Dessa Ambrose – the normal girl-next-door who yearns for her life to attain meaning – meets the strangely alluring Christopher Calder, who holds the secrets of the past and the keys to all the doors Dessa wishes to open. As she spends more time with Chris, Dessa begins to realize that he isn’t human – or at least not a normal one. His mysterious powers leave Dessa questioning the very foundation of the world she grew up in, and when Chris finally opens the door to Dessa’s future, she finds herself reluctant to walk through it.
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Reading Poison was like being thrown cold, crisp delta water shipped directly from Fiji that was dropped atop my head while I aimlessly wandered the Sahara, or maybe even stumbling across a bottle of insect repellant in the heavily mosquito populated rainforests of the Amazon, and other, bad analogies.
For Those you Seek Action
Let me be the first to notify you that this nessicity (for some of you) has been met! The lovely author has graciously put the action lovers at rest, with some epic sounding Japanese swords and Keepers who know how to use ‘em. I liked having a sort of prelude before the actual scene, you know, one of those “set the tone” things?
Another thing I would like to thank the other for. Not writing pathetic, wimpy scenes like this:
“I stabbed him. Because he came at me. I won.”
Now, this is a poorly written example, but can I tell you how many times I’ve seen choppy fight scenes like this? My gosh, you would not believe how common it is, between PUBLISHED authors. Most authors fail to make the transition from staccato writing styles and action scenes to smooth, flow-y chapters that go easily from one scene to the next.
Kudos, again, to Ms. Vuletić for giving us a main character that was more of an inquisitive type than the norm- clueless girls who cling to guys relentlessly- that is often seen in books along this genre.
Dessa- I was just as confused as she was in the beginning. You give me a bad boy? I’m all for it. But wait- he’s not human? Girl, I felt for you. I thought Dessa asked all the right questions, at times could be a bit of a sissy, but mostly, Dessa and I were cool.
Christopher- Sounds sexy. Wish I could meet him.
#Crushing on Guys From Books
Ricky- Dessa’s loveable older brother who also serves as the Keeper of Earth. At first, they seemed so close- almost so close I thought the two siblings were dating each other! As if. They’re just close. After that debacle was settled, I warmed up to him. He’s also in a sort-of relationship with Paola, Dessa’s best friend, who is the Keeper of Wind.
Skylar- Idiot. Traitor. ‘Nuff said. At times, I almost felt for him, which I think was what we as readers were supposed to do, but Pa went through WAY too much crap from him. My patience pretty much ends there for him.
Everything was a little too perfect, if you know where I’m coming from. I mean, come on, everyone has a perfect match out of their four-some? Then things evened up after it was revealed that they were all Keepers. Otherwise I would’ve thought things were too cookie-cutter.
I’m a big fan of stories like this, so I had high expectations, but I really like the author, so it was hard not to give the book an extra 5%, just because Dejana is so nice.
BUT, Y’ALL HONESTLY, POISON DEMOLISHED THOSE EXPECTATIONS! (In a good way)
Every time I thought the storyline was starting to tame a little, there was always an either small or big detail that kept the anxiousness there. It’s the middle where authors start to lose their fire, but that occurred once or twice, maybe.
GET TO THE POINT
This, right here, is a fantastic example of great YA Fiction. I not only see why Dejana happens to be a Goodreads author, but I also see why I always spot a Poison cover on a Good YA List. I’m pretty sure I’ll have to stop reading another book to get my hands on the next, Possession.
It was great opening story for what I can tell will be a strong trilogy, and was not a complete waste of my time. The pace is steady with not-seen-ahead twists and turns, and doesn’t drag.
5 out of 5 stars