Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Series: Study
Publisher: Luna
Category: Young Adult
440 Pages

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered a 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 dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and she develops magical powers she can't control. Her life’s at stake again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear!

This book completely sucked me in. I stayed up until midnight on a school night reading this. I never do that. I simply was drawn until the world she created.

The setting is great on it’s own. Snyder’s created an amazing and interesting world. She gives us enough of a backstory so that we feel comfortable in Yelana’s world without giving us every single detail. I love the fact that the order had only been flipped for about a decade. It added to the story.

The characters were amazing. I loved the leading lady, Yelena. People should have role models like her. She stayed strong and played the hand she was dealt with little complaint. Valek was …. Oh wow. I loved him. There are no words to describe how cool he is. Every other character was very indepth and thought out. In this book, nothing is just there. Everything is tied together.

This book is amazing. I strongly recommend this book. It almost reads like a historic fiction so fans of that genre should pick this up along with fans of mystery, romance,and adventure. I’ll be reading the other two books in the series soon!




  1. That little bit of it being almost historical fiction definitely pulls me in. Poison Study sounds like a great book. Thanks for the review!

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! Can you tell that I kind of liked it?? The only downside is that Poison Study is the best of the trilogy... well, I liked it best anyway... :)

  3. This sounds awesome, I've never read any of the series, but it looks like I should start!

  4. The poison study is a favourite of mine and it's sequels are also good. Glad you enjoyed it.