Favorite Quotes

'Once upon a time, there was a man as great as the gods...... But even the great can tremble with fear. Even the great can Fall.

Mary E. Pearson, Kiss of Deception

Friday, January 18, 2013

Review: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Grade: 5 Butterflies
Name: Poison Study (Study #1)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Released: March 1st 2007
Publisher: Mira Books
Pages: Paperback, 412 pages

Goodreads summary

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...


My thoughts

     I was writing a post that had my fav authors in it and Marai V. Snyder was one of them and it hit me that I never reviewed any of her books. I was shocked, because I love this book so much and I talk about it constantly, even though I first read in 2011. So, here is my review on one of my all time favorite books.

      I LOVE this book so much, it blew me away with its captivating plot, characters that felt so real, and writing writing that tied everything together. Everything in this book is brilliant, though start to finish there is not one bad thing in it. I found this book by accident. I was searching the shelves of the library for a book and they didn't have it, but right by where it was supposed to be there was Poison Study. I picked it up, because I thought that maybe it had assassins in it since there is poison in the name. When I read the summary it looked really good, so I checked it out and read it, and I was so glad I did. This book blew me away the first time I read it and blows me away every time I re-read it.

     This plot captivated me from the first page. I mean the book starts out with the main character in a dungeon and is about to be hanged, who doesn't think that sounds interesting? The plot is also so fast, but not so fast that it makes your head spin with all of the things the author is throwing at you.

     The world building was incredible. It was so vivid and it really shows how great an author Maria V. Snyder is. The way she writes there is no excess use of words when she describes something, so it doesn't take pages for something to be described. That is one of the reasons I love her writing style, because I hate it in books where there is over usage of words. I just get so annoyed, its like "Okay wrap it up, what are you trying to say here author?".

     I LOVED the characters in this book. They felt so realistic and real, not like I thought they where real, just that you could see someone being like them. Yelena was an amazing main character. I loved how she never bent to any one's will, and when she fell she got right back up. She refused to be beaten down and it really made me admire her.

    All the other characters where great, even the side characters. I loved the power twins (shout out to people who read this), I loved Velak, and I even loved the Commander, even if I didn't agree with everything he did. It is not often in books where I love both the main characters and the side characters, so props to Maria V. Snyder for making a book where I did.

    Overall, this book blew me to Mars and back. The plot takes hold of you from the beginning and never lets go, even after you finish it. The characters where outstanding and I was able to connect with every last one of them, which made them even more amazing. The writing was some of the best I ever read and the author is in my top 5 Favorite authors.

    I'm saying to you to pick this book up, from the library or if you have it on your shelves un-read, read it now, right now, because you will have a book that will blow you away.

This book got......

5 Butterflies
Blew me away, one of the best books ever.

Recommend if you like: High fantasy, Strong female lead, and a captivating plot.

Thats my review, I hope you will pick this book up.
Happy reading.


  1. I love this book so much, too, and I never would have heard of it if my cousin hadn't recommended it to me. I'm so happy that Maria V. Snyder will be writing new books about Yelena and Valek!

    1. I know!!!! I almost died when I heard that she is coming out with the new series. I missed Yelena and Valek so much. I wonder what it wil be about???

  2. This is one of my favorite books EVER!!! I'm also SOO freaking stoked that she's continuing the series, although it's too long to wait!

    1. I agree, why couldn't she wrte it a year ago and have it come out this month. Why????

  3. Sounds awesome!

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