Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Release Date: January 25th, 2016
Series: Soulfinders #2
Genres: Adult, Fantasy & Magic
Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.
Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek...secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realise it's far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.
My brain has been in a state of “I don’t know what emotion I’m feeling” for a few days now so this review is going to be hard to write, especially since my thoughts on NIGHT STUDY are… hard to put into words. I don’t have mixed feelings about it, I 100% enjoyed the book. But I’m not screaming from the roof tops about it, you know? I really really like it but there’s just something missing.
SHADOW STUDY was a really intense read, with plot twists everywhere. I was so shocked at so many stages through that novel. NIGHT STUDY just never delivered on that level. It’s what I’d call a development book. Many plot points introduced in SHADOW STUDY are further fleshed out and explored in NIGHT STUDY. Plot Things are starting to happen on a much larger scale than I first expected and I’m kind of excited! There’s also a lot of character development, particularly with Valek, as people begin question their alliances and learn surprising details about themselves, their true abilities, and their pasts.
Despite the slower nature of the plot, Snyder’s writing continued to keep me reading. Her words just flow so easily and her novels are so much fun to read, even as she switches from Yelena’s first person POV to other characters third person POV. She makes everything so easy to picture without getting heavy on descriptions that would otherwise slow it down.
My favourite aspect of NIGHT STUDY is the characters, hands down. They’re just so entertaining and hilarious. I can always count on Janco to make me laugh! There were also some surprising new characters introduced and I can’t wait to see how they fit into and change the dynamic.
NIGHT STUDY has set up an interesting stage for DAWN STUDY, but as it developed all the plot points and characters it didn’t quite grab me like SHADOW STUDY did. I still love the characters and was surprised every now and then, but there was no rush of “I NEED TO KNOW MORE” (which could honestly have just been because I was in a weird mood at the time). I expect DAWN STUDY will pick up the pace again and bring a conclusion packed with action and surprises.