[Ebook / KINDLE] (Poison Study)

T was even better than I remembered it That Has NEVER HappenedYelena a self confessed murderer is spared from hanging when the Commander of the military governed nation she lives in needs a self confessed murderer is spared from hanging when the Commander of the military governed nation she lives in needs new food taster The last one died of poisoning Go figure Valek the head of the Commander s security offers her the position and when she accepts Yelena discovers that he will also be responsible for her training BUT his training methods can best be described as trial by fire I believe he says something like if you can survive this nothing else will accidentally ill you and you won t be a waste of my valuable time and effort just before dosing her with the moste potente poison he has availableNice guy that Valek But Yelena is both stronger and smarter than she appears and she not only survives the poisoning but thrives under Valek s tutelage And if that was all there was well that would be boringBut that s not all Yelena has secrets Like the reason why she Nepal killed the only son of her benefactor one of the eight Generals directly under the Commander in rank A General who is distinctly unhappy about her avoiding the noose Yelena is also unsurprisingly world weary BUT Despite her best efforts she s unable to snuff out the fragile flame of hope that burns inside of her Hope for a better life Hope for someone to trust Hope for something as simple yet previously as unattainable as a friend 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 betrayed and barely dare to allow yourself to hope as something than friendship begins to blossom Don t ask me with whom bc I won t tell you but it is lovelyShe picks up a few allies along the way as well and a pair of soldiers in particular Janco and Ari are simply fantastic Ari adopts the role of protective older brother while Janco fills the prankster brother position exceptionally well and you feel that in your gut too bc Yelena is an orphan And all of this is happening within the unfolding mystery that s detailed uite nicely in the blurb so I won t rehash itOn the surface Poison Study probably looks a lot like every other YA fantasy out there and it admittedly doesn t stray far from the standard and acceptable elements But Snyder has created a world with characters who make you FEEL what they FEEL who you want to triumph and fear for when failure seems imminent I ve never denied being a character driven reader and Poison Study is a marvelous example of theind of book that really really makes me happy Highly recommended Trusting is hard Knowing who to trust even harder 25 starsIt s not that I didn t like the book it was uite greatly written and the story was interesting yet I couldn t connect to the characters at all I just didn t care for them a bitIn my opinion the story had only one peak and it was around the end which I enjoyed but other than that it was bland and uneventful or filled with minor events Everyone makes choices in life Some bad some good It s called living and if you want to bow out then go right ahead But don t do it halfway Don t linger in whiner s limbo I would definitely recommend the book to other fantasy lovers however I doubt that I will continue with the other books Poisoned pursued and living with a psychopath Not what I would consider the good life Death has its perks Well living with a psychopath Valek is a perk in my humble opinion The story Yelena is waiting to be executed and she s made peace with that but then the Commander s right hand who also happens to be an assassin approaches her with an offer she can #Either Be Executed As #be executed as or she can become the Commander s new food taster Yelena naturally picks the latest and she s introduced into a world of politics schemings and poisons and she eventually has to face her worst nightmares and find the strength to confront them Trusting is hard Knowing who to trust even harder Thoughts One of the reasons I started reading Poison Study besides the gorgeous cover and the premise was the assumption that it resembles Throne of Glass which I adore And it s true both of them are about an incarcerated girl who is given a second chance if she endures a dangerous challenge but that s where the resemblances end Poison Study is different Uniue MarvelousPoisons magic deception spies secrets assassins conspiracies military action heinous acts and acts of Le Grand Guide d'Oman et des Emirats arabes unis 1999 kindness great main and secondary characters Maria V Snyder gives you everything Yelena is an extremely likable MC from a scared girl depending on others she evolves into a strong woman who embraces her weakness and turns it into courage And my precious Valek plays an important part in this transformation But you ve slipped under my skin invaded my blood and seized my heart Valek contemplated toill Yelena twice he was rude and manipulative and he put his duty above everything else But yet Yelena found a place in his black heart and held it with a strong grip Their chemistry was palpable and their love was building slowly and steadily One of the finest OTPs ladies and gentlemenYou haven t read Poison Study yet Santa will get you no present this year. O Valek Uomo affascinante e spietato assassino maestro di veleni e raffinato scultore sembra essere lui a possedere il cuore della fanciulla e l'antidoto al veleno mortale che le ha somministrato a tradimen. In my personal opinionthis is what Throne of Glass published seven years after this should have been Poison Study is