I loved these books. Everyone who reads them loves these books. But more important Maria Snyder (author) is the sweetest person. I wrote to her about Poison to tell her how great it was and she wrote back, 3 times! Then she had a contest to win the prerelease copies of Poison. We had to tell 5 people about the book and they had to email her. She wrote back to me and all 5 of my people with personalized messages and sent me the book. She is just a very thoughtful author when it comes to her readers. Email her. She will write back!
I really enjoyed this book, as much as Snyder's first, Poison Study. The characters added for this story are very well developed and you understand roles quickly. I encourage everyone to give this a listen -- Gabra Zachman is one of the better narrators I've listened to and I've listened to tons of books. I actually looked forward to my drive to/from work just so I could listen to more.
I'll go back and re-listen to these right before the next book comes out.
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
Did not like this book as much as the first in the series Poison Study. This book was filled with fighting scenes which our hero always finds her way out of. She would then meet up with her boyfriend who constatly calls her "love" to the point of irritation; someone tries to kill our hero again, but she escapes at the last possible moment. Repeat sequence until the end of book. Yawn. She should have remained in the castle as a food taster, her life was much more interesting to listen to.
This book was wonderful. I listened to the entire book in one day..... I could not stop listening. Boy do I wish I had a guy like Valak by my side. Loved it!
There is a theme amongst the other reviewers and I must agree with several of them in that this book was not as good as the first one.
This book seemed to drag on with too much detail on mundane things and a lot of the elements that made Poison Study such an enjoyable read was not present in this book. In the last book, because Yelena was a prisoner in Poison Study, it made sense that she resorted to sly actions and relied on instincts to get her through various circumstances. However, in this book all of her old tactics came across as stupidity and immaturity as opposed to resourcefulness and bravery. She tackled a lot of things blindly and it was sheer luck and convenience that her friends were able to get her out of many a tight-squeeze.
There are more characters introduced in the series and there are also some interesting revelations. These things are what keeps me wanting to finish the series, however I'm not as anxious to get to the end of the trilogy as I was before.
Narrator: Gabra Zackman
There was some inconsistency with the accents that Zackman did for each character which, at times, made it hard to know who was talking. Overall her performance was alright in that it wasn't a huge distraction from the tale itself.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
A good story, Poison Study was better. This book didn't have quite the same feel to it as Poison Study. It almost felt like a different series. Although I liked it I don't know if I will finish the series. Yelena started to drive me nuts, because she thought she knew better no matter the problems. The story left off with no real cliff hangers. Unless it is on sale I think this book will be it for me. Gabra Zackman was awesome as usual.
A mom, a wife, a friend, a happy ending addict, an audiobook junkie, a wine lover and geek wanna -be. I'm constantly looking to be blown awa
4.1/2 stars, great follow-up to this fantastic series, new intrigues,new twist and turns, new bad and good characters, and the romance! aww! even though is not as steamy as I normally like, still very believable, heart-felt and hot and a whole new way.
I truly enjoyed it.
The narration is just superb! Gebra Zackman does a terrific job bringing this books to life with the perfect tone, pace and very accurate interpretation of the characters.
The first book got me hooked! Although I am disappointed with the sub-par narration, I like the twists and turns of the plot.
In this book, the narrator tends to begin her sentences loud and forceful, and by the end of the sentence she is speaking softly and sweetly. If you are paying attention to that, it will drive you insane! But when it is a conversation between multiple characters, you don't notice this pattern.
I give the book 4 stars, and the narration 2 stars - for an average of 3!
I listened to all three books straight through and couldn't stop. There is something so pure and honest about the writing -- the characters come alive in a way I've not found in other books of this genre. I hope the author considers adding a fourth novel. Her series rates among my top ten best of all time -- my top 5 in audio books for sure. Loved it!