Review: A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Title: A Fierce and Subtle Poison
Series: Stand-Alone
Author: Samantha Mabry
Genre: Young Adult, Retelling & Magical Realism
Published Date: April 12th 2016 by Algonquin Young Readers
Format: e-arc
Source: Netgalley
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.
*** I received A Fierce and Subtle Poison On Netgalley in exchanged for an honest review. Thank you so much too Algonquin Young Readers for the opportunity to read and review A Fierce and Subtle Poison! ***

I am really surprise on how much I really like and enjoy A Fierce and Subtle Poison overall I didn't love it as much that I would of liked. But it was very nostalgic book for me because of the many great memories of the island that I had when I was a kid when I visited the Island of Puerto Rico with my family. Now I never read the book Rappaccini’s Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne but now I am really intrigued to check it out because A Fierce and Subtle Poison is a re-imagining of that specific story. The plot line and twist is unique and different in its own ways that I had too find out what was really going to happen next in the story! The writing styles was very expressive and descriptive. That I felt every feelings the characters were feeling and it also felt very nostalgic reading the places that Lucas & Isabel went on the island because I went too the same places when I was a kid. The characters were all amazing and well rounded and very dynamic in every way. That my favorite part of A Fierce and Subtle Poison was the diversity in the book. I absolutely love and enjoyed reading the diversity in A Fierce and Subtle Poison even though its not my first book I read with diversity in it. But there is not a lot of books that I read with diversity in them so it is always a great changed for me to read an diverse books. All and All A Fierce and Subtle Poison was a great and enjoyable book for me that I really want too check out other books by Samantha Mabry because I really did love and enjoy her writing style and story telling!
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.



  1. The diversity is definitely appealing! I remember first seeing this book last year and being intrigued. I never got around to reading it, but it is one that I am interested in following up... eventually. :D I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Katiria!

    Fantastic review. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Yes I totally agree with you for diversity being very appealing. I just really enjoy books like this one especially if the setting of the book is in my parents homeland. Thank you for stopping by my blog Alyssa! :D

  2. Yey for diversity!! I'm so glad you liked this one.

    1. I know right I absolutely enjoy diversity in books its always a great and refreshing too read a diverse book. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog Angel! :D

  3. I love that this had so much diversity, and books you connect with are always lovely.

    1. I know right I just love diverse and nostalgic books. Thank you for stopping by my blog Kim. :D