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A single kiss could kill. A single secret could save the kingdom. Iyla and Marinda have killed many men together: Iyla as the seductress, Marinda as the final, poisonous kiss. Now they understand who the real enemy is—the Snake King—and together they can take him down. Both girls have felt as though they were living a lie in the past, so moving into the King's palace and pr A single kiss could kill. A single secret could save the kingdom. Iyla and Marinda have killed many men together: Iyla as the seductress, Marinda as the final, poisonous kiss. Now they understand who the real enemy is—the Snake King—and together they can take him down. Both girls have felt as though they were living a lie in the past, so moving into the King's palace and pretending to serve him isn't as difficult as it sounds. But when you're a spy, even secrets between friends are dangerous. And each girl has something—or someone—to lose. Does every secret, every lie, bring them closer to the truth or . . . to a trap?


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A single kiss could kill. A single secret could save the kingdom. Iyla and Marinda have killed many men together: Iyla as the seductress, Marinda as the final, poisonous kiss. Now they understand who the real enemy is—the Snake King—and together they can take him down. Both girls have felt as though they were living a lie in the past, so moving into the King's palace and pr A single kiss could kill. A single secret could save the kingdom. Iyla and Marinda have killed many men together: Iyla as the seductress, Marinda as the final, poisonous kiss. Now they understand who the real enemy is—the Snake King—and together they can take him down. Both girls have felt as though they were living a lie in the past, so moving into the King's palace and pretending to serve him isn't as difficult as it sounds. But when you're a spy, even secrets between friends are dangerous. And each girl has something—or someone—to lose. Does every secret, every lie, bring them closer to the truth or . . . to a trap?

30 review for Poison's Cage

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach

    Good follow up to Poison's Kiss... I really enjoyed this duology! Good follow up to Poison's Kiss... I really enjoyed this duology!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    I thought this was a good sequel to the first book. Plus, there were snakesssssss! And cute baby snakes!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Holmberg

    A FANTASTIC sequel that may be better than the first book. Beautiful writing, heart stringing, and that ending... very much a win.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chelsies Reading Escape

    We follow Marinda a poison maden otherwise known as a Visha kanya who can kill with a single poisonous kiss. After growing up training together Marinda and Lyla are given targets to take down for the Raja. Lyla gathers the information and Marinda makes the kill, but they're both unhappy with this arrangement. They would have ran away a long time ago if it wasnt for Marinda sick little brother Mani and their handler holding his medication. The character developpement was well done and the differen We follow Marinda a poison maden otherwise known as a Visha kanya who can kill with a single poisonous kiss. After growing up training together Marinda and Lyla are given targets to take down for the Raja. Lyla gathers the information and Marinda makes the kill, but they're both unhappy with this arrangement. They would have ran away a long time ago if it wasnt for Marinda sick little brother Mani and their handler holding his medication. The character developpement was well done and the different relationships between all the characters was absolutely fantastic. I connected with almost every major character. The relationship between Marinda and Mani was so heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. I really liked the romantic interests for Lyla and Marinda. They felt more like equals than the typical bossy and dominating male. I also enjoyed the addition of Varas character. I loved the complex and raw female friendship between Marinda and Lyla in this book. Since we get Lylas perspective in this sequel I was able to really understand her motives. I came to realize how losing so many years of her life changed her. At first I got their two points of view mixed up and had to remind myself who I was following, but it was totally worth it to get into Lylas head. I came to feel very strongly for her and what she went through. I love it when a book grips me so completely I dont even notice how far Ive read. I was just so happy to be back in this world I couldn't put it down. The writing was easy to get immersed in and the character developpement didnt slow down the pace. The world and mythology were super fascinating. I adored all the lore about the Gods and poison madens. The plot twist took me by surprise even though I had my doubts about the direction it was going in.  I didnt realise this was only a duology and the ending killed me. I need more and Im sad to see it end after connecting with the characters so much. The author crafted a compelling plot with amazing characters and a rich world. Id definitely recommend picking up this duology if you enjoy YA fantasy. It deserves a lot more recognition than its getting. I loved the sequel even more than the first book so if you read the first one and enjoyed it you should pick this one up. You wont be disapointed. *received for review consideration*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ronak Gajjar

