Venom by Fiona Paul
(Secrets of the Eternal Rose)

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Synopsis

Love, lust, murder, mayhem and high society converge in one thrilling debut

Cassandra Caravello has everything a girl could desire: elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, invitations to the best parties, and a handsome, wealthy fiancé—yet she longs for something more. 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 the body of a murdered woman—with a bloody X carved across her heart—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of secret societies, courtesans, and killers. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a poor artist with a mischievous grin . . . and a habit of getting into trouble. Will 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, romance, and mystery weave together in a novel that’s as seductive and stunning as the city of Venice itself.

 

About Fiona Paul

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Fiona Paul (www.fionapaulbooks.com) is a writer, teacher and registered nurse who lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
 
Published October 30, 2012 by Puffin. 445 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, History. Fiction

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Readers meet Cassandra at the funeral of one of her best friends.

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The New York Times

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Cotrona (Sean), Rick Cramer (Ray), Meagan Good (Cece), Bijou Phillips (Tammy), Method Man (Deputy Turner) and Deborah Duke (Miss Emmie).

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Publishers Weekly

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This first book in the Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy introduces Cass, a wealthy 15-year-old living in Renaissance-era Venice, who chafes at the constraints of her society.

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I have two questions for you: How long do you stick with a book that’s not working for you, and what’s the last book you gave up on?

Oct 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Venom (Secrets of the Eternal...

City Book Review

Paul does an astounding job of keeping the reader engaged and vested in what will happen to the characters so that you feel like you are living through them.

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Boomtron

As the concluding piece to a deep, rich, exciting and confusing trilogy about revenge against all dragonkind, Lawrence Watt-Evans’ Dragon Venom is well worth the adventure.

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The British Fantasy Society

You would think there would be a very emotional feeling to this novel, but most of it is kept out of the readers range, and the novel seems to concentrate on Zaltys finding the answers to her real clan.

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Night Owl Teen

Falco insinuates himself in Cass's life, and together they decide that they must get to the bottom of the mysterious deaths before the killer comes after Cass.

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RazOrBill

This is only accentuated by the fact that this is Renaissance Venice and Cass is part of a higher society so sneaking around with a boy is beyond incomprehensible.

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RazOrBill

Miss Paul is clearly keeping the concept of The Eternal Rose as a mystery to be revealed in the next books to come.

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RazOrBill

Venom was the number one book on my wish list from the moment I saw the cover and read the synopsis.

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