Kicking off my mini-Instagram challenge today, #FallingForBooks, with POISON'S KISS by Breeana Shields.
About POISON'S KISS: 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. (January 10, 2017)
My Goodreads review:
They say good writing is easy reading--this one will go down like a cup of tea, sweet and strong, and a plot that just keeps darkening as it steeps. I soaked up the rich, lush, beautiful writing. Marinda is a complex heroine drawn with an exceedingly skilled hand. I loved the different shades of relationships in this book--especially the complicated, uneasy friendship at its core. Shields is able to wield short, simple sentences that are stunningly poignant and as pointed as daggers (or, I guess, as is more appropriate, fangs). The plot twists and turns, growing more and more tense as it coils, but the action didn't sacrifice my emotional ties to the characters.
I thought this book was very enjoyable and also very well done--I'll be waiting for the sequel with great anticipation.
P.S. You can follow along on Instagram for more #FallingForBooks fun at @ebmwrites!