    Thank god - It's no love triangle. And I did read - CHIPKALI as someone's assigned name! :D Overall, it is simple read with lots of action and predictable plot-twists. P.S.: RTC! Thank god - It's no love triangle. And I did read - CHIPKALI as someone's assigned name! :D Overall, it is simple read with lots of action and predictable plot-twists. P.S.: RTC!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Houck

    I love the shifting of different perspectives in this book and also the connection to snakes and using them to spy. The mythology is amazing. Love this duology. If you're looking for more Indian mythology books, pick up this series. I love the shifting of different perspectives in this book and also the connection to snakes and using them to spy. The mythology is amazing. Love this duology. If you're looking for more Indian mythology books, pick up this series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    SyaSya Syed Nasir

    The story is so so good! I am glad that I listened to one of my reader friends who recommend me this book. At first, I thought this book is about a snake or romance. But then, it gave me more than that. I am really happy. If you haven't really it yet, please do. Because the characters and the plot are super amazing, the plot twist is cool, and even though they included a romance in here, they also included us with something related to a friendships and family. It's so gorgeous! Pick it up, guys! The story is so so good! I am glad that I listened to one of my reader friends who recommend me this book. At first, I thought this book is about a snake or romance. But then, it gave me more than that. I am really happy. If you haven't really it yet, please do. Because the characters and the plot are super amazing, the plot twist is cool, and even though they included a romance in here, they also included us with something related to a friendships and family. It's so gorgeous! Pick it up, guys!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Scrill

    "Each weapon is a work of art, and I wonder what drives the impulse to make the instruments of death so beautiful." Marinda and Iyla infiltrate the Naga in an attempt to kill the Nagaraja. They somehow continue to work with each other despite the lies that are woven into their lives and plans. They can hardly trust each other but still continue to rely on each other as their missions unfold. The Story- I liked how this story of a vish kanya was still able to continue as the girls essentially "Each weapon is a work of art, and I wonder what drives the impulse to make the instruments of death so beautiful." Marinda and Iyla infiltrate the Naga in an attempt to kill the Nagaraja. They somehow continue to work with each other despite the lies that are woven into their lives and plans. They can hardly trust each other but still continue to rely on each other as their missions unfold. The Story- I liked how this story of a vish kanya was still able to continue as the girls essentially aim to overtake the organization that turned them into monsters. The story flows easily and like the first book, was a very easy read. There really weren’t many dull moments as our characters are metaphorically thrown into a pit of snakes and are never quite out of danger throughout the story. It seems the entire time that the Naga are always just one step ahead of the girls. Though the book continues my favorite aspect (the Indian/Hindu/Buddhist inspired world building) it also brought back aspects I didn’t like, that first and foremost being the romance. This time, Iyla has her chance at romance, and it seems one meeting was enough to have a hold on her heart. Though love at first sight can always be built upon, which later I am sure it is assumed the characters bond between the pages), their encounter did not seem to justify their actions before they really had a chance to get to know one another. For me, this book was mainly triggering two things I liked: lives in imminent peril with a dash of cultural flavor. If that’s your main dish and you liked the first book then I say this is the book for you. If the somewhat bland romance is going to be a problem for you then maybe don’t put this at the top of your to-be-read list. However, with that being said, let me reiterate that this book isn’t focused on the romance but more of comradery between Marinda & Iyla and how it is challenged. The World Building- Although the first book set up the world with the vish kanya, this book gave a little more information regarding the Nagaraja, Tiger Queen, Crocodile King, and Garuda. I always have extra love for a book that incorporates real culture or folklore into its story, and this is no exception. There is something intriguing about transforming an idea to fit into another story, especially when it’s not your typical westernized/European/medieval style folklore. I do wish there was just a smidge more about the other factions, though, it would be expected that it would focus on the Naga. I did appreciate that Garuda had a slightly bigger role (since Garuda is an enemy to the Naga), and that even though typically is seen as male was written as female! Yay, girl power! I loved how Shields portrays their true forms as well. The concept made the Raksaka seem much more present and fearful. The Characters-Iyla really stood out in this book, and for me was more the main character than Marinda. Again, I didn’t care much for her romance, though the girl does deserve to have someone she isn’t just trying to trick. Overall her character’s spirit and conviction is what shines the most. Though Marinda fights tooth and nail for Mani and occasionally for Iyla, Iyla is still the much better friend of the two. I felt that Deven was really lack luster in this book. His character didn’t really do much of anything, and also just didn’t seem to fit. He’s supposed to be a prince, but didn’t really act very or do anything very princely. The Soundtrack- The Dear Hunter - The Poison Woman ARC provided by Random House via Netgalley for a fair review Blog | Bookstagram | Instagram | Twitter

