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Venom

Venom
By Fiona Paul
Philomel, 2012
Audience: Older Teens

Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancĂ©, 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 fiancĂ©, 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.


This book was long, but it was full of great descriptions of Venice and mystery. I absolutely had to know who the killer was and why they were after Cass. Cass could have been a bit more vibrant of a character, but she wasn't poorly written. I definitely wan to go to Venice after reading this book. They answer the question of who the murderer was, but there are a lot of smaller unanswered questions that I hope will get cleared up in the next book!

I was in just the right mood for this novel and I'm so glad I read it. I wanted something teen, but a little more difficult to read than the usual contemporary novel, but I still wanted a great storyline with a bit of suspense. This delivered!

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