A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The story is the retelling of a classical Greek myth. There's some natural science about plant classification.
Know your strengths and be careful how you use them.
Positive Role Models
The main character has a gift that presents the possibility to cause harm. Throughout the story, she's careful and deliberate about how she develops the gift. She consults her trusted parents and studies and practices diligently to protect herself and others.
The main character is a Black teen being raised by a same-sex couple of women.
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Violence & Scariness
There are a few gory scenes, consistent with the fantasy-horror genre. People are attacked by plants. A good character sets dogs on an evil one. A person is killed by snapping their neck. A series of murders is mentioned.
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A few instances of profanity, including "s--t" and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Internet brands are mentioned in the context of the story, such as using Google for a search.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that This Poison Heart, by Kaylnn Baron (Cinderella Is Dead), is first book in fantasy duology about a teen girl, Briseis, who can will plants and flowers to grow. She lives with her adoptive moms in Brooklyn until she inherits a mansion in upstate New York from an aunt. After the move, Briseis learns the secret history of her unusual powers and the dangerous people who want to exploit it. There are gory scenes consistent with the fantasy-horror genre: People are attacked by plants. A good character sets dogs on an evil one. A person is killed by snapping their neck. There's a series of murders mentioned. There are a few instances of profanity, including "s--t" and "f--k."
Is It Any Good?
This gripping fantasy is a fun, dramatic story based on characters from Greek mythology. In This Poison Heart, author Kaylon Baron employs the same successful formula she used in Cinderella Is Dead, reworking a classic with modern characters and plot twists. This time, it's Jason and Medea. The main character, Bri, is witty and sympathetic, and there's a heartwarming dynamic between Bri, her sentimental mother, and her mother's joking wife. The author manages to give readers a satisfying ending and still leave 'em wanting more -- ready for Book 2 in the series, This Wicked Fate, coming in June 2022.
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