Title: Poison’s Kiss
Author: Breeana Shields
Date of Publication: January 10th, 2017
Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya a poison maiden is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.
Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.
This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
When I saw that this was about a visha kanya, I had to pick this up! Marinda has been killing men for almost her whole life with a single, venomous kiss. These men are sent to her that are a danger to the kingdom.
I really liked Marinda as the MC. Sometimes she was a little naive, but I liked her! The best bond that I have read in a while is the bond between her and her brother Mani. She would do anything to protect him. He has an on going illness that the person in charge of her, Gopel, holds over her head with a medicine that helps him. He supplies it to Mani only if Marinda follows orders.
She meets a boy named Deven at the bookstore where she works. I did like him, but I felt he was also pretty meh. I didn’t feel the spark in the bond with him and Marinda, and it did come across as instaish.
Now, there were a few awesome scenes with snakes! Yes! Snakesssssssssss! Iyla was another person the whole time that I had no idea what side she was on or what her deal was, but I did start to understand her better.
Overall this book was a great start to the series and had pretty much something for everyone.
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