March 12, 2013

Review: Poison Tree (Den of Shadows #8)

Poison Tree (Den of Shadows #8) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: July 10, 2012
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Book Description:

As a pure-blooded shapeshifter, she could have survived everything they had done to Cori's poor, fragile, human body. But Cori...Cori was just dead.

"What's your name?" the vampire asked as he crawled toward her.

"Sa-Sarik," she stammered, fear jolting through her.

"I'm Jason," he said. "Help me and I can help you."

She looked around. Once this had been a wine cellar, but now it reeked of blood, fear, and pain. How could she just abandon her sister here?


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I don’t even know where to start with this review. My head is all over the place and I desperately want more! I have read all of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’ books to date and while I love all of her stories, there are always going to be the ones that are my favorites and Poison Tree has definitely fought its way into the top three in that list.

This is the first book that has focused on SingleEarth as the main part of the story. Yes, it’s true SingleEarth or a mention of it usually makes its way into every book, but it was nice to actually see inside of the organization and how things are run. It was also nice to see all kinds of characters in this book.

So much was explored and tossed out to readers at such a fast pace. We had humans, vampires, shifters, and witches. Plus there were a few returning characters from other books, which always makes me grin. That’s another thing that I love about Rhodes’s books, though they can all be read as standalones, the world encompasses all the books she’s written and so sometimes characters cross paths.


And if you love them as much as I do seeing them pop up in new books makes you grin like a dope because it’s like an extra special treat. I will not tell you who pops up, but I will say there’s someone from Midnight Predator and someone from Persistence of Memory.

The best part of Poison Tree was absolutely by far the plot. I was slightly confused in the very beginning, but once we came back to present time things got clearer and as the story unfolded I was amazed how everyone who was running from something turned out to be intertwined. It was epic, seeing the story unfold and realizing characters that you had no idea knew each other were part of each other’s lives in seriously unexpected ways; well it just blew me away.

There were so many great scenes between characters in this book and so many emotions, but one of my favorites was the huge fight and speech at the end. I can totally see Sarik, Alysia, Jason, and Christian being best friends…haha down the line when things aren’t so tense. But those two girls, man their need to help, their bravery, and their strength, just amazing.

Very awesome female leads. That’s another thing I love about Rhodes’s stories that I’m sure I’ve mentioned before. She never takes the easy way out and has some male character come in and rescue her female lead. She always has the very strong broken women who lean on people when they need to and aren’t afraid to accept help, but who ultimately face their fears and triumph.

I can’t possibly love her writing any more than I already do. If you haven’t read Poison Tree, check it out and hopefully you’ll love it as much as I do!



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Author Bio:

I grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, where I matriculated through the public Concord-Carlisle school district from kindergarten until my graduation in 2001. The best part of school, from fifth grade until the year I graduated, was definitely chorus. I love music, and I love to sing, and though I never had the courage or the talent to participate in any of the high school plays as a performer, I enjoyed being involved at other levels; the music and drama community at CCHS was the highlight of my high school career. I was also on the fencing team for two years, an experience that actually inspired a couple storylines, and regret that I did not continue with that sport.

I now live in Massachusetts with several pets... as well as, of course, my family. I am a student at the University of Massachusetts, with an English/psychology double-major. I hope to work either as an English teacher at the secondary level, or in special education. I have strong opinions about literacy, education, and how our educational systems are treated- strong enough that most of my friends know not to get me started on the subject.

My non-writing hobbies are eclectic, and cover everything from rather domestic pastimes like cross-stitch and cooking to aquarium keeping, playing piano, gardening, carpentry, Harley-Davidsons, driving, and arguing- there are few things I enjoy more than a good debate with someone who knows how to argue, which might have something to do with a best friend who works in politics. I love to learn, so if I have down-time and nothing to do, it is not at all unusual to find me pouring over some book, website or video designed to teach me some new skill, from belly dancing (something I desperately want to learn but have not yet been brave enough to sign up for classes on) to JavaScript.

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