Monday, July 13, 2009

Mondays with Meghan

Puck: "Mondays with Meghan?" Sounds totally cheesy.

Meghan: Go away, Puck. The Writer said I could do it. Unlike you, sneaking your posts in when she's not looking.

Puck: Keeps my skills up. So what are you going to talk about? Hair and lipstick? Ohmygod, like, this Serene Autumn Mist is to die fo--OW! *rubs head, glares at Ash.*

Meghan: Thank you, Ash.

Ash: Anytime.

Meghan: I was actually thinking of starting a book blog, to review the books I like. Or don't like. They don't have to be ARCs or new books, they can just be books on my shelf or the ones I get at the library. And I can finally talk about them without someone making snoring sounds every two seconds.

Puck: Zzzzzzzzzz ... oh, sorry. Were you talking about books again?

Meghan: *goes back to typing while Ash grabs Puck and throws him out of the room*

Ash: *coming back* So what book are you reviewing today?

Meghan: I thought I'd start with POISON STUDY, by Maria V. Snyder. It has a dark, stoic assassin type character that reminded me of someone I know.

Ash: Hn.


About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered a 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 dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and she develops magical powers she can't control. Her life’s at stake again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear!

Meghan: This was a great book. I loved the world Maria Snyder created. The descriptions of the poisons were fascinating, and Yelena's daily fight for survival made for one of the most intriguing books I've ever read.

But mostly, I loved Valek, the dark, mysterious assassin, and Yelena's employer.

Ash: Hey.

Meghan: Only because he reminded me of you, Ash.

Ash: ....

Meghan: Sigh. Jealous faeries aside, Valek was easily the most interesting character of the book, besides Yelena herself. Their relationship, as it grew and changed, was my favorite part of the story, though the constant danger at every turn kept my interest until the very last page. Maria V. Snyder has created an epic story with characters to root for and fall in love with. Highly recommneded.

Ash: So, what about Valek reminded you of me?

Meghan: *facepalm*

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