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Poison's Kiss

(Poison's Kiss #1)

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A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves..

Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It's a miserable life, but being a visha kanya, a poison maiden, is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Breeana Shields I'm so glad you like the cover! The designers did a fantastic job! As for my inspiration, a few years ago I was listening to a lecture series on espio…moreI'm so glad you like the cover! The designers did a fantastic job! As for my inspiration, a few years ago I was listening to a lecture series on espionage and covert operations when the professor mentioned a legendary figure in Indian Folklore--the poison damsel, or visha kanya in Sanskrit. These were women who were fed poison from childhood in ever increasing doses until they were immune, but toxic to anyone else. Sometimes they could kill with a touch, sometimes with a kiss, sometimes with only a look. My imagination took off and I didn't hear another word of the lecture. When I couldn't stop thinking about it a few months later, I knew I had to write the story.(less)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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I loved this book. ❤


It won't happen right away. The poison will take some time to absorb into his skin where my lips brushed against his, to find its way into his blood-stream. To destroy him.

In one hour, his skin will heat. I can picture him taking off his black jacket, tugging at his yellow shirt, fanning himself with a newspaper. In two hours his nose will begin to run and his stomach will roil. In three hours his chest will tighten, his pupils will c
Rashika (is tired)
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I am not entirely sure what I was expecting when I dove into Poison's Kiss. I was hoping to like it because I was intrigued by the premise but even when I was excited to read it, a small part of me was worried that it would not do justice to my culture. As a story, Poison's Kiss is fine. The romance is way too insta but it is engaging, there aren’t many plot holes and the characters are relatable. The world building is EXTREMELY lacking though. From the
Roshani Chokshi
Oct 22, 2015 marked it as to-read
I am so excited about this book!!! I love vishakanyas (duh) and am always eager to see more stories based on Indian folklore. YAY!
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
With a description that insinuates that both fans of Maas and Aveyard will love this debut novel, it was hard to not want to pick it up. Add in the eye catching cover and the alluring synopsis and it was pretty much hard for me to resist at all and I didn't find myself wanting to. So with fingers crossed I downloaded this and dove in.

And while this was an imaginative it was also weirdly addicting. Even though it truly wasn't anything unheard of in the world of YA, it was very well written and e
Whitney Gardner
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just *loved* this book.
Poison's Kiss is a fast-paced adventure with plenty of earth-shattering reveals and a romance that keeps you wanting more. You'll love following along as main character Marinda's story evolves from tragedy into mythology and her world opens up as she learns the truths that have been hidden behind her past, her family, and even her country. Marinda stirs deep sympathies with her life of deceit, subjugation, and suffering, and she has been granted a deadly power which she'
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
I really liked Poison's Kiss! We went to India a few years ago, and I've been low-key obsessed with the culture since then. And the fact that this was based on Indian mythology made it right up my alley.

I liked the setting, the characters, their stories. Excited to read the sequel and to see what happens next with Malinda, Mani, and Devon.
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of Breeana Shields' POISON'S KISS in exchange for an honest review. In this compelling, well written fantasy, Shields tells the tale of Marinda, a visha kanya, or "poison damsel," whose mission it is to assassinate men -- albeit against her will -- with a single, deadly kiss. When Marinda is assigned the murder of Deven, an exceptionally kind and handsome young men who patronizes the local bookshop, Marinda knows that the rules of the game are about to change. A fast-paced stor ...more
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I AM A LYING LIAR. who lies. i said "soon" but clearly my "soon" differs from the actual meaning. anyhoo.

hoo boy. hoooooo boy.

look. i desperately wanted to like this book--as far as i know, it was based on indian mythology, how cool is that?! but it was just.... so bad..... and poorly written.... and boring..... how many ellipses can i add to get my point across in this review? let's find out.

(partially kidding on that account) but for real. FIRST THINGS
Beth  (YA Books Central)
"A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss....
Until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves."

The first thing that drew my attention to this book was the gorgeous and seductive cover art of Poison's Kiss. WOW...That cover is AMAZING! and then I read the synopsis and KNEW I had to have this one....and it did not disappoint. I was mesmerized from the first page to the last and cannot wait to read the conclusion!!

