Hey everyone! Today I will be review Poison's Kiss by Breeana Sheilds.
Hardcover page count: 304
Release date: January 10, 2017
My rate: 2 out of 5 stars
Poison's Kiss is the tale of a teenage assassin named Marinda who serves the Raja by killing his enemies with her kiss. She is a visha kanya, a poison maiden, and kills people with her posion kiss. While she is usually ordered strangers, she is one day told to kill a boy who she loves. She begins to wonder if what she’s doing is right, and if he really deserves to die.
I did not like book for basically one reason- the whole thing utilizes so many YA book tropes, that you practically drown in them. Sickly younger sibling who is the only reason why she is still doing it? Check. Boy who meets her once, is weirdly super nice to her, and she falls in love with instantly? Check. Check. Calling herself a monster and having weird moments of self loathing/saying weirdly dark comments about the world? Check. Mysterious gods who turn out to be(spoiler alert) REAL? Check. And the list goes on. There's even a part of the novel where she says "Oh I'll just make him immune to my kiss." and another character says "You know there's other ways to kill people besides kissing, right?"
The whole thing is so packed with terrible stereotypes that I'm afraid to accidentally give something away just by writing this review.
The reason why I am giving it 2 stars instead of one is because while the novel is packed with stereotypes, the basic premise of the book does sound a little interesting. In the author's note in the back of the book, the author talks about how she was listening to a lecture on espionage, she heard about a character in Indian folklore who was fed poison her whole life and was eventually made immune, and deadly to others. This basic idea seems pretty interesting, and I bet if the author tried harder to remove the book tropes (and the mystical gods) I bet the novel would have been way better. I hope you guys enjoyed this review! While I might not have like this book, I bet someone out there might have. Let me know in the comments below what book you would like me to review next! Poison's Kiss comes out on January 10, 2017. So check it out in stores then!
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