Published by Harlequin, Harlequin Teen on August 15th 2012
Genres: fantasy, romance, romantic suspense, young adult
Murder, mayhem and magic…Locked in a coffin-like darkness, there is nothing to distract me from my memories of killing Reyad. He deserved to die—but according to the law, so do I. Here in Ixia, the punishment for murder is death. And now I wait for the hangman's noose.But the same law that condemns me may also save me. Ixia's food taster—chosen to ensure that the Commander's food is not poisoned—has died. And by law, the next prisoner who is scheduled to be executed—me—must be offered the position.
Okay, so I realize this is not June anymore. I fell slightly behind on my reading schedule the last month or so and I’m still playing catch-up. Haha. Let’s just pretend for a moment that June got an extra few days, and I’m sharing my Epic Recs review right before July really kicks off for everyone. 😉
Poison Study! Finally, right?! I love, love, love Maria V. Snyder. I think my first experience with her work was the Touch of Power series–which I fell madly in OBSESSION with–over the last few years, and I’d been wanting to get around to picking up more of her work. I was absolutely thrilled when Lyn recommended this book to me. Funny enough, if I’m not mistaken, I think this may be one of the Snyder books Kara had sent to me a couple birthdays ago… I just hadn’t managed to find the time on my schedule to get around to it until now. Lol.
I’m certainly glad I have now though! I have been in such reading funks over the last month. I’m not reading anything bad, not at all really, I just haven’t had much desire to read. Even when the book is really good (like it still took me awhile to finish Lies We Tell Ourselves and that’s probably one of my favorites this year so far)… But Poison Study had me well and hooked within its grasp. I didn’t want to set it down when I didn’t absolutely need to once I started!
I know I’ve only read one series by Snyder so far, but it might be somewhat safe to say after this book as well that s
he is fantastic at creating and writing complex and unique concepts. Also the world-building. While it’s constructed to be realistic and detailed amazingly well, it’s not overly complicated and confusing either. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the material in these areas. This author could write a freaking instruction booklet and still leave you staring at the pages in awe.
The romance/romantic interest is obvious from the beginning, though the romance and romantic plot moves slowly. There’s no rush and there’s a lovely building tension with many other characters and interaction. When you’re supposed to like a character, you know. When you’re supposed to hate one, you know. There’s not really any hidden messages in that area, for me anyway.
I must get the second book. Soon.