  9. 4 out of 5

    Krysti

    POISON’S CAGE is a very strong and beautifully written sequel, full of fantasy, folklore, and romance! Fans of POISON’S KISS are sure to enjoy this book! I loved delving deeper into this fascinating world, and I very much enjoyed the folklore woven throughout the story and thought that really served to enrich the world. The world building itself is even more robust than in book one and just so well done. There are some truly gorgeous descriptions and prose throughout I really enjoyed the plot of POISON’S CAGE is a very strong and beautifully written sequel, full of fantasy, folklore, and romance! Fans of POISON’S KISS are sure to enjoy this book! I loved delving deeper into this fascinating world, and I very much enjoyed the folklore woven throughout the story and thought that really served to enrich the world. The world building itself is even more robust than in book one and just so well done. There are some truly gorgeous descriptions and prose throughout I really enjoyed the plot of the story itself. I definitely had some high stakes that kept me engaged throughout and the fact that I was never sure of who was double crossing whom made reading it so much fun and kept me on my toes. While both books in this duology pack an emotional punch that will hit readers right in the feels, Shield’s manages to also deliver an ending that is absolutely perfect and will definitely please her readers. An original premise and entertaining read!

  10. 5 out of 5

    hailey

    What I would do for an ARC of this book ;-;

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mel Hawk

    This ending had me in tears. Such a fast and easy read that broke my heart and put it back together many times. Getting the additional perspective of Ilya slowly became my favorite part. Because I understood her reasonings for everything. In the first one I was sure Ilya was selfish and a double agent but reading Poison’s Cage I realized I was wrong. Ilya had been wronged so many times that her perceived selfishness was because others expected her to be put last. Ilya became my favorite characte This ending had me in tears. Such a fast and easy read that broke my heart and put it back together many times. Getting the additional perspective of Ilya slowly became my favorite part. Because I understood her reasonings for everything. In the first one I was sure Ilya was selfish and a double agent but reading Poison’s Cage I realized I was wrong. Ilya had been wronged so many times that her perceived selfishness was because others expected her to be put last. Ilya became my favorite character in this duology. Amazing story. Fully recommend!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    Okay. I forgive you, for breaking my heart. Because the ending was perfect. Just perfect. 💜

  13. 4 out of 5

    ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω

    This duology has just been so enthralling to read!! I'm sad to see the end of it, but I enjoyed every minute of it! I highly recommend these books! While this book was an excellent sequel to the first, Poison's Kiss, I didn't love it quite as much. But hey, it's still getting a 4.5 🌠! So obviously I still loved it. The story picks right up where the first left off. We get more depth and development of the mythology surrounding the Raksaka, as well as seeing Marinda discover new skills as a visha k This duology has just been so enthralling to read!! I'm sad to see the end of it, but I enjoyed every minute of it! I highly recommend these books! While this book was an excellent sequel to the first, Poison's Kiss, I didn't love it quite as much. But hey, it's still getting a 4.5 🌠! So obviously I still loved it. The story picks right up where the first left off. We get more depth and development of the mythology surrounding the Raksaka, as well as seeing Marinda discover new skills as a visha kanya. We get more backstory on Ilya, and see other new, and slightly unexpected, relationships bloom. We also see some losses, which I'm still processing 😢 I don't want to say too much and give away the storyline, so this is definitely a brief review. Moving on to my 2 minor issues and then wrap this up. 1) The alternating chapter perspectives took some getting used to. In Poison's Kiss we only follow Marinda's PoV. I was kinda sad not to continue that same layout, I love Marinda's character so much! It was good to see more backstory on Ilya, and you actually grow to like her. My main issue was that the perspective swap was actually confusing at first who's you were reading & while in Ilya's head you almost start to be influenced to dislike Marinda for all the wrongs Ilya lays at her feet. 2) The new romance in this book is like insta-insta-love. Marinda & Deven's at least had some setup first in Poison's Kiss, but this new one is sooo excellerated!! And Fazel never seems to get the character development as Deven got. He just seems kind of one-dimensional. Ok, so that's that. I really do recommend these books if you love India inspired stories and dangerous poisonous ladies and their snakes 🐍 These are fast-paced, quick reads, nd so enjoyable 😊

