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This Poison Heart

(This Poison Heart #1)

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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 the
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: July 15th 2021 by Bloomsbury YA UK (first published July 6th 2021)
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    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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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

    also, that cover. my my. clutches fist in cottage core lesbian.
    Dec 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
    the math is simple, and the math does not lie:
    gorgeous cover
    + ownvoices fantasy retelling
    = me screaming over why this book feels so far away while aggressively clicking the want to read button
    Dec 21, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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    Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    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
    Kal ★ Reader Voracious
    I simply LOVED Bayron's debut Cinderella is Dead and can't wait for another retelling!
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    Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
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    4.5 phenomenal stars. full RTC
    Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This Poison Heart starts with a magical realism vibe but by halfway becomes a thoroughly fun paranormal title with myths, eternal creatures with super speed and strength, and centuries-old feuds. I love books about plants and gardens. I love the vibe they give to books and This Poison Heart brings with it that same plant and garden goodness I adore, with the added benefit that Briseis can control the plants around her – or sort of. She has long hidden her gift and isn’t sure how to master it whe ...more
    Laney Estel
    Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    ✨ The Title/Cover Draw:
    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
    Emily (emilykatereads)
    Sep 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: anticipated-2021
    Me looking at 2021: 👀
    Nicole Moon
    Dec 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
    I would die for this cover
    Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    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
    Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing

    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
    Book 90 of 2021

    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
    Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
    I am often guilty of judging a book by its cover, and I must say that to me, the cover of This Poison Heart looked like a middle-grade book. Don't get me wrong, I really like the cover--it just deceived me a bit. It looks like there is a second book in the works from the author and she is planning on a series of books so I am envisioning more beautiful covers to come and certainly hope that Kalynn Bayron decides to write a whole slew of books in this series.

    This book starts out innocently enough
    I really struggled with this book. Cinderella is Dead has been on my TBR for a while but after reading this book, I'm not sure if I vibe with Kalynn's writing style and perhaps this is why I didn't enjoy this book as much as I expected. Do I read Cinderella is Dead or not bother? That's the question. I'm not sure if it's just this storyline I didn't like or the authors writing.
    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
    Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I got this book as part of the amazon vine program for free in exchange for an honest review. The book I received was an advanced readers copy.


    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
    Mar 28, 2021 rated it liked it
    Shelves: arc
    Briseis is out of the school for the summer. Her moms want her to have fun, but all she wants to do is work with the plants at their family flower shop in Brooklyn. See, Briseis has the ability to make things grow rapidly and from the smallest of plant parts. But when they get word that her biological aunt has died (Briseis is adopted) and has left her a vast estate, they head up to check it out. But not everything is as it seems. This quirky story has a little bit of everything: a secret garden ...more
    Bayron is now firmly in the camp of making her YA fiction career out of retellings and we're all okay with this.

    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
    Ash McClintic
    Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I was granted an ARC of this; all my opinions are my own.

    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
    Laynie Rose
    High pitched screaming from the top of my lungs. Y'all no joke i think this is gonna be THEE YA book of the summer. I am in love with this book. It continuously took my breath away and kept me on the edge of my seat. I was so entranced by the plot and the way it was a mystery, unveiling different aspects of the truth and watching it all unfold. There were plot twists that made me audibly gasp. The characters were rich and captivating, and you just ENJOYED watching them and watching them interact ...more
    Abby Rubin
    Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: read-harder-2021
    A great book for fans of Poison Ivy and literal Black girl magic. Briseis knows that there is something different about the way that flowers perk up around her and trees grow towards her as she walks by, but she just wants to spend her summer in her Brooklyn neighborhood, working at her parents' flower shop and minding her own business. Everything changes when she inherits an estate two hours outside of the city. Bri and her moms take the time to explore their new house and this community and gi ...more
    Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Firstly, that cover is STUNNING. But even better, the story inside is just as incredible!

    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
    Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I received an eArc copy of this book from NetGalley.

    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
    Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This book is exceptional! Stories about magic are always good for me. Stories with strong female leads are always good for me. Stories with twists and turns are always good for me. This has all of those and I was bowled over.

    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
    Kristen Beverly
    This Poison Heart is a lavishly written young adult novel about a Black girl, Briseis, who has the power to make plants grow. When she is contacted about an inheritance, she and her moms travel to upstate New York to check out the estate. What they find is an estate with a massive garden filled with both edible and poisonous plants and an apothecary. But there are forces at play that do not want her there and are trying to make her family leave. This book is full of interesting characters and is ...more
    Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This was a really cool read. I wasn’t super sucked in until maybe 60% of the way through, and then I was like I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

    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
    Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: teen-fantasy
    I read an advanced copy to review.

    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
    Charlotte Jackson
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