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The Poison Diaries

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

From a teen's perspective

The Poison Diaries is quite a gem.

I'm glad I read this book as it now one of my absolute favorite novels. I recommend it to anyone that is looking forward to reading a delightful book centered around a sweet and innocent love. The character's are interesting in thei...
The Poison Diaries is quite a gem.

I'm glad I read this book as it now one of my absolute favorite novels. I recommend it to anyone that is looking forward to reading a delightful book centered around a sweet and innocent love. The character's are interesting in their own way (some more than others...), and the plot is quite interesting my opinion. Although the book starts off a bit slow, the story begins to pick up after the arrival of Weed (the love interest of the main character) and from there the story becomes very fast paced. There is also an interesting twist that involves one of the characters (I wont say which character sorry gotta read the book to find out :P) The story ends in a way that will have you CRAVING more (and luckily there will be more it's a trilogy guys!)

My only qualm with The Poison Diaries is the relationship between Weed, Jessamine and a center poison reminds me a little too much of a center oh so popular series... Other than that TPD is an AMAZING book and has quickly climbed to the top of my favorites list, and is only rivaled by Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Bloods (which I also recommend)

5/5

posted by NikiAmanda on June 11, 2010

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10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

The Poison Diaries

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 ...
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 friendship, and later, a romance. Weed has a secret, though: plants communicate with him, and he is especially wary of the Poison Garden. But when Jessamine falls inexplicably ill, its up to Weed to unlock the secret of the dangerous garden in order to save her life.

When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be good. The premise was unique and the writing was lovely. I really liked Jessamine's journal and how her voice fit the time period. Quickly, though, I got sick of it. The writing soon became (pardon the pun) too flowery, and the beginning was incredibly boring. No conflict was introduced until nearly 50 pages in.

And once Weed was introduced, it was too late. I already had a sour taste in my mouth. Jessamine proved herself to be a weak character. All she did was cook, clean, and then become unconcious. I thought we had gotten past the whole Disney Princess concept. I guess not. And Weed and Jessamine's romance was incredibly awkward. I kept wincing and getting embarrassed for them. Weed would have been interesting if his ability wasn't so silly. He talks to plants, or more correctly, plants talk to him. I kept getting these absurd mental images of flowers with lips, and too soon I was past the point of taking this book seriously.

And the ending was pretty horrible. Once Jessamine got deadly ill, she couldn't very well write in her journal, could she? So Weed had to pick it up. From there, things got even weirder. It would shift between Weed's POV (which was eerily similar to Jessamine's), and these weird tripped out visions which Jessamine had of a Plant Prince or something. It was quite difficult to follow. And of course it ended openly because we can't have a stand-alone now, can we?

*sighs* There are just some books that don't need to be written.

posted by Awesomeness1 on August 4, 2010

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

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    Great for 12-15 crowd

    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 needed they tend their gardens, however there is one garden Jessamine is not allowed. The Poison Garden.

    Things change when they are asked to take in an orphan, Weed. Weed is a troubled young man who has a peculiar gift that Thomas envies and Jessamine finds herself drawn to.

    There were really lots of things I liked about this book, but at the same time I didn't like them. For example, I liked the plot. I didn't like certain elements of the plots though. There were several times I thought characters were out of character, I was actually embarrassed for them for their actions. The end explains the character mishaps, but really it had me cringing.

    I liked the characters, however I found them to be boring. Jessamine was probably the most boring. She really doesn't do anything in the book except garden, sew and cook. Weed is a very intersecting character with an extraordinary gift. It is the gift though that I had a hard time finding believable. I wish his character had been fleshed out more, more on his past and more about his ability.

    The most entertaining character in the book was Thomas, Jessamine's father. He is secretive, very secretive and all together not good. He is a trickster, only wanting to further his interests.

    What really got me was the last quarter of the book. It was "far out there.' I thought it completely different from the rest of the book. The ending was also abrupt and not satisfactory.

    All in all, this may be a great read for a twelve-year-old girl, but not for this thirty-something gal.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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