  14. 5 out of 5

    The Blonde Bookworm

    Helllllo emotional rollercoaster! I read Poison's Kiss and Poison's Cage back to back because after I read the first book, I just couldn't stand not knowing what would happen next! I absolutely loved this series and I thought it was incredibly unique and entertaining. I've read very mixed reviews, but I would highly recommend these novels. They are jam packed with action as well as romance, magic, and loooots of snakes! I loved all of the characters and really enjoyed how I felt like I wasn't su Helllllo emotional rollercoaster! I read Poison's Kiss and Poison's Cage back to back because after I read the first book, I just couldn't stand not knowing what would happen next! I absolutely loved this series and I thought it was incredibly unique and entertaining. I've read very mixed reviews, but I would highly recommend these novels. They are jam packed with action as well as romance, magic, and loooots of snakes! I loved all of the characters and really enjoyed how I felt like I wasn't sure who I could trust while reading. That aspect put a special twist on the novel that made me feel on the edge of my seat at all times. Marinda was definitely a hardcore character and I loved how she had good morals, but she would also do whatever it took to protect the ones she loved. All in all, Poison's Cage was everything I wanted and more! I loved the action, romance, and the fast paced plot. I would highly recommend both Poison's Kiss and Poison's Cage to readers who enjoy YA fantasy novels. It was a great read and I look forward to reading more from Shields in the future. Thank you to Penguin and NetGalley for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    I am really happy with this sequel. Lots of great things were revealed, loose ends were tied up, but what I cannot stop getting all misty about was that ending! I was a big fan of Poison's Kiss and was eager to see how the series ended. I was extremely happy with this sequel and almost wish it was not the end. •Pro: In my review for Poison's Kiss, I stated that I wanted more of the Iyla-Miranda friendship in this book, and you know what? Shields delivered. I loved getting to the root of their rel I am really happy with this sequel. Lots of great things were revealed, loose ends were tied up, but what I cannot stop getting all misty about was that ending! I was a big fan of Poison's Kiss and was eager to see how the series ended. I was extremely happy with this sequel and almost wish it was not the end. •Pro: In my review for Poison's Kiss, I stated that I wanted more of the Iyla-Miranda friendship in this book, and you know what? Shields delivered. I loved getting to the root of their relationship and watching each of them make sacrifices for the other. •Pro: Shields gave us so much more of the folklore in this book. We learn more of the origin story and I found it all quite fascinating. •Pro: We got more of the beautiful writing I admired so much in the first book as we delved further into this world. •Pro: Good things finally happen for Iyla. I don't want to say too much, but the fates finally did her a solid, and I was simply overjoyed that Shields gave Iyla a little happiness. •Pro: So many ends were tied up quite nicely. I am a closure-ho, so you know I was loving all the answers I got, and let me tell you, there were some fantastic reveals. •Pro: This book was much more emotional for me than Poison's Kiss. Some many good, bad, and in-between things happen in this book, and as I was celebrating some amazing beginnings, I was mourning some heartbreaking endings. •Pro: I just want to take this time to give Breeana Shields a standing ovation for that ending. She may have broke my heart, but she more of less put it back together with that conclusion. I am getting chills just thinking about it. A round of applause for that ending!!! Overall: A beautiful, emotional, and satisfying ending, which gave me closure and left me drying some happy tears. *ARC received in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    Can I just say that the cover's really pretty and yet terrifying? I'm afraid those two pretties would suddenly came to life and bite me... I can almost hear that iconic hissing ( shudders) Can I just say that the cover's really pretty and yet terrifying? I'm afraid those two pretties would suddenly came to life and bite me... I can almost hear that iconic hissing ( shudders)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    I definitely didn't like this as much as the first installment. I still find this a great twisted story and I liked how things were done. I definitely didn't like this as much as the first installment. I still find this a great twisted story and I liked how things were done.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leen Gilis

