My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: January 10th, 2017
Publisher: Random House BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance, Siblings
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.
Marinda is deadly.
No, she can’t fight. No, she’s not that good of a manipulator. No, she’s not a renowned liar either.
Her ability? One kiss and you’re doomed. She works for the Raja (the King), getting rid of enemies by kissing them, one after the other.
Does she like it? She doesn’t. But she has to. If she doesn’t follow her orders, her little brother will die.
I’m happy this book was written. In YA literature, we can read about teens flying (Maximum Ride), teens killing with their touch (Shatter Me), teens killing demons (The Mortal Instruments) and now teens killing with a kiss!
In a world where romance reigns, I do feel like this ability was missing. And now we have it. I’m glad for it.
Surprisingly, I’m not being sarcastic at all. I enjoyed the mythology this book presented and I’m even somewhat disappointed by the fact that it’s only a duology.
The plot isn’t impressive. Everything is pretty simple and we have to wait towards the end to be shocked by revelations. However, the characters are easy to connect with, especially the heroine.
I’m going to say that, while Deven is not a bad love interest, there is absolutely nothing special about him, personality-wise. He’s a good boy. That’s all. You can’t hate him, but I doubt you’ll love him necessarily.
Marinda’s love for her little brother Mani warmed my heart. She is such a wonderful older sister, taking care of him and making sure he has everything he needs. They’re orphans, so they only have each other.
All in all, POISON’S KISS is a pleasant read that will engage you until the very last page.
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