It’s really hard to describe this book. BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES was such an amazing read. The characters are well fleshed out and so easy to love. The story contains magical realism and a boy raised by wolves. Weylyn Grey is anything but normal. Being orphaned at a young age he wanders […]
*This trailer features the European cover for this book. THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE really took me by surprise. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it was not this. This story actually reminded me of WINTERSONG without the music. That’s not to say that this story isn’t wholly original, just that […]
Published by Algonquin Books on April 12th 2016
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Magical Realism, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Romance, General
eARC provided by Algonquin Books
In this stunning debut, legends collide with reality when a boy is swept into the magical, dangerous world of a girl filled with poison. Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl--Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family's Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.
Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He's grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers--and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.
A Fierce and Subtle Poison beautifully blends magical realism with a page-turning mystery and a dark, starcrossed romance--all delivered in lush, urgent prose.
"A breathtaking story in which myths come to frightening life and buried wishes might actually come true. This is a hypnotic debut by a remarkable talent." --Nova Ren Suma, author of The Walls Around Us and Imaginary Girls
This story is set in Puerto Rico. The main character is Lucas, a gringo, who spend summers on the island with his dad. A Fierce and Subtle Poison starts right off with the myth of the girl with green skin and grass for hair. She lives at the cursed house at the end […]
This is a complex story to review. First of all Two Years Eight Months and Twenty Eight-Nights is another way to say 1001 Nights. Now that I have cleared that up, it should be no surprise that this book includes the Arabic mythological Jinn. I am conflicted on how to rate this, but […]