It is very rare for me to find a book which I find genuinely in-your-face and scary and hard to handle, but I finally found such a book in Poison Study. One of this book’s strongest points is the main voice of Yelena – As she navigates her treacherous world, you are completely pulled into the story along with her. Most interestingly, you rarely see evidence of her being a good, moral person. Instead you are transported into the mind of this incredibly flawed, broken human being, and yet you can’t help but want her to pull through, and find things to care about and learn to be whole again. The brutality was sometimes difficult for me to read through, but it added to the story as much as the book’s other elements. A powerful, dark and absorbing book. Recommended for ages 16+. Contains strong violence and themes, sexual references and coarse language.
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