Review: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

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Title:Poison Study
Author:Snyder, Maria

Choose: A quick death and hell or slow poison and hell.
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.

I had heard some murmurings about this book around Twitter and the Blogiverse. I hadn’t read any reviews and I picked it up on a whim at a Borders with a gift card left over from my birthday. I read the book in almost one sitting. I had to sleep at some point. I realized I should have joined the read-a-thon happening this weekend instead of cheer leading. This book was amazing and kept my attention through-out most of the night.

Yelena, Valek and all the characters had such a personality it was hard to decide who I liked best. The story is unique and twisting and as you see the love interests unfold you are immediately rooting for the man in Yelena’s life. The cook was a fun character as the magicians from the south and the two guards who made it their personal mission to guard the food taster. Food tasters usually do not have many friends given the life expectancy. No reason liking someone who will fall down dead at a table sometime in the near future.

I wish I had a copy of magic study to pick up right now. If you liked Graceling, Fire, or Aurelia then you need to pick up a copy of Poison Study.

Other reviews:
Irish from Ticket to Anywhere.
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11 Responses so far

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    I’m glad you liked it! I really enjoyed this book.

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    I just finished this one up last week myself. I loved it! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it as well. If you have an ereader I’m sure you could download Magic Study right now pretty cheap :)

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    I really liked this book too. Although, Valek didn’t really stand out as a character. Don’t get me wrong. I really like him, but he wasn’t really unique. He reminds me of another character from another series too much. And I like the other guy better!

    I didn’t like Magic Study. I did in the beginning, but I thought the end was too far fetched to be believable so I never picked up Fire Study. I will be on the look out for your review though!

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    I love this series! And the one after, involving more glassmaking :) Its a book I read repeatedly and always laugh over. :)

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    It’s funny- I read and really, really enjoyed this one, to the extent of immediately purchasing the sequels. However, I have since not felt compelled at ALL to pick up the next two books! I have a sneaking suspicion that Yelena becomes a bit of a perfect girl that I wouldn’t particularly like and I must agree with Sarah about Yalek- I much preferred the guys in the military to him :-)

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    I feel the same I don’t want to go and read the next one immediately. I am going to read her Inside Out from HQT soon.

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    I love this book and also the other 2 books in the series.I remember the first time I picked it up the first two pages failed to hold up my interest but when I finally decided I needed to read his book it just took me half a day to finish this and love it so much that I went on to buy the whole series.

    I hope u read Magic Study soon .It’s equally good :)

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    I’ve got this e-book, and can’t wait to read it.

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    I loved this book so, SO much. After reading through it in one sitting like you did, I immediately got the two sequels and screamed through those. It was totally worth it! :)

    - Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
    Book Review of “Poison Study” by Maria V. Snyder

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