In this stunning debut, legends collide with reality when a boy is swept into the magical, dangerous world of a girl filled with poison.
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 compelling mystery and a dark, star-crossed romance - all delivered in lush, urgent prose.
"A breathtaking story in which myths come to frightening life and buried wishes might actually come true. This is a hypnotic debut by a remarkable talent." (Nova Ren Suma, author of The Walls Around Us and Imaginary Girls)
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too many myths
I thought the story had too many subplots that did not connect - flat read
Mystery and Love??
Love, Mystery, and a bit of Mayhem.
I liked the fantasy twist on the mystery genre.
I have not listened to any other performances from Graham. I find his voice soothing,but it almost put me to sleep a few times. I found his performances to be very good, however.
This is Mabry's fist book, but she does have a few short stories. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Mabry. She was the type of author we readers love. When a reader can connect an author's personality to their writing it makes their experience much more satisfying. Several times throughout her book I could picture Mabry writing the scene laid out before me and a smile would sneak across my face. If you live in or near the Austin area I suggest meeting the author at the 2016 Texas Teen Book Festival in Oct.
- Lisa "\m/ Austin, TX"