    Wow! This book was such an incredible read! I really enjoyed the first book, so I was very curious about the sequel. And this was exactly the sequel I was hoping for. The story is so unique and full of fantasy. There is a lot of action in this book, and that makes it even better! The last pages were very emotional, it literally mades me cry. And then there are also the amazing characters in this book. I love every single one of them! This book was such a great sequel. I know I will reread this d Wow! This book was such an incredible read! I really enjoyed the first book, so I was very curious about the sequel. And this was exactly the sequel I was hoping for. The story is so unique and full of fantasy. There is a lot of action in this book, and that makes it even better! The last pages were very emotional, it literally mades me cry. And then there are also the amazing characters in this book. I love every single one of them! This book was such a great sequel. I know I will reread this duology a lot of times in the future! ❤

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Coudeville

    I should've never waited so long to read the sequel. I spent the first half trying to remember what happened in book 1. But I really loved this conclusion. The last part had me on the edge of my seat, and I really like how everything was resolved. I should've never waited so long to read the sequel. I spent the first half trying to remember what happened in book 1. But I really loved this conclusion. The last part had me on the edge of my seat, and I really like how everything was resolved.

  20. 4 out of 5

    CR

    This was a pretty good book. I really love the covers...very simple but pretty. There's way more going on in this one than the first one. I feel like that I got to get to know the characters much more. And that ending though. It was perfect. Totally makes up for almost killing me! I wish there was more!! This was a pretty good book. I really love the covers...very simple but pretty. There's way more going on in this one than the first one. I feel like that I got to get to know the characters much more. And that ending though. It was perfect. Totally makes up for almost killing me! I wish there was more!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nya

    So besides the fact this cover is definitely not as pretty as the first one... Nah that's all I got so far. I honestly haven't even thought of this series after I read the first one. I still wouldn't be thinking about it if it weren't for an ad on my Facebook from the author basically telling me to buy and read Poisons kiss (which, haha, I did already). Then I was like, "Heyyyyyyyy I remember this completely underwhelming book with a dumb protagonist and an even dumber love interest and an almost So besides the fact this cover is definitely not as pretty as the first one... Nah that's all I got so far. I honestly haven't even thought of this series after I read the first one. I still wouldn't be thinking about it if it weren't for an ad on my Facebook from the author basically telling me to buy and read Poisons kiss (which, haha, I did already). Then I was like, "Heyyyyyyyy I remember this completely underwhelming book with a dumb protagonist and an even dumber love interest and an almost interesting plot, wonder if there's a sequel" and lo and behold, guess the fuck what, there is. Maybe I'll read this. Maybe I won't. But if it's just as bad as the first one I'll make sure my review won't be as nice as what I wrote for Poisons kiss.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kate (The Bookaholic Blurbs)

    Full review over at The Bookaholic Blurbs! There's no perfect ending for Poison's Kiss than Poison's Cage. Fast-paced, mythology-rich and exquisite character arcs, this book lands a spot in my Best Books of 2018, no doubt! It was beautifully written and I want more books like this in my life and in yours, too! Thank you, Penguin Random House International, for the galley! Full review over at The Bookaholic Blurbs! There's no perfect ending for Poison's Kiss than Poison's Cage. Fast-paced, mythology-rich and exquisite character arcs, this book lands a spot in my Best Books of 2018, no doubt! It was beautifully written and I want more books like this in my life and in yours, too! Thank you, Penguin Random House International, for the galley!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dee Price

    This book gives readers more insight into Miranda and Iyla's backgrounds as well as into the mythology behind this story. It gives us twice as much drama, intrigue, and heartbreak as the first book and perfectly wraps up this series. This book gives readers more insight into Miranda and Iyla's backgrounds as well as into the mythology behind this story. It gives us twice as much drama, intrigue, and heartbreak as the first book and perfectly wraps up this series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lillian

