Read-along: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder Week #1 Thoughts


What the Cat Read is thrilled to be participating in the Read-along event for Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study, book #1 in the Study series, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

If this feline is to be completely honest, this is a series that has been on the TBR pile since shortly after it came out. The fact that it has taken this long for me to read makes for a bad feline book lover. There is really no excuse for why I never read it sooner, but I’m glad that I’m reading it now. And while I’m excited to be able to read this as part of a read-along, it’s rather sad that I needed something like this as the motivation to finally pick up the book, especially after having heard so many wonderful things about it over the years.

So before I delve into my thoughts on the first week’s worth of reading, which I’m just now sitting down to share before venturing into this week’s reading, let me share a bit of what the book is about with readers who may not be familiar with the story.



Date Released: October 1, 2005

Publisher: Luna (Harlequin)

Series: Study #1

Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . .

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Read-along Week #1 Thoughts on Chapters 1-8

First initial thought: Why am I stopping after only reading the first 8 chapters? Seriously, why?

This book is good and I honestly didn’t want to stop reading. Snyder does a great job pulling you into events within the story right off the bat and hooking you into Yelena’s plight. When I was done with the assigned reading for the week, I really wanted to keep going. I even read Chapter 9 and started Chapter 10 but told myself to stop in order to build the anticipation for the next week’s worth of reading. It is really hard sometimes to start reading something and put it down when you’ve reached the part that you were supposed to read for the assigned dates.

Story thoughts: Great characters, wonderful start, but I do have questions.

I really don’t like Margg and I suspect that she’s a traitor working against the Commander. I’m 50/50 concerning my thoughts on Valek. On the one paw, I can see many aspects of him that I could like. But on the other paw, he’s currently pinging on my insensitive jerk radar, and while I know that he has to be the way he is because of his position to the Commander, it still irks me and I have to wonder just how he’s most readers’ favorite when he’s not really done much to endear him to me. Yelena is cool though, what little I’ve learned about her so far. I’m waiting for more of her history to come to light, but I get the sense that I’m going to need to wait until book #2 for some of those details. The jury is still out on the rest of the characters I’ve been introduced to at this point. Will need to read a bit more before I start to really figure out whom I can trust and whom I shouldn’t put much favor toward.

So far after only reading eight chapters though, we are off to a good start and I’m really looking forward to reading more. I do have a lot of questions though about things in the book, in particular regarding the history of the Ixia. Snyder’s given some backstory to events that have lead up to the current societal structure of Ixia, but I’m hoping she’ll go into more detail. If not in this book then in the rest of the series. I enjoy discovering the worlds that authors create in the books that I read, and the more details I can get regarding a city, country, world, the better.

The only question that I’m asking myself right now is, why in Bastet’s name did it take me so long to read this book? Sigh.



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