Book #Review and #Giveaway: POISON by Molly Cochran

June 25, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways, Young Adult 0

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Welcome to the Poison by Molly Cochran Blog Tour! Read my review of this YA Paranormal Romance and enter to win signed copies of The Legacy Series*!

 

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POISON (Legacy, #2) By: Molly Cochran

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Release Date: December 4th, 2012

 

 

Arthurian legend mixes with modern-day witchcraft in this haunting sequel to Legacy, which Publishers Weekly said “should please the legions of paranormal fans looking for a sophisticated supernatural thriller.” After the riveting—and romantic—events of Legacy, Katy has won Peter’s heart and is nowclaiming her place in the magical world. Though half the students at her boarding school come from witching lines, the use of magic is expressly forbidden at Ainsworth, so as to keep the witching world hidden from the blue-blooded preppies, aka Muffies, who also walk the halls.

But the Muffies have at least a notion of magic, because Katy catches them staging a made-up ritual—and to her astonishment, the girls collapse at Katy’s feet and fall into comas. When Katy is blamed, she becomes desperate to clear her name and finds herself battling all odds to harness her growing magical powers in order to save the Muffies and dispel the Darkness once more.

 

My Review:

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

 

A clever mix of legend and contemporary paranormal romance, Poison is an exciting journey in to witchcraft and wizardry, past and present, told through the eyes of an insightful and supernaturally gifted teenage girl.

Filled with a relatable teenage angst, Katy must face issues the issues of average teenagers: who are my real friends? Do I fit in? Am I pretty enough? Where will I go to college? Does my boyfriend really love me? Will I pass chemistry? All while being a witch with a somewhat checkered past and a very uncertain future. She must battle unseen evil, all while those around her doubt her abilities. Love, loyalty, friendships and powers are tested; the lines between good and evil are blurred. Through everything, Katy’s character shows great strength, yet remains vulnerable.

The book has a cast of relatable teenage characters, witches, non-witches, Travelers, and immortals. The characters add substance to a fast-paced, mysterious, and thrilling plot that doesn’t really firm up until the second half of the book. When the pieces fall together and motives and objectives become clear, an epic battle ensues, with Katy at the forefront. With the help of an unlikely ally, Katy has the ability to save an entire realm, though she may not be able to save herself.

In this second installment of the series, Katy and Peter’s love is tested, and though strong, their future is filled with questions. Their romance as well as the story is YA appropriate, but enjoyable for any fans of the supernatural/paranormal genre.

But even this, I thought, even this pain, this failure, was worthwhile. Because I’d tried. I’d done my best, and I would keep trying until the very end, and that meant I was something more than poison. I was a human being- flawed, maybe, wrong, but still a person whose life had been worth living.

‘Forgive me,’ I whispered, knowing that I was worthy of forgiveness. That we all were, no matter what we’d done, and why.

I blinked away my tears. I wasn’t the only one who needed forgiveness. We all had something of the Darkness in us. We all just did what we could.”

 

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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About the Author:

 

Molly Cochran, author of the teen paranormal romances LEGACY and POISON, has written 26 published novels and four nonfiction books under her own name and various pseudonyms. Her books include New York Times bestselling novels GRANDMASTER and THE FOREVER KING, coauthored with Warren Murphy, and the nonfiction DRESSING THIN, also a NY Times bestseller. She has won awards from the Mystery Writers of America (Best Novel of the Year), the Romance Writers of America (Best Thriller), and the New York Public Library (Outstanding Books for the Teen Age).

SEDUCTION, the third installment in the LEGACY series, is scheduled for release later this year through her publisher, Simon & Schuster.

Two eBooks, THE TEMPLE DOGS and THE FOREVER KING, are currently available through online retailers. A third, GRANDMASTER, will be available soon.

Molly has lectured extensively and has taught writing at the college level as well as at a women’s prison (where she was NOT an inmate). She also writes a blog on writing technique which appears on her website, MollyCochran.com. She is also on Facebook at facebook.com/molly.cochran1 and Twitter at Twitter.com/mollycochranYA.

She lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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