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Poison Diaries: Nightshade


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Maryrose started out writing for the theatre and film, as a lyricist, librettist, playwright and screenwriter. She was the first recipient of the Georgia Bogardus Holof Lyricist Award, and is a three-time recipient of the Richard Rodgers Award for New Musicals, which is administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has written a number of novels for young adults including WHY I LET MY HAIR GROW OUT, HOW I FOUND THE PERFECT DRESS and WHAT I WORE TO SAVE THE WORLD.


"...a romantic, murderous yarn that will strongly appeal to Twilight fans." Big Issue Scotland

"The Poison Diaries trilogy, written by Maryrose Wood, are gothic tales of love, revenge and the dangerous world of poisonous plants..." The Journal, June 2009

Gr 8 Up-In this sequel to The Poison Diaries (HarperCollins, 2011), 16-year-old Jessamine wakes with the knowledge that her true love, Weed, has disappeared. She suspects that her apothecary father, Thomas, might have caused his departure. She begins to look for proof when she discovers her father's writings, confirming her suspicions: Thomas poisoned her mother, tried to poison her, and Weed is next. She must stop her father at any cost. Her actions drive her into hiding and closer to Oleander, the Prince of Poisons. Meanwhile Weed, who has gone into hiding in the forest, discovers Oleander's plot to take possession of Jessamine for his own and will stop at nothing to find her. Jessamine, now darkly wielding both the power to heal and kill, is faced with the question of whether anything is justifiable for love. The continuation of the story once again takes place in late-18th-century England, but Jessamine has become a much darker character, often making the wrong choices. The plot tends to take melodramatic turns at times, verging on the unbelievable. Wood quickly switches between the voices of Jessamine and Weed, which may become confusing to readers at times. Still, "Twilight" fans will like the mix of dramatic love story and the supernatural.-Kimberly Castle-Alberts, Stark County District Library, Canton, OH (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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