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Short Description for Venom In Renaissance Venice, orphaned Cassandra Caravello is one of the elite but feels trapped in the city of water until she stumbles upon a murdered woman and is drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, grave robbers, and secret societies, guided by Falco, a mysterious and alluring artist.
- Published: 30 October 2012
- Format: Hardback 435 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780399257254 ISBN 10: 039925725X
- Sales rank: 138,686
Reviews for Venom
Review from Esther's Ever After
Before getting to my review of the content of this book, I have to clarify that while I think the cover for Venom is pretty it isn't remarkable and didn't make me want to read the book at all - and frankly, I think to a large extent it actually does a disservice to the book itself.
The cover here gives you no idea how fast-paced, mysterious, and dark this story is. It lured me in from the very start and kept me hooked until the end - I honestly couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
Reasons to Read:
1. Follow the mystery along Venice's twisted underground...:
I was completely hooked on the plot in Venom; from the very beginning there are missing people, dead bodies turning up... and body parts. Um, yeah. I really don't want to say more because I DON'T WANT TO RUIN A THING FOR YOU, but just believe me when I tell you this is like historical CSI in YA form. I mean, I know that sounds weird but trust me because it's so, so good!
2. Well, hello, Falco:
Fiona Paul took me for such a ride when it came to Falco. Everything was so up and down, and emotions were turbulent and I had a hard time figuring out exactly how I felt about him (probably because Cass had the same struggles). But I love that I was kept guessing about his character and he had plenty of surprises up his sleeve. Oh, and there's totally some swoony romance in there that you won't want to miss.
3. Gorgeous historical setting:
I love author's that can bring the written world to life and Fiona was brilliant at accomplishing just that. The reader is fully immersed in the Venetian world (both aristocratic class and underground) which is exactly what good historical fiction does for you. Venom is a fantastic example of YA historical fiction, and one I'd recommend even for readers who are more hesitant about trying it out.
The only issue I had with Venom was that there seemed to be too many details included for the first book in a new series; I liked getting all sorts of little hints towards what might be going on, but it felt like too much for one book. And I wasn't much of a fan of the "big reveal" at the end - but I think that's because I like being held in suspense for longer and I'd rather hold out for a really great twist.
All in all, Venom is one of the books this year that I felt was an excellent start to a fresh series and one that I still have trouble getting out of my head!
ARC received from Penguin Canada for my honest review; no other compensation was received. by Brenna Staats
Book Review: Venom by Fiona Paul
I admit I had high expectations for this novel; the amazing cover, the 'over-the-top-with-praise' reviews, the 'hinting' blurb that got me itching with anticipation,the name of the series itself 'Secrets of the Eternal Rose'...
I must say that these expectations were well met. And surpassed.
Venom by Fiona Paul is set in the post-card worthy lush and realistic world of Renaissance Venice (Italy), a world that Paul describes very well.
Cassandra Caravello has had her fate sealed since her birth. A life of clipped 'wings' where she can't fly, a life in a cage where her life is sure to be controlled, the life of a female aristocrat. With an urge to live her life and a definite wild streak, her life starts to twist as her wedding approaches; when she is sure her cage of a life will be locked and she will become wife to her solid, shy (and handsome) fiancee Luca. But can she learn to love him?
On an escapade of crescendos and grief, Cass stumbles upon the murder of a girl...with an X carved across her heart. A young artist, Falco offers his assistance but how involved is he really? As Cass's feelings start to assemble like a puzzle it seems the puzzle depicts Falco. Where will her heart lead her?
The suspense grows in more ways than one. Murder upon murder, linked together perfectly. 'Venom' kept me guessing until the end, where I still must guess...until Belladonna comes out. The intrigue, romance and confusion exquisitely weave into a magnificent tapestry with great detail and description. This isn't your average young adult novel. It is more.
From: Flurried Thoughts called Book Reviews
http://myflurriedthoughts.blogspot.com by Laetitia @ Flurried Thoughts