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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron, read by Jordan Cobb.

Darkness blooms in best-selling author Kalynn Bayron’s new contemporary fantasy about a girl with a unique and deadly power.

Briseis has a gift: she can grow plants from tiny seeds to rich blooms with a single touch.

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

From the best-selling author of Cinderella Is Dead comes another inspiring and deeply compelling story about a young woman with the power to conquer the dark forces descending around her.

©2021 Kalynn Bayron (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"A verdant read as rich as the greenery within it, This Poison Heart will wrap its vines around you and never let go." (Kayla Ancrum, author of The Wicker King)

"Bayron takes an old story, turns it on its head, and makes it her own with a stunning display of pacing, character, and legacy." (number-one New York Times best-selling author E. K. Johnston)

"Thrilling and magnetic, This Poison Heart pulses with true Black girl magic and endless mystery." (Julian Winters, award-winning author of Running with Lions)

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Great book!

Loved it! Loved the story and how simply and easily the lgbt characters are written. Being lgbt myself, it’s refreshing to see it portrayed without need for explanation or anything else. Great storyline and can’t wait for the next.

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Exactly what I needed!

I loved this book. It was beautifully written, the characters are such believable New Yorkers that I felt like I know them. The beginning is also set where I live in Crown Heights!! It was the perfect amount of fantasy for me, revolves around a beautiful family, and doesn’t fall into any tropes– I loved it.

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Incredible read for any plant lover

SO well written, I'm immediately restarting this book so it doesn't have to end! 🌱🌼👏

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Awesome!

Couldn't put this down! I highly recommend! Loved this book and will probably listen again.

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decent

The ending just stopped. No closure but I liked the plot. Is there a part 2?

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Ugh! So Freakin Good!!

I just can't. This book was AMAZING from start to finish. I didn't want to stop listening. I need Book 2 like now!

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Is it June 2022, yet?

I really enjoyed this book! I can't wait for the next book in the series to be released.

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This book has everything

I don’t usually leave reviews but this book was so good I had to take the time. It has literally everything I love. I burned through the whole thing in a day and a half. There’s magic, young love, mystery, mythology, strong women, and a lot of plants. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

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Excellent book

The storyline unfolded so effortlessly and grasped my attention till the every end! Need a book to bring out all your emotions? This is the one!

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Blossoming excitement

Adventurous teen/adult book that leaves you wanting more. A journey into the garden of secrets, spells, and suspense. I enjoyed this very much. Im excited to read or listen to the next book. Great job author!