Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields

Posted May 6, 2017 by Minx

Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields
Series: Poison's Kiss #1
Genres: Fantasy, young adult
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Pages: 304
ISBN: 1101937823
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Minx's Rating:

A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive—like a poison kiss—and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.

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.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.


I was really excited to read Poison’s Kiss. It sounded fascinating, I loved the cover, had some good reviews…sigh. I just could not get into this book. I started reading it a month or so ago but I set it aside and basically forgot about it. Actually, I would have completely forgotten about it had I not committed to reading it for a challenge. I honestly don’t read a lot of YA and that also might be a reason I was not over the moon about this book.

Marinda is a visha kanya. She had undergone a series of treatments over ten years to make her so poisonous that she literally could kill with a kiss. She is controlled by her handler named Gopal and he is a pretty unlikeable character. Marinda is also a part of a team of two and neither side is supposed to know what the other is doing. One sets up the victim and she is the one who goes in for the kill.

That is the only thing that makes her special in anyway. In fact, if not for that talent she would be forgettable. She is so anxious all the time that she almost made me feel anxious. She laments over the fact that she is used for killing but for over ten years she has not done anything to change her situation except for trying to run away once. It could be argued that she was too afraid for her brother’s safety and I get that. She could have taken up a fighting style and secretly became proficient in that she that she could have been able to overpower her handler Gopal. Just saying, she had options open to her.

There is a love interest in this story with a boy named Deven. His character seems nice but again there is nothing special going on. He is also not everything he seems and that is a bit interesting. I just wonder really what was the draw for Marinda? I would have preferred that if she was going to risk it all to keep him safe and immune to her poison that there would have been something convincing enough to make me believe he was worth it. Other than the fact that he was sweet to Mani, her little brother.

What I loved about this story and what kept me reading was the relationship with Mani and her love for him. Every choice she ever made was for his benefit and that love overrode everything else. Now that really was awesome! Mani and her fear for his safety was how Marinda was controlled and manipulated from beginning to end. I just adored how far she would go for her little brother. Even when she knew he may not even be her little brother.

Everything in this story about the snakes was pretty awesome. I did feel that the ending was a bit wah, wah, wah in regards to the snakes. If you like reading books that have a little insta-ish love, snake worship and a sweet sibling relationship then this is the book for you. For me though I will not be carrying on with this duology.

About Breeana Shields

Author Breeana Shields

Breeana Shields is the author of the recently released young adult fantasy, Poison’s Kiss(Random House, BFYR) and its forthcoming sequel, Poison’s Cage (Random House BFYR, Spring 2018).

She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves traveling, eating good food–especially if it’s pasta or chocolate–and spending time with her husband, her three children and an extremely spoiled miniature poodle.

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