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Old 09-03-2021, 08:09 PM
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Welcome to The Book Seekers' Book of the Moment for September and October 2021!

If you don't know what Book of the Moment is, you can find more information about it here but, in a nutshell, it's a bi-monthly event, during which we all read the same book and then discuss it. The first month is focused on reading the book, the second is focused on discussing it. This thread is dedicated to the discussion of the book and there will be lots of SPOILERS!!!! You have been warned! If you want to talk about your reading progress in a spoiler-free environment, this thread is the place for that, and it is always open and active so you can read at your own pace. When you have finished the book and are ready to talk spoilers to your heart's content, you should post in this thread. You can post in this thread at any time during the two months, but the Official™ discussion won't take place until the start of the second month. This thread will be active until October 31st. Don't fret if you're reading the book after that date ― you can add to the discussion at any time!

Our current Book of the Moment is...

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder!

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AGE RATING: Sa16+
GENRE: Fantasy
SUMMARY: (from Goodreads)

Choose: A quick death… or slow poison...

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...

SPOILER!!: CONTENT WARNINGS!
Rape in the past, attempted rape, mentioning of sexual assault, captivity, torture, violence, kidnapping, thoughts of suicide, and the misgendering of a trans character.
Let's go over some ground rules and information...
  • All Book Club Rules and SnitchSeeker Board Rules apply in this thread.
  • You can discuss anything related to Poison Study in here. Spoilers ARE allowed and we encourage you to avoid using spoiler tabs where possible because it helps the discussion flow better.
  • This discussion will be active until October 31st. That being said, the thread will remain open for everyone to discuss the book after that time, too.
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Hello everyone! Hopefully you have had a chance to grab a copy of this book. I ended up LOVING this book when I read it and I am currently working my way through the series! Who plans on reading it here? Has anyone already read it??
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I am excited to read this! I have requested a copy from my library and libby, but still waiting. I might end up just buying it on kindle.

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Ended up buying it on kindle and started it. Loving it already.
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Ended up buying it on kindle and started it. Loving it already.
It really grabs your attention, doesn't it?! Snyder's style of writing is very good at keeping you hooked even when there isn't much action going on.

So to start off our discussion, let's talk about Valek, the man in charge of training Yelena to be a food taster - what are your first impressions of him?
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My first impression of him was definitely that there is more to the story about him. I think he is going to be one of those characters that tries to act tough, but in the end we will see he is deeper and a good person.

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I definitely felt the same. I got the impression at first that he was meant to be the villain character but sort of reluctantly. He didn't WANT to be a jerk and have to threaten Yelena every day, but he had to do it because his loyalty is to the Commander first and foremost!
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I'm not far into this because my life schedule has been crazy (Tennis season is almost over!) but first impression of the book? What is it for everyone? I love this type of book, so I'm not surprised how fast I jumped in. I still don't know how I feel about the main characters, what about everyone else? First impression on the book and characters?
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We are into October with our book, how is everyone doing with reading it? Are you done, if so what are your thoughts? Favorite part, not so favorite part? Let us hear what you think!
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I'll be honest, I was NOT expecting a Valek/Yelena romance right away. I really didn't like him until about halfway through the book and realized he wasn't this black and white character the book was making him out to be. It was kind of a slow build to the romance so I was pleased with that! I hate when books just make it super obvious off the bat.
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I honestly thought about it for a hot second right at first but thought, nah, it will probably end up being one of her trainers. I really liked Valek from the beginning, but waited the entire time for him to really screw up my liking of him with doing something horrible. I also thought maybe Rand could have a romance at some point with her, but was glad it went the way it did.
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