Hey everyone! As some of you might already know, I finished reading "Poison Study" by Maria V. Snyder" a few weeks ago. As it was such a quick read, I finished the sequel in the same week, but never got around to reviewing the book. So, here goes:
Yelena is a criminal- she accepts the fact. After murdering her guardian (self-defense) she has been awaiting her execution in the dungeons of the Commander's Office. About to be hung, she is sent to the Chief of Security, who offers her a reprieve. She can die quickly, or she can risk a slow and painful death, while living in luxury.
Yelena chooses to become the Commander's food taster- and to face death at every meal. The Chief of Security however, is not letting her slip away so easily. He poisons her on the first day of the job. Unless she returns every day for her antidote, she will face an excruciating day before death. Soon however, she discovers that she possesses some sort of powers- that are forbidden in the Territory of Ixia.
Snyder writes with relative simplicity, allowing the reader to devour her material quickly. Awaiting surprises at every corner and holding our breath for Yelena's possible death. There is nothing more to say about this book that won't spoil it all for you!
Simply put, Snyder's work is enthralling to the extent that you'd like to devour it in one-sitting, or you'd like to continue the series without a gap. It is refreshing in its tale of Utopia v Dystopia and is interestingly unique!
Why should you read this book, you ask? I'd encourage you to pick up this book if you're fans of fantasy and young adult, if you're looking for a quick,light read and if you're in the mood to try something different!