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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Review: The Poison Diaries

Title: The Poison Diaries
Series: Poison Diaries # 1
Genre: Young Adult-Historical/Fantasy
Author: Maryrose Wood
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Release Date: June 20, 2010
Book: ARC recieved from Joni at Paragraphs Books

"Jessamine Luxson lives with her father, Thomas, an apothecary, in an isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle. Thomas’s pride and obsession is his locked garden full of dangerous plants, which Jessamine is forbidden to enter.

When a traveler brings an orphan to their cottage, he claims the boy has special gifts that Thomas might value. Jessamine is drawn to the strange but intriguing boy, called Weed. Soon their friendship deepens into love. Finally, Weed shares his secret: He can communicate with plants. For him they have distinct personalities—and some are even murderous. From the locked garden the poisonous plants call to Weed, luring him with promises of deadly power.

When Jessamine falls inexplicably ill, only Weed’s relationship with the Poisons can save her. But Thomas is determined to exploit Weed’s abilities, even if it risks Jessamine’s life—or drives Weed to the brink of madness.…"

In the beginning it was slow. At first I almost gave up in the book, then I hit chapter four, thats when things really started to get interesting. It certainly did pick up when Weed, started to do strange things. I was very intrigued from the start.

Now, this book was written well, and the plot, drama was great. In the end, it had some very unexpected surprises and I really need to know what happens NOW!

The Poison Diaries is what it is, poison. It seeps into you forcing you to finish the book no matter what. It was definitely a must read. I also like the fact how everything was well put together. The characters were great as well as the time period. I love to read books that are old fashioned talk. There is just something sexy about it.

Also, it may be a little hard to read if you don't like reading book that are in the past, and it did take a little time to get to the good part.

All in all, this was a very great, intriguing read. I often wondered a lot about plants, and I now know more now, then what I knew then. The paranormal element in this book is good. It is something different and unique.

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. Sounds like this one is really good! thanks for the review!

  2. I really like the sound of this one, and you are so right, there's something very sexy about old-fashioned talk:) Glad to know it starts slow but picks up if you stick with it. Great review!

  3. This is actually the book I've been wanting to get.


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