Poison Study by Maria V Synder

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Pages: 412
Publisher: Mira
ISBN: 9780778324331
Genre: Adult Fantasy

Review by Phil

Synopsis (Goodreads.com)-
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 Thoughts

This book was a total impulse buy, my friend Alyssa recommended it and I decided to pick it up. It sounded interesting and I loved the cover so.....no real reason for buying it. I picked it up eventually and ended up liking it a lot.

Fantasy is my favorite genre, whether it be YA or adult, so I knew from the get go that I was probably going to like it. It has a totally original story line, and while the character development isn't what I think it should have been, it was extremely enjoyable.

Yelena is a very strong female protagonist, and the love interest between her and Valek was fun to see play out. The writing reminded me a lot of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, but much better and not sucky (for the lack of a better word).

I look forward to the next in the series, and I have already bought the second one called Magic Study. I would recommend this to pretty much anyone who likes fantasy, as well as anyone who likes YA, because even though this is an adult book the writing is very easy and the only real adult themes are the scenes where um... sex.

I gave Poison Study 4/5 stars!


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  1. I really need to read this book, your review made it sound awesome! :)

  2. Well, it sounds as good as I've heard. I can't wait to read it because I like medieval books a lot, but I haven't picked this one up. :D

  3. This book sounds really good and you're review has boosted it on my TBR haha. Actually, Alyssa told me to read this book because she loved it and she said she had recommended it to you as well and that you enjoyed it.


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