2. The Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock [x] [N]
3. Poison Study by Maria Snyder [N]
A couple quick comments...
So there were some complaints on Amazon about this book being too preachy. I'm pretty used to my fantasy books having a strong religious component, so it didn't bother me, but I wasn't terribly impressed by the writing itself. I never felt transported or especially connected to the characters. The magic system didn't seem grounded. The ill-fated romantic interest was a big fat ppphhhffffff. Still, there were some redeeming qualities. Plus it was free. Nothing I'll reread, but not a complete waste of time. I'd give it a 4/10.
I actually read this several years ago and declared the concept (condemned criminal given a reprieve in order to be the resident food-taster, discovers she has magical abilities) had potential but that the execution was lame. I decided to give it another chance and... eh. It was actually going better than I had remembered until the part where Yelena goes back to MD-5. Then it just felt muddled and rushed and there were declarations of love way too quickly in what had the potential to be a wonderfully angsty and dysfunctional pairing (which of course is the best kind). I would give the majority of the book a 5.5/10 and the last part a 2/10.
Key: x = first time read | L = library book | A = audio book | N = nook