Title: Poison’s Kiss
Author: Breeana Shields
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
Synopsis: A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive like– a poison kiss– and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.
Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya a poison maiden is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.
Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.
This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Marinda was a character that was easy to root for. She has such a good heart. She hates to kill, but knows she must because if she disobeys, her brother will die. So she kills everyone she has been assigned to kiss. However, when she receives an order to kill Deven, she cannot go through with it. Deven is a young boy who has been hanging around the bookshop that she works at. He has shown such kindness to her younger brother, Mani, that she refuses to believe that he must die.
The first half of this story was a bit slow for me. I feel like the beginning of this book was preparing to set up the second half of the book and its sequel. We read many flashbacks about Marinda when she was younger and how she came to be a visha kanya. We learn about her friendship with her best friend growing up, about how she discovered that she had a younger brother, and her tortured relationship with her handler, Gopal.
Once I reached the half way point of this book, I could not put it down. The story starts to drastically speed up with one plot twist after another. Many secrets were revealed that had me gasping out loud. I was scrambling for the ending to find out what was going to happened. Luckily, this book doesn’t end on a horrible cliffhanger, but it still leaves you with a great deal of questions. The synopsis on the back of the book isn’t lying when it states, “a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats…and clamoring for the sequel, coming next year!”
4 out of 5 stars
Meet The Author
Breeana Shields graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English.
Her debut young adult fantasy, Poison’s Kiss, will be released from Random House in 2017 with a sequel to follow in 2018.
When she’s not writing about herself in the third person, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, her three children and an extremely spoiled miniature poodle.
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