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Remembering Majyk

(The Skazka Chronicles #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Calista Faulkner never believed in fairy tales…until she is thrust into one.

While attending a college party, she’s attacked by terrifying creatures straight out of a modern day Dr. Frankenstein’s handbook. Fleeing for her life, she discovers that her human memories are a lie and nothing is what it seems.
Calista becomes a target and her only chance of survival is to trust t
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published January 18th 2018
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Rachel E. Carter
Romantic tension that leaves you weak in the knees as Calista charges through a world of Russian folklore and majyk. This is the perfect read for fans of Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, and The Mortal Instruments!

FYI, just like Jace + Clary you will want to throw things at the lovely author for tormenting you with forbidden love, page after page. I adored this spin fairytales on majyk and Russian folklore and I can't wait for the next <<<3
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review. I enjoyed the flashbacks while Calista was trying to remember who she was with the memory flashes. I loved the way that part was written. Why couldn’t the rest of the book have been written with as much passion. I found myself wanting to feel more as I read about the relationship between Cal and Brendan. How he was trying to care for her so that Majyk wouldn’t destroy her while she was coming to the realization of who she was. I just want ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA fantasy and fairy tales fans
*ARC received for honest review.*

It's been a while since reading ya fantasy. I didnt even realize how much I missed and how much this book satisfied cravings for magical story line that was dormant inside me. Now I want to read more ya fantasy!

I have always been a big fan of fairy tales, even some Russian ones, but this book introduced some myths I was clueless about. I love how stories narrated by Brendan to Calista were relatable to her situation. I think magical part might be my favorite thin
“Memory is personal; it’s the pieces of my life that make up who I am, and someone took that away from me.”

Calista is a college student at a party when creatures out of nightmares come and attack her. She is rescued by her crush Brendan, who knows more about her than she does.

It turns out someone has altered Calista’s memories. She knew Brendan from her life before, and memories of her former life are slowly resurfacing.

There’s a lot of romantic tension between Calista and Brendan that felt ef
Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)

Such a fun read! This definitely gave me Shadowhunter vibes, too. I can't wait to introduce you you all to Calista Faulkner aka one badass chick.

Jan 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book.

Well I WAS hoping to make the first month of the year without any one star books, but alas, it is not to be. I first started getting worried when she described herself as 'ordinary' but with purplish eyes. Alarm bells starting ringing. Give it a chance! she says her hair is a color in between mud and chocolate.....until it starts going purple and red. -sigh- Aaaaaand we have a super speshul main character. I should add the
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley, 3-5-stars
I received this e-arc from NetGalley in return for my honest opinion.

actual rating: 3,5 stars.

This book confused me, a lot. A lot was happening but there wasn't enough explanation. There was so much stuff, so many names and things happening, but I understood 50% of it. There were a lot of names and I had no idea what they were talking about. This is also the reason that I give the book 3,5 stars. But besides that, the book was really good. I really liked the characters and the story - for what
Bright Star
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received a digital ARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Remembering Majyk is the first book in The Skazka Chronicles and when I read the plot I found it very interesting, so I started it with great expectations. Alas, it didn't live up to them. The story had the potential but in the end it was poorly developed. We have flat characters, repetitive scenes and patterns, the use of the same idioms (like 7/8 of them in only 100 pages, c'mon!). I also hoped in more elements of
I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Remembering Majyk's strongest aspect is definitely the inclusion of Russian culture and folktales (by a Russian author!), and while that was indeed interesting to see, ultimately it just wasn't enough for me to really make this book stand out.

Enter the protagonist, Calista, who is seventeen and casually living her mundane life, but then suddenly finds out she's a magic Warrior when she is attacked at a house party - so now she
Holly Ryanne
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a really short book about a girl who is tossed into a world of magic. Discovering she is from the world with no memories, she must recover her memories to save her kingdom.

I loved this! It’s definitely not the best writing but this is super enjoyable. It’s fast paced and the characters are fierce. The only reason I downed it to 3.5 from 4.5 was because the last 10% just started THROWING info at us. Her memories recovered very quickly and it left me slightly confused. I’m going to continu
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, fantasy, series, ya
Oh! I'm really loving that we're getting to explore other cultures in YA fantasy lately. This book brings us Russian folklore, with monsters and stories pulled from history. In places where the story fell off a little bit, the lore kept me flipping pages.

Valia Lind did a wonderful job with this story, pulling in elements of magic, lore, and the complicated mess of regaining lost memories. I did find a few things confusing--it felt like some the terms and names used weren't given enough explanat
Emily Schwartz
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for the ARC!

Calista is one bad ass chick! I enjoyed this quick read. It reminded me of The Iron Fey Series which is one of my favorite series. Magical creatures, kingdom under attack, and a forbidden love are the words that best desribe this book. I hope the author continues with this series. I will be looking forward to the second.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, best-of-2018
I consider this read a Young Adult genre and I enjoyed it a lot. If you believe in magic and a Romeo and Juliet kind of love with twist and turns.
Calista is a 17 year old starting her first year college with her best friend Jemma then one night her life changes. Brendan is Calista's guardian of sorts and he's been searching for her since she disappeared. Unknown to Calista she is special in a magical way. She feels a connection to Brendan but doesn't know why. The night her life changes Brendan
Brittani Brown
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

First, let’s talk about that cliff-hanger ending! I can’t wait to see what happens in book 2. It took me some time to get into the story, but around chapter 4 I quit asking questions and allowed myself to get whisked away with Calista and Brendan! I think they way I felt after each chapter was basically how Calista felt after each memory came back to her - shocked and wondering what else there could be. I found myself wanting to read every spare moment I got! Now that I’m finished, boo
Stormi (Bewitched Reader)
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy

I'm completely shipping Brendan and Calista. Let's just get that out there right now. Brendon's obvious devotion and love for Calista is sweet. There is a powerful chemistry between the two that cheering for them. All of the characters in this book, even the side characters like Jemma and Maxwell, are beautifully and creatively written with their own unique personalities that add a fun dynamic to the story. Even the fairytale aspect to this story has a distinct spin to it. Remembering
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am in absolute love with this story and its characters! It's a truly fresh twist on the traditional Russian fairy tales and it is so well written that you get automatically sucked into the story. Can't wait for more!
Valia Lind
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

Hey, I know I gave it 5 stars, but I love this book so much, I can't help it!

