*Mild Spoilers – I’ll try to keep it semi vague*
I’ll admit that I grow impatient if I don’t get hooked in the very beginning. Maybe thats my flaw as a reader. I read once that if you are developing a story, you should start your novel as close to the catalyst as you can. If that cannot be the case, then you need to convince your reader that the protagonist is worth the time and investment.
I thought Poison study had a great balance between the two. Though I couldn’t personally connect with Yelena at the start, she peaked my interest a great deal. There was mystery in her that guided her actions, and that drew me in to want to know more.
I also love how there wasn’t unnecessary set up at the beginning. The story begins almost immediately, with no time wasted. I found myself unable to put the book down. No drab moments here, folks! I found myself searching for Valek every time he disappeared.
That all being said, I was a bit disappointed in the way things played out in the end. The book built up so much momentum between Valek and Yelena, but when *certain* things are finally revealed, I felt that major moments were stolen from me. I wanted to see their every reaction as truths are brought to light. I also felt that their romance had a great build up, but became a bit of an insta-love at the end. I thought they would have had more walls to tear down, and I would have preferred to wait for a more realistic reveal.
Anyway, this was a lot of fun to read. The characters were strong and believable, albeit badass- which I’m OK with! I’m not sure if I’ll continue with the story, as per my mixed feelings at the end, but we’ll see!