Book Review:Poisonous Touch (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #2) by Fiona Paul


you can find the book at:
Barnes & Noble
Author’s website

my review:
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

*Copy given to me by Paper Lantern Lit in return for a honest review*

In the sequel to Venomous Kiss, Cass finds herself on a dangerous journey to Florence after her fiancée, Lucas, is arrested on suspicion of heresy. The city of Florence is haunted by rumours of vampires and, on a daily basis, people are executed. Cass reunites with Falco and, together, they attempt to find the truth behind Lucas’s arrest by looking into the Order of the Eternal Rose and its eerie leader who happens to be Falco’s benefactor.

One word? Disappointed.

I am so disappointed with this series. It could’ve been so good, if the author wasn’t constantly depending on an extremely weak love triangle to move the plot along. Similar to my review of the previous book, the idea is much better than its execution. I like the idea of the Order of the Eternal Rose and the antagonist could’ve been so good and interesting to read about. Its set in a time where the Church is considered the most powerful form of authority and with Falco’s growing interesting in science and him introducing that to Cass – the conflict between them would’ve been much more engaging to read.

So what do we get?

Cass going back and forth- deciding which damn boy she does like. This book felt like it was 99% love triangle while 1% of an actual plot that could’ve gone somewhere. It’s clear from the beginning she doesn’t like Lucas as much as she does Falco. And when Falco leaves in Book One, she immediately warms back to Lucas- despite still having feelings for Falco. And when she sees him again in Florence, she goes back to him, despite knowing that Lucas is literally rotting in a cell but all Cass can think about is kissing Falco.

Her fiancé had spent the night alone, in a cramped cell, possibly being starved or tortured while Cass had been drinking ale with Falco. Kissing Falco.

What was the matter with her?

Everything, Cass. Everything. I don’t understand how this girl actually got anywhere in this novel because it feels like she shouldn’t be getting anywhere. LUCAS DESERVES MUCH BETTER.

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by The Studio (first published July 16th 2013)

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