easily one of the Glass published seven years after this should have been Poison Study is easily one of the written and underrated high fantasy young adult series that I ve come across and I m so happy that I FINALLY gave this a go as it s been collecting dust on my TBR for YEARS After a while YA high fantasy tends to become oversaturated with similar storylines but this was SO ORIGINAL and I LOVED IT I also enjoyed how character driven this novel was rather than emphasising the fantasy aspects although magic is very much prevalentYelena was a clever and determined young woman who was given the chance to escape execution in exchange for taking up the position as the Commander s food taster a potentially lethal occupation to escape execution in exchange for taking up the position as the Commander s food taster a potentially lethal occupation consistently fought over and over again for her own survival never allowing herself to wallow in self pity She took accountability for her actions even admitting to the crime of murder and never attempted to conjure up excuses in order to escape the noose When there were numerous attempts on her life she went out of her way to learn how to best defend herself from hand to hand combat to This Way Gulf States: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen knives When there were instances where she needed to get past locked doors she endeavoured to learn how to pick locks for herself She was SO ambitious and resourceful She never waited for anynight in shining armour to come and save her She did the saving for herself Honestly though I d like to now how she wasn t suffering from PTSD considering her tragic past We definitely need to see characters like her in YA literature who make make decisions based upon their brains rather than their hearts Talk about a fierce 19 year old D Valek was also a pleasant surprise Initially I was uite indifferent to him because he treated Yelena uite cruelly and poorly since he saw her as nothing than a murderer However as the plot progressed I really came to like him He is a deadly assassin what a hypocrite haha and the Commander s loyal right hand man Although I will admit that the revelation that he was Yelena s love interest definitely took me by surprise so you do not need to worry about instalove I loved seeing how he fell in love with Yelena s loyalty and inner strength I think that they make a lovely pair yet they are also different enough to balance each other out I can t wait to see their romance develop over the course of the future books in this series Therefore I will recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys books about fantasy worlds magic systems court politics soldiers assassins beautiful writing and strong character development If you haven t gotten to this series which seems to have been forgotten among the depths of YA high fantasy you should definitely give this a go as soon as you can Poison Study is easily one of the best young adult books I have read this year So far the genre has become increasingly disappointing to me and I was beginning to lose faith in novels marketed at older teens What I really don t understand though is why Snyder decided to make Poison Study a young adult book In my opinion even though it was good the book could have been even better if she d allowed for YelenaValek smut and instead marketed the book to a adult audience It s not even as if the subject matter was child friendly torture and rape loving villains aren t exactly what comes to mind when you re writing for a young audience It could have been sexier grittier and just all round better as an adult novelAs a welcome addition the fantasy genre I was also surprised at how much I enjoyed the story Fantasy tends to conjure up unwelcome memories of Tolkien and Pratchett not to mention #the elves goblins and dwarves that often feature in the genre Never did it for me I #elves goblins and dwarves that often feature in the genre Never did it for me I afraid The only fantasy books that have ever really impressed me are those by JK Rowling and Paul Stewart and they were focused on characters at least resembling humans for the most part as was Poison StudyI have to say that I loved Valek as a character and was pleasantly surprised to see how well the romance between him and Yelena worked It didn t even remotely occur to me at first that he would be the love interest of the novel because he was seemingly selfish violent and cruel And also coldly devoid of any redeeming emotion The way that turned around through the humour that came out in him as the novel progressed to the multiple times he risked himself to help Yelena and yet still didn t make her come across as the damsel in distress was told really well The rest of the novel aside he himself is one of the best parts of any book I ve read latelyWhat I didn t much care for was the drawn out plot with the Criollo it seemed to take too long to get around to something that wasn t particularly interesting but don t get me wrong plenty of other stuff is going on with Yelena overcoming her past trauma and the blooming attraction between her and Valek so that the story never really drags This is usually the part where I say So I will definitely be reading the next book in the series but I actually think I m going to leave Magic Study and Fire Study after acuiring advice from Tatiana s review Condannata a morte per omicidio Yelena ha un'unica possibilità diventare l'assaggiatore ufficiale del Comandante Ambrose Ma le torture subite sembrano averle rubato l'anima facendo di lei un simulacro vuot.

