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April 12, 2016 • Cee • Reviews

A Fierce and Subtle Poison

A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry • April 12, 2016 • Algonquin Books for Young Readers
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Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the señoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

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I received this book for free from Algonquin Books for Young Readers for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “The house at the end of the street is full of bad air.”

Legends tell of a girl with green skin and grass for hair who feeds on poisonous plants, grant wishes, and can kill with a touch. Are these legends really true?

Well, you’ll find out in A Fierce and Subtle Poison.

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November 11, 2015 • Cee • Letters

Dear Samantha Mabry and A Fierce and Subtle Poison,

Doesn’t this book look magical?

Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison beautifully blends magical realism with a page-turning mystery and a dark, starcrossed romance–all delivered in lush, urgent prose.Goodreads

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