Thursday, April 23, 2009

Poison Study

Poison Study
By Maria V. Snyder
# of pages: 416
Age range 14+
A Quick Death...
...Or Slow Poison
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. As a food taster, she'll have the best meals, have rooms in the palace - and risk assassination by anyone trying to kil the Commander of Ixia.
As Yelena tries to escape her 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...
This has got to be one of my all time favorite books. Have you ever seen a book online, passed it by, then one day really looked at it, and then...
...You have to have it, need it, will cripple if you don't obtain it. That's how I felt with the Study series (there are three books total).
Yelena has spent a year in prison for murdering the sole son of general Brazell. Orphaned at Brazell's mansion with other children Yelena grew up under the General's watchful eye, and unfortunately under the eye of his son...
To Yelena the execution she faces would be a relief, a final escape from her tortured past. But the Commander's head assassin and right hand man has other thoughts for pretty little Yelena. Offering her the chance to become the Commander's poison taster instead of her death seems unreal to Yelena.
But she can't help but thinking why it's such a coincidence that the previous food taster dies just before she was offered the job. Not that the assassin Valek could have anything to do with it right?
But Yelena had other things to worry about, General Brazell had stopped in for a visit and he isn't too pleased to see the murderer of his son alive and well in the palace. With Yelena's life on the line, Valek commands Yelena to move into his apartments, he can't loose another food taster. Sure Valek.
The palace staff is convinced Valek has a thing for Yelena, that she's the one girl "to get his cold heart pumping". Yelena could disagree, Valek is furious when he finds out one of the palace staff is spilling secrets to a local gossiper, and all signs point to Yelena.
But when the real culprit is uncovered Yelena ans Valek are in for a shock. (btw thats oly a blip in the story).
As Yelena struggles to avoid many near death experiences the ghosts of her past won't leave her alone. Is it possible that she possesses magical abilities? And if so how can she live with Valek, the lone person responsible for ridding of all beings that possess magic in Ixia.But does it even matter, are she and Valek in too deep to care about such a thing.
This novel was really great. The character development was extremely evident and the plot was rich and thick with many surprising twists and turns. If you haven't read this book, go read it! Especially if you're a twilight lover.
Other books you might enjoy if you liked Poison Study:
Keturah and Lord Death: Martine Leavitt
Vampire Academy: Richelle Mead
First Truth: Dawn Cook
The summoning: Kelley Armstrong
Tithe: Holly Black
Storm Glass: Maria V. Snyder
Unwind: Neal Shusterman
A certain slant of light: Laura whitcomb
midnighters: Scott Westerfeld

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