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Interesting take on herbology,
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This review is from: The Poison Diaries (Hardcover)"The Poison Diaries" was an interesting read. The story surrounds an apothecary Thomas Luxton, his daughter Jessamine, and a strange young boy called Weed. What no one suspects is Weed's supernatural ability to speak to plants. As Jessamine and Weed grow closer, the apothecary becomes more and more jealous of Weed's ability.
At first, this book had a slow start. I didn't really sense a lot of chemistry between Jessamine and Weed, but went with the flow. The story picks up after about the first hundred pages or so when Jessamine falls ill and Weed must go through trials to save her. The mysteries of the plants, the locked garden, and the otherworldly, spiritual being Oleander all come into play to reach the climax of the novel, but some parts were confusing. I understand that Jessamine is seeing events and Oleander though a haze of a dreamlike state due to her illness, but the way the text was written on the page made the so-called dialogue hard to follow.
The ending is open-ended, which certainly leaves room for a sequel, but I'm undecided about whether or not I'll want to read it, which pretty much says it all. The story didn't grip me and keep me interested until the very end. However, the idea is unique. I guess I wish that the expression and execution of the idea was carried out better.