This is an ok book. Marinda is a visha kanya, a poison maiden. Her kiss is deadly and she is trained from a young age to be an assassin for the good of the country. While she doesn’t like what she does, she knows that if she resists, her little brother Mani will not get the life-saving treatment her handler gives him. When she is told to kill a boy that she’s fallen in love with, however, Marinda begins to question her orders.
This book starts slow and doesn’t pick up until late in the story. Marinda is far too pliable and easily manipulated, even with her limited exposure to the outside world. Most of the book is her worrying about her brother and fawning over him. I get it, she’s a good big sister. But seriously, enough already. Think for yourself and be more aware of your surroundings!
I found myself skimming the last 50% of the book just to finish. I don’t plan to read any more books in the series.