Author: Christine Heppermann
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publishing Date: October 2014
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Poetry
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Synopsis can be found here.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A collection of fifty poems that shed light on a modern teenage girl.
I didn’t enjoy all of them. Some of them I felt were lacking in emotion but the author did an excellent job at portraying the many dark issues girls and young women face, whether in reality or in fairy tales. I really like poetry and did enjoy the collection, but I wans’t in love with them. Some are clever, but on the short side. I would have liked more depth per poem. I was surprised by how dark and sad the tone was. Yes, yes, I know fairy tales are not all Disney movies. I like the horror and gore and darkness. But I wasn’t quite prepared for the blaring light of real female issues being starkly laid bare in a fairy tale poetry setting.
I didn’t lose attention and I did have favorites:
A Wicked Queen’s Legacy
Sleeping Beauty’s Wedding Day
Overall, I think Poisoned Apples is a unique book filled with dark and sinister tales. They’re just not fairy tales. They’re more disturbing. They’re reflections on real life.
Rating 7 Would Recommend