Review: A Poison Dark and Drowning

Title: A Poison Dark and Drowning

Author: Jessica Cluess

Date of Publication: September 19th, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook’s system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own. So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients’ past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth.

My Review:

A Shadow Bright and Burning was one of my favorite books last year! So, I was beyond pumped when I got an ARC for this book. It wasn’t as great as the first, but I did really like this one, though!

Let’s talk about my issues. Henrietta was way too fickle over too many pickles. You may already know I am barely tolerant on love triangles unless they are done right, and we have officially hit love square territory. Henrietta claims to love Rook, which I might add he is in the background again! How, I’m supposed to love a character if he is barely there? Then! Anytime Magnus or Blackwood are in the room, Rook is forgotten. Not to mention I hateeeeeeee when characters lie throughout the whole book to characters who they “claim” to trust! Get on the ball, Henrietta!


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Now, the stuff I lovedddddddddd! I love this world! The creatures are grotesquely described, and I sucked all that imagination in! Cluess excels at her writing and this magnificent world. I grew very fond of Magnus in this book, and I think he is starting to become my favorite. We also meet a new character, Maria, who is all sorts of awesomeness!

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The fight scenes were great, and it makes me want my own staff! There are some twists and some of them I did see coming, but there was one I did not! I can’t wait for the next book, and please let’s get it so there is just one boy!


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11 thoughts on “Review: A Poison Dark and Drowning

  1. Lovely review. I’m disappointed to hear that the love triangle/square/whatever is such a prominent issue. I don’t really like main characters who are so wishy-washy when it comes to romantic selection. Sadly, so many YA books have this problem. I am glad that the writing, descriptions, and fight scenes are all worthwhile. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

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      • I’m only about 15% in on my Kindle, but I’m liking it so far except for Henrietta’s romance dithering. The Ancients are definitely creepy. They’re a bit Lovecraftian, aren’t they? I’m starting to get a sinking feeling regarding Henrietta’s ties to the skinless dude.😕

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  3. I enjoyed this though I wanted it to be better. I also thought I caught some wildbow influence with the “endbringers” from another world. Now I’m curious what kind of transformation we night be in for.

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