Poison’s Kiss: Poison’s Kiss (Book 1)
by Breeana Shields
Marinda can kill with a single kiss.
She’s been immune since she was a baby.
Her training with the snakes made her a poison maiden forever.
She loyally serves the Raja – killing his enemies.
Until her next kiss is a boy she loves…”
I did not know about Poison’s Kiss until I saw it on a list of books released in 2017 on Goodreads and then I knew I had to read it. I read the blurb that was on Goodreads at the time, otherwise I knew nothing of what was in the story. I tried to get hold of Poison’s Kiss the day it came out, but had to wait for it to be imported.
Marinda is a visha kanya (she kills people with a kiss) and uses her skill to kill enemies of the Raja. She is told where to meet a mark and she has to kiss them, they die slowly over the next six hours and she gets the guilt of killing them without knowing if they are truly bad or not. Marinda works at a bookshop under Japa, where she also brings Mani her little brother, then one day a boy walks in and he talks and looks at her like no one else has. But Deven ends up being Marinda’s next mark.
I read Poison’s Kiss in about 4 hours, it was so worth it! I was hooked straight away and wanted to know more, I just carried on reading, so much happened so quickly and it pulled me through the turns effortlessly. I went through all the emotions, I laughed a few times, gasped at a few more and almost cried a couple as well.
My favourite parts have to be the bits of Marinda with Mani and the bits with Deven as well. I really enjoyed the day trip they went on and the times at the bookshop and cafe. There were so many fabulous parts, the scenery, characters and storyline were so well thought through and fitted together brilliantly. I love finding a new world and wondering what else there is apart from the little bits we get to see.
My favourite characters are Marinda, Mani, Japa and Deven. We get to see the story from Marinda’s point of view, so we know what she is feeling and what she is going through. I love Mani, as never having had a little brother (or sister) I can only imagine what you would do to keep them safe, and even though he is ill, he sees a silver lining in everything. Japa is really kind and seems like a good father figure for Marinda and Mani to have around. Deven is a charmer and so sweet, but there is a period where I did not like him (to be honest it was probably because Marinda also was not too fond of him at that time either).
Poison’s Kiss ends on a cliffhanger, this is because the Poison’s Kiss series continues in a second book (currently unnamed) next year.
While reading Poison’s Kiss, I described it as a story about a girl fighting against what she is and finding out the truth. I would recommend this book to anyone. 5 out of 5.