The Poison Diaries

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The Poison Diaries

By Maryrose Wood; The Duchess of Northumberland (Concept by)

Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, Hardcover, 9780061802362, 278pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2010


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 little company apart from the plants in her garden. Her father, Thomas, a feared and respected apothecary, has taught her much about the incredible powers of plants: that even the most innocent-looking weed can cure -- or kill.

When Jessamine begins to fall in love with a mysterious boy who claims to communicate with plants, she is drawn into the dangerous world of the poison garden in a way she never could have imagined . . .

Praise For The Poison Diaries

“Lyrical and lovely, a fast-paced literary gem.”—
-Ally Carter, New York Times bestselling author of Heist Society

“This intriguing fantasy has many tendrils to wrap around teen hearts. The haunting ending will leave readers wanting to talk about the themes of cruelty, honesty, and loya—lty.”

“A passionate story....Wood does a marvelous job of creating heart-wrenching decisions for her characters and portraying a doomed romance reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet.”
-Publishers Weekly

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