Poison Study

Choose: A quick death… or slow poison ...

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 escape 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 kil her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to eize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she ca n't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes are n't quit clear ...
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Poison Study
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Published March 1st 2007 by Mira (first published September 27th 2005

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Initial Final Page Thoughts.I think I ’ m broken… why didn ’ t I love this one?

I know Yelena is supposed to be educated but I found it ifficult to believe she would casually throw words like “ mucilaginous ” into conversation… I don ’ t sa.

I ’ m oka.

aybe it ’ s just me.And even though I guess it didn ’ t work out between us, I ant you to understan that I care about your well-being.

Which is why I ’ m suggesting you should o and get yourself checked out because, to my knowledge, girls should not buzz like a bumble bee.

It ’ s like Ms Snyder read my diary or something.

I was tempted to place you in a ‘ Hero ’ section, Valek, but I stopped myself because at the moment you are till in the love interest zone.

I ould like to have bee more interactions between you and Yelena, because there was efinitely more room for swooning.

They stil have the uniform.Theme Tune.I always find it impossible to find songs for historical fiction… because they alway seem to fit with the subject matter.EXCEPT THIS ONE.Poison by The Prodigy.What?! If you disagree… imagine it sung by an artist such as Agnes Obel or Laura Marling.

If you agree… rave on, my dears, rave on like it ’ s 1995.

Recommended For.People who love historical/fantasy fiction.

People who wish Laura Marling would cover every Prodigy song.

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Poison Study is easily one of the best-written and underrated high fantasy, young adult series that I ’ ve come across, and I ’ m not happy that I FINALLY gave this a go, as it ’ s been collecting dust on my TBR for YEARS.

I also enjoyed how character-driven this novel was, rather than emphasising the fantasy aspects ( although magic is very much prevalent) .Yelena was a clever and determined young woman, who as given the hance to escape execution, in exchange for taking up the position as the Commander ’ s food taster, a potentially lethal occupation.

Although I ill admit that the revelation that he was Yelena ’ s love interest definitely took me by surprise ( so you do not want to know about instalove!).

If you haven ’ t gotten to this series, which suggest to have been forgotten among the depths of YA high fantasy, you hould definitely ive this a go as swiftl as you can!

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I hate a ook.

I oved he world that Snyder created.

Me swooning throughout the hole book because I have thi thing for assassins?

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finally, nothing unique or spectacular stands out for me to note, but his has all of the omponents that i am well-acquainted with and love in th story.

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http: //amzn.to/2xmtT6EReviewed by: Rabid Reads4.5 starsI 've been tryin to reread th series for like two years.

It 's been 6 or 8 years since the ast time I read it, and I remembered really liking it, but s much else.

Valek, the head of the Commander 's security offers her the position, and when she accepts Yelena discovers that he ill also be responsible for her training, BUT.

I know he says something like, " if you coul survive this, nothing else will accidentally kill you, and you wo n't e a waste of my valuable time and effort, " just before dosing her with the moste potente poison he has available.Nice guy, that Valek.

But Yelena is both stronger and smarter than she seem, and she not only survives the poisoning, but thrives under Valek 's tutelage.

In Poison Study, you grow with Yelena as she grows, begin to trust as she trusts, feel the bitter disappointment of betrayal when she is etrayed, and barely dare to allow yourself to hope as something more than friendship begins to lossom.

And ll of his is happening within the unfolding mystery that 's detailed quite nicely in the blurb, so I wo n't rehash it.On the surface, Poison Study probably looks a lot like every other YA fantasy out there, and it dmittedly does n't stray far from the standard and acceptable elements.

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Poison Study is easily one of the best young adult books I have read this year.

What I alway do n't kno, though, is why Snyder decided* to make Poison Study a young adult nove.

he only fantasy books that have ever really impressed me are those by J.K. Rowling and Paul Stewart, and they were more focused on characters at least resembling humans for the most part, as was Poison Study.I have to believe that I loved Valek as a character and was pleasantly surprised to see how well the romance between him and Yelena worked.

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