The Poison Diaries by Maryrose WoodThe Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood

The Poison Diaries

byMaryrose Wood

Paperback | June 21, 2011

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In the right dose, everything is a poison . . . even love.

Jessamine Luxton has lived all her sixteen years in an isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle with her father, Thomas, a feared and respected apothecary. His pride and obsession, a poison garden, contains exotic and local specimens of the most dangerous plants in the world. But Jessamine is absolutely forbidden to enter.

Her life changes forever the day a traveler brings a stranger to their cottage, claiming that the young man has special gifts that Thomas might value. Jessamine is intrigued by the young man, who goes by the name of Weed. He has an intense sensitivity to growing things, and an even rarer and more specialized knowledge about plants than Thomas does. As Jessamine falls in love with Weed, she learns his extraordinary secret—and is drawn into the dangerous world of the poison garden in a way she never could have imagined. . . .

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 DiariesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:June 21, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061802387

ISBN - 13:9780061802386

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


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

“Wood fashions a narrative whose conventions of gothic romance intertwine with, then utterly succumb to, the brutal forces of human obsession. Absorbing.”