Review Venom by Fiona Paul

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Title: Venom
Author: Fiona Paul
Series: (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #1)
Genre: YA/Historical Fiction/Mystery
Publisher:  Philomel
Release Date: October 30th 2012

Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin... and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.

Venom by Fiona Paul is an intriguing story full of suspense, romance and adventure. Set in renaissance era Venice this novel follows Cass, a young woman intent on unearthing the ones responsible for the grisly murders she uncovers and the disappearance of a friend’s corpse.  All the while struggling with the decision to follow her heart or to do what is expected. 
Fiona wrote an absolutely fabulous story that had me hooked. I don’t normally read mystery novels but this one had enough of a little bit of everything to keep me going. The main character really grew from beginning to end from a naïve girl to and understanding young woman. This was a great young adult book that should appeal to those that like any genre of literature. 

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