Title: Poison Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Category: Young Adult
Status: Book 1 of the Study series
A quick death
Or slow poison…
Yelena has a choice – be executed for murder, or become food taster to the Commander of Ixia. She leaps at the chance for survival, but her relief may be short-lived.
Life in the palace is full of hazards and secrets. Wily and smart, Yelena must learn to identify poisons before they kill her, recognise whom she can trust and how to spy on those she can’t. And who is the mysterious Southern sorceress who can reach into her head?
When Yelena realises she has extraordinary powers of her own, she faces a whole new problem, for using magic in Ixia is punishable by death…
This book has been on my TBR for AGES. It’s one of the earliest books in my TBR on Goodreads. I was at the bookstore the other day and found a used copy of this book for a low price so I bought it, solely to knock it off my TBR. I really wasn’t sure if I still was interested in it.
We follow Yelena, who is given the choice to be the food taster for the commander of Ixia or be executed for her crime. After living for a year in the dungeons, she jumps on the chance of being alive a little longer.
But her life isn’t easy. She has to build up her stamina, study poisons and avoid the father of the person she killed. Oh and she has some mysterious power that comes in the form of buzzing.
My thoughts on the book:
- I wasn’t very interested in Yelena. Honestly, I was just barely interested in her. She was just surviving one day at a time and wanted to live. She also has a traumatic past, which lead to her killing her master’s son.
- The romance was very quick. Once the confessions came out, the “I love you” came very soon after and it threw me for a loop. Especially since the romance was not a focus point for most of the book but in the end it suddenly has so much.. intensity? Did not make sense.
- Plot-wise, it was just okay. It’s a little interesting idea with the world and workings but there wasn’t enough to add an oomph factor. We follow more of Yelena’s self-growth than see the fantasy world. And in fantasy books, the world is everything so that got me bummed.
- As for the love interest, he was the only thing I mildly liked and that was only until half the book. Also some things about him were just stated and not explained at all so that was annoying.
- There was transgender rep so that was nice to stumble upon.
- I took about a week to finish the book. I carried it around with me everywhere and I’m pretty sure the only reason I finished it was because, out in public, it was the only book I had in hand to read. Otherwise I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have read it.
It was simply okay. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t that good either. I will not be reading further books in the series. I’m glad I managed to knock off an old TBR title, that’s all.
If you really think you’d like it, only then go for it. Otherwise, I would recommend skipping it.