Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review: Nightshade by Maryrose Wood

Nightshade by Maryrose Wood
Published: October 25th, 2011 (HarperCollins)
Pages: 288
Source: for review
Challenge: none
Series: The Poison Diaries, #2
Buy the book: Bookdepository
Rating: ★★★★☆

Note: this is not the first book in a series, and can therefore contain (minor) spoilers for the previous book(s) in the series. Reading of this review is at your own risk.

Our heroine, Jessamine, has lost her faith in the men she loved, and her innocence as well. She turns to the dark side and plots to kill her father, using his own poisons, before becoming an assassin, a poisoner for hire. Can she recover from her heartache and reunite with her true love, Weed? Find out in this thrilling story where poisons, darkness and horror are a part of everyday life, and love is the only cure.

After being pleasantly surprised by The Poison Diaries, I was curious to see where the sequel would take me - and it didn't disappoint! Going down a dark and twisty path, Nightshade explores a dark side of YA that had me absolutely enthralled.

While I wouldn't usually pick up books in the historical fiction segment, this was an exciting new road for me to take. Some scenes were so vividly described that I felt like I was there, for example the scene at the river. What I liked most about this book was the fact that just when you think it can't get any worse, it does. Wood writes in a way that spares nothing from the characters in her story, taking them in places they wouldn't go when they weren't driven by desperation. I love that.

The writing in Nightshade is much easier to read than the writing in the first installment. I read the book in a couple of hours, flipping the pages to find out where it was going to take me. And it took me down an even darker path than the first book, luring me in. I wish there was some more Weed in this book, but hopefully that problem will be solved in the final installment - for which I'm impatiently the release.

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