Maria V. Snyder ☆ 4 review

Nd strangely a small lilac haired old woman at the libraryEDIT Tatiana has informed me that it wasn t Snyder s idea but her publishers my apologies Snyder It s a dirty way to fight but I m late for lunch Initial Final Page ThoughtsI think I m broken why didn t I love this one High PointsThe premise Poisons The setting The baddies The magic Valek Close combat Acrobatics Fire festivals Valek without his shirt on Ari Janco Maren Tree climbing Chocolate Delicious food Kick ass ladies Secret Valek without his shirtin a pile of hay Low PointsThe narration I now Yelena is supposed to be educated but I found it difficult to believe she would casually throw words like mucilaginous into conversation I don t Munio Weinraub Gitai know The found the dialogue jarring and inconsistent One minute we d be all britches and monarchy and then the next we d be in funks Yelena we re not in AFP waters not at all But well meh see heroine Bad haircuts Come on there s only so much my imagination can handle Black shoulder length ringlets A shaved head except the fringe NOOOOO HeroineOh Yelena what am I going to do with you I m not sure what it was because on paper you are brilliant You have a past and you don t go on and on about it You can hold your own in a world run by men You show restraint by not immediately disrobing when Valek glides into the room You have a strong stomach You can do acrobatics You get your Katniss on while you re scrambling around in treesBut I just didn t connect I m sorry I wanted to be best friends and I thought we would be Maybe it s just meAnd even though Inow it didn t work out between us I want you to Matei Glass: The Other in Palestine know that I care about your well being Which is why I m suggesting you should go and get yourself checked out because to mynowledge girls should not buzz like a bumble bee Love InterestNow we re talking Valek Mmmmhmmm A cheeky haircut and you would be perfect Strong and silent and artistic oh and yeah an assassin 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 still in the love interest zone I would like to have had interactions between you and Yelena because there was definitely room for swooning Yeah you had some moments flutterbies aww but other than that I was ind of underwhelmedBaddiesI m pretty sure the baddies in this were sponsored by Hamlet And would definitely be placed in Slytherin if they attended Hogwarts They already have the uniformTheme TuneI always find it difficult to find songs for historical fiction because they never seem to fit with the subject matterEXCEPT THIS ONEPoison by The ProdigyWhatIf you disagree imagine it sung by an #artist such as agnes obel or laura marling #such as Agnes Obel or Laura Marling you agree rave on my dears rave on like it s 1995 AS I AM DOING RIGHT As I am doing right Sadness Scale510 There were some sections that were extremely harrowing and I loved how Snyder dealt with these with subtlety because it really left a lasting impression especially concerning Yelena s past Sorry for the vagueness spoilers n all Recommended ForPeople who love historicalfantasy fiction People who would uite happily munch chocolate all day even if there was a risk of dying an agonising death People who wish Laura Marling would cover every Prodigy song You can read this review and lots of other stuff on my blog here SO SO SO SO GOOD Yelena was amazing and had such great character development in the story The romance took the back seat in the book and instead focused a lot about the conflict at hand So good and ValekSWOONI just got the second book in the trilogy Magic Study and cannot wait to read it I ll be talking about Poison Study in my March Wrap Up video I loved this book I loved the heroine stubborn tenacious determined I loved the world that Snyder created I loved loved loved the main love interest Valek Dark stoic assassin Check Me swooning throughout the whole book because I have a thing for assassins Check Yeah I now I need to have my head examinedBut the relationship between Yelena and Valek was only part of this wonderful story The detail put into the poisons was facinating The entire world was facinating I literally picked this book up and did not put it down until that evening when I finished it I m going to get the next books Magic Study and Fire Study as soon as possible Bravo to Maria Snyder for this wonderful novel this is not the most original story out there but i still liked it i think thats why we as readers develop tastes and preferences so we can visit new stories with familiar themes and tropes and still be entertained by them the characters are likeable the world building is I finished this book on Friday and I took all weekend to decide what I wanted to say in my review Let me start by saying that Poison Study is written in a very e 122917 ON SALE for 199 by Rabid Reads45 starsI ve been wanting to reread this series for like two years No lie It s been 6 or 8 years since the last time I read it and I remembered really liking it but not much else But guess what NEW BOOK So yeah just prior to the release of Shadow Study seemed like an excellent time to get my reread on and guys O una farfalla di pietra simile al ciondolo donatole dal suo salvatore Emozioni e sentimenti sono banditi entro le severe mura dell'antico palazzo reale dove nessuno amico o nemico è ciò che appare Nemmen. Poison Study

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