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The Poison Diaries Paperback – June 21, 2011
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This novel is pretty much summed in the above paragraph -it's incredibly simple and well, certainly not too original. The basic plot is a romance turned into a "save the girl" scenario, which I found to be boring and well, not quite what I expected after I read the summary. I guess I was hoping for a heroine who is not quite such a damsel in distress, but instead Jessamine is very passive and fairly uninteresting. Plus, near the end of the novel the story shifts to focus more on Weed than on Jessamine.
That brings me to another issue I had with this novel. The action is incredibly uneven and there is virtually no conflict for the majority of the story. For about the first 200 pages readers learn about the growing romance between Jessamine and Weed with virtually no conflict until there is one tiny blurb of concern with the father -which is quickly waved away barely 10 pages later.
The last seventy-ish pages of the book is where things final start to get interesting. The point of view, which had been first-person through the eyes of Jessamine to this point, suddenly shifts to first-person through the eyes of Weed, which is confusing and jarring to the reader.Read more ›
Jessamine begs her father to let her help him with either his healing work or his poison garden, but he insists the former is too gruesome and the latter too dangerous. Instead, he relegates her to being his housekeeper, which involves maintaining three gardens of her own, for vegetables, herbs and dye plants, as well as sewing, cooking, cleaning, and caring for their small collection of farm animals. Her father is often gone for days at a time treating sick people, and when he is home he rarely talks to her, to the point that Jessamine worries that she has forgotten how to speak. Then one day Tobias Pratt, the owner of the local madhouse, shows up and insists Thomas take charge of an odd orphan named Weed who appears to be about Jessamine's age. Pratt claims Weed has cured so many of the mentally ill in his keeping with herbal teas that his asylum is almost empty. He says that while Weed is putting him out of business, he'd be a welcome help to a healer like Thomas.Read more ›
The setting for the story is a cottage near Alnwick Castle and is told mainly by Jessamine Luxson whose life revolves around her apothecary father and his forbidden poison garden. When the mysterious orphan Weed enters her somewhat lonely and uneventful life, everything changes. Weed has a special ability when it comes plants and Jessamine is drawn to him. A black cloud seems to hang over their developing romance in the form of Jessamine's father who is determined to use Weed for his own ambitions.
When Jessamine mysteriously falls ill, Weed is determined to find a cure but must battle for his love with with the Oleander plant, the prince of the poison garden who visits Jessamine in her dreams and entices to let go of life and join him in her death. The mystery of who is behind Jessamine's illness, Weed's mysterious past, the star-crossed lovers and the eventual love triangle create the setting for a gripping YA Gothic Romance.
The first in a project trilogy, The Poison Diaries is sure to please lovers of historical fiction, fantasy and fans of the tragic love story. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Oh my, this book is intense, there should be more of this available, its so catchyPublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
This. Book. Was. BRUTAL! Brilliant, but brutal!
This is a very unique story! I was so impressed, because I have never heard anything even remotely like it, and that is... Read more
The start was a bit sloppy for me but once you get to the next ten pages things gets really interesting until the last.Published 1 month ago by Charles
The Poison Diaries is a young adult’s novel set in 18th century England. It was inspired by Jane, the Duchess of Northumberland of Alnwick Castle, who has a great knowledge of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Martina A. Nicolls
Stupid soap opera with no point. Unfit for children demeaning to the adult reader. Fairytale plot leads nowhere. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Craig Leslie
This could have been an interesting story had the voice not been so insufferably dull.
It was the biggest issue I had with the book. Read more
One of my students recommended that I read this book. She's picked a great read. Very pleased with this book.Published on October 16, 2013 by WhoShoes
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty: This was an intriguing dark tale about love, and the mysterious properties of plants and poison. Read more