Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose # 1)
Author: Fiona Paul
Release Date: October 30th, 2012
Format: ARC Copy
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I had high expectations for this book, and while it was not quite as amazing as I had expected it to be, I still enjoyed it very much. Paul is a terrific writer who crafted every scene perfectly and made me feel not just as if I was reading this book but as if I was actually experiencing it. I could see every blue sky, every creepy headstone at the cemetery, and every painting that Falco elegantly painted.
Cass lives life in high society with her elderly aunt after the death of her parents, but she never feels fully part of her society. She often takes long walks in the cemetery by herself at night and finds herself wandering around the city in parts where it is not acceptable for someone of her status to be seen. Once she meets Falco, however, she begins to realize that leaving her high society manners behind is not quite as easy as she once thought. When she discovers a murdered girl by her house, she must team up with the mysterious bad boy artist Falco and travel in the middle of the night to questionable places in order to find the killer before he finds her.
Besides Paul's brilliant writing style, one of my other favorite parts of this book was how it encompassed so many different genres. While much of the book surrounded Cass and Falco's romance, there was also a great deal of mystery, thrill, and some amazing action scenes in the end, as well. The fact that this book took place in the 1600's in Venice and contained scenes of gondola-rowing also made me enjoy it even more. There was a somewhat typical love triangle throughout the book, however, where Cass has to choose between the mysterious but poor Falco who quickly steals her heart and the sweet and boring but wealthy Luca, her childhood friend and now fiancé. The one thing that did make the love triangle better was Cass's choice at the end of the book; she clearly made a decision that was best for herself rather than just one the boys and I can't wait to see the trouble that her choice brings about in the next book.
Overall, I thought that Venom was a great read. While there were some parts that seemed to be a bit boring with too many descriptions, I was still having trouble putting the book down. I would definitely recommend this to fans of romance with a little bit of historical fiction and a whole lot of mystery! I can't wait to read the sequel when it comes out!