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The Kinder Poison de Natalie Mae
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The Kinder Poison (edició 2020)

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"A DELICIOUS HIGH-STAKES ADVENTURE." --PEOPLE MAGAZINE Perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Holly Black, The Kinder Poison is an enthralling fantasy adventure that follows a teenage girl chosen to be the human sacrifice in a deadly game between three heirs who will do anything for the crown. Zahru has long dreamed of leaving the kingdom of Orkena and having the kinds of adventures she's only ever heard about in stories. But as a lowly Whisperer, her power to commune with animals means that her place is serving in the royal stables until the day her magic runs dry. All that changes when the ailing ruler invokes the Crossing. A death-defying race across the desert, in which the first of his heirs to finish--and take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey's end--will ascend to the throne. With all of the kingdom abuzz, Zahru leaps at the chance to change her fate if just for a night by sneaking into the palace for a taste of the revelry. But the minor indiscretion turns into a deadly mistake when she gets caught up in a feud between the heirs and is forced to become the Crossing's human sacrifice. Now Zahru's only hope for survival hinges on the impossible: somehow figuring out how to overcome the most dangerous people in the world.… (més)
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Títol:The Kinder Poison
Autors:Natalie Mae (Autor)
Informació:Razorbill (2020), 416 pages
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Es mostren 1-5 de 12 (següent | mostra-les totes)
*Thank you so much to FFBC Tours and Penguin Teen for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!*

Stars: 4.5/5
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 4.5/5
Writing: 4.5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Favorite Character(s)?:
Several, but Kasta, Zarhu(surprise!), and Maia top the list!

“All good stories start with bad decisions.”

It's no secret I love being able to fall in-love with debut stories, more so when it happens to defy the odds and becomes one of my 'Top Reads" of both that year, but also one of my absolute favorites, and this one has all the right stuff to top both lists! I actually read a little earlier this year as part of the tour, but then school happened, and as anyone who follows me on Instagram or my blog may know...college kind of wrecked any reading plans, lol. For that reason above many others, I am so glad I was able to get back to this one only a few months after it released! Now...I just have to wait all the longer for The Cruelest Mercy, oops! XD

From the start, it was clear that The Kinder Poison is one of those books that I'd be hooked from early one, and I welcomed the ride. What I hadn't expected was that the story would entrance my so thoroughly! From complex characters, who have a delicious mixture of complex characterizations, troubled pasts, and morally grey personalities, making nearly every character Zarhu spends any real time with both interesting and likeable, with only a few exceptions!

I also loved the magic system and mythology in this one, paired with the plot and leading well into the Challenge and Zarhu's lot in all of it! I'm so excited to see how this turned out for everyone in the sequel, as the plot is largely tied with the magic and mythology, both of which are at the very basis of the kingdom, and play a large part in how characters are perceived or treated by those in power, which makes Zarhu's perspective and feats all the more thrilling to read about!

The writing style in The Kinder Poison is so much fun, making it easy to jump in, and I loved that I got to read it so early, as I was able to avoid spoilers and really enjoy the ride! The pace is quick and Zarhu is always up to some mischief, even when she doesn't realize it! I loved the slightly sarcastic tone, both of Zarhu herself, and of how the story was told and written as a whole. It added another exciting layer to the story, and really matched the tone of the overall story and plot that was being played out as well.

As for the characters, I was surprised, but pleasantly so by how much I enjoyed Zarhu's character! I'm picky about female main characters, especially in first POV, but I loved her! I loved her adventurous and independent nature, and getting to see her with Hen at the start was a lot of fun! I'm really hoping we get to see more of Hen in the sequel as I need to know her reaction to some things! XD Not only did I love their friendship, but I really loved all the relationships Zarhu formed in the book.

It has to be a sign. That I’m meant to do this, and everything will work out, and maybe it will be even more amazing than I first imagined.

I especially loved it when she realized that she can actually be a friend to some of the characters he meets along the way, despite her circumstances, at that point the book became more that just a 'fun read' and I found I loved seeing her with all three teams, instead of just liking one and tolerating the others, I was really interested what happened with each team and how Zarhu played a role in that part of their stories!

This is something that is rare, even in the ToG series there were places that I wasn't a fan of the perspective or 'group' we were reading about for those chapters, not so here! I'm thrilled that I got to really enjoy the book as a whole without me feeling like parts started lagging or becoming bored at any point. In fact, the opposite, with each new chapter or event I found I needed to know more and more what would happen, and how each of the characters would react at the end! Definitely excited for more of their story in The Cruelest Mercy!

