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 that Bri befriends, only to find that Marie is keeping dark secrets about the history of the estate and the 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 and protect herself and her family.


Genre: Fiction, Y/A, Fantasy

Number of Pages: 400 Pages

Date of Publication:  29/06/2021


The author of this book is the very talented Kalynn Bayron‘This Poison Heart’  has been published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

Rating: 4.5/5


I just want to say WOW like WOW this is a book that contains so many elements that I really enjoyed reading in a book like Greek Mythology, fantasy, mystery, magic and secrets.

Kalynn Bayron brought us ‘Cinderella is dead’ prior this book and now she wrote a truly amazing world that centres around Briseis and her incredible gift where she can grow plants and she is able to do more that she thinks she is capable of. There are so many secrets kept from Brieis but her mums are there to help her no matter what. Their relationship was so closed and so nice that it did have a great impact to the plot. 

Once I started reading this book I didn’t want to put it down, I was absolutely pull towards the story and its characters. There is so many secrets and mystery in the story that I loved every single bit of it. I do have to said that I thought the book was a standalone so when I got to the end my surprise was huge when the book finishes in a cliff-hanger! Now I just can’t wait for the next book to come out.

This book is definitely one that I will be rereading soon and it will have a very special place in my bookshelf.

Availability: The book is available in all good bookshops. My gorgeous copy is from Fairy Loot.

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