The Poison Diaries: Nightshade: Nightshade by Maryrose WoodThe Poison Diaries: Nightshade: Nightshade by Maryrose Wood

The Poison Diaries: Nightshade: Nightshade

byMaryrose Wood

Hardcover | October 25, 2011

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Sixteen-year-old Jessamine Luxton is heartbroken. Her true love, Weed, the strange but intriguing young man who came into her life so suddenly, has disappeared. How could he have left her with no farewell, and no word since?

Jessamine may not know why Weed vanished, but she does suspect that her own father, Thomas, may have had something to do with it. Thomas, who was so obsessed with Weed’s secret knowledge of dangerous plants that he would do anything to learn it. This suspicion—and her experiences with poisons—has changed her. She is no longer innocent, and now she has her own intimate knowledge of the power of the plants.

So when Jessamine learns that Weed is alive, she will do whatever it takes to be reunited with him.

She is, after all, her father’s daughter. . . .

Maryrose Wood is the author of the first five books (so far!) in this series about the Incorrigible children and their governess. These books may be considered works of fiction, which is to say, the true bits and the untrue bits are so thoroughly mixed together that no one should be able to tell the difference. This process of fabricat...
Title:The Poison Diaries: Nightshade: NightshadeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.97 inPublished:October 25, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061802425

ISBN - 13:9780061802423


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I love the series, but the ending needs another book to finish it off. BUT, the third book may not be published!!
Date published: 2013-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from In The Right Dose, Everything Is Poison... Even Love. This is a combined review of The Poison Diaries and it's sequel, Nightshade. In The Right Dose, Everything Is Poison... Even Love. With an interesting title like "The Poison Diaries" and an equally entrancing synopsis, I was instantly interested in diving into the series. Jessamine Luxton is the daughter of an apothecary, her father using plants and his knowledge of them to cure the ill and injured. The land where she lives and shares with her father is covered in an abundance of illustrious flowers, ones that can kill you and poison you. However the small world that she solely shares with her father is quickly changed when a stranger by the name of Weed begins to live with them. Weed quickly becomes more of a friend than a stranger, displaying incredible knowledge of plants that even her father didn't know existed, and it's immense uses for them. Jessamine, unsuspectingly, begins to fall in love with the aloof stranger but what happens when she discovers that there's more to him then just a simple knowledge of plants? A Dark, Gothic Tale Of Romance… And Murder. The novels, regrettably started off fairly slow. I encountered a grueling pace that had me staggering for quite a few chapters, in both cases, and a different style of writing that took me quite some time to become accustomed with. When that was settled I found myself really enjoying the world Maryrose Wood created. The world was incredibly detailed in the aspect of plants, their ability to cure a sick and injured person and to poison someone and kill them - it all fascinated me greatly. With a protagonist like Jessamine, one so quiet yet very observant, I was eager to learn more about the world she came from and what kind of relationship she shared with her father, an apothecary. Though the old fashioned and unique world that Maryrose Wood created is what initially grasped my attention, what sealed the deal were the characters. In addition to Jessamine, I found myself truly curious about Weed, a stranger who suddenly became a big part of Jessamine's life. Weed instantly interested me with his substantial knowledge of plants and cures and what I wasn't expecting was how big of a role he'd play further into the novels. With Weed's introduction to the novels came great mystery, that both having to do with Weed himself and the occupation and doings of Jessamine's father, which begin a whirlwind of drama in it's sequel, Nightshade. Though I very much enjoyed the heavy mystery aspect of the novels, I found the romance to be excessively weak. Though very obvious from the synopsis that there is a romance between Jessamine and Weed, it came across as very flat and undeveloped. It was unfortunate, as I had hoped for something slow building and full of emotion, that of which this one did, unfortunately, lack. The Poison Diaries and it's sequel Nightshade were wonderfully entertaining YA reads involving the world of plants, romance, drama and unyielding mystery. Though I did find it enjoyable, the pace and chain of events proved to be quite slow for my liking, taking from my overall excitement for the novels.
Date published: 2011-10-28

Editorial Reviews

Praise for THE POISON DIARIES: Wood fashions a narrative whose conventions of gothic romance intertwine with, then utterly succumb to, the brutal forces of human obsession. Absorbing.