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Review: Nightshade by Maryrose Wood

Nightsahde by Maryrose Wood
Published by Harper Collins

A dark, gothic tale of romance… and murder.
The latest book in the grippingly dark series, The Poison Diaries.

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.

Nightshade is the second book in the poison diaries series.

Nightshade is a very different book to the first instalment in the series. I found it to be much darker especially in how Jessamine was written. I also thought it was much more fast paced and exciting and enjoyed it even more than book one.

For me the biggest change from book one was in how Jessamine is written. She has changed an awful lot since book one become a much confident and self assured but darker character. I actually loved this about her as I found it book one she was often quite passive. I loved how she went about her way and stuck up for herself much more forcefully throughout the book.

The story itself was much more fast paced and exciting than book one. I loved following Jessamine on her travels around the country whilst she was on the run and I loved seeing the different persona's she took on in order to keep hidden.

I also loved the medical history references in this book. The history geek in me loved that the characters went to Padua to study medicine following in the footsteps of the great medical pioneers of Renaissance period.

I was left at times with this book feeling a need to have read more with Weed and Jessamine together (although I desperately hope this is addressed in book three) as they really did not have any time together in the book which is the main thing I really liked about book one.

All in all definitely a series to watch out for if you haven't started it which in my opinion gets stronger as the story goes on. I cannot wait for book three now


serendipity_viv said…
I hope to read the first book in this series soon as I bought it ages ago. Did it feel weird reading it after visiting the Poison Gardens?
aww cant believe you have it already! It sounds awesome and I cant wait to read it! :D
SusanKMann said…
I'm reading it just now, can't believe you finished it already x