Blog Tour: Poison by Molly Cochran (Review + Giveaway)

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Poison by Molly Cochran
Hardcover: 368 pages
Published: 12 December 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Source: Provided for tour in exchange for an honest review
Age Range: Young Adult
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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 now claiming 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.

Having very recently read Legacy, I was excited to see what was next for our wonderful witches of Whitfield. Though I didn't like Poison nearly as much as Legacy, I did still enjoy it. I will give you a little warning to say that this is a sequel, so there may or may not be spoilers for those who have yet to read book one. With that said, let's move on, shall we?

Poison picks up shortly after the events in Legacy, which was very much appreciated. I kind of wanted to see everyone enjoy some peace for a bit, but we all know the Darkness doesn't rest. One of my favorite parts of the first book was how the community of witches - with the exception of a few, as tends to be the case with anything - was so tight-knit and helpful. Sure, things were rough, but they were willing to work together to figure things out. I kind of missed that in this one.

Character-wise, there were things I was pleased with and others that really kind of threw me for a loop. Katy really grew into her skin in Legacy, but she seems to take a step (or two... or five...) backward in Poison. Where was the confidence in herself and her relationships that she gained just a short time ago? She had been through so much, but then she ends up being weak again and, honestly, whiny? What? I guess what I'm trying to say is that she seemed even more insecure in this book than she did at the beginning of the first one. She learns and grows in her abilities, but that's about it. She is fully able to have a relationship with Peter, but she starts to freak out when they can't spend ever second together. A lot of the book is spent with her feeling quite lonely, which I can totally understand, in a way. But still, that doesn't necessarily mean she needs to have a freaking pity party every second. I just wanted to shake her and say, "Other people have lives, too. Stop feeling so sorry for yourself and do something! Communicate!" Though she could be incredibly infuriating, I will say that I still like Katy. She does redeem herself by the end, but it sure did take an awful long time.

Peter, on the other hand, seemed to really step up a bit. Sure, I think he should have spent more time with Katy - or at least communicated with her more so she didn't freak out so much - but he really grew. He is figuring out who he is and what he wants to do in life, so he makes every effort to accomplish these goals. He's becoming quite the confident, supportive, mature guy. I wish he could have been more present, though. I was also really pleased to see that Becca and Katy have become friends. Becca's mom is still a piece of work, but Becca herself has definitely come around. I really hope this friendship is explored more in the next book.

Like I said, there were some character developments that left me completely stumped. One was Hattie. I loved Hattie to bits in Legacy, but she was so cold, rude and just straight up mean to Katy in this one. What the? With all that happened before, I thought Hattie would be nice and supportive towards Katy. Not so. It just left me scratching my head why she would act like that. Also, why in the world is Katy friends with Verity? This girl is so clueless and horrid. She has no sense of loyalty and she jumps to conclusions and yells fire before there's even a chance to prove things otherwise. I was also surprised that Katy goes back to being an outcast in the community and school. What the heck? I thought people had gotten over all that rubbish! And what was up with everyone telling Katy to stop meddling? Her being nosy is what helped save the town last time! Ugh. I also really missed Katy's family. Grams and Aunt Agnes were great additions in the first book (especially Grams) and I really missed their presence and humor and levelheadedness. Plus, they gave Katy that feeling of love and family that she definitely craves and needs. They were there, of course, but not nearly as much as I would personally wish them to be. I love them! I still don't miss Katy's father. That man is useless and stupid.

Along with the old characters, there were a couple new additions that I found myself quite enjoying. One was Bryce, who ends up being great friends with Peter. His story is incredibly interesting, but I fear I can't say much without spoiling it. Let's just say that Bryce is unusual and pretty integral to the story. Another addition was Morgan. When she was first introduced, I felt there was something a little off about her. I think it quite genius how the author brought in this new character, but then proceeded to make the reader question whether or not we should trust her. Brilliant! Even after finishing the book, I wasn't quite sure how I felt about Morgan. Both of these new characters ended up being very welcome additions.

The story itself was very interesting. I really enjoyed the Arthurian aspect and watching how the legend intertwined with everything going on, past and present. By the way, I was really intrigued by how Avalon was described. Quite the interesting depiction, I must say. I do have to admit that it took a good 80 pages or so before I started to genuinely enjoy the book. I don't know what it was, but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe it was because I was having a hard time with the characters, as I said above? I'm not exactly sure, but it just felt, I don't know... off? Maybe that's a good way to put it. It seemed like it took a while before it felt like a Legacy book, ya know? Now don't get me wrong, once I was into it, I became hooked. It's like it got an adrenaline shot or something, because after that initial lull, the story just went into warp speed. So much happens and is revealed and captures you that you can't help trying to turn the pages as fast as you can! I closed the book so elated and full of excitement about the end, that I practically forgot about any problems I had with the first part. Well, until I went back through my notes and was reminded, that is.

Overall, Poison is a great addition to a wondrous and captivating series. It's full of mystery, danger, love and even a fair share of surprises. I can't wait to see where Molly Cochran takes us in the next adventure, Seduction. I have to know what happens! I will definitely be reading more from this talented author and I hope that everyone will check out this exciting series.

A favorite quote: "Whoever came up with the idea that only bad boys were interesting must have been crazy. I'd take my nice guy any day." (Amen to that!)

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.

She lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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