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Follow Along Friday Reads: Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder Week 4


February 22nd-26th (Week Four)

Chapter Twenty-Nine thru Chapter Thirty-Five – Pages 305-392


First initial thought: Oh Bastet, that ending! Things took a bit of a twist and now I’m anxious to read Fire Study just to see what happens with everyone. While it’s not my favorite in the series thus far, I’ve got a better appreciation for it now that I’m done.

Story thoughts: Grrr Cahil! I just really … Can I please … Hiss! I so want to scratch his eyes out. Stupid, stubborn, hateful ass. I honestly held a bit of hope that he’d be hit with a clue-by-four and wake up, but nope. He’s going to be a problem later in the series, and I am not looking forward to that reunion when it happens. Leif, he’s earned my tolerance, but he’s got a long way to go before he fully earns my respect. There’s promise though.

Score a point to Yelena for putting Roze, First Magician in her place! I could not stop myself from laughing out loud during this scene. I get Roze’s need for caution, but seriously, she needs to get off the mistrust wagon and give Yelena some credit. It’s more than due after what she’s endured.

And can I saw, wow, I did not expect the twist Snyder threw in during these pages. Great way to tie events from the first book and this one together.

This ending was wonderful. It kept me engrossed the entire time and it was just non-stop action through most of it. Loved that Valek and Yelena got some quality time together. Theirs will be difficult road, but they’ll win in the end, I’m sure of it. So yeah, the story redeemed itself in the last half. I think the one thing I’m bummed about was that we never really got to see much by way of Yelena’s magical training. Given the title you would think that there’d be more of it than the few snippets we got, but nope.

Overall, I’m satisfied with how things have turned out and appreciate the book more now than when I first started. Beginning may have been slow, but the ending blew me away, murr!

Favorite quote(s):

“How about a rematch?”


Valek stepped between us. “I’m beginning to wish that you were an orphan, love. Can you both manage to focus on the task at hand without trying to catch up on fourteen years of sibling rivalry?”

“Yes,” we said in unison, properly chastise. – pg 375

“My Story Weaver had to be laughing his blue ass off right now. My future appeared to be a long twisted road fraught with knots, tangles, and traps.

Just the way I liked it.” – pg 392


Our next Follow Along Friday Read will be hosted by Mimi, and the book she’s chosen is A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. If you’d like to read/follow along, we’d love to have you, murr! The reading schedule will be:


February 29th – March 4th Week 1

Chapter 1 thru Chapter 12 – Pages 1 – 153

March 7th – 11th Week 2

Chapter 13 thru Chapter 23 – Pages 154 – 303

March 14th – 18th Week 3

Chapter 24 thru Chapter 34 – Pages 304 – 452

March 21st – 25th Week 4

Chapter 35 thru Chapter 43 – Pages 453 – 579

Review March 31

Follow Along Friday Reads: Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder Week 3


February 15th-19th (Week Three)

Chapter Nineteen thru Chapter Twenty-Eight – Pages 204-204


First initial thought: Now this is more like it! Things are definitely getting more interesting and I don’t want to put the book down now. I’m glad I have stuck with this book because I’m now enjoying this as much as I did the first book in the series.

Story thoughts: Oh, Cahil and Leif, you two are so freaking annoying! And Leif, really?! I mean really! Not cool, dude, not cool at all. And can we do something about Roze, the First Magician? The rest of the cast of characters are great. Really enjoying all of them, and I especially like Dax and his playful behavior. Fisk is also rather endearing. And yay, Ari, Janco, and Valek have returned! Okay, so I kind of have warmed up to Valek after having time to think about his character. He’s not entirely a favorite of mine, but he’s rather cool. Here’s to awesome characters adding some much needed life and further mischief to the book, murr! Story Weaver is pretty cool, too, and I’m looking forward to learning more about the Sandseed Clan. Actually, I’m rather looking forward to learning more about all the different Clans in the future books.

The mystery and intrigue continue to grow with this book now. Do we trust Cahil or not? Will Yelena save Opal? Who is the real threat when all is said and done? These questions and a few others were going through my head in this section of reading. I’ll give it to Snyder, she knows how to keep a reader engrossed when it really counts. The book is a much faster read now because the action has picked up and so the suspense has built. I really want to keep reading, and I just may.

So overall, talk about a complete change from my earlier views. I went from not being all that engaged to suddenly not being able to get enough. A lot of the beginning, while important to the development of the characters and story, just didn’t pull me in because there wasn’t much drama. There were fun moments, but the tension just wasn’t as pronounced as it is during this last half. Now that I’m close to finishing things have come to a head and the enjoyment is back. I am greatly looking forward to seeing how everything wraps up in the last bit of the story. =^.^=

Favorite quote(s):

“Should we plan our escape route now?” I asked.

She laughed. “We’ll push Cahil into their path to slow them down.” – pg 227

“Choose your words carefully.”

Irys must have read the skepticism on my face because she added, “Consider it your first lesson in diplomacy.”

“Seeing how well you did with them, I’m surprised that I don’t feel more confident.”

