This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
Darkness blooms in bestselling author Kalynn Bayron’s new contemporary fantasy about a girl with a unique and deadly power.
Briseis has a gift: she can grow plants from tiny seeds to rich blooms with a single touch.
When Briseis’s aunt dies and wills her a dilapidated estate in rural New York, Bri and her parents decide to leave Brooklyn behind for the summer. Hopefully there, surrounded by plants and flowers, Bri will finally learn to control her gift. But their new home is sinister in ways they could never have imagined–it comes with a specific set of instructions, an old-school apothecary, and a walled garden filled with the deadliest botanicals in the world that can only be entered by those who share Bri’s unique family lineage.
When strangers begin to arrive on their doorstep, asking for tinctures and elixirs, Bri learns she has a surprising talent for creating them. One of the visitors is Marie, a mysterious young woman who Bri befriends, only to find that Marie is keeping dark secrets about the history of the estate and its surrounding community. There is more to Bri’s sudden inheritance than she could have imagined, and she is determined to uncover it . . . until a nefarious group comes after her in search of a rare and dangerous immortality elixir. Up against a centuries-old curse and the deadliest plant on earth, Bri must harness her gift to protect herself and her family.
From the bestselling author of Cinderella Is Dead comes another inspiring and deeply compelling story about a young woman with the power to conquer the dark forces descending around her.
I am so glad there will be another book. I really loved this.
I got attached to Briseis quickly. She lived with her two moms in Brooklyn and they ran a flower shop. Their rent was going up and they weren’t sure what would happen. Briseis was adopted and her birth mother, Selene, died shortly after she was born. A woman came to their house one day to say that Briseis’s aunt, Circe, had passed away and left the house to her. It was in the country and the family decided to stay for the summer and check things out. The house was paid for and the taxes were paid in a trust. The house gave Briseis some answers about herself that she didn’t understand, but it also left a lot of questions. Briseis had magic. She could make plants grow and she was immune to poisonous plants. There were special gardens at the house and Briseis found out that Circe ran an apothecary there.
There was a very secret plant that didn’t really seem like a secret to the people in town. Briseis got some help from a new friend, Marie, and was able to find out a bit more about her ancestors. The problem is that people were willing to kill for this secret plant and Briseis would be in danger because of it.
I loved this book so much. I loved the magic and mythology. But I mostly loved the characters. Briseis and her moms were great and all I wanted was for good things to happen to them throughout the book. I’m really hoping that book two doesn’t let me down.
I gave this book 5 stars. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my earc.
Warnings for adoption, death, poison, blood/cuts.
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