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A Little Taste of Poison (Uncommon Magic #2)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Twelve-year-old Isaveth tries to take down the man who framed her father for murder in this lively follow-up to A Pocket Full of Murder, which Kirkus Reviews called “thoroughly entertaining.”

The city of Tarreton is powered by magic, from simple tablets that light lamps to advanced Sagery that can murder a man from afar. Isaveth has a talent for spell-making, but as a girl
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Elle Fae
Eryx didn’t turn to watch her go. His gaze was on Esmond, dark with reproach. “This is unacceptable. Apologize to our guests at once.”

“Why?” asked Esmond. “I haven’t said a thing that isn’t true. And it would be a shame to stop before the exciting bit.” He straightened up to his full height. “There’s a kidnapper, an extortioner, and at least two murderers in this room, and I’m not leaving until everyone knows who they are.”

You go Esmond, show everyone who's boss.

R.j anderson's best book yet.
I ca
Oct 01, 2016 Beth rated it it was amazing
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What a delightfully compelling series this is shaping up to be. This is, above all else, incredibly well-plotted - which means it's exciting and smart and fast-paced. I really like the characters, though they're almost secondary to how amazing the world is. This is meticulously constructed, detailed, thoughtful writing: that it's thrilling, too, is icing on the cake.
Sep 27, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
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This MG fantasy novel includes fantastic world-building, a great heroine, complex family dynamics, an intriguing mystery, fascinating magic and a ridiculously fun masked ball. In other words, it is utterly delicious and EXACTLY my kind of book!

Highly recommended, whether or not you've read Book 1 in the series (which is also excellent).
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

After reading the first book in this series last year, A Pocket Full of Magic, I was excited to pick up the sequel. Luckily, it didn't disappoint!

The story picks up pretty much where it left off in the first book, Isaveth has sold her tablet wrappers and has now been offered a scholarship to the elite college by the company. After clearing her father's name, she
Aug 28, 2016 Anais919 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful sequel to A Pocket Full of Murder!

Isaveth Breck is still longing to clear her father's name for murder. She has made a profit for the sale of her invention of magic-resistant paper. She is doubly rewarded when she not only profits for her family but is offered a chance at a scholarship to a prestigious school. As luck would have it, Esmond "Quiz" attends this school. They must secretly meet to scheme how to find the proof needed to clear her father.

Beautifully written with a lavish b
Brandy Painter
Oct 10, 2016 Brandy Painter rated it it was amazing
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

R.J. Anderson is an auto-buy author for me (and also a friend), but her Uncommon Magic books may be absolute favorite. A Little Taste of Poison is the follow-up to last year's A Pocket Full of Murder. It is the perfect follow-up and surpassed all the expectations I had.

Isaveth has an amazing opportunity to attend Tarreton College on a scholarship and be trained in Sage Magic. This is not something any commoner, never mind a Moshite, has e
The city of Tarreton is powered by magic, from simple tablets that light lamps to advanced Sagery that can murder a man from afar. Isaveth has a talent for spell-making, but as a girl from a poor neighborhood she never dreamed she could study at the most exclusive magical school in the city. So when she's offered a chance to attend, she eagerly accepts. The school is wonderful, but old and new enemies confront Isaveth at every turn, and she begins to suspect her scholarship might be more a trap ...more
Steven R. McEvoy
Oct 04, 2016 Steven R. McEvoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I recently had the privilege of attending a book launch in Waterloo region that had four local authors. I had already read and reviewed two of the books and had read other books by those authors. But this event was my introduction to R.J. Anderson and her wonderful writing. And even though this is book two in a series after hearing the author read the opening chapter I read this book through and have only now gone back to read book one. This book continues a few months after book one, but not ...more
Lenni Jones
Oct 01, 2016 Lenni Jones rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book and the first one "A Pocket Full of Murder." I've always loved books with murder and twisted plots, but this one is by far one of my favorites. Isaveth and Esmond are the perfect crime solving team!
So, in this sequel to "A Pocket Full of Murder" Isaveth has started with a scholarship at the Tarreton college. But soon her secret that she's Moshite has leaked and the public is furious. And Esmond is still struggling to prove Eryx is guilty of murdering Master Orien when his fath
Emma Bosworth
Sep 28, 2016 Emma Bosworth rated it it was amazing
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Oh my god this book was so good! It was even better than 'A pocket full of murder' was. Considering this book is aimed at 'middle grade' which I assume to mean 9-12 year olds, it's just as enjoyable for adults in my opinion. It covers so many issues that are present in our society in such an honest way. The plot was gripping and fast paced. I found myself not wanting to put it down but at the same time wanting to savour it knowing there wouldn't be any more once I had finished. The ending was so ...more
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Sep 21, 2016 Nafiza rated it really liked it
So good!
Aug 09, 2016 Penny rated it really liked it
I entered a contest on Goodreads to win "A Little Taste of Poison" as I thought my grandchildren might like the book.
I was fortunate enough to win a copy and it looked so intriguing I read it first before giving it to them.
It would have been better had I read the first book “A Pocket Full of Murder” so I had the complete background. Nevertheless, there is enough reference to the first book that I think you can read “A Little Taste of Poison” on it’s own.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as Isaveth
Oct 18, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it
Oh, I loved this! It's even better than the first book, as we find out more about Esmond (Quiz's) family, and as Isaveth struggles to cope with the classes--and with hostile students--at Tarrenton college, where she's been awarded a scholarship. Plot, setting, and characters alike are well crafted. As I read, I could almost feel the cold wind whistling down the Tarrenton streets. Esmond and Isaveth remain determined to discover the truth behind the murder Isaveth's father was falsely accused of ...more
Nov 03, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful sequel to A Pocket Full of Murder! I love the turn-of-the-century feel to the world and the magic system is unique and feels right at home. Action sequences near the end had me breathless with worry--great writing and plotting.
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R.J. (Rebecca) Anderson was born in Uganda, raised in Ontario, went to school in New Jersey, and has spent much of her life dreaming (and writing) of other worlds entirely.

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