Monday, March 11, 2019

Blog Tour: An Affair of Poisons

An Affair of Poisons
Author: Addie Thorley
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Publisher: Page Street Kids

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After unwittingly helping her mother poison King Louis XIV, seventeen-year-old alchemist Mirabelle Monvoisin is forced to see her mother’s Shadow Society in a horrifying new light: they’re not heroes of the people, as they’ve always claimed to be, but murderers. Herself included. Mira tries to ease her guilt by brewing helpful curatives, but her hunger tonics and headache remedies cannot right past wrongs or save the dissenters her mother vows to purge.
Royal bastard Josse de Bourbon is more kitchen boy than fils de France. But when the Shadow Society assassinates the Sun King and half the royal court, he must become the prince he was never meant to be in order to save his injured sisters and the petulant Dauphin. Forced to hide in the derelict sewers beneath the city, any hope of reclaiming Paris seems impossible—until Josse’s path collides with Mirabelle’s, and he finds a surprising ally in his sworn enemy.
She’s a deadly poisoner. He’s a bastard prince. Together, they form a tenuous pact to unite the commoners and former nobility against the Shadow Society. But can a rebellion built on mistrust ever hope to succeed?
Review: I was excited about the concept of this story, but was on the fence since I didn’t know much about it, and there’s been a ton a great story ideas, but not all of them are as good once I start reading. This is one of those that I can’t believe more people aren’t already talking about!
Warning, there is a lot of heavy content, and some pretty gruesome scenes, but as long as the story has me hooked, I’m all for a little violence. As this is a story about…Poison, it shouldn’t be surprising there’s plenty of death to go around, but the descriptions on some are worth noting, just in case.
I really loved the setting and characters in this one! On the flip-side of the ‘warning’ I loved the vivid detail in this story, and how alive the characters felt as I read their story.
About The Author
Addie Thorley spent her childhood playing soccer, riding horses, and scribbling stories. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in journalism, she decided “hard news” didn’t contain enough magic and kissing, so she flung herself into the land of fiction and never looked back.
She now lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and wolf dog. When she’s not writing she can be found gallivanting in the woods or galloping around the barn where she works as a horse trainer and exercise rider.

AN AFFAIR OF POISONS is her debut novel.


Addie is hosting a pre-order campaign by giving away several bundles on her website. Check details here: