This Poison Heart

This Poison Heart

Children's, New & Recommended, Teenage & Young Adult
Paperback Published on: 29/06/2021
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This Poison Heart
This heart bleeds....
Briseis has a gift. She can grow an apple tree from seed with the snap of her fingers, bring the most rare and exotic flowers to life just by the raise of ... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.
This Poison Heart
A series not standalone
I started this book expecting it to be like her previous book, a standalone story that puts an interesting and new twist on old stories and myths so I was ... READ MORE
dani harrogate
This Poison Heart
Enter a world dripping with poison
This Poison Heart is an imperfect but deeply entertaining book. It follows Briseis, an adopted New York teen who has a secret power which is slowly growing... READ MORE
Sian Goater
This Poison Heart
Absolutely Magical!
A magical must-read!!!! Another fabulous YA contemporary fantasy read from Kalynn Bayron. I loved Cinderella is Dead, but absolutely adored and devoured... READ MORE
This Poison Heart
Magical and mysterious, gripping to the last
I thoroughly enjoyed This Poison Heart! I loved to see such a unique magic system woven into a more contemporary setting, and really appreciated the Gen-Z ... READ MORE
Charlie Halfhide
This Poison Heart
Gripping and fresh YA fantasy
Magically weaves Greek myth with fairytale and modern life to create an enticing concoction which left me wanting more… This is YA fantasy done well. G... READ MORE
Emily Fordham


Ever since she can remember, Briseis has had power over plants. Flowers bloom in her footsteps and leaves turn to face her as though she were the sun. It's a power she and her adoptive mothers have spent her whole life trying to hide. And then Briseis inherits an old house from her birth mother and suddenly finds herself with the space and privacy to test her powers for the first time. But as Briseis starts to bring the house's rambling garden back to life, she finds she has also inherited generations of secrets. A hidden altar to a dark goddess, a lineage of witches stretching back to ancient times, and a hidden garden overgrown with the most deadly poisonous plants on earth. And Briseis's long-departed ancestors aren't going to let her rest until she accepts her place as the keeper of the terrible power that lies at the heart of the Poison Garden. Cinderella Is Dead author Kalynn Bayron brings a message of proud inclusivity to this empowering fantasy about a young woman finding the strength to challenge everything she has been told is true.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781526632791
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 262g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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This Poison Heart
DAMN Kalynn Bayron writes the most amazing, stunning, and totally addictively engaging books!
DAMN Kalynn Bayron writes the most amazing, stunning, and totally addictively engaging books! When you first start reading you may imagine this book to be... READ MORE
Victoria Alyesa
This Poison Heart
I read this book in one sitting, because it was just so good. The writing flowed so really well, the story was gripping and I adored the characters. This b... READ MORE
Clare Doran
This Poison Heart
Magically captivating and beautifully empowering with a supernatural twist!
4.5/5 Kalynn Bayron’s new YA Fantasy is a magically captivating and beautifully empowering coming of age tale with a supernatural twist. Briseis was bor... READ MORE
This Poison Heart
Before I begin I have to start with talking about the cover of This Poison Heart. I’m well aware of how monumentally important it is to have more people of... READ MORE
Heather @justgeekingby
This Poison Heart
A Brilliant Story
Firstly, that cover is STUNNING. But even better, the story inside is just as incredible! Briseis has a way with plants. Even when she's not trying, they... READ MORE
Liv Burrell
This Poison Heart
Book of the year for me so far
This book is absolutely phenomenal and a mind blowing first book to this duology/series. We begin this book with Bris living with her Mom and her Mo; thes... READ MORE
This Poison Heart
This book is AMAZING
This book is AMAZING. I loved Cinderella is Dead and this is just as good. I loved the representation in the book, I loved the greek mythology elements and... READ MORE
bookworm kirst
This Poison Heart
Blooming brilliant!
Take Little Shop of Horrors, The Secret Garden, a generous dollop of Greek mythology, a protagonist who answers the question 'what if Poison Ivy was a teen... READ MORE
Carolyn Percy
This Poison Heart
Sooooo good
OMG this book was so good.
Jasmine Heath
This Poison Heart
Where to even begin? I picked the book up just a few days ago, I saw the cover and instantly fell in love. I'm a huge plant-lover and I am all for the plan... READ MORE
This Poison Heart
Started off good, but plummeted towards the end into unexplained sequel bait.
Normalised queer characters? ✅ Strong black female lead? ✅ Greek Mythology oozing from every corner? ✅ Decently accurate plant information? ✅ This Poison ... READ MORE
This Poison Heart
Loved thisss!!!
I am normally not the one to read but because I want to but when I pick this book up and started to read I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!! This is one of my favor... READ MORE
Jordyn  Echavarria
This Poison Heart
Incredible, absorbing & definitely one of my top 5 of 2021!
Thank you so much to @bloomsburypublishing for my #gifted copy of This Poison Heart by @kalynnbayron . I read this yesterday, I had high hopes before goin... READ MORE
Laura Young
This Poison Heart
Utterly gripping!
Did you love Cinderella is Dead as much as I did? Well This Poison Heart is everything I wanted and more from Bayron's second novel and makes light work of... READ MORE
Rose Gant
This Poison Heart
That was one of the best (and worst because I now need more) cliff-hangers I have ever read - who saw that coming!?
As I write this review I have literally just finished this book and I am reeling. That was one of the best (and worst because I now need more) cliff-hanger... READ MORE
Laura Lawrence
This Poison Heart
Refocus those expectations from Cinderella is Dead.
I say this not because the book is bad (quite the opposite, I loved, LOVED this book.) More so because of the way this is an entirely different flavour of ... READ MORE
Emily Sarah Cobden
This Poison Heart
My biggest thanks to Bloomsbury USA Children's Books & NetGalley; you give me so much, allowing me to read and discover my favourite books; it is amazing! ... READ MORE
Siofra K
This Poison Heart
Kalynn Bayron is queen of unique retellings that'll instantly draw you in!
Though it feels like there is a mish mash of different stories coming together in this retelling, at its heart it is very much a reimagination, and a very ... READ MORE
Azrah Jussab