As I was reading this memoir I found myself really disliking Erica. How could she leave her two small daughters alone just so she could go out for a rAs I was reading this memoir I found myself really disliking Erica. How could she leave her two small daughters alone just so she could go out for a run, or go get dessert? Skip around some with comments she would make about them and my brain thought "How could she hate them that much"? I had to stop myself and remember that this was about a woman suffering through Anorexia and disordered thinking. Does it excuse the behavior? HELL NO, but it does give insight into how that disorder plays out and what it does.
Once I stopped myself from being such an asshole and judging this woman I found that this book was pretty good at delivering that insight. It was 'nice'(for lack of a better word) to read about how this disorder not only affected Erica, but also her family, job, career, and thoughts.
I really enjoyed Magic Study. I felt that it was on par with Poison Study and it kept me engaged. However, there were a few things that annoyed me. II really enjoyed Magic Study. I felt that it was on par with Poison Study and it kept me engaged. However, there were a few things that annoyed me. I feel like Yelena is becoming Bella from Twilight. Partway through reading Breaking Dawn I knew that Bella was going to be the "Super-Vamp Hero", and so far it seems that Yelena is becoming the Super Magician. While bad things happen to her, she gets out of them pretty easily. Her friends come to help, but she's got things under control.
Another aspect I didn't like - Valek's role in the book. For one, he was absent until about page 275 and when he finally appeared, most of the time his only purpose was to provide stud services for Yelena (no graphic details here to my chagrin). Where were the partnership between the two, the teamwork? And finally my last complaint - the writer needs to come up with some other type of villain - a torture-loving/raping magician scenario is simply getting old. Tatiana's Review
I have to agree with these sentiments from another review. I get that there is a relationship between Yelena and Valek, we hear enough about her yearning for him, and thus sex is understandable, but I did notice that it seemed almost every time he showed up it resulted in a sexual encounter that didn't really benefit the storyline.
There were also elements of the book that I really enjoyed, such as the differences between Ixia and Sitia's governing. How Yelena helped out the beggar children, Yelena's expanding power, and Moon Man. I liked that familiar elements and friendships.
Magic Study appears to have introduced us to two villains whose story was not wrapped up, so I expect to see them again in Fire Study. ...more
I remember years ago when this first showed up in the New Releases section of my library. The cover looked interesting, but the description on the booI remember years ago when this first showed up in the New Releases section of my library. The cover looked interesting, but the description on the book didn't interest me so I never checked it out. Fast forward to this month where it was chosen for IGGPPC Iggle BookWorms group read. I sighed and check it out from the library.
The first couple of chapters were slow for me, then I found myself staying up late and having to force myself to bed so I wouldn't be a zombie in the morning. JUST ONE MORE PAGE PLEASE! I wanted to know Valek's secrets. I wanted Rand to be trustworthy. I suspected a thing or two about a poison. I tearbended on page 301.
I love the friendships that were formed. I did not ever see the Commander's secret coming, but was pleasantly surprised and was happy that such a "shocker" was there.
I felt the climax of the book was a bit rushed. I have to wonder about the seamstress and her feelings for Yelena if she finds out what happened. I think it was purposely rushed as in my older copy of the book it says something to the effect of "Look for Yelena's next adventure in Magic Study coming next Fall".
Right before I finished Poison Study I knew I would want to read the next book, so I checked it out from the library....more
**spoiler alert** I sort of knew that she would end back up with Peter, but I didn't want her to. Her chemistry seemed to be more fluid and less force**spoiler alert** I sort of knew that she would end back up with Peter, but I didn't want her to. Her chemistry seemed to be more fluid and less forced with Johnny. They seemed to have fun, but then again that could have just been that 'newness' excitement going on. It just seems that she has to work more with Peter, but perhaps that's a good thing. Sometimes being different from each other in such a way means that you click more. Who knows.
One part that sort of aggravated me was the hot tub revelation. Peter wasn't waiting for her and instead was waiting for his ex? Dick. *smacks up side the head* I understand it though, I just don't like it.
I really loved how much Lara Jean grew up as a character in such a short span of time. I really enjoyed the interactions with her sisters and just how well this book flowed. ...more