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Poison Tree (Den of Shadows #8)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  513 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
The rich stew of the author's creations—SingleEarth, vampires, shapeshifters, Tristes, the Bruja Guilds—are at full boil here in the story of two 20-ish young women trying to out run their very different pasts, and figure out where they fit in and who they might become. Each has landed in a more "normal" place, and each wonders if, like a tattoo that can't be covered up, t ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 04, 2013 Leeanna rated it it was ok
I’ve read several of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’s books over the years, and I have the same complaint every time.

Her books are too short. Poison Tree is only 219 pages, but there’s enough story for at least 300 or 350. With such a short length, the book is very rushed. I always feel like I’m thrust into a story where I’m missing half the information. I kept flipping back and forth, trying to figure out if I had missed something, when characters referred to their past.

The author has a vivid imaginatio
Nancy O'Toole
Sep 13, 2012 Nancy O'Toole rated it it was ok
After fleeing her abusive father, tiger shapeshifter Sarik lives a relatively peaceful life working as a mediator for SingleEarth. Then she meets Alysia, a woman with a past as tainted by violence as her own, who also wishes to become a mediator. But soon after Alysia is welcomed in, one of their own is attacked, and almost killed, setting a series of events into motion that will force both women to deal with the demons of their past.

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes was one of my favorite authors as a teen
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
The book starts off with a prologue that introduces our main characters all at once - then they are separated for half the book until reuniting and not always recognizing one another. Sarik is a shapeshifting Tiger, who escaped her brutal clan after the murder of her human sister by their Father. Christian and Alysia are a part of a Bruja Guild - assassins with a strange, complex code of honor. Jason is a vampire once ensalved to his maker. Just a few years later Sarik and Jason are part of Sing ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
First the cover attracted me. Although this book actually involves four protagonists (Two couples) they cohose to picture the one who is of African-Asian heritage (a tiger shapeshifter) on the cover. That meant I had to read it.

The book did not disappoint. It has one of the few prologues I've read that absolutely works, it sets the tone and background beautifully, as we watch the pureblood Tiger-shifter, Sarik dealing with the torture-muder of her younger younger human sister (and the difference
Mar 30, 2012 Katy rated it liked it
3.5 stars - I thought this book had a good mix of good elements. It was average length but didn't feel too short or too long. It had a good blend of action, mystery and politics. It had romance but not too consuming that it took away from the story. Not a bad read at all.

There was a point about two-thirds of the way through that I took a breather because I was so frustrated that I had a lot of unanswered questions. Why were they let go in the prologue? Why doesn't anyone recognize each other? Wh
Jeanne Chau
Jul 14, 2012 Jeanne Chau rated it it was amazing
This book definitely did not disappoint me. Ever since In the forest of the Night I have been in LOVE with Amelia's writing style and stories. With every book she surprises me with the intricate details of her world. This book introduced more information about the Bruja and SingleEarth that I have always wanted to know more about. As always she gave enough information to keep your mind whirling but held back just enough so she can surprise you in the most fabulous way. The only thing that would ...more
Robin Connelly
Jul 22, 2012 Robin Connelly rated it it was ok
Predictable and a lot of exposition. Not Amelia's best.
Laura Martinelli
I kinda love how I’ve been doing these bursts of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes binge-reading/catch-up in the last couple of years. Before that, I probably wouldn’t have admitted that I used to be super-into her books back in middle school (or if I did, with a serious eyeroll and laughing about it), but she did have an impression on me back then, and heading back into these books has been a warm wave of nostalgia for me. (Also, having more money to final splurge and finish up the Den of Shadows and get t ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
I’ve never had the opportunity to read anything by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, so I’ve never actually had a chance to sample “the rich stew” the summary speaks of. I figured that Poison Tree was a good place to start since it seems to reference a lot of the same lore that can be found in her other books. I do admit that this was probably not the best place to start but I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything vital during it. Also this is classified as Young Adult but it doesn’t really feel l ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Corina rated it it was amazing
Poison Tree (Den of Shadows, #8) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

I don’t even know where to start with this review. My head is all over the place and I desperately want more! I have read all of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’ books to date and while I love all of her stories, there are always going to be the ones that are my favorites and Poison Tree has definitely fought its way into the top three in that list.

