A Fierce and Subtle Poison


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A Fierce and Subtle Poison

Samantha Mabry



I was provided with this ARC by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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.


I was really excited when I received an ARC of this book. I’m a fan of magical realism and this one just sounded so interesting.  I don’t know much about Puerto Rico or its culture, so I was interested in learning a bit about it and the myths.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I don’t know if my expectations were too high or if it simply wasn’t the story I wanted it to be.  You ever feel like that?  It’s not so much expectations for greatness, but expectations for the story to go a certain way.  Well that’s how I felt when I was reading this and it just didn’t turn out how I wanted it to.

The pacing was way off and the mystery was solved way too quickly. And it wasn’t even that good of a mystery.  I just had this whole idea of how the plot would progress and it just didn’t do that.  I know it’s not fair of me to hold the book accountable for my desires of how it should read, but I’m going to.  Sorry. I probably could have still enjoyed it more, but the issue with the pacing was a big downer.

At the beginning I was really excited. Lucas seemed like an actual teenage boy and one that wasn’t obsessed with talking about his penis.  I thought I would really like him, but he ended up annoying me.  Isabel annoyed me as well.  In fact, the only character I liked was Marisol and you find out she dies on the 3rd page of the book.

This book was supposed to get my out of my reading slump. I did finish it within 3-4 hours, in one sitting, but I think it did more harm than good as I haven’t picked up a book since.

Waiting on South of Sunshine


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South of Sunshine

Dana Elmendorf

April 1, 2016

What is Kaycee willing to risk for the sake of love?
And what will she risk for acceptance?

In Sunshine, Tennessee, the main event in town is Friday night football, the biggest party of the year is held in a field filled with pickup trucks, and church attendance is mandatory. For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in, saying only “yes, ma’am” when the local bigots gossip at her mom’s cosmetics salon, and avoiding certain girls at all costs. Girls like Bren Dawson.

Unlike Kaycee, Bren doesn’t really conceal who she is. But as the cool, worldly new girl, nobody at school seems to give her any trouble. Maybe there’s no harm if Kaycee gets closer to her too, as long as she can keep that part of her life a secret, especially from her family and her best friend. But the more serious things get with Bren, the harder it is to hide from everyone else. Kaycee knows Sunshine has a darker side for people like her, and she’s risking everything for the chance to truly be herself.

This just sounds all kinds of amazing.

Where I’ve Been

Well, it’s been awhile.  I have been in a massive reading slump and because of that I kind of lost my blogging steam.  I have read one book in the past 3 weeks.  I went from being 8 books ahead of schedule to I think a few behind.  The one book I did read I read in 4 hours, but it was kind of meh, so it again put me off reading.  Instead I have been watching a lot of TV.  I’ve been watching a lot of Fixer Upper.  I binged Jessica Jones and I’ve been rewatching Grimm.

Usually I would at least have TTT or WoW to fill my blog, but I haven’t really been interested in the TTT topics, and I’ve been avoiding book related things so I haven’t really been checking out any books that are releasing soon.

And after going to Universal for the day over President’s Day Weekend, I’ve also been going through a Disney phase again.  This is when I constantly plan Disney vacations that are still over a year away.  I will probably actually share my Disney planning someday soon since I don’t have that many books to review.  And when I haven’t been planning my own vacation, I’ve been busy catching up on other people’s vacations.  It’s really weird but I LOVE watching people’s vlogs of their Disney vacations.  It really helps bide the time until I get to be back at the most magical place on earth.

I’ve been to DC a few times in the past few weeks to hang out with friends and this weekend I’m going up to New York to see Hamilton with the boyfriend and my dad and the boyfriend’s mother, step-father and step siblings are coming down from Boston to meet us in the City for dinner.  So hopefully I will read some more books soon and be able to get back into the swing of things!