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This Poison Heart: From the author of the TikTok sensation Cinderella is Dead Hardcover – 29 June 2021
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“A verdant read as rich as the greenery within it, This Poison Heart will wrap its vines around you and never let go.” - Kayla Ancrum, author of THE WICKER KING
“Bayron takes an old story, turns it on its head, and makes it her own with a stunning display of pacing, character, and legacy.” - #1 New York Times bestselling author E.K. Johnston
“Thrilling and magnetic, This Poison Heart pulses with true Black girl magic and endless mystery.” - Julian Winters, award-winning author of RUNNING WITH LIONS
“Kalynn Bayron does more than re-write a fairy-tale . . . She breaks it apart and rebuilds it into a wholly original and captivating story where girls finally decide for themselves who lives happily ever after.” - Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, on CINDERELLA IS DEAD
“Bayron weaves science and Greek mythology into a captivating lore that lends weight to this fantastical contemporary story. She conjures entertaining and realistic dialogue and attentive characterization, while incisive descriptions and sumptuous prose evoke a wonderfully gothic atmosphere.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This Poison Heart masterfully weaves a unique story grounded in the depths of Greek mythology and Black girlhood, ideal for lovers of folklore or those who enjoy the thrill of a well-paced and unanticipated adventure.” - Booklist, starred review
“Bayron strikes just the right balance of mystical and modern, bringing elements of mythology and spirituality to Bri’s family roots while situating her securely in a relatable adolescence.” - The Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books
“Bayron conjures a world filled with magic and mystery. Brings much-needed inclusivity and contemporary flavor to the teen fantasy genre.” - Kirkus Reviews
"I’m a big fan of tropes and love seeing how marginalized authors take them in new and interesting directions, something Bayron does very well here, and a big part of that is due to how well-developed her characters are. . . . . It’s a fast-paced mystery with a clever twist on the myth of Medea. The story is full of queer Black girl magic, and I can’t wait to see where Kalynn Bayron takes it." -Locus Magazine
“The twists and turns of this fantasy tale will keep readers engaged . . . . Readers will be inspired.” - School Library Connection
“Flipping the Cinderella tale on its head, Bayron’s take challenges patriarchy with kick-butt heroines and a counter-story that will forever change how readers perceive fairy tales.” - Booklist, starred review, on CINDERELLA IS DEAD
“Readers looking for dystopia, queer romance, LGBTQ inclusiveness, and women sticking it to the patriarchy will be pleased.” - SLJ on CINDERELLA IS DEAD
“A queer dystopian fantasy that questions written history and societal expectations.” - Shelf Awareness on CINDERELLA IS DEAD
“Bayron’s deconstructive reimagining of the classic fairy tale is ambitious, replacing the happily-ever-after with a tragic legacy and a defiant, feminist tone.” - Publishers Weekly on CINDERELLA IS DEAD
About the Author
- Publisher : Bloomsbury YA (29 June 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1547603909
- ISBN-13 : 978-1547603909
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 454 g
- Dimensions : 15.21 x 3.61 x 21.49 cm
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Plus there were so many pop culture references I was really put off.
Sometimes I had to reread because I would lose the flow of the page but, don't think that's entirely the books fault if I wasn't completely invested however I just felt I was missing parts of the storyline.
The last 200 pages or so we're good, and then you're just left with a cliffhanger! So yes, if there's another book I shall read it even if I didn't fully enjoy this one!
The character's are so vivid, our main character Briseis is a a great character. She was relatable and easy to connect with.
The story was very unique and super interesting. I loved the mixture of magic and mythology and it has made me want to learn more about the mythology that was mentioned.
The twists?! Oh my goodness the twists had me yelling in shock!
I highly reccomend this book and cannot wait for the next instalment.