This is the first book that has focused on SingleEarth as the main part of the story. Yes, it’s true SingleEarth or a mention of it usually makes its way into
Jessica (a GREAT read)
It's a sad thing when you read a book by a beloved author and just could not get into it. I don't know what it was about Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's Poison Tree, but I seriously can't remember much of what I read. Perhaps I was still enjoying the high of finishing her last book which returned to characters I knew and loved. Starting over again with brand new characters might not have been a wise move. But I was on a role getting this series nearly finished!

I don't know where my head was when I was r
Amy Lignor
Sep 08, 2012 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it
From the author who brought two fantastic YA series to the fantasy world, this new tale is filled with the same creatures who have become beloved by millions. Yes, you have your token vamps, shape shifters and more, but with this book you also receive a very interesting plot!

Sarik is a shape shifter (a tiger, in fact). She and Jason (a vamp) saved each other six years ago and have been in love ever since. Lynzi is like a vamp in the fact that she is physically ageless, and Diana is a witch and C
Lovey Dovey Books
Jul 24, 2012 Lovey Dovey Books rated it really liked it
With a curious prologue set six years in the past, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes establishes the connection between the four main protagonists of Poison Tree. Set in a quick pace, readers will fly through its intrigue and violence, and come to a question-raising ending.

Poison Tree is a great story that could use more oomph. The central story revolves around Sarik, the African-Asian tiger shifter, running away from an abusive home, then finding her way back home to stand up for herself. Weaving in the ot
Jun 07, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Once again, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes has proven her writing ability and reminded me why she is my favorite author. Poison Tree was a fantastic addition the Den of Shadows series. I always love learning more about this fantastic world.
I found the plot for Poison Tree extremely intriguing. Amelia threw in a few twists, some of which I predicted, and some of which made me reread the previous page just to wrap my head around the revealed information.
I thought Sarik and Alysia were very well developed c
Oct 02, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
What can I say?? This lady is a great writer and has been since her first book at 13 years old! I believe I have finally gotten my hands on all the ones available as of now.

I love magical creatures of all kinds. She takes a wonderful book and puts all kinds in there together. I love this!! I love to read about them all together and see them mingle in good and not so good times. Once you start reading one of her books you form ties with the characters, be it bad or great. Sometimes you get caugh
Jan 15, 2016 Haley rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars
I love the paranormal world and mythology that the author created and used throughout all her book. They’re all unique, with different characters. Some succeed, some fail and some are in-between. This was an in-between book for me. I liked the organization she created, called Single Earth. I like how technology was a topic in this book, as well as changing times. I think the different shape-shifters are cool (don’t care for the vamps). What I didn’t like in this book was how confused
Ellz Readz
Oct 02, 2012 Ellz Readz rated it liked it
My thoughts...Poison Tree offers readers a fresh story that includes action, intrigue, fantasy, and mystery.

