**Received from author through a giveaway***
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers – Release Date: April 12, 2016
Pages: 278 (ARC), 288 (Hardcover)
Summary: In this stunning debut, legends collide with reality when a boy is swept into the magical, dangerous world of a girl filled with poison.
Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras 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.
A Fierce and Subtle Poison beautifully blends magical realism with a page-turning mystery and a dark, starcrossed romance–all delivered in lush, urgent prose.
Quick Spoiler Free Review:
Every element of this story from characters to world building is done in such a great way. Samantha’s writing style created a magical and vivid atmosphere of Puerto Rico.
The elements of magical realism and mystery blend perfectly in this book.
Being Hispanic myself, I really loved the addition of Spanish phrases/words. Knowing what these phrases/words meant, really let me feel more connected to this story.
Both Lucas and Isabel are complex and interesting characters. By the end of this book, I felt I really knew them both.
While this book also has a romance, it is done so perfectly that it does not remain as the main focus which I loved. There is so much to this story that I truly cannot put into words.
Definitely read this book when it comes out April 2016!
Full ARC Review To Come Closer To Release Date 🙂