|Release Date: October 30, 2012 from Philomel|
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"Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, 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 fiancé, 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."
My Thoughts:So this is not the type of book I would normally pick up but can we just look at that cover, it just screams “read me!” I just want to take that cover and pet it and love it but anyway moving on. I am so incredibly glad that I read this book, because it is fabulous. I devoured this book! All I can say now is that I am dying for more of this story!
Cassandra, or Cass, is the kind of character that I can easily admire. She feels trapped and suffocated by the world she lives in, but all she really wants is to be in control of her own life. She is strong and stubborn, but still a bit restrained by the rules of society. Cass wants to break out of her shell but its not so easy in Renaissance Venice. She reminded me a lot of Eleanor from Something Strange and Deadly, and we all know how much I loved that book.
Falco is a character that girls will easily fall in love with. I know I fell for his wit and charm very quickly. He doesn’t always say the proper thing, but I think I love him all the more because of that. It really is a very endearing trait. Falco makes Cass see a different side of life and a different side of herself. With him she can be herself because he has no care for the rules. This is a couple where they bring out the best in each other.
As for the plot, it was quite addictive in a slow buildup kind of way. It moves at a slower pace, but it doesn’t drag; it just builds up the anticipation. While I was able to figure out some of the plot as far as the romance goes, when it came to the mystery aspect I was truly stumped until right before the villain is finally revealed. I kept trying to piece it all together but I just couldn’t make it fit together in my head. This is one of the reasons I kept turning pages until very late in the night. The lack of sleep that resulted was totally worth it.
While I devoured and loved this book, some things irked me. For one thing, that ending! I was left with a good amount of questions especially concerning one huge plot point. Not too thrilled about that. Hopefully that will be answered in subsequent books. Also, I wasn’t a big fan of the love triangle that snuck its way in at the end when her fiancé comes back into the picture. Cass’s relationship with Falco was fiery and passionate and I could clearly see the connection. With her fiancé Luca, it feels forced and I guess that is how I am supposed to feel. I just couldn’t completely buy into her new feelings for Luca. Then again, we all know that once I pick a guy I don’t sway from that choice. I just think Falco brought out the best in her.
All in all, Venom is an addictive and thrilling read. Like I said, I lost sleep because of this book, but I cannot bring myself to regret it. In this case, what is inside the book lives up to the gorgeous cover.