Darkness blooms in bestselling author Kalynn Bayron's new contemporary fantasy about a girl with a unique and deadly power.
Briseis has a gift: with a single touch she can grow plants from tiny seeds to rich blooms.
When Briseis's aunt dies and wills her a dilapidated estate in rural New York, Bri and her parents hope that surrounded by plants and flowers, she will finally learn to control her gift. But their new home is sinister in ways they never expected-it comes with a mysterious set of instructions, a walled garden filled with the deadliest botanicals in the world, and generations of secrets. There is more to Bri's sudden inheritance than she could have imagined, and she is determined to uncover it.
From the bestselling author of Cinderella Is Dead comes an enchanting story about a young woman with the power to conquer the dark forces descending around her.
In this smart and atmospheric sophomore effort, the opener to a planned duology, Bayron (Cinderella Is Dead) presents the trials of adopted Brooklynite Briseis, a Black teen with the ability to control plants. Bri's powers are greater than even she knows, until a dangerous accidental brush with water hemlock reveals that she is impervious to poisonous plants. Just as Bri and her two moms face the possibility of losing their flower shop to gentrification, Bri receives an inheritance from her late birth mother's sister: a house and 40 acres in Upstate New York. Yet summer in Rhinebeck reveals that there's more to Bri's inheritance than a sprawling mansion: she soon encounters a fully stocked apothecary, a garden full of deadly vegetation and countless strangers seeking access to it and secrets about her birth family and her own powers. Bayron weaves science and Greek mythology into a captivating lore that lends weight to this fantastical contemporary story. She conjures entertaining and realistic dialogue and attentive characterization, while incisive descriptions and sumptuous prose evoke a wonderfully gothic atmosphere. Ages 13 up.
This has you on the edge of your feet from the beginning. I need the second book like now instead of June. PLEASE!
Garden of Greatness
Amazing fanciful story. Characters full of personality and intrigue. Thrilling mystery and adventure. Can’t wait for her next book.
This was awesome
This was awesome!!! Greek mythology, big spooky houses with hidden doors, lots of secrets, and a secret garden too! This kept me guessing at every turn! Loved the characters, they were really funny too! What a different kind of story!! I could not put it down! I cannot wait for the next book!!!