Everything Is Canon: This Poison Heart

On the season finale of Everything is Canon, Steve is joined by bestselling author Kalynn Bayron, as they close out the year that was, 2021. A big part of the reason Kalynn is here is because This Poison Heart, a book she released all the way back in June, is my absolute favorite book of 2021, you can read my review HERE.

Here’s the summary…

Briseis has a gift: she can grow plants from tiny seeds to rich blooms with a single touch.


When Briseis’s aunt dies and wills her a dilapidated estate in rural New York, Bri and her parents decide to leave Brooklyn behind for the summer. Hopefully there, surrounded by plants and flowers, Bri will finally learn to control her gift. But their new home is sinister in ways they could never have imagined–it comes with a specific set of instructions, an old-school apothecary, and a walled garden filled with the deadliest botanicals in the world that can only be entered by those who share Bri’s unique family lineage.


When strangers begin to arrive on their doorstep, asking for tinctures and elixirs, Bri learns she has a surprising talent for creating them. One of the visitors is Marie, a mysterious young woman who Bri befriends, only to find that Marie is keeping dark secrets about the history of the estate and its surrounding community. There is more to Bri’s sudden inheritance than she could have imagined, and she is determined to uncover it . . . until a nefarious group comes after her in search of a rare and dangerous immortality elixir. Up against a centuries-old curse and the deadliest plant on earth, Bri must harness her gift to protect herself and her family.

Not only is Kalynn one of my favorite authors, but she also happens to be one of my favorite people to talk to, and so I’m very glad she’s here to look back on the year that was with me. We talk about This Poison Heart and the next book in the series, This Wicked Fate, including those incredible covers by Raymond Sebastien, I probe her for updates about some exciting Cinderella is Dead news she dropped a while back, her next series The Vanquishers, and much, much more.

Happy holidays!

To order This Poison Heart and/or pre-order This Wicked Fate, click HERE!

Cover art by Raymond Sebastien.

About the Author: 

Kalynn Bayron is the bestselling author of the YA fantasy novels CINDERELLA IS DEAD and THIS POISON HEART. She is a classically trained vocalist and when she’s not writing you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, attending the theater, watching scary movies, and spending time with her kids. She currently lives in Ithaca, NY with her family.

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Everything Is Canon: This Poison Heart
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