PoisonTree is full of interesting characters. Not only will readers meet traditional vamps, witches and shifters,but other species of beings with unique abilities. The story is told from various character POV's with intertwining lives and common goals. Alyssa, a very strong character in the book, quickly became my favorite. She is not without flaws, but she is mentally strong and definite
Mrs. Kenyon
Jul 07, 2012 Mrs. Kenyon rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
This world is not our world. Inside this story the reader will find SingleEarth, vampires, shapeshifters, Tristes and the Bruja Guilds. Although each group may work with other groups, cooperation is the exception, not the norm. Sarik is a shapeshifting tiger that left her clan after her human sister was brutally murdered and became a mediator for SingleEarth, an organization that helps supernatural creatures. Alysia is a human with a checkered past in the Bruja Guilds, groups of assassins that h ...more
Lauren Homer
Sep 23, 2013 Lauren Homer rated it really liked it
I was wavering between three and four stars. I decided to go with four stars because while for the first half of the book I was not super invested and felt like I had no idea what was happening, the second half was really good and had some surprises. That being said, I had some problems.
I wish these books came with a key about the terms. Its been so long since I read the other books that I don't exactly remember all the specifics about the different groups. If I could remember I'm sure I would
I didn't realize I was starting in the middle of a series, which might explain why I had so much trouble getting into the the author's highly creative world where humans coexist with vampires, witches, shapeshifters, and even ghosts. Alysia has just been hired by SingleEarth, a humanitarian organization whose goal is to promote peace and understanding between supernatural beings and humans. Sarik who has been with SingleEarth for several years isn't so sure that Alysia's intentions are straightf ...more
Jan 02, 2013 Racquel rated it really liked it
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Nov 07, 2014 Lena rated it liked it
Fun, easy reading, with tech-savvy lady mercenaries (!) and very little romance.
This book suffers from faux action girl syndrome, flat characters, lack of closure to character arcs and relationships, and plot twists that depend on (view spoiler). Everyone also seems disturbingly okay with underage mercenaries (I would have expected SingleEarth and Sarik to have some not-so-positive thin
Jan 03, 2013 Jaimie rated it really liked it
This is the most complicated and convoluted plotline that the author has ever written (as she whines about briefly in her dedication), but I think she manages to pull it off without muddling anything up. I got a bit frustrated during the middle stages because there was way too much happenning and way too many characters being thrown into the story without explanation, but by the end it all made sense. I think some of the extraneous details could have been left out though, because there is really ...more
Diane Ferbrache
Mar 23, 2013 Diane Ferbrache rated it liked it
Alysia is a former mercenary for the Bruja guilds. Now she is a mediator for SingleEarth, an organization designed to foster harmony among the humans and supernatural beings. But an assassination attempt brings up old rivalries, family issues, and past love affairs.
This is complicated story with lots of action packed in just over 200 pages – something we have come to expect from this author. There are lots of characters (some of which appear in her other books) and their relationships are som
Aug 30, 2012 Marcey rated it liked it
At first I had no idea whose story this is. We seem to jump from person to person so I didn't know who was the protagonist until three-quarters the way through the book. After Sarik starts trying to find a home for the Mistari weretiger cubs did I realize it is her story. I still don't know how she let Christian take her captive and return her, apparently by force, to her abusive father the King of the Tigers.
Also, the title is never made clear as the words: Poison Tree is never brought up, unle
Aug 28, 2012 Theresa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Theresa by: Random House Publishing
Shelves: favorites, 2012-reads
Rating 4-stars I enjoyed this book a whole lot- can't say it is an all time favorite- but worth the read... I was a little confused with the characters and the plot. I'm not sure if it was simply because I read most of this book while at work so there were interruptions- or that it was a little confusing. The ending was great and the cover is beautiful- I will pick up more from this author in the future- I loved her writing style! This was a quick read and a well rounded book- just the right am ...more
Aug 16, 2016 Raquel rated it it was amazing
Amelia will forever be on my top three favorite authors. With every book she continues to add to the beautiful and rich world she has created over the years and it makes me what to be a part of it, even if it would be good for my health and safety. The one aspect of her writing style that some readers seem to not enjoy is how 'short' her work is. Personally, I think that there is ALWAYS so much I can take from her work and connect with previous books that it makes the read even sweeter. While be ...more
Melissa Eisenmeier
Mar 17, 2013 Melissa Eisenmeier rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy, ya
I absolutely loved Poison Tree. I loved the characters and learning more about the interesting world Amelia Atwater-Rhodes created. It was also neat seeing how the author's writing style changed from a that of a teenage girl in In the Forests of the Night to an extremely polished paranormal writer in Poison Tree.
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Sep 14, 2012 Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Mary Scott Librarian
7*s. Mystical, mythical, romantic, are just a few words that I would describe this book. Amelia brings to the table all the characters into one story. The vampires, the shape shifters and the humans all in one unforgettable tale. I enjoyed some parts more then others, and of course it is well written but I had trouble keeping my attention through some of it. I just didnt like this story as well as I have liked her other two series. It might be because there wasnt as much action as in the others, ...more
I was a big fan of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and I was always sad that she drifted away from her vampire setting. I like that she has combined both worlds in this story and did a pretty good job of it as well.

The story was very enjoyable and moved quickly. At first I wasn't sure I liked it, but the next thing I knew, I had finished the book. I enjoyed how Atwater-Rhodes set up the plot and portrayed the characters. I'm glad I read this new book of hers.
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I grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, where I matriculated through the public Concord-Carlisle school district from kindergarten until my graduation in 2001. The best part of school, from fifth grade until the year I graduated, was definitely chorus. I love music, and I love to sing, and though I never had the courage or the talent to participate in any of the high school plays as a performer, I en ...more
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