a story even more original than it seems // review: a fierce and subtle poison by samantha mabry

i have received a review copy of this book in exchange of an honest book review. this doesn’t affect my thoughts in any way.

25810644author: Samantha Mabry

published by: Algonquin Young Readers (April 12th 2016)

genre: Teen & YA, Urban Fantasy, Magical Realism

rating: ★★★★


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.

spoiler-free review

A Fierce and Subtle Poison was that kind of book i started with zero expectations other than Fiery Reads review, and i was pleasantly surprised by how good it is. it was one of those books that will surely stick to me for a very long time.

this is the story of seventeen-years-old Lucas who lives in Puerto Rico, and who has grown hearing stories of Isabel, a cursed girl with magic. but he doesn’t start running to her for answers until his new girlfriend disappears. and what he finds isn’t what he has grown up hearing.

from the synopsis and the summary above you can see how original this book’s concept is. and let me just tell you that the plot is as original as it may seem – and even more. i admit the story is more of a slow-paced one, but it’s still really fantastic. the setting is diverse and mysterious. and even though it’s a fantasy read, it was…realistic, and made me imagine the scenes very clearly in my head.

of course, one of the main reasons the story was realistic is the characters. at the beginning, i thought i wasn’t going to like Lucas, but then ended up loving him as the friendship (or relationship) grew stronger between him and Isabel, which was my favorite character out of them all. Samantha Mabry knows how to make you fall in love with the characters and feel linked to them somehow.


one of the other reasons the story was realistic is the writing, and especially its descriptions. they’re so detailed, but not in an over-detailed way. it was just the right amount of descriptions in a 288 pages book.

overall, A Fierce and Subtle Poison is a truly captivating story that will surely will stick to you for a very long time, because it holds so many great and original ideas. if you’re still hesitating whether to pick it up or not, i say go pick it up. you won’t regret it.

have you read this book? what were your thoughts about it? are you going to read it anytime soon?



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