If you're looking for a quick and light and fun read I think you'll find this book to be a good fit. Normally opinions on books are vast and varied bu...moreIf you're looking for a quick and light and fun read I think you'll find this book to be a good fit. Normally opinions on books are vast and varied but the more I heard about this particular story the more I saw this book didn't fit into that mold. Everyone I've talked to or read reviews from seems to agree that this is a "cute" and very "quick" book to get through. With it's 167 pages I think it may be one of the shorter books I've read.
Livia has led a hard and somewhat sheltered life. She is currently in remission when we are introduced to her and she takes the journey from the UK to the U.S. to visit her brother at college. The book consists mainly of blog posts (which I loved) and it makes it more personable in my opinion. Readers really get the feeling that they're hearing Livia's voice throughout her postings, it doesn't feel so much like a narration. Her character was sweet and likable and I found myself pulling for her to come out on top.
Adam and Jeff (her brother) are two more characters I enjoyed in this story. Livia and Jeff have a great brother/sister relationship and its touching to read. I was envious. Adam's posts were an additional way to get to know him and I enjoyed the opportunity.
This is a very short book as I said so the ending kind of rushed up on me but at the same time was not quite shocking. Le Vann gives you laughs as well as tears and for me I thought it was a nice change to read a quick and touching story like this one. If you're not looking for a Tolstoy sized read this might be exactly what you're looking for.(less)
I was so sad to see Yelena forced from Ixia, Valek, her new friends Ari and Janco and what she finally considered home at the end of Poison Study. Now...moreI was so sad to see Yelena forced from Ixia, Valek, her new friends Ari and Janco and what she finally considered home at the end of Poison Study. Now I know the necessity to avoid an execution order, and to learn more about her family and magical capabilities was important, but did her and Valek have to be split apart after it took them so long to get together? Sheesh!
Yelena is reunited with her Sitian family that she was stolen from as a young child, but it's not exactly a hallmark movie's happy, homecoming. Her parents are nice but she doesn't know them and they can't understand her Ixian clothes and ways, let alone the possibility of her love and friendship with Ixians - they're the enemy! Aren't they? Then she meets her brother Leif, who for lack of a better word, is a real jerk.
She does have Iris on her side and as her personal mentor in her magical training she could be worse off. But she still has the hard tutorials to work through and despite her power and potential it's really hard work. She's not fighting general Brazell anymore but Prince Cahill of Ixia is dogging her for Ixian military secrets and accuses her of being a spy more times than I can count since she's unwilling to betray Valek and her friends. Not all the master magicians are loving her presence at the Keep, let alone in Sitia, and there's a murdering and of course very dangerous magician out there with his sites set on Yelena as his grand prize. Yet again she struggles, goes through so many obstacles and hurdles that you don't know if she'll be able to come through alive, but she's not all together alone and new and old friends comes together to help her out. Still loving this series!(less)