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This Poison Heart (This Poison Heart #1) by Kalynn Bayron – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  29 June 2021

Format: Paperback

Pages: 384

Publisher: Bloomsubury


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.



Thank you so much to Bloomsbury for providing me with a copy of This Poison Heart, in exchange for an honest review!

Briseis had always had an affinity for plants. Not just a green thumb, but an ability to make them grow in a magical way. No matter how magical her ability is though, it’s one she is afraid of and knows she has to hide from the world. Not even her closest friends are receptive to hearing about it. The only people in the world Briseis trusts with her secret are her mums. Just when her family are deep in financial struggles, Briseis learns she has inherited a house, far away from the city, from her birth mother’s sister.  Hoping for an escape from their money struggles, the family heads there to check it out, but they weren’t at all prepared for the secrets they would find buried there. 

This book was so unique and incredible! I love plants and I’ve never wanted to be a book character more than I wanted to be Briseis. Unfortunately not one of my over 100 indoor plants even bothered to respond to my attempts at communication. Ridiculous. 

I was SO in love with the relationship between Briseis and her mums. How incredibly exciting to finally have a YA book with a beautiful, healthy, loving relationship between the parents and the MC 🙌 They were supportive l, even when it was scary, and put their foot down when they needed to protect her. Whyyy can’t more YA books do this? Plus, they were FUNNY. Honestly, I laughed out loud so many times at their comments. 

I’m usually pretty apathetic about books with mythology, but this one didn’t seem to go down as many weird rabbit holes as other books had, and the present day story was so interesting that it didn’t matter. 

I’d highly recommend this one, it’s an incredible story, with a stunning cover and an ending that’ll make you desperate for book 2.


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