aynab I think I am in love with you! Haha. I particularly LOVE how you never ever write about insta-love! Woooh! Please don't stop writing like that!


message 70: by Amanda

Amanda I really like your books. I haven't read your short stories, but I have read all your books. I'm super excited, because my librarian told me that your coming to one of the libraries in my area, so I'm probably going to get to meet you.


message 69: by Maria

Maria Snyder Shamz wrote: "OMGGGG Mariaaaa

i've finished the first two books in 3 days and am on the 3rd one as i'm typing!! all i can say is that i am IN LOVEEEEEEE (with valek ofcourse... hehe) but no seriously i love the..."


Thank you Shamz! I did see your comment on another thread as well - I'm playing catch up with all my social media sites :) I've very happy to hear you've enjoyed my Study books and am impressed that you finished them so fast. I'm assuming you're done with Fire Study by now and I hope you liked the ending. And just FYI - I'm writing more Study books about Yelena and Valek - the first one is coming out late in 2014!


message 68: by Shamz

Shamz OMGGGG Mariaaaa

i've finished the first two books in 3 days and am on the 3rd one as i'm typing!! all i can say is that i am IN LOVEEEEEEE (with valek ofcourse... hehe) but no seriously i love the main characters and have never had strong feelings about the main characters as i do when i read about yelena and valek!! ohhhh maria maria maria... if only i could really use telepathy to speak to people at any moment!! goshhhhh if onlyyyy


message 67: by Maria

Maria Snyder Snuggles with Rainbows wrote: "Thanks for accepting my request! I just read Poison Study and I am speechless."

Thanks for finding me on Goodreads! So glad you enjoyed Poison Study - now you can read Magic Study and Fire Study and see what else happens to Yelena and her friends :)


message 66: by Maria

Maria Snyder TaleTerror wrote: "Loving the Australian covers of your Healer series! (Trying to get my hands on the re-released Touch of Power cover) Just as I still love the Study series covers! Can not wait until Taste of Death,..."

The new Australian Covers are gorgeous! I'm about half way through Taste of Death and it should be coming out at the end of 2013. The new Study book should be coming out in late 2014 - not sure exactly when, but not before September. I haven't started it yet, but it's due to my editor by this time next year :)


TaleTerror Loving the Australian covers of your Healer series! (Trying to get my hands on the re-released Touch of Power cover) Just as I still love the Study series covers! Can not wait until Taste of Death, how far along are you writing that?? And when are you going to start writing book 4, for the Study series?! I'm not the kind of girl to flip out and cry for the things I love but there was definitely some skipping around the house with a big smile on my face when i read your newsletter with that tid bit of news :)


Snuggles with Rainbows Thanks for accepting my request! I just read Poison Study and I am speechless.


message 63: by Maria

Maria Snyder Deedee wrote: "I <33 you! You are my favorite author. I really love Healer Series! Don't even get me started on Study series, I can't express how much I love that series. I have been rereading it every month. I l..."

I'm honored to be your favorite author. And I'm happy to hear my books stand up under multiple readings. Back when I started, I just hoped people would read and finish my book - I never considered they would re-read it! Good thing, or I would have been really nervous :)


message 62: by Maria

Maria Snyder Rainenoelle wrote: "Hi Maria,

I just wanted to express to you what an impact your Study series has made on me. From the first time I read Poison Study (just last week), I knew from that point on you shot up to the to..."


Thanks Rainenoelle! I'm super glad you enjoyed my book and I'm thrilled to rise up to Harry Potter standards in your eyes :)


message 61: by Deedee (last edited Nov 14, 2012 05:48PM)

Deedee I <33 you! You are my favorite author. I really love Healer Series! Don't even get me started on Study series, I can't express how much I love that series. I have been rereading it every month. I love your writing style and how you portray the characters. I know you spend a lot of time on them because they come out to be flawless.


Rainenoelle Hi Maria,

I just wanted to express to you what an impact your Study series has made on me. From the first time I read Poison Study (just last week), I knew from that point on you shot up to the top spot as my favorite author. I seriously have not been so obsessed with a series since reading Harry Potter back when it first came out. I can't wait to read your other books!

Your talented writing has totally "poisoned" me!

Keep those great books coming


message 59: by Maria

Maria Snyder Jordy wrote: "*Dies when she sees that Maria V Snyder accepts her friend request*

You are the most amazing author... I could just kidnap you and force you to write stories just for me... Jokes, but you really ..."


You're welcome...I think ;> I had a flashback to the book Misery by Stephen King - and the movie was very scary as well! I know you're kidding and I'm glad to hear that you've enjoyed my books so much. Have you read the Insider books yet? Inside Out and Outside In, you might like them as well and perhaps Trella would be added to your list of heroes :)


message 58: by Maria

Maria Snyder Tracie wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friendship. Our last book club book choice was Touch of Power, and I LOVED IT. The entire world you created was amazing!!! Looking forward to the next!!"

Thanks for picking my book for you book club - I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it.


message 57: by Jordy

Jordy Jago *Dies when she sees that Maria V Snyder accepts her friend request*

You are the most amazing author... I could just kidnap you and force you to write stories just for me... Jokes, but you really are. The Study series I have read over and over, and A Touch Of Power is just a well written!!

Yelena, Avry and Opal are my heroes. If only they were real...

Thanks for accepting my friend request! I can't wait for the next story in the healer series!!! <3

(P.S. I'm not as mad as I sound in this...)


message 56: by Tracie

Tracie Thanks for accepting my friendship. Our last book club book choice was Touch of Power, and I LOVED IT. The entire world you created was amazing!!! Looking forward to the next!!


message 55: by Maria

Maria Snyder Mollie wrote: "Thank you for accepting my friend request! I posted my review of Poison Study recently--what a breath of fresh air for me! I cannot tell you how much I appreciated how fast the plot was paced, but ..."

Thanks for posting a review - I'm glad you enjoyed the book!


message 54: by Maria

Maria Snyder Annie wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request! What's next? I need more from you!"

Next up is SCENT OF MAGIC due out December 18th!!


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