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Review: Poison’s Cage

Title: Poison’s Cage

Author: Breeana Shields

Date of Publication: January 16th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

An assassin becomes a spy in this heart-pounding sequel to Poison’s Kiss. Readers who love the assassin angle in Throne of Glass, the lethal touch in Shatter Me, or the high stakes of The Wrath and the Dawn will want to follow this story to the end.

A single kiss could kill. A single secret could save the kingdom.

Iyla and Marinda have killed many men together: Iyla as the seductress, Marinda as the final, poisonous kiss. Now they understand who the real enemy is—the Snake King—and together they can take him down. Both girls have felt as though they were living a lie in the past, so moving into the King’s palace and pretending to serve him isn’t as difficult as it sounds. But when you’re a spy, even secrets between friends are dangerous. And each girl has something—or someone—to lose. Does every secret, every lie, bring them closer to the truth or . . . to a trap?

In Poison’s Kiss, Marinda pulled a dangerous thread. In this sequel, it unravels to a heart-pounding conclusion.

My Review:

These books aren’t my absolute favorite, but they are very entertaining. The second was just as good as the first. There were things that annoyed me as there were with book one. Butttttt there were plenty of snakes! And cute baby snakes!!!!!

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So, this one was written in dual POV between Marinda and Iyla. I feel like this one would have worked better if Iyla had been written in third person, because their voices sounded so similar. Sometimes I forgot whose POV I was reading!!

Just like the first book, the romance with Marinda and Deven was pretty bland. However, I really liked Iyla and Fazel in this one. One thing that I found annoying was when Marinda had to haul butt and get things done, she was thinking about reaching out and touching Deven’s unshaven jaw! Come-the-freak-on!!!

Okay, with that out of the way, I thought the book was very well written. I loved the whole snake concept, and we get some interesting surprises—like where Fazel is from. There were a few twists… I guessed most of them, but there was one I did not guess! Overall, this was a fun duology and ended really well!

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Review: Poison’s Kiss

Title: Poison’s Kiss

Author: Breeana Shields

Date of Publication: January 10th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

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My Review:

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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