Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…
Where has the book been all my life?! I can’t believe this book isn’t more hyped about, it was soo good! Firstly the plot! If the whole poison taster thing doesn’t hook you in, then I don’t know what will. This book was amazingly written and I couldn’t help feeling like the whole book was a giant puzzle and as the story unfolded I slowly got to see the bigger picture.
Aside from the obvious threats to the Yelena, so many things were happening in the background that it just about drove me crazy not knowing what would happen next, it makes you question everyone’s motives. The plot twist in this book definitely shocked me, I was not expecting it, most twists you can see coming but this one caught me by surprise.
This book is fast-paced, full off action, betrayal, magic and just a whiff of romance. I definitely cannot wait to read the other books in the series. It was interesting to read about the relationships Yelena formed despite being a poison taster (which as we all know is a very hazardous job).
I recommend reading this book if you have not because it is AWESOME, and even though the characters aren’t what you would usually describe as “good”, you can’t help falling for them because they had redeeming qualities deep down. So yeah 4.5/5 stars for Poison Study, thanks for reading my review.
Next on my TBR list is Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, I’ve heard such good things about this book, so I’ll be posting my review soon.