Review: Poison Study by Maria V. Snider

Publication: 3-1-07 
Series: Study Series
Rating: 4 poison laced Cherries


Choose: A quick deathOr slow poison...

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palaceand 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 Dustand 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...

Every once in a while I take a delightful journey into the young adult realm with books like this. Poison Study was a book I stumbled across in a listopia list on goodreads and I am happy I did. This is a paranormal fantasy/adventure set in the fictional feudal world or Ixia. We first meet the heroine Yelena in the palace dungeon awaiting execution for murder.  A twist of fate ends up saving Yelena from the noose by putting her in even more danger as the military commanders food taster. This coming of age story takes us on a magic and mystery filled adventure fraught with dangers unknown.  Along the way Yelena makes friends she never thought she would get the chance to have. Is betrayed by others she thought were true and maybe even finds love in the most unlikely of places.  I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it for girls over the age of 12ish.  While I have read multiple complaints from reviewers that this could be better if it where a steamier new adult book, I didn't mind it being fairly clean.  There is one sexual situation that is handled in a very tasteful manner as well as sexual innuendos that may make some parents uncomfortable.  I always suggest parents read books in advance of their children. This is a great way to filter out books that you may not feel are appropriate and be prepared for any issues that might arise from questionable content.  I hope like me you take a chance on this young adult read and get carried away by Yelena's journey. 


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