Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Release Date: I found conflicting dates due to the various covers and re-pubs-but it's out now! and it's an oldie but goodie. :)
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About the Book: Condemned to death after she commits murder, Yelena is given an interesting opportunity. She can choose death or become the Commander of Ixia's food taster-and risk dying. Yelena chooses to be the new food taster. Valek, the chief of security, feeds her a poison called Butterfly's dust in order to keep Yelena from escaping and she must appear every morning for her antidote or she risks a slow and painful death from the poison.
Yelena tries to plot an escape, while rebels plot a siege of Ixia and Yelena may hold a key to Ixia's future.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This book is the perfect example of why I love blogging and meeting other bloggers! I had seen so much love for this book around the blogosphere, I decided to give it a try-even though fantasy and I sometimes don't agree. I trusted my fellow book lovers and I'm glad I did.
The story was inventive and I really liked Ms. Snyder's writing-it's very poetic. What I loved most about this book was the characters-they were vivid and real and I loved how the author kept you guessing on who was trustworthy and good. She keeps her readers on their toes! I also really liked Yelena-she's a very strong character and I really enjoyed reading about her. But Janco and Ari stole the book-I wish there would have been more with them.
What I didn't like was the romance aspect. If you know me, you know I'm a romance junkie-I have to have it in my books. But the romance wasn't as developed as I would have liked. And I know a lot of readers who have read this book love Valek, but he just wasn't super crushworthy to me, which may have made the romance fail somewhat for me.
I also would have liked more about Yelena as a food taster and that aspect to the story instead of the magic plot that got thrown in. Maybe it was because I listened to the audio, but once that started happening, I got lost and confused. (This might also be because I'm not typically a fantasy reader.) I listened to this one about a month ago, and there were parts of the plot I had to look up notes on because I couldn't remember-so there wasn't a lot of sticking with me long after I finished it.
In some ways this book reminded me of Graceling, only not as hot as Katsa and Po. (Sorry Valek fans, but Po wins for me!) I think if you enjoy fantasy, Poison Study would be a book to pick up. I heard from a friend that the other two books aren't as good as this one, so if you've read the series, I'd love to know if I should keep reading or stop at book one.
Full Discolsure: Listened to audiobook download purchased from Audible.com