A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry {ARC Review} @AlgonquinYoungReaders @samanthamabry




Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl--Isabel, the one the señoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers--and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life. 




This author's debut novel is simply stunning and brought back memories of when I lived in La Isla del Encanto...Puerto Rico. This magical story of young love and unmeasureable loss is beautiful and frightening at the same time. The story quickly pulls you in and keeps you immersed with a strong and well paced plot and the characters are all beautifully written. The author's writing style was so vivid that I felt like I was a part of the hair raising story line. I highly recommend this haunting read to readers of all ages and I am looking forward to more of this author's work.





{I received an ARC from Algonquin Young Readers. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are unbiased and my own.}






Samantha was born four days before the death of john lennon. she grew up in dallas, playing bass guitar along to vinyl records in her bedroom after school, writing fan letters to rock stars, doodling song lyrics into notebooks, and reading big, big books.

She spends as much time as possible in the west Texas desert.

A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON (Algonquin Young Readers, spring 2016) is her first novel.









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