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Remembering Majyk

(The Skazka Chronicles #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  50 reviews
I never believed in fairy tales—until I was thrust into one.

My first experience? Creatures straight out of a modern day Dr. Frankenstein’s handbook attacking me at a party. Then, everything spirals out of control as I discover my human memories are a lie.

I have a target painted on my back. The Masters of Shadowlands are after the Relic of Knowledge. If they find it, the
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
Chiara | _ckarys
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was sent an ebook copy by the author to review.

Remembering Majyk was the perfect page-turner to unwind at the end of a long day. Some elements of this story fell into the classic YA tropes: A magical dimension connected to our world through a series of gates, a villain hell bent on unleashing chaos, the ordinary protagonist who’s actually special and the handsome love interest who is madly in love with her. However, tropes are not necessarily a bad thing. The elements of Russian folklore gave
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
“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
Thais • tata.lifepages •
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the fast pace of this book, which made this a very fun read. Remembering Majyk is the first adventurous book of The Skazka Chronicles, perfect for fans of Urban Fantasy. 

When talking about the land of Skazka, there were elements of Russian folklore in the story that I found to be very intriguing! The Russian terminology made the fantasy world both familiar to me but at the same time new.

The protagonist, Calista, shows a lot of courage and willpower once she finds herself involved in a
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 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
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Maria Elena | _mkarys
I was sent an ebook copy by the author to review.

The speed with which I was able to read this book was a welcome distraction from the edits of my own novel. I had fun reading this book. Remembering Majyk is very easy to read and is perfect for fans of fantasy—especially Urban Fantasy. Calista is an ordinary girl who finds herself thrust into a story of magic and intrigue of which she is the unwitting protagonist. She comes from a parallel world, called Skazka, to oursand she is the Protector, t
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
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
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: fantasy, ya, arcs, series
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 Radojits
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,
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
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story, poor editing

The story is GREAT. It's so exciting and interesting, with lots of mystery and emotion and adventure. The writing itself is actually pretty good as well - not horribly insipid and with quite a good style. I'm just so irked by all the language errors D: some spelling errors are ok, but there are SO MANY basic errors REPEATED across the text : bear/bare, peak/peek, peel/peal, reins/reigns, lie/lay/laid...ugh! Please change your copy editor (or hire one if you don't have
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Did you know that my current series Blackwood Supernatural Prison is related to this series?
If you haven't read The Skazka Chronicles, here's a little novel aesthetic for you! Check it out! The complete trilogy is available now!
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural, arc, ya, fantasy
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
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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%
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
Staci Campbell
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy, and dystopian fans
Recommended to Staci by: NetGalley
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
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USA Today Bestselling 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. ...more

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