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Monday, February 15, 2010
Poisoned Honey by Beatrice Gormley
Hope P., 14 1/27/2010 1:23:32 PM
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: Many books mention Mary Magdalene as some sort of forgiven tramp, or hide her story in layers of conspericy. While those books have their place, it was refreshing to read a story about her that broke that mold.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes. This book is a spine-tingling look at Mary Magdalene's life, (without a lot of conspericy) while taking you on a breathless ride through her transformation from the little sister of a bulley, the wife of an old cruel man, to madwoman, to being cleansed by the man who changed the world.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Poisoned Honey is a breathtakingly written novel that delivers a powerful message through the story of Mary Magdelene: We all do have a higher purpose, and it is never to late to be who you were ment to be. Mariamne was a typical Jewish girl growing up, back when the Romans had control. As a girl, she would wed at an early age and become the mistress of her own house, be submissive to her husband, and obey whatever she was told to do. But Mari wasn't completly typical. She could see visions, and hear voices of sparrows. Her stories were written off by her family as flights of imagination. At 13, she is betrothed to a handsome young man in the village, and all seems perfect. On the day before her wedding, the prophetess Mariyam, for whom Mari is named, appears to her and tells Mari she has a high purpose. But that very day, a sickness breaks out, claiming Mari's father and betrothed. Soon after, her bullyish brother engages her to a man she hates. After the wedding, she is unwelcome in his house, it seems. But an Egyptian wise woman teaches her a trick; she can enter the spirit world (where she has complete control). Soon, her 'friends' from the spirit realm come to her in the real world. People begin to think she's mad. Then the truth dawns of her: she is possessed. She has become poisoned honey. There are rumors of a man who can heal her. But will the seven demons controlling her kill her before she can get there?
Cover comments: The cover was beautiful. I loved it. It really sparked the imagination.