I’ve enjoyed many of Maria V. Snyder other books but none of them have quite lived up to Poison Study. However, Snyder has redeemed herself in my eyesI’ve enjoyed many of Maria V. Snyder other books but none of them have quite lived up to Poison Study. However, Snyder has redeemed herself in my eyes with Touch of Power. Although Poison Study may still be my favorite of Snyder’s books, Touch of Power is a very close second. Touch of Power was so good that when I finished it, I longed to read it again and I sulked for days. It’s been awhile since I’ve fallen in love like this with a book that I was beginning to forget what it felt like. .
I listened to the audiobook and narrator Gabra Zackman did a phenomenal job. I love her voice and combined with Snyder’s writing, it’s like a match made in heaven. I wish she would narrate all of Snyder’s audiobook books. Sigh.
Touch of Power is a classic Marie V. Snyder novel. A strong heroine is propelled on a journey and action, conflict, and romance ensues. Avry Kazan is a healer, the last of healer due to the bounty placed on all healers. On the run for what seemed like years, Avry managed to survive by blending in and resisting her instinct to heal those in need. However, the desire to heal is strong in healers and Avry gives up her secret when she decides to heal a dying girl. This decision results in her lying in a jail cell with a death sentence looming over her. That is, until a group of rogue men break her out and save her life, at least for the time being.
Snyder crafted superb characters, all have unique personalities and each of the main characters captured my heart. The conflict really pulled me in and for most of the book I had no idea what’s going to happen to get Avry out of her unfortunate situation.
My one compliant is that this book is categorized as young adult and I have no idea why. Avry is twenty and that’s the only thing I can think of that would make this book young adult. Even so, Avry’s character felt older and more mature than 20. Other than her age, nothing about this book felt like a young adult novel.
Well written, captivating, addicting, charming, oh, how many other adjectives can I use to describe this book! I loved it and I wish it wasn’t over so I could keep reading it. I really hope I don’t have to wait too long for next book in the series....more
This is one my all time favorite books. I laughed and I cried (more like bawled). Being a former lab owner, I easily related to John Grogan's love/hatThis is one my all time favorite books. I laughed and I cried (more like bawled). Being a former lab owner, I easily related to John Grogan's love/hate relationship with Marley and his escapades. In the end, Marley's story will truly warms your heart. ...more
I had my doubts about whether or not I would like this book, but shortly into it I was hooked. It was so good I found myself wondering, how has this book not received more attention?! Why didn’t I read this book sooner? With awe inspiring dragons, formidable characters, a vivid setting, and a skillfully crafted story, this epic first book in a duology is now one my favorite books of all time. Alison Goodman made me a fan for life.
Strongly influenced by ancient Asian cultures, Eon is set in a detail rich world ruled by an imperial family but balanced by the powerful Dragoneyes. Through a bargain with the twelve energy dragons, the Dragoneyes connect with their spirit dragon to wield power, control the elements, and much more.
Eon/a is a complex heroine. She is strong and intelligent yet flawed by her inclination to be dishonest and her lack of trust in others. She weaves a dangerous web of lies in her fight for survival and, at times, this is very frustrating. There are many moments where I wanted to yell at her to snap her out of it. While at the same time, you understand her situation and her reasoning. That being said, in the end, Eona became one my favorite heroines.
Eon is technically considered a young adult book but, to me, the story reaches beyond young adults to older audiences as well. Goodman’s world is exceptional and you will find yourself captivated by the rich culture and unique mythology. I enjoyed this book so much that once finished it, I immediately (the same day) bought the next book, Eona: The Last Dragoneye.
Let me begin by telling you that is one of my all time favorite fantasy novels. Right from the beginning, I was hooked and still am. I enjoyed this boLet me begin by telling you that is one of my all time favorite fantasy novels. Right from the beginning, I was hooked and still am. I enjoyed this book so much that I’ve read it multiple times. I even own the audio book so I can listen to it over and over while doing other things. I’ve shared this book with all the women in my family, who include a teenager, a couple of twenty somethings, and a couple of moms. They all loved it and went on to read the entire series. Needless to say, I love this book and I think you will too.
“That’s a strange title,” were my first thoughts when I came across Keturah and Lord Death. Despite the title, I felt myself being drawn to read this“That’s a strange title,” were my first thoughts when I came across Keturah and Lord Death. Despite the title, I felt myself being drawn to read this unique book by some unseen force. The beautiful cover was different and the description was unlike any other book I’ve ever read. So of course, I had to read it.
Keturah is the town’s story teller. One day, she follows the prized hart into the woods hoping to collect more details for her stories. The hart eludes her as she follows him deeper and deeper into the forest, until she eventually realizes she is lost. After being lost in the forest for three days, Lord Death comes to her in the form of a man. He asked her to be his bride and Keturah refuses. To escape death temporarily, Keturah tells Lord Death a story but does not tell him the ending. She promises to tell him the ending if he gives her another day to live. In this day, she must find her true love in order to be free.