The main character, Marinda, is a visha kanya also known as a poison maid
Emily Murphy
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They say good writing is easy reading--this one will go down like a cup of tea, sweet and strong, and a plot that just keeps darkening as it steeps. I soaked up the rich, lush, beautiful writing. Marinda is a complex heroine drawn with an exceedingly skilled hand. I loved the different shades of relationships in this book--especially the complicated, uneasy friendship at its core. Shields is able to wield short, simple sentences that are stunningly poignant and as pointed as daggers (or, I guess ...more
Rosalyn Eves
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the chance to read an early copy of Breeana Sheild's lovely debut, Poison's Kiss. Marinda is a visha kanya--a poison maiden whose can kill with a kiss. Though Marinda hates her role in the death of so many anonymous men and boys (albeit men and boys she's been told are threats to the kingdom), she doesn't see any other choice, not if she wants the medicine that keeps her little brother alive.

But that was before Marinda got to know one of her marks--and this time, she'll have to decide exa
Katie Nelson
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book!

Set in a fantasy world similar to India, this book is a delight. I loved being immersed in this unique world and following the story of Marinda, an assassin who can kill with just a kiss. Marinda was such an interesting character. She fiercely loves her younger brother, and believes she is serving the raja, even if she doesn't always feel right about what she does. Her story was so complicated, and I felt conflicted right along with her.

As th
K.K. Pérez
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy
A thoroughly compelling read that I finished in one sitting! Get ready for lots of twists and turns and heart pounding!
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book in giant gulps like the sweet maratha fruit Deven gives to Mani. It's fun and fascinating and totally compelling but WHY OH WHY is the sequel not available yet?!?! *weeps* ...more
Jasmine (Jasmine Pearl Reads)
This novel is based from an Indian folklore. This is my FIRST time reading something about that and I REALLY loved it. Anyway, this was also my first fantasy read of the year and I’m not disappointed. NOT at all. Why didn’t I read this sooner? Ew, Jasmine.

Poison’s Kiss was an all-in-one book. All the feels were there. Marinda’s life was quite devastating and miserable. Her kiss could kill anyone. She’s created to be a visha kanya *it sounds so beautiful, admit it* and she’s ordered to kill stran
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a read-in-one-sitting kind of book. I picked it up, devoured it, and then thought about it afterwards. Marinda has experienced so much to become a (reluctant) assassin, and the work she does tortures her, although she wants to serve the Raja. Her conflicted emotions are so natural and understandable, and they're complicated by her desire to protect her sickly brother at all costs. Throw in the handsome suitor who sees through her carefully constructed front, and you get all sorts of int ...more
Beautiful writing, riveting plot, engaging characters - Breeana Shields manages to combine all three in her engaging debut. Shields captures your attention from page one - with gorgeous description and an empathetic character. She carries it through the twists and turns of this page-turner, as Marinda struggles with her duty, her self, and her fate. A story of deceit, betrayal, friendship, and ultimately love, Poison's Kiss will stay with you long after you finish the book and leave you longing ...more
Tomoe Hotaru
27 Jan. '17
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I actually pinpointed the main issue I had with this book while writing this review. Reading this made me feel like a white man walking down Lower Manhattan Chinatown, pretending I was in Beijing. And being lauded while I'm at it, for taking the time to explore a different culture.

The plot alone -- which is based on an Indian folklore -- makes it automatically jump out from the normal dredge.

And that's the problem. In the end, it felt like Indian cul
“That's how you know something is ready to be devoured, when it gives just a little under pressure. It's the same with people.”
― Breeana Shields, Poison's Kiss

This book is breathtaking. The cover art is magnificent. So is the story within.

Snakes, Mythology and a great fun read!

So this is about about Marinda, the visha kanya, whose kiss is poison. She works for the government and it is her job to kill by kissing, anyone the government wants her to. However, when the boy she falls for is added to
These Violent Delights (Robin)
Oh my god, this book was amazing. I haven't read a book in a while that kept me on my toes the whole entire time. The characters were well written and same goes for the plot. I really really want book 2 now! I kind of hate myself for reading it so soon cause now I have to wait so long for the sequel.

