20359699Title: Poisoned Apples, Poems for You, My Pretty

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:

The Woods
A Wicked Queen’s Legacy
Sleeping Beauty’s Wedding Day
Prince Charming
Red Handed
The Beast
Pink Champagne


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