19 July 2011

Review: The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood & The Duchess of Northumberland

The Poison Diaries - Maryrose Wood & The Duchess of Northumberland
Series: The Poison Diaries, #1
Publication Date: May 27th 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0007354436 (ISBN13: 9780007354436)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 237

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Jessamine Luxson lives with her father, Thomas, an apothecary, in an isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle. Thomas’s pride and obsession is his locked garden full of dangerous plants, which Jessamine is forbidden to enter.

When a traveler brings an orphan to their cottage, he claims the boy has special gifts that Thomas might value. Jessamine is drawn to the strange but intriguing boy, called Weed. Soon their friendship deepens into love. Finally, Weed shares his secret: He can communicate with plants. For him they have distinct personalities—and some are even murderous. From the locked garden the poisonous plants call to Weed, luring him with promises of deadly power.

When Jessamine falls inexplicably ill, only Weed’s relationship with the Poisons can save her. But Thomas is determined to exploit Weed’s abilities, even if it risks Jessamine’s life—or drives Weed to the brink of madness.…

It's a slow / moderate paced story, so it wasn't very unputdownable, but it was very special and pretty. Honestly, I didn't really like the parts/chapters without Weed, I was really impatient and couldn't wait until a possible love interest appear. Yes, it got better after he FINALLY appears!

The way the author(s) described the plants, how they communicate, oh how very imaginable! I think this should be made into a cartoon-ish movie, a little bit too dark for happy-cartoons though, maybe a little like Scott Pilgrim vs The World style, not exactly that style, but you get what I mean. It will make a GORGEOUS and BEAUTIFUL movie, definitely! The author(s) described the place to be soooooo beautiful! And the poison garden, I kept imagining it to be quite similar to the one in Harry Potter, except maybe literally darker.

BUT OMGOSH AT THE ENDING WTF the villain (I guess). Sigh he is so cruel and self-centered and ridiculous! Anyway, I cannot wait for the 2nd book, for the ending was really quite unsatisfying! Not really a cliffhanger, but surely there must be more to the story. Did not see that coming! It was the most exciting part of the book though.

Beautiful with a hint of darkness, then a shocking ending that might leave you go "OMG WHAT THE FFFFFFF! NOOOOOoooooo!".

Cover Design:
Way prettier than the hard back cover! I like the gold against the green, and the font, nearly everything maybe. The green texture kinda covered the girl's face, but I like that effect, it matches the story inside. But really, I think the gold against the green, and the lacey (or whatever) thingy on the top and bottom of the cover rocked this. And I didn't notice the girl there before.

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