So glad I am starting off 2017 with such great reads!
Cale Dietrich
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swanky-17s
I’m a huge fantasy fan, so I had super high hopes for Poison’s Kiss, and it totally exceeded my expectations! This is a great book: it’s swoony, unputdownable, and freaking epic.

The protagonist, Marinda, has had an incredibly difficult upbringing: she is a visha kanya, which means she is literally poisonous – and she has been forced to use these abilities to work as an assassin. I loved her as a character, and I really felt for her in her struggle – her internal conflict over what she is often
SyaSya Syed Nasir
I'm so happy! After a month of facing my nightmare - reading slump - I finally back on track. This book is so good!

I used to judge the book by its cover but after a while, I decided to buy the book - still haven't decided when to read it.

I should read it earlier. I am happy and now I need the second book.

The characters are super amazing. I love Marinda, Deven, Iyla, and Mani. Even though there were certain scenes where I felt annoyed - such as when Iyla being such a bad friend to Marinda - bu
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wait, wait, wait. I'm sorry, HOW long do I have to wait for the sequel?

This book blends folklore and fantasy with absolutely gorgeous writing, unforgettable characters, and a story that kept me turning pages. I can't wait to find out what happens next.
Gwen Cole
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-debuts
Once again, I hit the ARC jackpot. I devoured this book. With a fresh world, wonderful characters, and beautiful writing, it was impossible not to. Sometimes an awesome concept will fall flat once you start reading but this was NOT the case with POISON'S KISS. It was everything I was hoping for and more, and I can't wait to read the sequel! ...more
Tricia Levenseller
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-fantasy
Loved this book by Breeana Shields! The mythology is killer! The romance is sweet and full of tension. And the snakes! So many snakes. The relationships and dynamics in the book are set up perfectly to give the story the high stakes and tension it needs. I cannot wait for the next book!
Alexandra Ott
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
POISON'S KISS is such a fascinating, compelling fantasy. I devoured it quickly because I just couldn't put it down. The twists! The reveals! The heart-pounding suspense! I also love the characters; Marinda's sibling relationship with Mani is so emotional, and her chemistry with Deven is great too. There are so many great, complex secondary characters, and no one is quite what they seem at first. I'm so excited that there will be a sequel! Definitely recommend for fans of fast-paced fantasy adven ...more
Nicka Cassandra
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading a 5 star book I immediately picked up Poison’s Kiss without reading the synopsis. I had no expectation whatsoever about this one, me being quite picky when it comes to my fantasy reads! But to my surprise I didn’t regret picking this one up, it was AMAZING!!!!

Beautifully crafted story based on an Indian folklore- visha kanya- poison maiden! It’s a great addition to my favorite fantasy series. I literally live for anything folklore may it be Russian, Victorian etc. It makes me more
Rebecca Ross
I was so excited to have a chance to read this ARC! I sat down one afternoon with POISON'S KISS and quickly found that I. Could. Not. Stop. Reading! Shield's writing is magical--it flows right off the page--and the world is so beautiful and immersive that for a day, I truly felt like I was a visha kanya.

And then there is DEVEN. *swoons*

I need the sequel *cries because it is so far away*
McCall Hoyle
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shields is definitely an up-and-coming voice in YA fantasy. POISON'S KISS is a genius debut based on Indian folklore. I devoured it in record time and can't wait to read more of Mirinda's story in the 2018 sequel. ...more
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
A good debut! I really enjoyed this! The world building is beautiful! I wish I would've connected with the characters a bit more though. I will definitely be reading book 2. ...more
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Breeana Shields is an author of fantasy novels for teens including THE BONE CHARMER, THE BONE THIEF, POISON'S KISS, and POISON'S CAGE.

When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and playing board games with her extremely competitive family. She lives near Washington D.C. with her husband, her three children, and two adorable, but spoiled dogs.

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