Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder

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:

This is a reread but Poison Study will always be my ‘it’ book. I read it when it was released way back when (ok, it really wasn’t THAT long ago…just a few years) and even though it was not a genre I would have normally considered, I ended up loving it. It got me back into reading and I have not stopped since.

Since I read this long before my book reviewing days I wanted to give it some well-deserved attention this second go around.

I ended up loving Poison Study and a lot of the characters as much as I did when I read it years ago. And I think this is only the second book I have ever reread…Jane Eyre being the other.

Maria V. Snyder builds a captivating and unique tale that draws you in. The smooth writing and vivid descriptions hold your attention and makes Poison Study a book you will not want to put down.

It’s a story about Yelena who has a rocky past and present to say the least. She was forced to do something and is now paying the price. She accepted her fate only to be given a thread of hope to grasp on to. She’s offered the chance to become a food taster. But only after passing…well surviving a deadly test.

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  1. I started reading this a while ago, but didn't have enough time to finish it before it was due at the library! I have a copy now so I hope to pick it up again soon!! :)

  2. I hope you end up loving it as much as I do!


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