Book Review: The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood with the Duchess of Northumberland

Title: The Poison Diaries
Author: Maryrose Wood
Details: Hardcover, 288 pgs.
Published: July 20th, 2010 by Balzer + Bray
isbn: 0061802360 (ISBN13: 9780061802362)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Won in a contest
In the right dose, everything is a poison. Even love . . .
Jessamine Luxton has lived all her sixteen years in an isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle, with little company apart from the plants in her garden. Her father, Thomas, a feared and respected apothecary, has taught her much about the incredible powers of plants: that even the most innocent-looking weed can cure — or kill.
When Jessamine begins to fall in love with a mysterious boy who claims to communicate with plants, she is drawn into the dangerous world of the poison garden in a way she never could have imagined . . . 

My Thoughts:
This is one of those books that is really hard to review.  I can’t say I really liked this book, but it wasn’t until the end that I really made the decision that I wasn’t much caring for it.  I didn’t really have a hard time reading it.  I didn’t want to set it down and not pick it up again, I just wasn’t connecting with things and it was just too weird for me.
I liked the concept of things, but I can’t say I connected with any of it.  I didn’t hate the characters, but I didn’t love them either.  I thought all the relationships in the story were odd and each character was a bit odd.
But it was the end that was what made me decide that I didn’t care for it.   It was unpredictable.  Completely unpredictable, but weird.  The way things played out was just a bit disturbing to me.  So this wasn’t a book for me, but I know many have enjoyed it.  If this is on your list to read my advice is to check out other reviews and don’t take my word for it.  We can’t all love the same books!
 I give this one 2/5 moons.

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  1. I’ve read the graphic novel/picture book for The Poison Diaries (found it at The Dollar Tree of all places and the artwork was just phenomenal). I had this book on my to read list because I liked the quirkyness of the graphic novel and was going to pick up this one as well. Maybe I should pick this one up at the library :/

  2. Hmm… I’ve been curious about this one for awhile now. Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy it. Looks like I can move this from my wishlist to my library list.

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