    I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review. Brilliant!! Utterly brilliant! Seriously I have no other words to describe this book. Poison’s Cage by Breeana Shields is the fantastic conclusion to Marinda’s story that began in Poison's Kiss. Full of intrigue, politics, and crisis of conscience, readers will not want to set this book down until the final page. I just thought I loved the first book, it doesn’t even compare t I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review. Brilliant!! Utterly brilliant! Seriously I have no other words to describe this book. Poison’s Cage by Breeana Shields is the fantastic conclusion to Marinda’s story that began in Poison's Kiss. Full of intrigue, politics, and crisis of conscience, readers will not want to set this book down until the final page. I just thought I loved the first book, it doesn’t even compare to my feelings after finishing its sequel. Picking up a few months after the end of Poison's Kiss, Marinda is back with Gita and heading to the Naga’s hideout. She is determined to bring the Naga down and bravely volunteers to be a spy for the raja in exchange for her brother Mani’s safety. I’ll admit I was a little lost at the beginning of the story as it’s been a year since I read the first book, but I quickly caught up to what was happening and realized that Marinda was getting herself in over her head. One of the things I love about Marinda’s character is her honesty and loyalty to her friends. This girl would die if it meant saving one of them and that is a real possibility going into the Naga’s inner circle. But it isn’t just Marinda returning to the Naga. Ilya also goes on assignment from Deven to protect Marinda. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a fan of Ilya in Poison's Kiss. I liked her, and I felt sorry for her. Here is a girl whose whole life has been taken in service to the Naga and in creating the visha kanya, the poison maiden Marinda. Yet as much as she resents Marinda, she loves her. They have a bond that goes deeper than just friends. These girls survived atrocities at Gopal’s hands and they did so together. I loved seeing their relationship from both girls. In fact, I fell in love with Ilya reading her POV chapters. She is such a conflicted character and I loved her redemption in this novel. While Poison's Kiss was a fantasy, it focused more on Marinda and her discovering the Nagaraja. This book focuses more on the mythology and building of those myths. I absolutely fell in love with the plot. I loved learning more about the Naga, Garuda, and the others. I found it interesting how the author built her own myths on these characters who appear in Hindu texts. I loved how it was interwoven with this plot to bring down the Nagaraja and the truth behind what he actually is. Seriously couldn’t have predicted it and it gave me chills while reading. As I’ve already said….Brilliant! Overall I believe that I loved Poison’s Cage more than I loved the first one and I really didn’t think that was possible! I loved getting two POVs, Marinda and Ilya’s. I loved their friendship, I loved Deven (because seriously that has to be said), and I loved the mythology. This book broke me in the end though. I cried like a baby and then cried some more. It’s a beautifully written story about two strong girls willing to give their lives to save the other. If you enjoyed the first, if you enjoy fantasy, grab a copy and read it as soon as you can. It will not disappoint!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Teenreadsdotcom

    Breeana Shields is a young adult fantasy author from the Pacific Northwest. Her debut, POISON’S KISS, was released in January 2017. A reader, writer, traveler and graduate of Brigham Young University, Shields has received much acclaim for her first novel. The sequel, POISON’S CAGE was released in January 2018. POISON’S CAGE is the thrilling conclusion to Breeana Shields’s magical duology. Picking up in the middle of the action soon after POISON’S CAGE ends, it follows both Marinda and Iyla as the Breeana Shields is a young adult fantasy author from the Pacific Northwest. Her debut, POISON’S KISS, was released in January 2017. A reader, writer, traveler and graduate of Brigham Young University, Shields has received much acclaim for her first novel. The sequel, POISON’S CAGE was released in January 2018. POISON’S CAGE is the thrilling conclusion to Breeana Shields’s magical duology. Picking up in the middle of the action soon after POISON’S CAGE ends, it follows both Marinda and Iyla as they struggle in espionage, trust and danger. Marinda has decided to return to the Naga Castle to spy on the Nagaraja, and Iyla is unsure of where her loyalties lie. Through spying and deception, they must work together to free themselves from all those who hold them back from happiness. The world and mythology expand, and a better understanding of the scope of the world is achieved. POISON’S CAGE was even better than POISON’S KISS. It involved the same characters with a few dynamic additions and took the world to new heights. Immediately, I was excited by the new approach to this novel: dual points of view. Iyla and Marinda are not always together in the novel, making it necessary for Shields to alternate between them. I think this improved the story rather than adding unnecessary complications. Because of this new mode of narration, more action occurred, and the story ran at a much faster pace. The chapters of the book involve more cliffhanger endings than the first book because the reader has to wait now for another chapter to hear from the other character. Iyla’s point of view made me a little skeptical at the beginning about her motives and trustworthiness, but she quickly developed into one of my favorite characters. Her point of view allowed Shields to slowly peel back the layers of her mind and motivation until she was fully exposed. Perhaps Marinda’s change was even more revolutionary; she became increasingly daring with her mind and not just her poisonous kiss. She utilizes new powers that connect her with mysterious characters. Kadru also added depth to the plot that was beyond what I ever had expected. Devon was his usual supportive self, and Mani has always been an adorable character. New characters added so much to the story and were able to expand what was known about the mythology of the world in book one. Shields artfully seized the opportunity to enhance this mind-bending and fascinating world that is full of surprises. I was thrilled with how the story turned out, and the ending was exactly what I wished for. All in all, this duology took me for a ride I was not expecting. I am so glad I had the opportunity to read it. I highly recommend both of the books to young adult readers who love breathtaking stories filled with intriguing and fantastical elements. Even if you were not thrilled by POISON’S KISS, I would recommend giving POISON’S CAGE a chance. It uses a slightly different means of telling the story and much more happens throughout the book. Reviewed by Grace P., Teen Board Member

