ARC Review – An Affair of Poisons

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Hello! Happy New Years. I spent the new year reading as many cute romances as I could after a bunch of fantasy reads. Specifically Affair of Poisons and Wicked Saints. The Wicked Saints review will come later this week. For now lets look at one of my new all time favorites. I read An Affair of Poisons in one evening and fell just in love with it. So lets get started and maybe you will a new favorite to pre-order.


An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley

Publishes: Feb, 26th 2019

Length: 400 pages

Publisher: Page Street Kids

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After unwittingly helping her mother poison King Louis XIV, seventeen-year-old alchemist Mirabelle Monvoisin is forced to see her mother’s Shadow Society in a horrifying new light: they’re not heroes of the people, as they’ve always claimed to be, but murderers. Herself included. Mira tries to ease her guilt by brewing helpful curatives, but her hunger tonics and headache remedies cannot right past wrongs or save the dissenters her mother vows to purge.

Royal bastard Josse de Bourbon is more kitchen boy than fils de France. But when the Shadow Society assassinates the Sun King and half the royal court, he must become the prince he was never meant to be in order to save his injured sisters and the petulant Dauphin. Forced to hide in the derelict sewers beneath the city, any hope of reclaiming Paris seems impossible—until Josse’s path collides with Mirabelle’s, and he finds a surprising ally in his sworn enemy.

She’s a deadly poisoner. He’s a bastard prince. Together, they form a tenuous pact to unite the commoners and former nobility against the Shadow Society. But can a rebellion built on mistrust ever hope to succeed?

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I am not usually a fan of anything history based but this book blew me away. In a read it in one sitting as fast as you can to find out what happens. The enemies to lovers added into a well thought out plot based on an actual time and person in the best of ways. Each character was so flawed that you couldn’t help but be drawn to them. You wanted them to find a measure of peace or learn that not everything is the way they are seeing it.
If you enjoy a tale filled with not just redemption but also pain, longing, and a universal acknowledgement that some things are your fault but growth can be had than this book is for you. Part romance but all heart.

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