I’m reminded that sometimes what we want isn’t as important as what we need to do.

As for the characters, I mentioned morally grey? This book is full of them, and more impressive, we were given some pretty solid backstories and histories that further strengthen their personalities and ideologies. We also get some different perspectives on a few of the events that are mentioned in their pasts, and I loved that most of all! Getting to see how something now only affected the one characters, but those that were also involved or witnesses at the time, and how that affected their current relationships in the story was so cool!

It does have a love triangle, and while I know which team I'm cheering for, I did like both characters, and didn't really mind the love-triangle too much in this one, but still might not be for everyone? There is a bit of kissing, but this was pretty mild and didn't play a large part in The Kinder Poison for the most part.

"No matter what you're born to, you can be more."

- Conclusion -

Pros- Interesting plot and setting, exciting action filled, amazing morally grey characters!
Cons- Love-triangle?, the magic system and worldbuilding could have been less vague
Overall- 4.5/5 stars.
The Kinder Poison was such a fun read, and I can't wait to read the sequel!

Follow Me Here:
Blog * Bookstagram * Twitter ( )
  Bookslesstravelled | Apr 15, 2022 |
*Thank you so much to FFBC Tours and Penguin Teen for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!*

Stars: 4.5/5
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 4.5/5
Writing: 4.5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Favorite Character(s)?:
Several, but Kasta, Zarhu(surprise!), and Maia top the list!

“All good stories start with bad decisions.”

It's no secret I love being able to fall in-love with debut stories, more so when it happens to defy the odds and becomes one of my 'Top Reads" of both that year, but also one of my absolute favorites, and this one has all the right stuff to top both lists! I actually read a little earlier this year as part of the tour, but then school happened, and as anyone who follows me on Instagram or my blog may know...college kind of wrecked any reading plans, lol. For that reason above many others, I am so glad I was able to get back to this one only a few months after it released! Now...I just have to wait all the longer for The Cruelest Mercy, oops! XD

From the start, it was clear that The Kinder Poison is one of those books that I'd be hooked from early one, and I welcomed the ride. What I hadn't expected was that the story would entrance my so thoroughly! From complex characters, who have a delicious mixture of complex characterizations, troubled pasts, and morally grey personalities, making nearly every character Zarhu spends any real time with both interesting and likeable, with only a few exceptions!

I also loved the magic system and mythology in this one, paired with the plot and leading well into the Challenge and Zarhu's lot in all of it! I'm so excited to see how this turned out for everyone in the sequel, as the plot is largely tied with the magic and mythology, both of which are at the very basis of the kingdom, and play a large part in how characters are perceived or treated by those in power, which makes Zarhu's perspective and feats all the more thrilling to read about!

The writing style in The Kinder Poison is so much fun, making it easy to jump in, and I loved that I got to read it so early, as I was able to avoid spoilers and really enjoy the ride! The pace is quick and Zarhu is always up to some mischief, even when she doesn't realize it! I loved the slightly sarcastic tone, both of Zarhu herself, and of how the story was told and written as a whole. It added another exciting layer to the story, and really matched the tone of the overall story and plot that was being played out as well.

As for the characters, I was surprised, but pleasantly so by how much I enjoyed Zarhu's character! I'm picky about female main characters, especially in first POV, but I loved her! I loved her adventurous and independent nature, and getting to see her with Hen at the start was a lot of fun! I'm really hoping we get to see more of Hen in the sequel as I need to know her reaction to some things! XD Not only did I love their friendship, but I really loved all the relationships Zarhu formed in the book.

It has to be a sign. That I’m meant to do this, and everything will work out, and maybe it will be even more amazing than I first imagined.

I especially loved it when she realized that she can actually be a friend to some of the characters he meets along the way, despite her circumstances, at that point the book became more that just a 'fun read' and I found I loved seeing her with all three teams, instead of just liking one and tolerating the others, I was really interested what happened with each team and how Zarhu played a role in that part of their stories!

This is something that is rare, even in the ToG series there were places that I wasn't a fan of the perspective or 'group' we were reading about for those chapters, not so here! I'm thrilled that I got to really enjoy the book as a whole without me feeling like parts started lagging or becoming bored at any point. In fact, the opposite, with each new chapter or event I found I needed to know more and more what would happen, and how each of the characters would react at the end! Definitely excited for more of their story in The Cruelest Mercy!

