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Review: Nightshade by Maryrose Wood

Posted on the 06 October 2011 by Roshini
Title: NightshadeAuthor: Maryrose WoodRelease Date: October 252o11Publisher: HarperTeenSource: Once Upon a Twilight ARC Tours
Review: Nightshade by Maryrose WoodSynopsis (via Goodreads): 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.

In a Sentence: Nightshade is a fantastic sequel to this unique, dark series.Review: Nightshade was an amazing sequel to The Poison Diaries. In many ways I think Nightshade was different than the first book, but a good kind of different. It's darker and more fast paced than the first installment, and Jessamine has changed quite a bit since the first book and still continues to change--not only as a person, but also she changes her hair and how she dresses--in Nightshade. 
I wish Weed and Jessamine were together more in this book, but I understand due to circumstance that they couldn't, so I'm hoping in Book 3 there's more romance between the two.
Like I said, the plot is more fast paced in Nightshade than the first book. I think the first book dragged a bit in a few places, but Nightshade moves quickly throughout the whole novel.
Jessamine's character is almost completely opposite to her character in the first book. She's much more dark and secretive in this novel, but also more independent and confident. She still has the piece of her that knew how to cure and kill with plants, but then again, Oleander is partly to blame for that. Speaking of Oleander, I definitely didn't see that ending coming. I can't wait to see where this series is headed, and I can't wait for the third (and sadly, last) book in this series.
➍ STARSCover Thoughts: 5/5 Love this cover. Very dark and mysterious. It sets the tone of the book nicely.
Review: Nightshade by Maryrose Wood

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