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20 May 2013 @ 10:12 am
Recent Reads: TOUCH OF POWER  

touchofpower_mariasnyder Maria’s one of the other Luna alumni who got picked up at the same time I did. She’s done a kind of splendid shooting star rise, reaching the NYT with first book, and going on to take the YA world by storm since then.

This book might work better for that audience. There’s nothing particularly wrong with it (except a language thing Maria’s chosen to do in all her books which I understand but find jarring), but I was underwhelmed, which leaves me feeling like probably I just wasn’t a good audience for it. There were a few things I liked quite a lot–Avry, the heroine, is a healer who assumes other peoples’ injuries and sickness to heal them, and the way that worked is nice. There are murderous plants, which is always a good touch. There’s a romance that–

–actually, that’s one of my problems with the book, I think. The romantic interest pretty much comes across as a jerk, and I not only never warmed up to him, but I didn’t really believe Avry doing so either. Particularly since there’s a much nicer alternative.

Maria’s got a YA SF thing that I’ll be picking up, but I don’t expect to read any more of this series. Ah well. Can’t like ‘em all, even when people you know write them. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Mary Anne: pixelpers1stence on May 20th, 2013 11:23 am (UTC)
When books by friends turn out to be good, it is always such a huge relief. :) I buy the books out of loyalty and most of my friends write very well but there are a few....
kitmizkit on May 20th, 2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
I know too many writers to buy out of loyalty anymore. :) Although, actually, I've liked the others of Maria's books I've read. This one just fell flat for me.
Jenindiana_j on May 20th, 2013 11:48 am (UTC)
The romance aspect was actually the really big reason that I never continued with the series, despite really liking the Study series. I've never been one to buy into the whole "jerk = hot" mentality and there's just no way that I was able to buy into the two of them considering how awfully he treated her.

Also, I have a strange romance quirk in that I'm not really keen on the two lovers getting together in the first book of a series; it always feels kind of rushed and like the romance isn't a part of the character growth. (There's something about hitting book number x and screaming "FINALLY. Thank you for kissing! That only took you how many books?!" ;) )
kitmizkit on May 20th, 2013 12:16 pm (UTC)
I liked the Study books a lot more, and have hopes for her SF thing, but yeah. And yes, where's the angst if they get together right away! :)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on May 20th, 2013 12:23 pm (UTC)
I liked the book a little more than you did, I think, but not nearly as much as I did her earlier work. Like you, I suspect I am not her target audience for this one (although I do read and enjoy a lot of YA and even some middle grade).

Her "Study" books, however, knocked my socks off when I read them. I remember reading the first one (Poison Study, I think), and putting it down when I was done, thinking, "DAMN, I will NEVER be able to write like that."

Also, Maria is a sweetie. I've met her at RWA conferences, and she is always a pleasure to be around.
Herefoxherefox on May 20th, 2013 03:26 pm (UTC)
Your mileage may vary but I liked the second book in the series much better. But then after the Opal books (which I read all of though I never actually LIKED the main character) having interesting characters that I didn't want to thump was a blessing.