Poison Study is evil!

Ok fine. Poison Study isn't evil.

This is the story. I went to bed at 11 last night and decided I'd start this book by reading a few chapters. Three or four hours later (depending on if did daylights saving time last night or not) I finished the book. Darn Maria Snyder for writing a book that sucked me in. ;) My plan had been to go to bed early and not be bothered by the time change. This book messed up my plans! Part of the problem is when I read a book that I'm really enjoying I don't notice chapter breaks. Unless I'm getting really tired.

Right so about the actual book - Yelena is about to be executed for murder. She lives in Ixia where killing any person is a crime punishable by death, even if it is an accident or self defense. Not that it applies to her. No, she freely confessed to murdering Reyad. On the day of her execution is given a reprieve of sorts - she can be executed or she can become the Commander's food taster and die at any time. She chooses food taster.

As she settles into her new role her finds her life is threatened by more than poison. General Brazell, Reyad's father, wants her dead. In order to save her life a bit longer she ends up sharing the suite of Valek, the Commander's personal security chief and leader of the intelligence unit. He's also her trainer and in a sense, her jailer. As Yelena moves her way through this new world of life inside the castle she finds both friendship and betrayals that she does not expect.

I liked Yelena. She's fiesty. She's a survivor. She kicks ass (literally). She inspires loyalty. And put some drink in her and she gets brazen!

I have the sequel, Magic Study, sitting beside me and I think that's what I'm going to do today.

Edit: Dance Chica is right. It's not a YA book although I first thought it was. I see the library has labelled it as science fiction. I think it's most a member of the fantasy genre myself but what do I know? ;)

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