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.
I have been a huge fan of author Maria V. Snyder since the first Study Series book, Poison Study, was released. Poison Study will forever be one of my all-time favourite books EVER! The world, characters and relationships all drew me in and I love that there are more books for me to get lost in! While Shadow Study was a fantastic book, Night Study really stepped it up!
Author Maria V. Snyder’s writing style is one to admire. The way she can seamlessly move from one scene to the next is wonderful, I never felt the change from POVs or chapters choppy or too quick. And I definitely enjoyed how this book was more “show” than “tell.” In all honesty though, Maria could write about anything and I’d read it! The plot, with its different twists and turn, kept me on the edge of my seat whilst reading. It was very hard to put this book down to do normal things like eating and sleeping.
Since Night Study starts the second after Shadow Study finishes, I found the novel to be an nonstop rollercoaster. I never felt that lull between chapters, I was engrossed every single second! Even though Night Study is technically the 7th book in the Chronicles of Ixia series, it is officially the second book in the Soulfinders Series. I don’t have a problem with that at all but I sometimes have issues with “second books” in trilogies/series, in many cases I feel like they are filler books and I tend to lose interest quickly. Thankfully I did not have this problem at all with Night Study!!
So, I could basically read about Yelena and Valek all day! I adore their relationship and thankfully Night Study had more chapters of them together. The level of sweetness between our two leads was off the charts, especially when they were discussing *THAT THING* (no spoilers, promise!). There were so many lines/quotes between the two that would just make me sigh and hug my IPad.
Here is one that isn’t spoilery from Valek “He’d risk being arrested for a night alone with Yelena. Hell, he’d risk his life.”-Valek, you sweetheart!
As much as I love Yelena and Valek, I absolutely adored the other characters as well. Having four different POVs was a treat as I loved reading from Yelana, Valek, Janco and Leif. Each voice or POV is so different and distinct, I really felt that I know each of the characters so much better. Especially Janco, as his thought process is hilarious, he brings an added humorous element to Night Study.
Altogether, Night Study is an amazing edition to Soulfinders series. If you are looking for wonderful characters, a fast-paced plot with a lot of twists and a romance that just makes you swoon then Night Study is the book you are looking for! Also if you haven’t picked up the rest of the series yet DO IT!
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*Thanks to Harlequin Teen Australia for this review copy in exchange for my honest opinion*
Publication Date: January 25th 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Publisher link: http://www.harlequinbooks.com.au/product/9781760371784