I read Magic Study several years ago, but I didn't continue the series (and Magic Study wasn't even the first in the series). As a result, I had a little trouble getting into Shadow Study because I'd forgotten so much about the main characters and had not read the intervening books.
On the other hand, I persevered and found myself pretty involved in this fantasy. Will I go back and read the first in the series (Poison Study) and the others I've missed? I don't know, but I enjoyed Yelena and Valek and their adventures enough to want to read the next book featuring these characters. After catching up with Yelena and Valek, I found myself wanting a little more.
Read in January
Fantasy. Feb. 24, 2015. Print length: 416 pages.
Of Shadow and Stone by Michelle Muto
Paranormal or thriller? I'm not sure, but it didn't live up to expectations. Kate Mercer, an actress, finds herself dream-walking in an ancient castle. It turns out that she is to be the new sentinel in a world of gargoyles, vampires, and werewolves. A less than thrilling adventure that was strangely slow given the presence of so many supernatural creatures.
Read in Dec.; blog review scheduled for Jan., 2015
Supernatural/Paranormal Fantasy. Feb. 24, 2015. Print length: 292 pages.