Cassandra Caravello is part of Venice′s wealthy elite. Her world is one of fabulous gowns, society parties and privilege, yet she longs for something more. While her fiancé is away studying in Paris, she has a chance meeting with an artist called Falco. He is attractive, audacious...a ...more
8.5 out of 10
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Josh Groban – All'improvviso amore
Il Divo – Ti amerò
Nino Katamadze & Insight – Once on the street
Genre: historical fantasy, YA, mystery
Stuff: Renaissance Venice, forbidden love, maniac
Fail: some typical YA-moments
POV: 3rd-person, female
Buddy read with Julia with the assistance of Katerina. Girls, our all night discussions were the best time of my life. Julia, your narration of Luca and Falco will stay in my memory forever. I hope you'll quote them for us in the next book too ;) Kat, I am glad you seduced me into reading this book; I am looking forward to our next book-sabbath party!
Actual rating: 3.5
“A blow to the head,
if sufficiently sharp,
can produce an indentation
in the skull. Results may be blindness,
muteness, violent paro
So what went wrong?
Many things, I’m afraid. This will take a while so bear with me. I went to this author event recently where Kenneth Oppel presided as the main author in attendance. He spoke abou ...more
Is it a bad thing? Hell no! Is it a great thing? Not really. It's average.
There are lots of goods in this book and some bad, which makes it quite uneven and lower the rating to three stars.
The setting was great : Renaissance Venice. Can you do better, really? I don't think so. Maybe it's because I've been to Venice three times in my life and enjoyed every trip, the last one being only two years back, and ...more
Like many others, I was seriously anticipating Venom. YA murder mystery set in Venice during the Renaissance? How could that not be awesome?
I guess maybe if the main character is a privileged rich girl with a loving family whose biggest problem is that her life is too boring (and she complains about it. All. The. Time). And if her love interest, Falco, is every girl's fantasy: you know, the kind of guy who dresses her ...more
An interesting concept, but holy fuck I was not into this. One too many instances of "I'm different, I'm not like other girls" and "you're different, eh? Not like all those other girls".
G A G
Seriously. I want to vomit.
A general waste of my time. Today was a reading write off. I read a lot, but like 5% of it was actually worthwile. ...more
While I did enjoy this book and loved the time and setting, it did drag on and bore me at times. It was also a little predictable, but I did enjoy reading about Cass' story! I feel like I'm already on the love interest team most people don't pick, and I'm intrigued enough by the series and the characters to continue reading on! ...more
Cass lives in Venice with her aunt. Her aunt has secured her a husband and Cass is waiting for him to come home from school to be with her. He is not someone she has picked to be ...more
“Four Stars: A historical murder mystery that takes you to Renaissance Venice.
Cass stands in the church enduring the never-ending funeral for her deceased friend, Livia. At last the funeral draws to a close and Cass seeks some fresh air. Lost in a fog, she is unaware of her surroundings as she stands on the plaza near the canal. A boisterous young man accidentally shoves against her, knocking Cass to the ground. For a moment, she is lost in the depths of his blue eyes. Quickly he pulls her up an ...more
I don't read a lot of historical fiction. And usually, when I do, it has magic thrown in at one point or another. As a general rule, historical fiction is not my favorite. Yet somehow, Venom defied all those odds and found its way into my heart. I just…I can't even. This book totally resonated with my and made my heart pound. It was wild and crazy and insane and fun, and I loved every single second of it. It amazed me and it thrilled me. In other wor ...more
From the minute I learned that our heroine, Cass, was betrothed to a guy she had known in childhood but who she dismissed as "boring", I knew ...more
It combines everything so perfectly, world building is amazingly designed.
The tension between Cass and Falco is real, and you can feel it and just dive into it.
It's good thing that Cassandra didn't stay the same young girl, that she has some personal and emotional growth. I was very surprised at the end of the book, when she started to think kindly of her aunt.
You can fall in love in Falco very easily. From the beginnig you can feel tension between him a ...more
Cass is an orphan, engaged to a boy she barely knows, she must marry him for her future. Yet her freedom is within her grasp and she wants out of the restraints. When she meets a new boy named Falco, and their chemistry seems to ignite at their first encounter, she realizes there’s more to the mysterious and attractive boy than he seems.
I was so excited when ...more
Venom by Fiona Paul
Book One of the Secrets of the Eternal Rose Series
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC from a giveaway
Summary (from Goodreads):
Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city ...more
Had to stop at 40% into the book.
No, no, no, no, NO, NO, NO, NO!
Another interesting premise down the drain...
A historical fiction YA book set in Venice during Renaissance era? C-c-combo breaker! Sadly, the execution was done at a very sub-par level.
Okay, I believe in common sense. With that in mind, there are so many things that I found as ridiculous and non-sensible about this book. I disapprove this book until I would go to the ex ...more
Wow! I was not expecting that at all! Fiona Paul has outdone herself in Venom. From the gripping intrigues to the danger-ridden canals of Venice, Venom will grab you and yank your stays tight.
Venom opens with an introduction to Cass, our leading protagonist. We're introduced to this high society that Cass lives in, similar to that of a caste system that they did have in the Renaissance era. While Cass had that prim and proper ...more
This book disappointed me, which is a shame because I love Italy and the author did a good job of setting up atmosphere. The actual mystery was the only thing keeping me reading because I was tiring of the romance. There were so many "don't do it" moments, and Cass herself keeps telling herself she shouldn't be doing something. Yet she does it anyway. That got to be very frustrating ...more
Venom for me has been the surprise of the year. I'm not sure what I had expected, but not only was it entertaining, it was a true thriller in every sense of the word. Set in an era where ladies should be just that, expected to maintain the upkeep of their household, and rely on their Lady's Maid to run their errands, but Cass isn't your average girl. Her sense of adventure far outweighs her density, and she is far too accepting of others.
Fiona Paul has cr ...more
Overall I enjoyed Cass's character and I really liked the development of the relationships she had with people such as her aunt and Falco.
I loved Falco because he was just enough bad boy! The love story between them progressed very nicely and it definitely avoided the whole insta-love thing.
“But you are different from most girls, aren’t you, Cassandra?”
I don't know how many times this phrase was repeated, but it was way too many. 🙄 I'm so glad the whole *~not like other girls~* YA trend died out in recent years.
The only thing I liked about this novel was Luca. That's it. Cass and Falco were so damn annoying and sappy. I kept rolling my eyes throughout their scenes. Also this book could have benefited from being 150 pages shorter. I felt it was unnecessarily wordy most of the time ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. YA Gothic set in Venice, maybe rich vampires or criminals. Murder in girl's town (one of her friends?). She investigates, graveyard scene, relationship with a painter. Read around 2013-15. Cover: canal, Venetian mask. [s]||6||25||Nov 19, 2020 04:45PM|
|YA Fiction Books,...: September BOTM VENOM by Fiona Paul||15||13||Oct 08, 2016 08:54PM|
|YA Buddy Readers'...: Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose) -Restarting March 15th 2015||13||74||Mar 17, 2015 02:25AM|
|Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish||1||2||Feb 25, 2015 08:56AM|
|Flaco vs Luca: who is better?||8||40||Nov 12, 2014 06:38AM|
|Beyond Mr. Darcy:...: October 2013: Venom||3||10||Oct 28, 2013 06:16AM|
|What did you think of this book?||4||34||Sep 18, 2013 01:44AM|
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"Careful?" she managed to croak. "You're the one who knocked me over."
"I couldn't resist," he said, and he actually had the nerve to wink at her. "It's not often I get the chance to put my hands on such a beautiful woman.”