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nannette Demmler

    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. If you read Poison’s Kiss awhile ago, you might want to consider rereading it before picking this one up. This book picks up pretty much where the last one left off and there is not much time spent on recapping the first. Usually I like a re-cap, but in this case it worked for me that there wasn’t. You are reminded of a few things that happened in the first book, but there is never a huge info dump, which made the flow of the book ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. If you read Poison’s Kiss awhile ago, you might want to consider rereading it before picking this one up. This book picks up pretty much where the last one left off and there is not much time spent on recapping the first. Usually I like a re-cap, but in this case it worked for me that there wasn’t. You are reminded of a few things that happened in the first book, but there is never a huge info dump, which made the flow of the book at the start that much more heart pounding as you are immediately thrown into the action. This sequel has a lot more action than the first which made it hard to put down at times. I can’t remember if Marinda was the sole POV in the first book, I kind of remember that there were some chapters from Iyla’s view point but this book switched back and forth between the two more than the first. I enjoyed getting to know Iyla better in this book. She is such a sad and bitter girl, but as you get to know her you understand her issues and start rooting for her life to get better. I still like Marinda although she is still a bit on the wimpy side. She does however prove herself to be worthy of heroine status. There were not as many scenes with her and Mani together, which I missed. I loved their relationship in the first book, and did enjoy the special moments they had in this book, I just wanted a few more. Deven was also not in this book as much as I would have liked although Marinda thought of him often. The Hindu and Buddhist mythology that is the basis for this story was fascinating. I don’t know much about these myths but this book makes me want to read more. I was very intrigued by the Naga and the Garuda characters and thought that they made a good evil vs. good pairing. The storyline that develops from these two mythical creatures was fascinating and at times surprising. The idea that humans can lose their humanity and become monsters was well done in this story. I also liked that the idea of reincarnation and that everyone lives more than one life (including animals) was an interesting concept and how it was used in the book was a nice twist. Great sequel to this wonderful duo-logy. Lots of action and some twists in the plot that kept me guessing at how it was all going to end. Some light and sweet romance thrown in as well. Loved the India like setting which made this story such a joy to read. Looking forward to seeing more from this author in the future. https://elnadesbookchat.com/

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Rating: 3/5 Genre: YA Fantasy Recommended Age: 15+ (slight sexual references, violence, slight gore) Pages: 332 Author Website Amazon Link Disclaimer: I received this book through KidLitExchange in exchange for a review. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Synopsis: Iyla and Marinda have killed many men together: Iyla as the seductress, Marinda as the final, poisonous kiss. Now they understand who the real enemy is—the Snake King—and together they can take him down. Both girls have felt as though they wer Rating: 3/5 Genre: YA Fantasy Recommended Age: 15+ (slight sexual references, violence, slight gore) Pages: 332 Author Website Amazon Link Disclaimer: I received this book through KidLitExchange in exchange for a review. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Synopsis: Iyla and Marinda have killed many men together: Iyla as the seductress, Marinda as the final, poisonous kiss. Now they understand who the real enemy is—the Snake King—and together they can take him down. Both girls have felt as though they were living a lie in the past, so moving into the King's palace and pretending to serve him isn't as difficult as it sounds. But when you're a spy, even secrets between friends are dangerous. And each girl has something—or someone—to lose. Does every secret, every lie, bring them closer to the truth or . . . to a trap? Again, this book had a really interesting premise and the book had fairly good writing. This book also had great plot development, however there was a lot wrong with this book. The plot was very fast paced and the world was undeveloped as well. There was too much crammed into this book that it really made the book very weighted and heavy. It really should have been two separate books. The book also was split into multiple POVs but kind of neglected some of the more interesting characters. Verdict: Action packed but over filling.

