I liked this one a lot. The writing is pretty simple and straightforward, nothing really new here. I would say it's pretty standard fantasy genre. I read this for a reading group, and most everybody liked it. We were all unclear on whether this was adult or YA fantasy, though.
I kept hearing that the series isn't as good after Poison Study, but I thought Magic Study was better. I guess my idea of good differs from a lot of other readers, cause I loved this one. I really enjoy the characters, and the romance (what little there is) is well done.
I didn't like this as well as the rest of the series, but it was still a good book. One thing that soured it for me a little was all the recapping, throughout the whole book. I guess that might be a good thing if I had read the previous books a long time ago, but since I had just finished them, it got to be a little annoying. I don't need every little detail repeated about every person and thing; I already know.
Overall I really enjoyed this series, and would definitely recommend it to fantasy readers, especially fans of YA fantasy. Even though I'm still unclear whether this is categorized as YA, I definitely think it would appeal to fans of the genre.
I liked that all three books were completely different stories, and it wasn't just one long story split into three books. They were all very unique.