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Not sure if I enjoyed it, but I got half way and I felt like the story hadn't really stepped into gear! 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!
I was already set on reading another novel when I checked my postbox and found the printed copy of This Poison Heart that I had been waiting for for a while.
I loved Cinderella is Dead a lot, but I not even about a third into the book I knew I was going to like this even better! Move over, Percy Jackson, here comes Briseis Colchis, a descendant of a much older Goddess than those Greek impostors, a descendant of Hekate, much older, whose myth some think dates back to somewhere around 4000 to 3000 BC.
Greek myths link Medea and her aunt Kirke to Hekate, but the story Kaylynn Byron tells here about Briseis Colchis and her abilities, that are a mix of those of Demeter and Persephone as well of Hekate herself, is much better than the various Greek myths I read about Medea at school. In fact, this is an absolutely thrilling mix of fantasy and today’s reality with a really nice romance thrown in, to spice up the development Briseis makes as she finally comes to accept her powers.
Good and bad players are equally well developed here and thoroughly believable, from Briseis two mothers by adoption to her fake new male friend or the woman she falls for to the mother and aunt she never knew, they all come to life and keep you spellbound. I read the book in one sitting from lunchtime to 3 a.m. the next morning.
Having been trained in Homeopathy I was very well acquainted with most of the poisonous plants Briseis finds in her search for her ancestry and I could very well relate to and root for her. Hekate is one of the Goddesses associated with the Moon and Capricorn in my new favourite Tarot and I thought it really funny, that not too long ago, when I read it for my young protegée Angira, I called myself jokingly and old witch.
In all, this one may really turn out my top favourite book of the year. Five stars aren’t anywhere near enough! 1 like
A wonderful, magical book. Plants, secret gardens, mysteries and small town life are perfectly balanced in this YA novel. Not only I but both my parents have read it and found it highly enjoyable. I now too want a secret garden and poison immunity to take care of cool plants. Read this book if you like plants, secret gardens and a touch of greek mythology.
O livro é bem escrito, chama atenção, mas a trama é muito fraca, passa o livro inteirinho enchendo linguiça pra no final acontecer mil coisas e acabar no ápice. Deve ter uma continuação q a autora quer q a gente leia. Da muito ódio!