A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

Summary: 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.

My Review: At first this book took for ever or me to get into.   I almost didn’t finish it when I was about to throw the towel in I decided to give it another 10 pages and the story changed in a way that it suddenly became a page turner.   SO what am I trying to say here???? If you find yourself ready to quit this book, don’t.  It is a slow building burn that is so worth it.

The writing is fantastic the plot is curious.   The characters are memorable and if you are like me about to spend a lot of time in Puerto Rico, worth reading.

I really enjoyed the complexity of this book.  The story is fascinating and really good.   I liked the characters and how the relationships were not forced.

This was a solid 4 star book for me and once I got past  the slow build it turned into quite the page turner.

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