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“Part three’s sure to levy as much page-turning enthrallment as its predecessors.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for THE POISON DIARIES: Lyrical and lovely, a fast-paced literary gem. (Ally Carter, New York Times bestselling author of Heist Society)

Praise for THE POISON DIARIES: A passionate story....Wood does a marvelous job of creating heart-wrenching decisions for her characters and portraying a doomed romance reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet. (Publishers Weekly)

Praise for THE POISON DIARIES: Wood fashions a narrative whose conventions of gothic romance intertwine with, then utterly succumb to, the brutal forces of human obsession. Absorbing. (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Maryrose Wood is the author of the first five books (so far!) in this series about the Incorrigible children and their governess. These books may be considered works of fiction, which is to say, the true bits and the untrue bits are so thoroughly mixed together that no one should be able to tell the difference. This process of fabrication is fully permitted under the terms of the author's Poetic License, which is one of her most prized possessions.

Maryrose's other qualifications for writing these tales include a scandalous stint as a professional thespian, many years as a private governess to two curious and occasionally rambunctious pupils, and whatever literary insights she may have gleaned from living in close proximity to a clever but disobedient dog.

Jane Northumberland is married to the twelfth Duke of Northumberland and is mistress of Alnwick Castle. The earls and dukes of Northumberland have lived in Alnwick Castle for seven hundred years. The Duchess has spent the last fourteen years creating beautiful public gardens in the grounds of the castle and, because of her fascination with and knowledge of poisons, has created the world-famous Poison Garden. Alnwick Castle and the Alnwick Garden are the most popular tourist destinations in the north of England, attracting more than 800,000 visitors each year.


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Product Details

  • Series: Poison Diaries (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061802425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061802423
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Misty Braden on November 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just to warn you: there really is no way to write a review of a 2nd book in a series without revealing some secrets from the first book. This is especially true where this series is concerned, so this review will contain spoilers for book one!

I mentioned in my review of The Poison Diaries that I liked it better after having read Nightshade. It brought some things together for me, but mostly I think it was because the ending to TPD takes such a strange turn that I think your mind needs time to adjust, and there just wasn't time before the book ended. I mean, yes, you've been somewhat prepared for talking plants from Weed's revelations, but then to actually have plants talking - and plotting murder and world domination - is just a little strange. It takes a big adjustment. A lot of willing suspension of disbelief. But by book 2, it almost seems natural. Partly, I think this is because not just poisonous plants are doing the talking. You start to get a feel for the different "personalities" of the plants, and they become more like characters. But I think it's also because of the way it's narrated - more in Weed's voice, and where Jessamine is concerned, she's no longer fevered, so it reads less...manic, I guess. Whatever the reason, it works now, and makes the ending of TPD go down a little better.

Where it seemed to touch on magical realism in book one, I think it takes a pretty firm turn into magical realism in Nightshade. It also goes really, really dark. Wood explores some pretty deep, scary waters for a YA book, which, coupled with the magical realist feel, is really interesting. When you think "dark" in YA, you tend to think emotional contemporary blahblah.
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Quick & Dirty: This is a dark tale filled with betrayal, passion, and murder. With interesting characters and a fascinating plot.

Opening Sentence: I wake, as I usually do, to the sound of Weed's voice.

The Review:

Jessamine is devastated. She survived the strange illness that over took her body recently, but she woke to find that her beloved Weed had abandoned her. She was brought back to health by her father and he told her that Weed no longer cared for her and fled. She never quite believed him, and she had strange dreams while she was ill. Dreams of her father and his true nature. As the seasons pass Jessamine becomes more and more desperate to find Weed. Help comes in an unexpected way. Prince Oleander is the Prince of Poison and he offers to help reunite Jessamine with Weed. The Prince is from the poison garden, he is not flesh and blood but his influence is all too real. He has a steep price that must be paid for his help: Jessamine must kill her father. After the deed is done Jessamine abandons the only home she has ever known and the Dark Prince is her only companion. As she searches for Weed, the Dark Prince pulls her more and more into his dark web until she is no longer the girl she used to be. She becomes an assassin for hire, and soon she loses herself and starts to forget. She still loves Weed but will he love the girl she has become?

Weed left Jessamine to save her life. He left to live in the forest by himself where he still could ask the plants how his beautiful Jessamine faired. He soon comes to learn that she has left her home and is under the power of the Dark Poison Prince. Weed knows that Jessamine needs help but he has no way of finding her.
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The first mortal to converse with plants (and they with him) is an odd, bedraggled, green-eyed fellow named Weed. He came out of nowhere and has some elemental link to an herbal consciousness. In NIGHTSHADE, the second volume of The Poison Diaries, Weed pursues his lady love while Jessamine flees England with the Prince of Poisons, attempting to escape her crimes under a dark influence.

Weed saved Jessamine from an excruciating death by poisoning. But all hopes for a life with her are long lost. He has kept his promise and retreated into the forest, still in love with Jessamine (of course), but staying away out of a sense of duty and the belief that he's protecting her. Weed limits his friendships to the many herbs and flowers that surround him. The plants all warn him of the cost of staying and the imbalance he brings to the forest. Knowing that their wisdom is greater than his, Weed does finally listen and returns to find Jessamine missing and a murdered man in the Luxton house. Oleander's trap has been sprung; Jessamine is ensnared already.

Alternating with Jessamine and Weed as narrators, we enter the strained and worried consciousness of a 16-year-old girl, the natural healer whose mind has been invaded. The venom came first from her father but is now of her own making. Having lost everything, she despises her father and thinks Weed will not return. Her father is clearly responsible for her mother's murder and maliciously poisoned her; his poison diary proves his guilt. She has lost the one person who loved her. Jessamine's sweet disposition has sharpened, and she is acutely aware of the evil within all places of the world. Disillusioned, her heart is void of hope.
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