  28. 4 out of 5

    PictureBookPlaydate

    Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What a fun sequel to POISON'S KISS (and guess what - this really is the conclusion - this isn't a trilogy, like so many books these days!). We pick up right where we left off; Marinda, full of poison as the chosen rajakumari, has left her brother, Mani at the palace in Deven's care. She's gone to infiltrate the Naga, the people who serve the Snake King. And its a mission that will take all of her cu Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What a fun sequel to POISON'S KISS (and guess what - this really is the conclusion - this isn't a trilogy, like so many books these days!). We pick up right where we left off; Marinda, full of poison as the chosen rajakumari, has left her brother, Mani at the palace in Deven's care. She's gone to infiltrate the Naga, the people who serve the Snake King. And its a mission that will take all of her cunning, because she's up against Balavan, the highest-ranking member of the Naga, who is more than he seems to be. Marinda's counterpoint, the seductress Iyla, is along as well, at her own choosing. And she's battling her own demons and deciding where her loyalty lies. When she meets Fazel, a follower of the Crocodile King, Iyla has to decide whether to really open up and let love into her life. Told in alternating viewpoints of Marinda and Iyla, I thought this was really well done. Dual viewpoints can be tricky to pull off but each of these characters has such a strong voice I was completely pulled into their stories. The pacing is excellent and the conclusion was action packed. I will admit to tearing up and, had I not been in public, a tear or two might have been shed toward the end (I'm not giving away why - I really didn't see it coming and don't want to ruin it, or the way everything comes together in the end.) I think I may have enjoyed this one even more than the first book; since I was already familiar with all of the language and the belief system that the author built, it was a matter of slipping back into the world rather than learning it anew. A fun read and a really satisfying conclusion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lana Foster

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. In this fantasy conclusion to Poison’s Kiss, the connection to Indian folklore is deeper and even more appealing than ever. Marinda and Iyla’s lives pick up immediately following the end of book one, as does their practice of deceit. Marinda learns more about her past—how she was subjected to hundreds of snake bites as a child to become the visha kanya, the identity of her parents who gave her away, Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. In this fantasy conclusion to Poison’s Kiss, the connection to Indian folklore is deeper and even more appealing than ever. Marinda and Iyla’s lives pick up immediately following the end of book one, as does their practice of deceit. Marinda learns more about her past—how she was subjected to hundreds of snake bites as a child to become the visha kanya, the identity of her parents who gave her away, and where her mystery brother Mani came from—as Iyla learns more about their present, and how they must defeat the Snake King in order to save themselves and those they love. From former assassins to current spies, Marinda and Iyla’s alternating points of view pulls one into their dilemma, even as we wonder and ask, who can we really trust? Will their loyalty to each other and their friendship destroy them both, or help to save their lives? At turns heartbreaking, romantic, surprising, and full of danger, the final book in this duology begs the question, who’s double crossing whom? Original fantasy at its best! 🐍

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا

    Marinda and Iyla must work together to save themselves and the ones they love from the wrath of the Snake King (Najaraja). I have always been infatuated and terrified by female snake charmer in the circus shows, they looked beautiful and dangerous. I feel the exact same way toward the first book... it was beautiful and terrifying and mesmerizing... I have the finale would be big and satisfying. I want Marinda to heal (maybe using maraka fruit) or defeat her enemies. I thought that she might sacrif Marinda and Iyla must work together to save themselves and the ones they love from the wrath of the Snake King (Najaraja). I have always been infatuated and terrified by female snake charmer in the circus shows, they looked beautiful and dangerous. I feel the exact same way toward the first book... it was beautiful and terrifying and mesmerizing... I have the finale would be big and satisfying. I want Marinda to heal (maybe using maraka fruit) or defeat her enemies. I thought that she might sacrifice herself because she is beyond deadly, or at least give Iyla her years back. Or burn the tent with Kadru and her pets to the ground.

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