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Poisoned Ivy (Vintage #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  9 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, Autumn 1916. Crale, the ambitious Senator’s son, Wynter, the talented artist and Marrok, the football prodigy. Their paths cross in strange and unexpected ways in Poisoned Ivy, the first book in the Vintage series published by Bristlecone Pine Press. Inspired by antique pictures and photographs, Vintage books celebrate historic same ...more
ebook, 100 pages
Published June 17th 2010 by Bristlecone Pine Press
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Aug 13, 2010 Kassa rated it really liked it
The Vintage line from Bristlecone Press plays off of antique pictures and incorporates them into the stories. Here the cover picture is used wonderfully in the story and exists are more than a mere prop or concept. It becomes the essence of the novella in the most engrossing way. The start is a little slow, though I didn’t mind it, but the only real drawback is the deliberating confusing and vague ending. There’s enough information if you read between the lines to guess at a happy ending, but I’ ...more
Elisa Rolle
I think Poisoned Ivy was inspired by the very own life of J.C. Leyendecker, the artist whose illustration is on the cover; at the beginning of the XX century he was a very famous advertising illustrator and most of the time he used the same model, Charles Bean, who was also his in-living model and partner. Charles’s relationship with Leyendecker was of love (probably) and possession (for sure), arriving to almost captivity at the end of Leyendecker’s life, when Charles was his only connection wi ...more
Jul 07, 2010 Margaret rated it really liked it
I bought this book because the idea of reading a story written around a vintage image appealed to me.

The beginning was a little slow, probably because I had a problem with the odd names. Not too far in, though, I could tell it was going to get very good. It actually got "gripping." I had to finish it in one sitting, had to find out, not only what was going to happen, but what was really going on.

The M/M romance isn't overdone, but instead adds an air of sensual mystery to the story.

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Serena Yates
Jun 08, 2010 Serena Yates rated it it was ok
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I liked this story for its setting, language and variety of characters. That same variety stopped me from identifying with any one, though, which reduced my enjoyment on an emotional level. The plot idea was certainly intriguing, but the ending was highly confusing for me and left me totally up in the air as to what had actually happened. So much so that I'm still shaking my head, trying to figure out whether I even liked that ending or not. Right now, I'm veering toward not.
I agree with what others have said; this book seemed a tad slow to start. I liked the pacing and classic feel to it, though, and after the first few pages I was hooked.

I won't spoil the ending, but it certainly surprised me after being on the edge of my seat for a while. Wonderful read.
Jason Bradley
3.5 stars

The language in this story reminded me of a Jane Austen novel. It was hard to move past that and get into the story but I did. Through the entire reading, there was an underlying hint that there was more to what was going on than the surface would offer and I found myself guessing and coming up with scenarios of how it would play out. The ending was not anything I had imagined, not that it had to be, but it was just more of a 'huh' kind of reaction. The very end skips to present day to
Oct 21, 2010 Chris rated it it was ok
This so-so historical paranormal m/m romance about students at Yale in the early part of the 20th century just never really came together for me. Between the language (aping Jane Austen? or trying for a more literary feel?) and the WTF ending, I never warmed to the story.
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