Kid’s Book Review: This Poison Heart

Kid’s Book Review: This Poison Heart

About the Book and Author

Author Kalynn Bayron brings a message of proud inclusivity to this empowering fantasy about a young woman finding the strength to challenge everything she has been told is true.

Ever since she can remember, Briseis has had power over plants. Flowers bloom in her footsteps and leaves turn to face her as though she were the sun. It’s a power she and her adoptive mothers have spent her whole life trying to hide. And then Briseis inherits an old house from her birth mother and suddenly finds herself with the space and privacy to test her powers for the first time.

Click here to read our kids’ review of Cinderella is Dead, also published by Bloomsbury and written by the same author.

This Poison Heart
Kalynn Bayron author

Kalynn Bayron is a debut author and a classically trained vocalist. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. When she’s not writing, you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, going to the theatre, watching scary movies and spending time with her kids. She currently lives in Texas, USA. You can follow her on Twitter.

Book Review

I could not recommend this book enough times it went above and beyond: it had everything

After reading Kaylnn Bayron’s ‘Cinderella is Dead’ I had high expectations for this book. Let me tell you it did not disappoint. I was immersed in the book from the get go, even though I read the main character’s name a million different times before I settled on the right pronunciation.

I think I learned every single plant/ flower name in the entire world after reading the first 100 pages, I found the adjectives and descriptive language incredible making my imagination go wild when I pictured the different events in the book.

I found most the action happening in the last 50 pages, was fast-paced and I even had to reread a paragraph of two to grasp what had happened. I found the characters fun, the moms were embarrassing enough to be realistic, but not cheesy.

And the betrayal! It left me gobsmacked (I even had to put the book down at one point it got that intense). I could not recommend this book enough times it went above and beyond; it had everything: Greek mythology, immortality, weird poisonous plants and even a slight unexpected love triangle!

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Ruby
  • Age: 14 years
  • Likes: tennis, musicals and ice-cream
  • Dislikes: clowns and maths
  • Favourite Book: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Favourite Song: Softly by Clairo
  • Favourite Film: Cinderella - live action version