Thank you so much to Bloomsbury YA and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of This Poison Heart! I had seen this book everywhere before I was approved for the eARC, so when I was approved, I was the most excited! Life got in the way, so I wasn’t able to finish it/get this review out until after the book was published (This Poison Heart came out on June 29), but that’s good for y’all because you can go grab it as soon as you’re done reading my review!
This Poison Heart 5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Ooooo this book was soooo good!!!! I really, really enjoyed it! It started a little slowly, but as soon as Briseis inherits the estate, things start getting more interesting. Rhinebeck is such an interesting little town in New York and Selene and Circe’s family estate (that’s now Bri’s estate with her moms) is super cool! So many hidden rooms and so much space and those gardens! I’m not going to lie, I was a little worried that it would be hard for me to connect with the plants aspect of this book, because I am the worst in the garden- I’ve pretty much killed all the plants I’ve tried to keep alive (although, I did recently get a new aloe and it seems to be doing alright so far), but all of the garden/plants/botany stuff within the books (plus the fact that Bri’s moms are florists) made me even more excited about the premise of the book, Bri’s power, and the everything she was doing in Rhinebeck. I also really loved the fact that there was so much Greek mythology in there- that wasn’t something that I was expecting at all, but it was threaded throughout the book and Greek mythology is my favorite, so I loved it! Marie was a great friend/possible love interest for Bri and I really liked how she helped her figure out her family history and where she came from in unexpected (unexpected to me anyway) ways (I hope that’s vague enough to not be a spoiler haha). And omg that whole ending section was so intense and amazing and left me wanting so much more! I cannot wait to read book 2 and I definitely think that y’all need to read this book ASAP so you’re ready to wait for book 2 with me!!!