While writing it, I learned that there is a lot of "me" in Calista (mostly all the unlikable parts, but hey *shrug*) I wanted to showcase a few things with this book: my Russian heritage, the characters I love reading about, and of course some pretty awesome fighting scenes. I also wanted to write about the uncertainty we all feel, about who we are and what is our place in this world. I think Calist
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy, supernatural, ya
When I started reading this book, I forgot that I had already read it a few months ago. I remembered it was on my list of NetGalley books to review, so I started reading it late one night. I kept getting a since of man this book sounds just like another one I read, checked Goodreads, and yup I read this over the summer. I guess that kind of sums up what I thought about the book. Reading it was enjoyable (even though it had a bunch of info dumping), but it didn't make a lasting impression.

I enjo
Kissed by Ink
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story is full of wonderful Russian lore, while mixed with the fantasy I love. Add handsome and tough Brendan, and we have here a wonderful story. Can't wait for Book #2!
Victoria Moschou
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from NetGalley and Victory Editing NetGalley Co-Op., in exchange for an honest review, so all the feelings and thoughts you're gonna read later on are entirely my own.

So, first things first... The fact that this cover combines so many of my favourite colours, along with the mystical vibes it radiates, as well as the fact that the story includes Eastern Europe's folk tales mixed up with everyday, normal, mundane settings, made me have really high expectat
Ashley Holdren  | *Whimsies of a Nerd Girl ~ Fantasy Book Blogger
***This book was provided by NetGalley and Victory Editing in exchange for my honest review***

Please bear with me, it’s difficult to write a review for this book without giving anything away. Let me start out by saying, I should have known what I was getting myself into, “Remembering Majyk” should have been a dead giveaway that the entire book is the main character trying to remember her past memories as a Volshebnitsya (to put it simply a strong majykal being). It is Calista’s duty as both a Du
Deborah Embury
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"Remembering Majyk" presents a interesting mix of Russian folklore and magic, but ultimately failed to deliver a powerful punch. The writing style is poor- overly descriptive of minor movements characters make, using predictable dialogue, and consistently bland sentence structure. The pacing is also uneven, with dramatic moments and quieter moments occurring at strange intervals.
40% into the book isn't that much different than 15%
Staci Campbell
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy, and dystopian fans
Recommended to Staci by: NetGalley
Shelves: have-read
This book was a gift from Net Galley and Author Valia Lind in return for an honest opinion. You can find this title on Release date 01-18-18.

The book seems to have a slow start, but just as I thought so, it picked up. I quickly became enthralled in the characters and their world Skazka.

Calista was a normal girl, now in college. Having survived her freshman year, she decide to heed her friend and go to a party. Her life changed forever at that party. All the sudden she is thrown between worlds
Ainslee || Jest and Hearts
I enjoyed this book, the story was definitely interesting however, there were a lot of things that were unclear and not explained. Which is probably due to Calista not being able to remember everything so we didn't get to understand everything. I am looking forward to seeing the world of Skazka in the upcoming books because we really haven't seen much besides some meadows and balls.

Being able to see the flashbacks that Calista saw when she was remembering who she was was interesting althou
Kaitlin Galvan (inkblotsandstarlight)
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Mary Sneddon
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where’s the rest?

That’s what I said when I finished this book because it ends on a perfect cliffhanger!!
I really wasn’t sure about this book when I started it. It is in first person and normally that is a big turn off for me. But I found myself forgetting that it was as I read. The story is woven quite well with a decent balance of action and plot, though honestly I wish there was a bit more talking during the down time. But it doesn’t take away from the story.
Don’t be put off by the prologue it
*thank you to Netgalley and Victory Editing NetGalley Co-Op for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4 stars.

Ohh wow this book! It was so so good! It was exactly what I was in the mood for. I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed this. With such a fantasic cover, that is what first attracted my attention but the story itself held strong. It is a perfect blend of YA, Russian folklore, Once Upon a Time and along with The Mortal Instruments. Seriously it huts all the boxes with
Ashley Brunts
Dec 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
3 Chapters in and I'm DNFing this book. It may just be the lay out of the story, or maybe the story itself but it is not keeping me committed to it long enough to finish it. There is nothing about the characters that endear them to me or make me interested in their story and the overuse of the same word in many paragraphs becomes frustrating. No one needs to say "people" seven times in a single paragraph.
J.E. Feldman
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This book needs to be heavily edited. I gave it a shot after noticing the misuse of grammar on the very first page. Grammar is terribly wrong throughout and include words like "reseeds" instead of "recedes." The story itself is good despite being 40% through and the character still has no idea who she is. That is incredibly frustrating even despite flashbacks etc. It quickly lost my interest at that point. After a heavy edit, I could recommend this book to other readers.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This book is amazing. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. Miss Lind really knows how to draw the reader in. I quite enjoyed the added folklore . Well at times the story can drag I find the characters intriguing and can't wait to read the next book. I find myself identifying with Calista and how she struggles with not knowing herself .
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Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind has always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first published book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and has found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Her YA thriller, Piece ...more