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Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
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it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, young-adult
Read 2 times. Last read February 18, 2018 to February 26, 2018.

My Re-Read Review: I originally picked this book up back in 2013 and the final book was released last year. I have been putting of reading the last book in the full series because I wasn't ready to let Yelena and Valek go, so I thought instead I would start back at the beginning. Some times the re-reads are disappointing without the build up of first reads but I found this book to be just as enjoyable. I did question a few developments though, like I don't really get Valek's attraction to Yelena, yeah she has determination and an obvious will to live but all throughout she is depicted as a scrawny, criminal, who at best is average, but I am totally shoving that doubt down because I love them. Even knowing what was happening next, I still found myself totally absorbed in the book. My favorite part is still when she plays the escapee for the soldier training, I love how intellectual so many of the elements of the story need careful thought and planning.

Synopsis: "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..."

My Review (May 2013): Okay I know this book is predictable, you can see what major twists the plot is going to take but for some reason you still get totally absorbed into this book! I couldn't put it down!! The style really reminds me of The Song of the Lioness Series by Tamora Pierce and also a touch of Fire by Kristin Cashore. You can't help but fall for the characters and root for them through out the book. Yelena is a great character and so is Valek, but I also loved the sub-characters, especially Ari and Janco. I am really disappointed that it took me this long to start this series, I am blaming all of you for not smacking me in the face with it ;)
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
May 2, 2011 – Shelved
May 10, 2013 – Shelved as: fantasy
May 10, 2013 – Shelved as: young-adult
February 18, 2018 – Started Reading
February 26, 2018 – Finished Reading

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E.H. Nolan Song of the Lioness! I'll definitely check this one out :)

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