The story reminds me of the styles of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series or Tanya Huff's Quarters series... simple but character driven.
I think the beginning in Valek's office where Yelena is unsure of her fate after having expected to be executed and the whole interaction with Valek and her set the feel of where the story was going to go from there.
I really liked what she brought to the character of Valek but I really love Ari and Janco.
The book was enjoyable from start to finish. There was never a point where I found my self crying but there were plenty of moments.
This is one of the handful of audiobooks that I have listened to several times over again because it is that enjoyable.
This was a totally different kind of book for me. I wasn't for sure if I would like it but the reviews were good so I went for it. My husband & I both liked it. We like the characters, the plots and the writing style of the author. The book moves with ease and keeps you wanting more. Definately worth the credit. I am going on for the 2nd & 3rd book in this series.
After serving a year-long imprisonment for murdering one of her charges, Yelena is finally meeting her executioner. She is brought before the chief of security and, to her amazement, is asked to serve as the Commissioner's new food taster instead of her original death sentence. Deciding it to be the lesser of two evils she begins her "Poison Study." This is where she discovers a dangerous plot, her family lineage, new found friends, and quite unexpectedly, love.
This book was more than I expected. I really enjoyed the characters both supporting cast and major characters. Yelena is a strong female in a sense that she survives the insurmountable obstacles put forth by means of talent, skills, born powers, and logic. However, what makes her character more realistic is that she doesn't overcome all her adversaries without help. She is not the badass, I-can-do-it-all type of character, but one that knows her flaws and tries desperately to change them. I was also intrigued with the world the author created. Although not as detailed as other fantasy novels (not much is said about the other generals or districts in the story) it had just enough to peak my interest, keeping me satisfied and wanting to read the next installment.
Narrator: Gabra Zackman
As a personal rule I start books off at 1.5X normal speed and adjust from there. Zackman was perfect at 1.5X speed. Her narration was easy to listen to and easy to follow which characters was speaking. She accented a few of the characters and because this is a fictional world, I didn't mind some of the accents she chose.
Gabra Zackman did a wonderful job, her voice clear and emotional. She really had me continue the audiobook instead of just reading the Kindle version. Story was worthy of the interest to continue the series. In a way, I found the story an easy read, Characters were focused on and not too numerous, action abounded, and Yelena really was developed. Story had darkness but it wasn't the main focus, more of a sidenote of why people were how they were,
Definitely!! Fantastic Series, I did recommend it and have people reading it now.
I loved the story and all of it was memorable but I truly liked how she got out of prison.
YES!!!! I was listening to it as I drove to work, went grocery shopping, anytime I could get to actually.
Fantastic Author and Narrator Thank you so much for a great Listen!!!
I was intrigued by the story line.
The narration sounded more like someone reading a book rather than telling a story. It was a chore to finish it.
The writing style of the book was so passive, it was really hard to get into the character. It felt really amateur or lazy in the way that the majority of the time, instead of letting us read exactly what was going on, the author just skims through it in shallow description. For instance, when one of the characters is harassing her, the writer just says "[Character] kept bothering me on a few of my runs" instead of putting us in the moment and letting us know how exactly she is being harassed and threatened. Never for a moment am I honestly afraid for her life (and neither is she, it seems). The twist about the poison was completely predictable by about halfway through the book. The timeline, was weird, too. It felt pieced together, like we were just flickering in and out of the character's life instead of hearing the whole story. Plus, the "sex" was ridiculously purple, the only description being how their souls meshed.
The narrator wasn't completely horrible as there was proper inflection and everything, but her accents were terrible. Valek seemed to be the only British one and his accent was about as realistic as if I had tried. The only other accent seemed to be some sort of Eastern European accent (why?). This accent was the most inconsistent with Reyand and the witch sometimes getting and sometimes not. Also, since I assumed it was a Sitian accent, wouldn't all Sitian characters have it? Apparently not. Also, I know the character was only supposed to be 19, but the narrator made her feel really young sometimes.
I was a little disappointed becuase it really had promise, but it just fell short.
The audio version of Poison Study I think brings the book to life. Gabra Zackman does a great job.
I would recommend this book if you were going on a road trip and needed something to while away the time. The storyline was entertaining and at times a bit unpredictable which is a good thing. Some of it was very predictable.
It's not the best book I've ever heard, but it's FAR from the worst and I've read/listened to a large number of books.
Actually, the ending was a bit of a surprise. I'm still not sure if I liked or disliked the end, but surprise is always good. I do think she was setting it up for a possible sequel.
Not intentionally, no.
Nothing except give Harlequin a second glance.
I was struck from the very first with the rather see-through plotting and cliched writing of this book....but I got caught up in the plot and couldn't stop listening till I finished! The story is addictive, but I still can't get over the cringe-worthy writing, predictability of the story, and the rather half-hearted world-building. YA fantasy can be wonderful, complex, and thought-provoking--this book is an example of the kind of YA that makes people look down on the genre. While there are serious issues (trigger warning) that I think the author handles pretty well, I would take them more seriously if presented within a well-written, well-developed novel. The narrator did a good job.