I’m reminded that sometimes what we want isn’t as important as what we need to do.

As for the characters, I mentioned morally grey? This book is full of them, and more impressive, we were given some pretty solid backstories and histories that further strengthen their personalities and ideologies. We also get some different perspectives on a few of the events that are mentioned in their pasts, and I loved that most of all! Getting to see how something now only affected the one characters, but those that were also involved or witnesses at the time, and how that affected their current relationships in the story was so cool!

It does have a love triangle, and while I know which team I'm cheering for, I did like both characters, and didn't really mind the love-triangle too much in this one, but still might not be for everyone? There is a bit of kissing, but this was pretty mild and didn't play a large part in The Kinder Poison for the most part.

"No matter what you're born to, you can be more."

- Conclusion -

Pros- Interesting plot and setting, exciting action filled, amazing morally grey characters!
Cons- Love-triangle?, the magic system and worldbuilding could have been less vague
Overall- 4.5/5 stars.
The Kinder Poison was such a fun read, and I can't wait to read the sequel!

Follow Me Here:
Blog * Bookstagram * Twitter ( )
  Bookslesstravelled | Dec 4, 2021 |
SLJ starred; Kirkus starred; PW; BL
  jmorigeau | Nov 10, 2021 |
I really liked it, but hated the romance.

Let me tell you, this would've been a solid 5-stars had it not been for the romance. And other people might have liked this book for that very reason, but I'm not other people.

Other people, are people who like love triangles. And like them between two brothers.

And let me tell you something about me: I hate love triangles, with very few books making the 5-star cut for me. And between brothers? Absolutely hate them. And if the girl keeps changing her mind every time she's away from one and near the other? (I don't think there's a superlative for hate)

All within a single week.

It's one thing to break someone's heart because you're actually in love with someone else, but it's a completely different thing if it's the brother of the guy you're in love with. And it is a really, really other-wordly thing, if it happens within the span of a single week. It's a big no-no for me, and I only make exceptions if I didn't actually know it was going to happen, or if I liked the other plot devices advertised to me more.

This book would be perfect without the romance. That's my opinion.

Now, other than the romance, this book was just awesome!! The was really good world-building, the plot was really interesting, you were constantly being forced to change your opinions of the characters depending on what new disaster came about, learning all kinds of secrets that made you doubt yourself so much; I just really loved it!

I'm really intrigued about what happens next, since that was one hell of a cliff-hanger we were left with, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book!(when will you be here 2021?)

So, I really liked it overall, and I recommend it to people who like love triangles( between brothers), or can ignore the aforementioned love triangle; awesome world-building, characters with cool powers (even though they don't make sense sometimes), books set in deserts (I was really surprised by this revelation, but I actually have not read a lot of books set in deserts), and cases of mistaken identity. ( )
  trisha_tomy | Jun 1, 2021 |
This takes a quick turn from where I thought it might go early on. What does happen is intriguing, full of action, has extremely vivid characters and a most interesting magic system. It's a very easy book to lose yourself in, kept me reading until well past bedtime and left me definitely eager for what comes next. ( )
  sennebec | Oct 11, 2020 |
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"A DELICIOUS HIGH-STAKES ADVENTURE." --PEOPLE MAGAZINE Perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Holly Black, The Kinder Poison is an enthralling fantasy adventure that follows a teenage girl chosen to be the human sacrifice in a deadly game between three heirs who will do anything for the crown. Zahru has long dreamed of leaving the kingdom of Orkena and having the kinds of adventures she's only ever heard about in stories. But as a lowly Whisperer, her power to commune with animals means that her place is serving in the royal stables until the day her magic runs dry. All that changes when the ailing ruler invokes the Crossing. A death-defying race across the desert, in which the first of his heirs to finish--and take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey's end--will ascend to the throne. With all of the kingdom abuzz, Zahru leaps at the chance to change her fate if just for a night by sneaking into the palace for a taste of the revelry. But the minor indiscretion turns into a deadly mistake when she gets caught up in a feud between the heirs and is forced to become the Crossing's human sacrifice. Now Zahru's only hope for survival hinges on the impossible: somehow figuring out how to overcome the most dangerous people in the world.

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