Monday, August 20, 2012

Poison Tree by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Series: Den of Shadows Stand-alone Spin-offs (bk. 4)

Genera: Paranormal Romance

Subjects: Shape-shifters, vampires, hunters, witches, supernatural, magic, technology

Age/Grade Level: Late Teens/Early Twenties

Length: 219 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $15.99

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Summary/ product description: “The rich stew of the author's creations—SingleEarth, vampires, shapeshifters, Tristes, the Bruja Guilds—are at full boil here in the story of two 20-ish young women trying to out run their very different pasts, and figure out where they fit in and who they might become. Each has landed in a more "normal" place, and each wonders if, like a tattoo that can't be covered up, they can ever really fit into "normal."

My Rating: êêê1/2

My Review: I love the paranormal world and mythology that the author created and used throughout all her book. They’re all unique, with different characters. Some succeed, some fail and some are in-between. This was an in-between book for me. I liked the organization she created, called Single Earth. I like how technology was a topic in this book, as well as changing times. I think the different shape-shifters are cool (don’t care for the vamps). What I didn’t like in this book was how confused I got with the plot. I got people, place and events mixed up. There should be some kind of guide to characters, hunter, shifter and such so I can keep up with the story. Are the Bruja witches or hunters? Who is Christian? Who are the romantic interest of the main characters?

In the end only some of these questions were answered and I was left still confused at what happened. Re-reading doesn’t help when you’re totally lost. I still managed to enjoy the book because I liked the characters and the things they said. I can’t wait to read author next book. She always cooks up something different in her fantasy world. (I loved the Kiesha’ra series, Falcon Dance was my fav. As for Den of Shadows books, I liked Persistence of Memory and Token of Darkness too).

Cover Art Review: Not very interesting. Kinda disappointing. Poorly designed (the author’s name? that tree?)

~Haley G

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