The Poison Diaries

The Poison Diaries
Maryrose Wood
Published by Baltzer and Bray
Published on July 2010

Summary taken from Goodreads:
            I'm not really sure what to think of this book. I definitely thought that the premise for it was very interesting and had a lot of potential. I just don't think that it really got there. It's kind of a strange book for me. I mean, I found myself reading it very fast, which usually indicates that I'm enjoying a book or exciting things are happening. But then I got to the end, and I kind of felt—empty.
            I am definitely the type of reader that really, really appreciates good character development. I would read a book with well-defined characters that I loved, even if the plot was only so-so. But I have a very hard time with books that don't have well-developed characters, and I felt like that's what happened with this one. There are only really three characters in the entire book, so I would expect to feel like I know all three pretty well, but I really didn't. I never knew what they were thinking or feeling, and I never knew what reaction they would have to things that were happening.
            I also didn't feel like Jessamine, the main character, a sixteen-year-old girl living alone with her father, a well-respected apothecary, did anything to affect the outcome of the book. Rather than being a proactive character, she was more a bystander in the whole affair, despite the fact that she is the main character.
            At the same time, I did find myself wanting to know what happened in the end. And I am curious about the remaining books, so there was definitely something that kept me reading. I just wish I knew what...

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