Monday, November 21, 2011

Review: The Poison Diaries: Nightshade by Maryrose Wood

From inside the cover:
"Sixteen-year-old Jessamine Luxton is heartbroken. Her true love, Weed, the strange but intriguing young man who came into her life so suddenly, has disappeared. How could he have left her with no farewell, and no word since?

Jessamine may not know why Weed vanished, but she does suspect that her own father, Thomas, may have had something to do with it. Thomas, who was so obsessed with Weed's secret knowledge of dangerous plants that he would do anything to learn it. This suspicion - and her experiences with poisons - has changed her. She is no longer innocent, and now she has her own intimate knowledge of the power of the plants.

So when Jessamine learns that Weed is alive, she will do whatever it takes to be reunited with him. She is, after all, her father's daughter..."

First of all, I want to say a big "thank you" to Ms. Wood's wonderful PR team at who sent me this book for review!

This book picks up a little while after the first one ended. Jessamine has recovered, but finds that Weed has left her. She begins to realize that her father has something to do with his disappearance, and she soon figures out the man that her father truly is - and she can't let him get away with it.

Jessamine has changed drastically from the first book. She grows up quickly once she leaves home. She does things she never imagined she would to try to erase the memory of Weed, and just to make it on her own. She is even accused of being a witch.

The book alternates between her point of view and Weed's. We discover that Weed has wound up at the renowned poison garden at Alnwick Castle where he is taken under the wing of the garden's caretaker. Together they attempt to create the ultimote antidote for poisoning - they have reason to believe that the king may be at risk of being poisoned.
Jessamine and Weed's paths cross in a most unexpected way...

This book was definitely exciting. I really enjoyed all the twists and turns. I was a little bit sad at the path that Jessamine went down, using drugs and sex to make it on her own, but it did definitely add to the story.

My main criticism is that I found it a little confusing how the viewpoints of Jessamine and Weed would change without warning. I would have liked it if the viewpoints alternated by chapter, or at least if they were labeled with their names. Sometimes it took a few sentences to figure out who's viewpoint you were reading.

All in all, a very exciting, interesting read, and I will definitely be interested in reading the next book!


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