“Avoid sarcasm.”

“How about coming with me? So when I start to say something stupid you can wave your hand and silence me, too.”

A sardonic smile flashed on her face. – pg 228

“Everyone thinks you’re so sweet and  nice. I almost feel sorry for the first person to try and take advantage of that. Almost!” – pg 278

Follow Along Friday Reads: Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder Week 2


February 8th-12th (Week Two)

Chapter Ten thru Chapter Eighteen – Pages 101-203


First initial thought: Not sure I’m entirely enjoying this book yet. Some characters are still annoying me and it feels a bit slow to get started even now. Hope that it picks up. The mystery behind the killer is intriguing and I’m curious to see what this goes.

Story thoughts: Still want to claw Leif’s face up. He is so annoying! And Cahil also gets on my nerves. He thinks he is so high and mighty, but if he truly is who he says, than he needs to learn to temper his emotions else he’s going to be eaten alive. Really liking that we get to see more of Yelena’s powers. Now that she’s at the Keep I anticipate seeing more of the magical world that exists in Snyder’s series.

Absolutely love that Yelena has her own horse now. Kiki sounds like she’s going to be fun.

Honestly, even though I’m at the halfway point with this book, I’m not really awed by everything and finding that I don’t have much to talk about after this bit of reading. There are elements that I like and am looking forward to seeing more of, but there are other elements that just fall a bit flat for me. As such, I’m 50/50 on this book as it stands right now. I also don’t have as big a drive to keep reading beyond the what I planned with this story, whereas with the first book I didn’t want to put it down. Really hoping that things getting better in the last half of the book.

Favorite quote(s):

“You have a mischievous glint. What are you planning?”

“Only five points against me?” I narrowed my eyes in mock concern. “Such a small number. I say we try for eight or ten.”

A wolfish grin spread across Dax’s face. “My lady, you are far to modest. You’re more than capable of handling fifteen or twenty.” – pg 172

“Bad dreams are ghosts of our fears and worries, haunting us while we sleep.” – pg 202

Follow Along Friday Reads: Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder


February 1st-5th (Week One)

Chapter One thru Chapter Nine – Pages 1-100


First initial thought: This isn’t what I was anticipating. I’m a bit frustrated with the book and I really hope it gets better as far as my views on the characters go else I might be in trouble.

Story thoughts: Having enjoyed Poison Study, I will admit that I have some high expectations for this book. Unfortunately after nine chapters, I’m not overly enamored with the story so far. Yelena got on my nerves a bit in the initial pages and while she’s since started to become the same person I liked in the first book, I am worried that this isn’t going to be the only time I find myself getting annoyed with her. I want to claw Leif’s face to ribbons. I don’t know how much of a role he’s going to play in this book, but if he’s an important character then he’s got a LONG way to go to impress me. ~hiss~ Not sure what to make of Cahil, but it will be interesting to see how his story plays out as the book continues.

It’s rather hard to get a full feel for the book after only a hundred pages, but so far I’m not thrilled. I find myself with tons of questions and no answers. We’ve gotten a brief glimpse of Yelena’s family, but haven’t really learned anything about them, which sucks because there was this big hype about her being their long lost daughter, and yet nothing has come from it. We meet them, we spend a little bit of time with them, and then we leave. That’s it. It’s over and done with too quickly. Hopefully we’ll see more of them and learn more as the story progresses.

I was greatly amused by Yelena’s quick connection with Cahil’s horse. I can foresee there being some fun moments because of it. Heehee.

Overall, there isn’t a lot that grabbed me in the first week of reading. We’ll see what week two has in store.

Favorite quote(s):

“A peevish thought about who would hold the ladder for me flashed through my mind. Irys’s annoyed voice admonished me in my own head. Yelena, you will have no trouble getting into the trees. Perhaps I should have them raise the ladder when it’s your turn to climb, as you might prefer to use your grapple and rope.” – pg 11-12

Follow Along Friday Reads – February

What the Cat Read is thrilled to be starting a new monthly post event this year! Follow Along Friday Reads is an event where on of us will be sharing our thoughts and favorite quotes/scenes from the book we’re reading each month every Friday. If you want to follow along, you are more than welcome to do so in the comments sections of each Friday post.

Our first Follow Along Friday Read will be hosted by Sara, who shall be reading Maria V. Snyder’s Magic Study, book #2 of the Study series!


Here’s a break down of her reading schedule for each week:

February 1st-5th (Week One)

  • Chapter One thru Chapter Nine – Pages 1-100

February 8th-12th (Week Two)

  • Chapter Ten thru Chapter Eighteen – Pages 101-203

February 15th-19th (Week Three)

  • Chapter Nineteen thru Chapter Twenty-Eight – Pages 204-304

February 22nd-26th (Week Four)

  • Chapter Twenty-Nine thru Chapter Thirty-Five – Pages 305-392

Review Post February 29th


We hope that you all enjoy this new feature on our blog and are looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the books we select to read throughout the months ahead, murr! =^.^=