Friday, September 30, 2011

Book Review: Nightshade by Maryrose Wood & The Duchess of Northumberland (Poison Diaries #2)

Nightshade by Maryrose Wood & The Duchess of Northumberland (Poison Diaries #2)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publish Date: October 25, 2011
Hardcover, 288 pages 
Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical
 ISBN: 978-0061802423
Poison Diaries #2

My Review:
My thoughts:  I did not read the first book in the series, but felt like the author did a good job catching me up on the basics through the book so I never felt lost.  Yes I would have had more back story, but you can pick up this series and easily start at book 2.

With that said, let's move on to what I thought of book two.  I sped through this book, I could not get enough of it.  It was truly an enthralling new world, but it is an enthralling new world meant for older young adults.  I would say 14+ because of the drug use and sexual situations that while they are off camera so-to-speak, they are still there.  They aren't gratuitious, they serve a point in the book so I didn't throw the book out as a YA book because of it.  I saw the point, I'm just saying this isn't a book for a 10 year old, nor do I think the author intended it for that age.

Okay moving on again.  The plot is truly interesting.  Jessamine is in love with Weed, she fell in love with him in the first book but she became deathly ill and he left because her father made him.  Now all Jessamine wants is Weed back and it appears she will stop at nothing to get away from her father and find him.  Jessamine becomes more under Oleander's spell in this one because she is desperate to find Weed and she believes following Oleander is the only way she will be able to.  She loses a lot of her innocence through this and begins her trek across Europe.  At the same time, Weed is beginning his studies so he can help Jessamine in any way possible.

As the book keeps going the pieces begin to fall together and you see the climax coming and what a climax it is.  Ms. Wood has written a very interesting book with fascinating characters.  Though I must warn you if you are looking for a happy book, this is not it.  This is a dark fantasy book, but that is one of the things I liked about it, the darkness made it different.  And now I cannot wait until the third book which I am guessing will come out next year.  I can't wait to see what is in store for Jessamine, Weed and Oleander next.

My Rating: 4.0/5.0

About the Book:
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. . . .

About the Author: 
Maryrose Wood began writing fiction after many years performing, directing, and writing for the theater. Her novels for teen readers include The Poison Diaries, Why I Let My Hair Grow Out, and My Life: The Musical. She is also the author of a series for younger readers, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place.


FTC Information: I received this book through Once Upon a Twilight tours for an honest review.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.


TwilightsDance said...

Great review, Thanks for participating!

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