REVIEW: Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields


Title:  Poison’s Kiss
Author:  Breeana Shields
Publication Date:  January 10, 2017
Pages:  288
Rating:  5/5

It won’t happen right away. The poison will take some time to absorb into his skin where my lips brushed against his, to find its way into his blood-stream. To destroy him.

In one hour, his skin will heat. I can picture him taking off his black jacket, tugging at his yellow shirt, fanning himself with a newspaper. In two hours his nose will begin to run and his stomach will roil. In three hours his chest will tighten, his pupils will constrict, he will feel like he is being squeezed in the jaws of a giant snake. He won’t be entirely wrong. In four hours he will have lost control of most of his bodily functions. H will drool. He will soil himself. He will lose his dignity. In five hours he will stop breathing.

I hope whatever he did to deserve this fate was truly horrible. Because in six hours my guilt will be almost too much to bear.

I’ll be honest. This was a complete cover buy for me. And I don’t even like snakes. But there was something about the colors and the intricate details that made me push the pre order button.  I was so excited when it came in the mail, but alas, like so many others it got shoved to the bottom of the giant to be read pile.

The second book in this duet comes out in early January of 2018,  so I decided to go ahead and read this one before the sequel publication date was breathing down my neck. I read 85% of it yesterday and absolutely loved it. It seems to be a love it or hate it read according to Goodreads reviews, and I was definitely on the love it end of the spectrum.

Poison’s Kiss tells the story of Marinda, who is a visha kanya, a poison maiden, who serves the raja. With a single kiss, she can kill any one who opposes the raja. Despite her guilt, she believes she is working for the greater good. She also takes care of her younger brother Mani, whose illness is used against Marinda to control her actions and to keep her in check with her handlers.

I loved absolutely everything about this book. There was action, adventure, and romance. There was also Indian folklore, along with different myths and legends sprinkled throughout to create the world of Poison’s Kiss. I loved learning about how this world worked, and the way it was designed and set up. It was the perfect world to create the tension needed to tell Marinda’s story.

This is a beautiful read with an addictive pace, that kept me turning the pages to discover its secrets.


The sequel, Poison’s Cage, releases January 16, 2018.

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