book reviews, young adult

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder


Title: Poison Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Source: Bought
Edition:  Paperback
Publication: August 29th 2006 by Luna Books
Pages:  427 pages
Category: Young Adult, Romance, Magic, Fantasy

SYNOPSIS: 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…


LIKENESS SCALE:❤❤❤❤❤ ( 5 hearts and more)

Warning: Possible Spoilers

Thoughts.. Thoughts..Thoughts..

A wonderful read which got me anticipating everything. I rarely give a high rating for the first books in a series. This is because I usually anticipate the second book to be more of less wonderful than the first. As for this, I really loved the story. Its pacing, characters and world was well thought. I think that making Yelena a poison taster was genius.  She could serve as a maid or whatever but she was given a job as a poison taster. There aren’t lot of books with poison tasters as the heroine. It gave it a unique twist to the story. Also, I would not know if she would die in the end or what. As for Valek, his tendre came as a surprise for me. I was not expecting anything romantic from him. I was more inclined to think that he would be a mentor and good friend.The magic system in this book is not the centre of attention since Ixia is a non magical place and magic is banned. I really love this story. Every chapter made me want to read more. I’m just happy that there is a second and third book which would satisfy my cravings.

Why I like this story:

  • written well
  • character development was on spot
  • unique characters
  • Witty banter between Yelena and Valek

What I did not like in the story:

  • Can’t trust anyone in this story

I gave this story a 5 hearts and more rating because it was a wonderful reading experience. Even if some of the characters were to fishy for me, this added suspense to the story. Yelena’s occupation is very different. I liked reading how she learned about the different poisons. As for her love life, I have no complaints. She deserves someone to come home to even if its an assassin. I love how the story was written. The first chapters were climatic because she could have died with the strongest poison, butterfly’s dust. This did not happen and she became the official poison taster. Also, she was able to have friends and train with weapons so that she may survive since a corrupt official wants to kill her. So with that, I really love this book it had all the elements in a book which I like. It had magic, romance and a spunky heroine who would do anything to survive.

BUY, BORROW, NEVER MIND: Buy, it is a good fantasy story with romance at the side


Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion on the story. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I purchased my own copy of Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. The book photo and synopsis here is from


4 thoughts on “Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder”

  1. I really liked this book. For me watching Yelena learn about poisons was one of the most interesting parts as well.
    I was kind of bothered by the age gap between Yelena and Valek. But I am also a fan of Maas’ books where those gaps are MUCH bigger so I don’t know why it was bothering me so much in this case 🙈

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    1. hahaha.. I love Maas’ books too.. as for the age gap here I never minded it.. I just did not see them as a couple..more like a mentor and close friend..

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