Poison Study (Study, #1)

Write on: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 by  in Kat's Reviews Read 3948

Rating: 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

“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 planned 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.”


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. Unique. Marvelous.

Poisons, magic, deception, spies, secrets, assassins, conspiracies, military action, heinous acts and acts of 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 to kill 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 gentlemen!

You haven't read Poison Study yet? Santa will get you no present this year.

Last modified on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 12:52

There are two things Katerina can't live without; books and chocolate. And since she needs money to acquire them, she decided to become a lawyer (and she still wonders whether this was a good idea). When she's not reading, she keeps wishing she was reading, about wars, wizards, dark princes and great romances. Her favorite genres are Fantasy (both YA and Adult) and Contemporary Romance.