Fri, April 27, 2012

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder Book Review

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Poison Study
By Maria V. Snyder
Publication date: March 1, 2007
Mira Books, 409 pages
Source: Purchased for my Kindle

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…

— Goodreads.com description

Thank goodness for my friend April because she told me to read Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder and I did and I LOVED IT.*

And then I read its sequels, Magic Study and Fire Study, and…guess what? Loved those, too! Go April.

If you’re in a mood for a fantasy-esque book series filled with castles, murder, intrigue, kissing (OF COURSE), horse riding, magic and everything else you’d want from this type of book, this is for you.

It is worth noting, though, that I read all three books in one fell swoop as a “bundle” on my Kindle. So instead of three separate stories, it seemed like one giant book to me. If I’d had to wait between books, I think I would have been more irked when my favorite characters were out of the picture for a while.

Speaking of favorite characters: VALEK. Oh, Valek. Love. Ben Barnes? Anyone?**

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder is the perfect book for fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore or Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers. All three of these books have a female main character who kicks ass, a romance that’s all sorts of “I hate you I hate you I hate you, okay now let’s make out,” and plenty of intrigue. Give it a try for sure.

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*Well, actually thank goodness for April for many reasons, chief among them being general awesomeness, great taste in books and her willingness to listen to me freak out about things day after day.

**Yeah. I’m aware I picture about a zillion characters as Ben Barnes (Ash, for example). So what?! Look at him! You’re welcome!

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  1. Sarah said:

    I loved Poison Study, but was kind of disappointed by Magic Study (most likely due to the lack of Valek in it). I still need to read Fire Study.

    Poison Study and Graceling are two of my favorite books, so it’s interesting that you mentioned both of them along with Grave Mercy. It sounds like I need to read Grave Mercy now because it seems similar to the other two books!

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  2. jen said:

    you reading three books is the equivalent of me reading ONE book. that being said, i have heard ridiculous awesome things about this series and actually own the first two. maaaaybe someday, because i love “i hate you, JUST KIDDING LOVE FOREVER!” relationships. i just do.

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  3. Melissa @ Coffee, Books and Laundry said:

    I’ve been meaning to read this but I keep putting it off. Great review! I can’t wait until I finally read this.

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  4. April Books & Wine said:

    Oh, Anna, I love this review, mainly for all the compliments about me as your friend, ahahahhaha.

    But also? The Ben Barnes picture, as you know YOU are the one who has been instrumental in convincing me to give FNL a chance, so yay mutually beneficial recommendation friendships. Sigh that was a mouthful.

    AND ALSO I FREAKIN LOVE VALEK and kind of kick myself for not having Fire Study available when I finished Magic Study, cuz I still have not read that one. SOON though.

    Love this review FOREVA. heart and soul, yo.

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  5. Pam said:

    THIS SERIES. FOR SERIOUSLY!

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  6. We Heart YA said:

    Ooo, we loved GRACELING, and we’ve heard tons of great things about POISON STUDY and GRAVE MERCY. Guess we’ll have to add them to our lists! Thanks for the review. :)

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  7. Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books said:

    I just purchased this because one of my best friends has been RAVING about the series for months to me – usually she has questionable taste (sounds mean, but is undeniably true haha) to me, but I had to admit is sounded pretty good. I’m glad to know it’s got yours and Aprils approval too, I’m excited to finally read it!

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  8. Sonia said:

    THIS SERIES <3

    Yelena is such a fabulous MC and then Valek just blows it out of the water. Yes, Ben Barnes is perfect! Clearly he needs to just play ALL THE PARTS because I do the same thing and imagine him as most of the tall, dark and handsome guys I read about.

    I totally have to check out Grave Mercy since I loved this one and Graceling.

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  9. Ashley said:

    Thanks for this review! I think Poison Study sounds awesome and I’ve added it to my wishlist! I’m also a fan of Graceling and Grave Mercy so I hope I love it too!

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  10. Anne said:

    Oh goodness, wouldn’t it be awesome if they made a movie of these books? Or even a mini-series! And yes, BinBons should be in ALL THE BOOK->MOVIES! He’s in it, I’m there! lol

    I’m still waiting on reading the third book since I have about a zillion other books on my TBR pile, but I just got Grave Mercy out, and I’m glad to hear you compare it to this series. I can’t wait to get going on it!

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  11. Jac @ For Love and Books said:

    I’ve had quite a few people recommend these books, I’m not sure why I haven’t read them yet!! (Maybe I haven’t been in a fantasy mood?)

    I’m going to have to remember to snag this soon!

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  12. Lisa @ Read.Breathe.Relax. said:

    I’m so glad you love these books too! I’ve been a fan of Snyder’s for forever – and love everything she’s ever written.

    I definitely suggest reading her Glass series next (Storm Glass, Sea Glass, Spy glass) AND her brand new book, Touch of Power.

    All awesome!

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  13. Amanda said:

    I need to add this to my reading list…I love fantasy but haven’t gotten into anything like the description yet.

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  14. Celeste o said:

    Ben Barnes is hot! He needs to do more roles. :)

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  15. Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd said:

    Try Touch of Power, her newest book, it’s also amazing!

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  16. The Literary Horizon: Poison Study | The Literary Omnivore said:

    [...] its engaging and exciting plot and pace, but noted that the characterization was a little flat. Anna at Anna Reads loved it. Fyrefly at Fyrefly’s Book Blog liked it, but found the prose awkward and Yelena a [...]

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