This Poison Heart
When Briseis's aunt dies and wills her a dilapidated estate in rural New York, Bri and her parents decide to leave Brooklyn behind for the summer. Hopefully there, surrounded by plants and flowers, Bri will finally learn to control her gift. But their new home is sinister in ways the ...more
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Gorgeous cover aside, I'm going to need everyone who enjoyed Tracy Deonn's LEGENDBORN to add this to their TBRs a.s.a.p., because this book does with Greek mythology what that book did with Arthurian legends: strong Black heroine, magical heritage, Gothic elements, and family secrets. Can you say "YES"? Because I can.
THIS POISON HEART is about a girl named Briseis. She works in a flower shop with her two moms and she has a natural affini ...more
also, that cover. my my. clutches fist in cottage core lesbian.
I've been ready for this book since I finished Cinderella Is Dead. It didn't even what it was about. If this author wrote it, I was going to read it. Though, the synopsis did make me even more intrigued. A retelling of the The Secret Garden, about a girl who can make plants blossom and grow with a single touch. But, the gift has a deadly side, and she suddenly inherits a mysterious old house that has strangers randomly showing up. Oh yeah, I was intrigued.
I just love all Kalynn Bay ...more
I really liked Cinderella is Dead and this was her next book! Also very happy this is the first in the series. Thank you to @Netgalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of this book.
💜 What I liked:
How this story was rooted in Greek lore and magical realism. It is also a bit influenced by the Secret Garden (one of my favorite childhood stories), but the majority of the story is original. This is a calm story with a little bit of mystery.
😱 What I didn’t like:
There is ...more
Briseis has a gift: she can grow plants from tiny seeds to rich blooms with a single touch. When Briseis's aunt dies and wills her a dilapidated estate in rural New York, Bri and her parents decide to leave Brooklyn behind for the summer. Hopefully there, surrounded by plants and flowers, Bri will finally learn to control her gift. But their new home is sinister in ways they could ...more
Kalynn Bayron’s new YA Fantasy is a magically captivating and beautifully empowering coming of age tale with a supernatural twist.
Briseis was born with a gift, she can grow plants with a single touch. They bloom in her presence and follow her wherever she goes. It’s a secret she and her adoptive mothers have always kept, helping her to learn about and control her gift at their flower shop in Brooklyn.
But when Briseis inherits an old house with rambling gardens from her birth mother’s famil ...more
I’m so grateful to Bloomsbury YA for my ARC of This Poison Heart, which I’ve been excited to read since Kalynn Bayron first posted about it. This ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review, and this review was written voluntarily – all opinions herein are my own.
Let me start by talking about how this book has so many amazing elements that I love so very much. Sapphic relationships, a bisexual MC, plant magic, beautiful and descriptive language, loveable characters, a solid ...more
This book starts out innocently enough ...more
First of all, the cover is beautiful and I was immediately drawn in by it and accompanied by the blurb, I was all here f ...more
First I loved the cover--it immediately caught my eye. And it's not often that I get to read fiction by a POC author--I'm always looking for fresh writers/books in fantasy.
The storyline was interesting, a black girl from NYC with supernatural powers. Biggest questions that seemed to pop up were why and how and what. How did she get her powers, w ...more
The girl has the magic in her touch and being to make plants perform-- they respond to her, they don't hurt her, she can create more, make them grow, etc. And it works out nicely because her two moms own a floral shop that she works at but when a lawyer comes knocking that shares that she has been left a sizeable estate a few hours north of the city from her birth mother's sister that ...more
Really all I want out of life is more queer stories, and this was excellent. Briseis has the unique ability that all plants around her respond to her, her emotions, her thoughts, her touch. When she is notified of a will from her deceased Birth Mother’s sister, leaving her a fully paid off house, she and her two moms move out into the country.
This has a lot of fun twists and turns, and so much girl power and girl love. (Listen, we love th ...more
Briseis has a way with plants. Even when she's not trying, they are drawn to her - which can make it pretty awkward when she's just trying to go about her day. When she inherites a house, her family move to the Country and Briseis embraces the chance to really see what she is capable of.
The characters is This Poison Heart are so much fun to read! Briseis's relationship with her Mums is beautiful, and I'm co ...more
I want to just start by saying I absolutely loved this book. I could not put it down. I didn't know a lot about this book going into it and I was so pleasantly surprised. Briseis is a brilliant MC with one of the coolest powers I have ever seen and I was rooting for her the whole time. I found it incredibly empowering and very diverse, which I am aiming to read more of!
I absolutely loved her family, I can't begin to express how much I love the ...more
A teenager inheriting a mysterious house in the woods has the potential to be a little clichéd; this book takes your expectations and gives them a feminist twist. Briseis, named after the woman in Greek Myth, is a teenage girl with two loving mothers and a magical ability ar ...more
The plants and plant magic was definitely my favorite part, along with the interwoven Greek myths. Love me some Greek myths. I enjoyed CINDERELLA IS DEAD, and the writing in this is really wonderful.
I saw parts of the plot twist coming at the end (the bookshop) but didn’t see other parts of it (THE BANK AND THE KEYS AND !!!!!!!) comi ...more
I was very disappointed. The story had great potential, and the magic was cool, but I HATED the characters. They were all irritating and unrealistic. The protagonist’s decisions made literally no sense, and all her relationships with other characters go from 0 to 100 instantly. Then she reacts badly to things happening? My reaction was constantly WTF?!
The ending was terrible and the villain’s reasons for being a villain were ridiculous.
Also everything was predic ...more