Friday, November 18, 2011

WINNER The Poison Diaries : Nightshade Contest



First I would like to thank everyone for participating in the contest. There was a good response considering it was my first contest. :) 

Secondly, I would like to thank the amazing Poison Diaries team. They have been working their butts off through various social networking sites just to get the book to you.  

Do continue to spread the word about this amazing series. You might discover a couple of new poisons on the way. XD

The winner was chosen by The Poison Diaries team.

Now let's get down to the real reason you're reading this post....


ELLEN TRIEU

CONGRATULATIONS!!! 

Ellen has been contacted and claimed her prize. 

Thank you all once again for participating and Happy Holidays!

Don't forget to explore the Poison Gardens here

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Poison Diaries : Nightshade Contest (International)



Author Maryrose Wood and the Poison Diaries team are hosting a contest where you can win a signed copy of Nightshade (Poison Diaries #2) through my blog. :)

The Poison Diaries team are very active on their social network sites;  they run lots of promotions, share lots of exclusive content including original artwork and in depth information about plants and poisons.

How to enter:  


Mandatory


Website -  Enter their website and find the plant Arum Maculstumadd it to the ‘my poison diary’ and share it via Twitter mentioning that Clarissa from When C Babbles sent you. 

Twitter -  Follow and send a @reply to @poisondiaries and @ClaryPereira mentioning this contest, winning a 'signed copy'  of the book and that Clarissa from When C Babbles sent you. 
OR just copy and tweet the following message - ‘@poisondiaries @ClaryPereira I want to win a signed copy of Nightshade by Maryrose Wood. Sent by Clarissa from When C Babbles.'

Facebook -  Like The Poison Diaries page and mention the contest and that Clarissa from When C Babbles sent you. 


Contest Ends on 14 Nov 

Entering through any of these networks and mentioning me and my blog doesn't win me anything. Its just a way to let the Poison Diaries team keep a track of the entries.

I hope you enter and win this amazing book. Good luck! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood and The Duchess of Northumberland : REVIEW







Jessamine is a 16 year old girl who lives with her father who is a doctor of sorts. She comes across as a lonely girl who is made to do every chore in the house while her father tends to his plants or locks himself up in his study. She loves to walk around in the garden but is forbidden from entering the Poison Garden. One day a young, mysterious boy named Weed comes to live with them and Jessamine finds herself slowly falling for him. But Weed has a secret. One that can make her question her loyalty to her father and tear her family apart. 


I finished this book in 2 days. The language was fluid and the story itself was fast paced so I never felt like it was drawn out. I liked the diary entries at the beginning of each chapter as it gave me a sense of the emotions of  Jessamine and Weed. I was initially confused about which century this story takes place in as I was under the impression that it was set in the 21st Century. I was amazed by the characters of the book especially Thomas Luxlon and The Prince ;). 




The plot was very different from what I normally read and it was a pleasant change. There were twists and turns I definitely didn't expect, but that only made it better. The story concludes with an open ending and  left me wanting more.  Although it stills borders on the 'beyond natural', I wouldn't quite classify it as a paranormal read. 




Cover - 4.5/5 

Plot - 3.5/5 

Characters - 4/5 

Overall - 4/5


Find out more about The Poison Diaries at the following links