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The Poison Diaries

(The Poison Diaries #1)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  3,808 ratings  ·  623 reviews
A dark, gothic tale of romance... and murder. In the right dose, everything is a poison. Jessamine has spent her whole life in a cottage close to her father's apothecary garden, surrounded by medicinal plants and herbs that could kill her -- although her father has never allowed her into the most dangerous part of the grounds... the poison garden. And so she's never had re ...more
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Balzer + Bray
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Jul 27, 2010 rated it liked it
First off, I have to say I thouroughly enjoyed this. This book did it's job, it kept me entertained. Was it mindblowing? No
Was it Fun? Yes
Do I think you should read it? Yes (if you like Young Adult books)

Imagine you can hear voices, voices of Plants. Daisies, Lilies, Trees, Grass, Potato Plants.. sounds good right??? But, you can also hear the voices of poisonous plants, Snakeweed, Moonseed, Larkspur....
They all call out to you, they all have motives.. To save, to heal, to poison, to kill. The
The Poison Diaries was different enough to hold my attention, but I not sure that it would be everyone's cuppa.

Jessimine is a young woman living a pretty isolated life with her botanist/apothecary father in (from what I could gather) the late 1700's. Her father is obsessed with finding cures made from plants that were lost generations ago. The cures were lost..not the plants. Yep, pretty strong Creepy Mad Scientist vibe rolling off of this guy.

For the most part Jessimine is a dutiful daughter wh
Morgan F
Sixteen-year-old Jessamine lives with her father, an apothecary, in an abandoned church she calls "the cottage". Her father's obsession is a forbidden garden where he keeps deadly and poisonous plants from around the world. Jessamine lives a boring life- taking care of her father and the plants, writing in her journal, doing household chores. Until a stranger shows up at her home with a present for her father. The present is Weed, a strange and introverted boy, whom with Jessamine builds a frien ...more
Jun 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
I thought this book would be so much better...

Let me start off with Jessamine. Pros? Eh...apparently she's pretty. Cons? Don't get me started. She is one of the silliest, weak-willed female protagonists I've read in awhile. Naive to an obvious fault, she is willing to tell her entire life story (and her fathers, including the bit about where he keeps all his deadly poisons) to the first stranger that comes along. Naturally, this person is Weed. And, obviously, she falls in love with him if for n
Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars: I recommend this book with some reservations.
The Poison Diaries is a book of dark suspense, filled with the innocence of first love and a treacherous betrayal. It is hard for me to review this book. I find myself conflicted on my final rating. While there are aspects of the story I enjoyed, the majority of the book is ominous and it leaves you with an unsettled feeling. This book is about Jessamine, a young innocent, sheltered, flower bud; who for the most part has lived in isolatio
This was kind of a disappointment. I was interested in the concept, the idea of a character who can communicate with plants. And it started out fine. I liked the idea that Weed, the one who can hear plants, would be happy to eat meat but not plants, because carrots communicate him while bacon does not. That was an interesting take. But eventually, I got bored with the characters. I got bored with a story that went nowhere for far too long. And when one character went from being kind of a jerk to ...more
I read this pre-release ebook on HarperTeen.com. I must admit that I'm not generally a fan of reading ebooks on the computer - I like to be able to travel while reading: the bed, the couch, the floor, at the table while I eat, etc. So I don't read a lot of books at the computer, but a lot depends on if the book is worth it. If it engages me and keeps me interested, then I don't notice that I'm tethered as much.

This one definitely kept me interested, and engaged. I really enjoyed it, and in fact
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May 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
One line review: What a strange little mindfuck of a book...

**This review is going to be somewhat informed by the fact that I read the first two books in the series before writing either review, so I know what happens next and how it all fits together.  Because of that, there will be times that I will reference book 2, which I wouldn't generally do, and I am sorry for that, but I promise to try to avoid spoilers.

I have to start by saying that I found The Poison Diaries to
L (Daytime Dreamer, Nighttime Reader)
Well now, I don't know what to think. I almost stopped reading with 20 pages to go as it got just a little bit too fanciful for my tastes...

20 pages, how could I not just finish? So I did... and I still don't know what I think. I told myself when I finished I would be done and not care about the rest of the series.

I don't know if I want to read the rest of the series or not. I think I might, one day...

2.5 rounded up... or down, no up....
Cora Tea Party Princess
I bought this book at Alnwick Castle, where the gated Poison Garden really strikes you as powerful - even more so once you have read this book. Visiting the Poison Garden at Alnwick Gardens can only increase your enjoyment and understanding of this young adult historical tale. This is a fantastic quick read which will leave you impatient for the next instalment.

I liked Jessamine's spunk and nature, Weed's weirdness, and her father's evil plots. The characters are passionate to a flaw: Jessamine
Jun 06, 2010 rated it liked it

I have been looking forward to reading this book. The plot sounded so intriguing. How could I resist a historical fiction centered on a poison garden ( I <3 gardens,) based on a real garden. Really, it’s my cup of tea.

However, much to my chagrin I really did not like it.

Jessamine is a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in a cottage with her apothecary gardener father Thomas, near Alnwick Castle. They live an isolated life, only called on when there is a need for a cure for the sick. When not neede
Steph Su
Nov 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Just when you think it’s all been done before, here comes Maryrose Wood to blow everything out of the water. THE POISON DIARIES is the start of an ambitious series that combines history, magic, romance, and evil into a fast yet resonant read.

