Blog Tour: ‘Venom’ by Fiona Paul Review

I received this book for free from blog tours, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: ‘Venom’ by Fiona Paul ReviewVenom by Fiona Paul
Series: Secrets of the Eternal Rose #1
Published by Philomel on October 30th, 2012
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 435
Format: ARC
Source: blog tours, requested from publisher
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.

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Cass is an orphan, engaged to a boy she barely knows, she must marry him for her future. Yet her freedom is within her grasp and she wants out of the restraints. When she meets a new boy named Falco, and their chemistry seems to ignite at their first encounter, she realizes there’s more to the mysterious and attractive boy than he seems.

I was so excited when razOrbill sent out this invitation for the blog tour. I signed up as soon as I could. The ARC arrived so quickly, and I thought I had loads of time to read it. Nope. Didn’t happen. For the first time I couldn’t make the deadline and I felt terrible. But luckily I couldn’t stop reading Venom. It sucks you right into Cass’ world set in renaissance Venice, Italy. (Yes the city that floats on water with the canals and gorgeous palazzos)

The vivid descriptions of the scenery remind me of the depth of J.K. Rowling‘s writing. Detailed to the point of having the scene fill out right before your very eyes. I LOVE Fiona Paul’s writing. She is a star at weaving the characters together in one chapter, and then grabbing your attention in the next. It was such a joy to read. The Renaissance Era was clearly researched and developed very well. The pacing is slow. It’s super slow, it dragged on. I felt it could have been shortened. Maybe I’ll read the final copy to see if there are any changes! I wouldn’t mind re-reading this one.

Cass is a character you want to root for. She’s a socialite, yet has the decency to talk to her fellow hand maidens, cooks, and gardeners. Her wealthy upbringing doesn’t damage her personality at all, it makes her more humble and aware of what she has. Then there’s Falco..WOW. That is pretty much how I can sum up his character. (Can I just say I picture him to be a younger Matt Bomer?)

Overall, a novel worth buying and sitting on your bookshelf because not only is it it beautiful on the inside, it’s just as gorgeous on the outside. Full of mystery, intrigue, suspense, murder, ROMANCE, chemistry, and characters that make you fall in love with…Fiona Paul, I heart you.MUST GET THE NEXT BOOK!




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  2. CassandraG

    December 1, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Nice review. Going to be another one for the TBR List

  3. Aline Tobing

    November 26, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    Great review Giselle!
    I’m curious with this book ever since I read the blurb for the first time and I’m even more intrigue after reading your review. And you’re right, the cover is gorgeous 🙂

  4. Christiane C.

    November 17, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    I can’t wait to read this book, I’ve been dying to read it! Awesome Review!

  5. Eva

    November 15, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    This sounds so good! I love vivid descriptions and the comparison to JK Rowling really makes me want to read in combination of your review of Cass!


  6. Christina K.

    November 14, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    LOVE the setting and the murder story:)

    Awesome review:)

  7. Holly W

    November 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    I don’t think I have ever read a book set in Venice, so I will have to check this one out for sure, and your review makes me want to even more because you don’t hand out 5/5’s for just any book!

  8. Cyn

    November 10, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    I love that this is set in Venice, it’s just so gorgeous and mysterious.
    Glad you loved the book, I can’t wait to get my hands on this!

  9. Grace Lo

    November 6, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    To be honest, Venom wasn’t all that high on my TBR list, mostly because it seemed so romance-based at first glance. I think I’m already in love with the setting and characters!

  10. Jen (A Reading Daydreamer)

    November 5, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Ahh, I’ve heard seriously awesome things for this book and I need to get it ASAP. I cannot wait to read about the vivid description of Venice! I’m so glad you would totally re-read this one! I really want to meet Falco. 😉 He sounds like a special one! Fabulous review, Giselle! I hope you get your hands on Belladonna soon 🙂

  11. Carol

    November 5, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    I’m not a huge fan of Historical fiction but I enjoy it once in a while and what you mention of the Renaissance setting of Venice, all the intrigue and romance make me want to read it now!!

    Seriously sounds like a fantastic read, I’ll make sure add it to my TBR pile ^^

  12. Erika

    November 5, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    This book just seems to have it all! Can’t wait to read it soon:) Thanks for your thoughts!

  13. Brent

    November 5, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    great review

  14. Jenn@OwlReadIt

    November 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Ahhhh!! It’s so pretty!!! And Historical fiction.. I must have it!!! I have been dying to read this one!! I need it!

    And you’re comparing her writing to J.K Rowling?!! NEED!!!

    Great review! I really want to read this one!

  15. Maria @ Fantasy's Ink

    November 5, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    I didn’t like Cass very much (though I didn’t really hate her), but I still really enjoyed the book. I loved the Renaissance setting of Venice and the mystery!

  16. Ashley

    November 5, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Awesome review Giselle! I keep hearing so many amazing things about Venom. I might have to run out and buy it!!

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