The Poison Diaries: Nightshade

Title: The Poison Diaries: Nightshade
Author: Maryrose wood
Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
ISBN: 978-006-180-242-3
Year: 2011
Pages: 279

Jessamine is gone, Rowan fled from the inn and Belladonna has a mission that will end King George’s reign. Jessamine, once a pure hearted girl, has been poisoned by the prince of poisons, Oleander. She is under his power now and only he can control her every move.

Because of the irreversible action that Jessamine has committed, she has ran from her home and changed her name to Rowan so she can find Weed, who has been missing since her illness. But Oleander has other plans with her. Under the false pretense that he will lead her to Weed, Oleander uses Jessamines herbal skills to give him more power.
Far away from Jessamine Weed tries to find a way to rescue his beloved. He travels to an ancient and wise botanical garden filled with healing herbs.

This book has been on my wish list since I read the first in its trilogy, so I was very glad when I got it from my friends as a gift.

The Poison Diaries: Nightshade is the sequel of The Poison Diaries. It begins where the first book ended, but you don’t have to read the first book to follow the storyline.

It surprised me that I didn’t like Nightshade as much as the first book. The biggest reason for this is what Jessamine has become. She was such an innocent girl until she learned of the betrayal of her father. After that she lies, steals, gives herself to everyone and uses her knowledge of plants to do evil things. But I do like she gets to do more things (even if they are evil) in the sequel for in the first book she mostly undergoes everything. Weed, on the other hand I still liked. He has is still the same Weed only grown to accept what he is, that he can save others by listening to what the plants have to say.

Sometimes I had some difficulty following the conversations between Jessamine and Oleander. I know he speaks to Jessamine through her thoughts, but it’s not always that clear on paper.

Overall the story itself was good but the main character had changed too much for my taste, so I give this book 2,5 stars, but still want to read the last in the trilogy. Just to know how it ends.

Don’t you just hate it when the sequel isn’t what you expected it to be?

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