THE POISON DIARIES unfortunately starts out rather slow and off-putting. The writing feels a bit stilted, the setup hard to believe. Jessamine was unappealingly weak, and her father difficult to define in his hardness and obsessiveness. I honestly did put th
Feb 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012, worst-of-2012
A mediocre book with a ridiculous ending that made me want to knock off any remaining stars it had left.

It started off as a three-star book, readable but unimpressive. I got to the last 100 pages and decided it was a 2-star book. I skimmed most of the way to the ridiculous end, and had it been a paper copy would have thrown it across the room. It was that bad.

The premise is interesting. A boy that can talk to plants—but this reveal isn't made until halfway through the book. We don't actually me
Time to start reading again
Jan 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
The idea behind The Poison Diaries is interesting: magical talking plants. But Ms. Wood could not decide if she was writing Bronte or Morgenstern. At times the characters display irrational passion: but then a plot machination or big inconsequence happens along and you go, "Pwah! This is stupid!" Although the technical quality is reasonable, the beginning is slow, the antagonistic plants have no strong motive, the plot falls falt in the middle, and the characters do character 180s without having ...more
Miranda Reads
The plot. Ugh. I could hardly finish this one.

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Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
For the longest time, it’s just been Jessamine Luxton and her father, a skilled apothecary. Her mother died long ago, and when her father is away to heal people, she is alone except for the plants in the gardens. She wishes more than anything to have a companion, but when Weed arrives, little does she know what kind of companion he’ll turn out to be. Weed is a shy and mysterious boy who knows little more about himself than others do. He has a strange knowledge of plants that fascinates both Jess ...more
Aug 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
I did not finish this book. The reason I did not finish it is because I am sensitive to animals being hurt and they were just being hurt all over the place - a dead cat from drinking in water where the main character dumped some poison, a horse that had been ridden too hard, throwing a rock at a raven (who was eyeing a baby sheep for dinner)... then came the part where the other main character was forced to watch a raven kill a lamb that was just being born, and to not do anything about it, and ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
In the beginning it was slow. At first I almost gave up in the book, then I hit chapter four, thats when things really started to get interesting. It certainly did pick up when Weed, started to do strange things. I was very intrigued from the start.

Now, this book was written well, and the plot, drama was great. In the end, it had some very unexpected surprises and I really need to know what happens next.....like NOW!

The Poison Diaries is what it is, poison. It seeps into you forcing you to finis
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Tara for suggesting this for me, I loved every minute of reading it!!! I honestly can say that I have never read any book like this.

The written was old style and so different to books these days which is why it took some time to get in the feel of it. The whole plot too was great,epic and different! It was so sweet and romantic in it's own twisted way.

Unfortunatly The ending was not the best and could've been a bit better. But overall it is diffently a unique book that is deffinetly
May 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Didn't think much of it to be quite honest. It was short and boring to be blunt. It dragged on and on about pointless things with half the book seeming off-story. It was nothing special and not the type of book that'll stick in mind once read. I'll probably forget about it tomorrow if it wasn't on GR.
Probably won't even bother with the rest of the series to be truthful.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
This one was...odd. The first 2/3 is fairly unexceptionable and a bit slow, and then things go completely weird in the final third. Not to give too much away, but wicked plants are involved. The plant lore doesn't have any gaping inaccuracies, and the tone is sparsely but spookily Gothic. If the main characters had been at all likable and their relationships nuanced, much else could have been excused.

I'm not sure what I was expecting. I've been to Alnwick Castle (but sadly left England just befo
Dec 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Official Rating: 1.5

Okay. Wow. I didn't expect to be finished with that so quickly.

To start off with, I'd just like to say that any book that has (view spoiler) as the big-bad antagonist is going to leave a bad taste in my mouth.

As unfortunate as it is to kick off reviewing books on Goodreads with a negative opinion, The Poison Diaries just didn't do it for me. At all.

At first, it had promise. I wasn't exactly sucked into the novel for the p
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So there's a whole weird THING going on with this book. It's related to a graphic novel by the same name, which is by the Duchess of Northumberland. The graphic novel is the Duchess telling a fairly simple but intriguing story as a way to teach kids (I'd say middle grade) about different poisonous plants and their properties and medicinal uses. In the story, a boy named Weed is the apprentice to an evil apothecary who keeps a locked garden of nothing but poisonous plants, and Weed is instructed ...more
What a convoluted story this book turned out to be!
By poison diaries i was expecting the characters (human ones) to be giving us some kind of information about the plants properties. And they do...most of the times. What i was not expecting was to find (view spoiler).

Okay, i guess those who lov
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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What a weird little book of weirdness. It's a bit dark and a bit gothic and was just hitting the right note for a book to read at the change of the seasons.

It starts out ok, a story set sometime in the 1700's about Jessamine, a teenage girl living in a disused chapel with her botanist healer father. Jessamine's father has a poison garden that she is not allowed into. Of course, that's the only thing she really wants out of life, to get in this garden and be allowed to take care of the plants.

May 31, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
a very generous three star rating
I did not like the tone of it nor how it was presented.
I would have liked it as a short story perhaps but like a whole book it seemed a bit bareboned and rushed.
The ending reminded me of a story made for a writing class project. There was a keen sense the author presenting the characters and the setting in a manner which made it hard to seem plausible. Like the author worked very hard to put everything together and the whole thing seemed less because of that effo
Louise Frost
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this. Read it in one sitting 👍📖
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