Staff Pick: SHADOW STUDY by Maria V. Snyder

About the Book:

Once, only her own life hung in the balance… When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek. Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.  

Our Review:

“The suspense is killing, and the duo are constantly in danger of dying.”

Read our full review (or add your own!) and learn more about the book HERE.    

Ready for Launch

Astronauts Yelena Serova, Aleksandr Samokutyayev and Barry Wilmore stand in front of the Soyuz rocket that will bring them to the International Space Station. Today the rocket was rolled out to the launch platform.

Launch is set for Thursday September 25 on 4:25 p.m. EDT (22:25 CEST). The launch will be broadcasted live at several channels, such as NASA TV and spaceflight101live .

NASA TV will start its broadcast at 3:30 pm EDT and docking coverage will start at 9:45 pm EDT.

Godspeed, for those flying to humanities frontier.

Image source: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Some Awesome female protagonists Part 1 [Part 2]
Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carsen // Kaye Firch from Tithe by Holly Black // Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead // Yelena Zaltana from poison Study by Maria Snyder // Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


Just as NASA has the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, Roscosmos has the Hydro Laboratory in Star city’s Yuri Cosmonaut Gagarin Training Center. The above pictures are from a training of Yelena Serova. The Russians train with their own Orlan suits, with added buoyancy blocks on the legs and helmet.

Source: RIA Novosti / Ruslan Krivobok

Kill me? You can join the ‘I Want to Kill Yelena Guild.’ I hear they have six members in good standing. Valek is president since he wanted to kill me twice.

Yelena, Magic Study by Maria Snyder

This quote honestly made me laugh out loud. It’s funny because it’s true and yet she’s still joking about the number of people who want to murder her. Oh, the joys of Yelena’s life!
There should really be a bigger fandom for these books!