Venom

Venom

Book - 2012
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In Renaissance Venice, orphaned Cassandra Caravello is one of the elite but feels trapped in the city of water until she stumbles upon a murdered woman and is drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, grave robbers, and secret societies, guided by Falco, a mysterious and alluring artist.
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9780399257254
039925725X
Branch Call Number: PAU Y
Characteristics: 435 p. ; 24 cm.

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winner2345
Jul 10, 2014

At the beginning it was kind of boring but as i kept on reading it started to get more interesting and now i am really excited to read the next book in the series

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

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In 16th century Venice, murder, forbidden love and a mysterious secret society collide in one girl's search for the truth.
- Anne Rouyer

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tocch101
Nov 14, 2013

The amount of love triangle is a little excessive, but in general the mystery was the drawing aspect of the story and kept the plot moving. I'm interested to see how this plot plays out, and hope that there is a clear ending planned.

JewelMcLatchy Jul 02, 2013

If you're looking for heavier on romance, lighter on mystery, suspense, adventure, this is the right book for you. If you're hoping for good mystery or intrigue, look elsewhere. I was very much looking forward to reading this book, but the excitement died quickly the farther along I read. I was hoping for more mystery or magic (an actual romantic spark, not just wands or spells, although I am also frustrated at the numerous mention of vampires only to have nothing come of it). The book started out well and seemed interesting, but then really fell flat. Just leaves a lot to be desired. It was disappointingly tame in most aspects, despite the frequent "passionate" interludes. I was looking for something more similar to the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray than to Bewitching Season and its sequel Betraying Season by Melissa Doyle. I will NOT be looking for book 2.

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sal222
Jun 19, 2013

Sensuous, dark and thrilling, this novel is a compelling read that captures the spirit of Renaissance Italy. Venom immerses the reader in a time where no one can be trusted and brings together a combination of history, mystery and romance. The main character, Cassandra, is very likable as she begins to awaken, both intellectually and sexually, to the intrigue that is going on around her. The romance between Cassandra and Falco is the main focus of the book and follows the typical storyline of a high-born girl becoming attracted to an artist, who is trying to help her find a murderer who is roaming the canals of Venice. While the romance was done well, the best part of the book was its setting - the onset of the revolutionary Renaissance interspersed with a dark and foreboding atmosphere that makes you want to keep turning the pages. I will definitely be reading the sequel!

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winner2345
Jul 08, 2014

Cass has a good life with everything she needs, except for freedom to do things but when her friends dead body goes missing, she starts going on adventures with Falco, a artist, and starts to fall in love with him when she already has a fiance, Luke.

catbluecurious Nov 05, 2012

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.

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Mama_Fike
Aug 09, 2013

Mama_Fike thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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winner2345
Jul 10, 2014

“Madness weakens the mind and disease weakens the body, but nothing destroys the spirit like the loss of a true love.”

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