WORD LISTS

"This Poison Heart" by Kalynn Bayron, Chapters 9–15

September 23, 2022
Following her aunt's death, Bri must learn to control her unique and deadly magical gift to conquer dark forces and protect her family.

Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–4, Chapters 5–8, Chapters 9–15, Chapters 16–22, Chapters 23–31
quaint
“This is so...” Mo searched for the right words to describe it.
Quaint?” Mom offered.
Mo’s eyebrow shot up. “I was gonna say white but I guess quaint works too.”
shaft
Dust floated in the shafts of sunlight shining through the shop window.
hardiness
“This thing was dead.”
I tried to think of some excuse for its hardiness that sounded halfway true.
resilient
“Cacti are pretty resilient. They can go without water for a really long time.”
nonchalantly
“We practically had to use a paintbrush to put on the ointment,” Mo said as she nonchalantly scanned the menu.
manifest
They’d always been supportive, but they didn’t know all the ways this power could manifest, and neither did I.
inevitably
I didn’t know if me and my parents were staying and if we were, would a friendship with him be any different from Gabby or Marlon when he inevitably found out what I could do?
gnarled
A tree stood in the center, its gnarled trunk—as wide as a car—led up to a canopy that fanned out like a giant umbrella.
spigot
Several watering cans of various sizes littered the ground. A rusted spigot stuck out of the wall.
writhing
The wall itself was blanketed in a writhing mass of black vines dotted with dark purple leaves and crimson thorns.
subside
The feeling slowly subsided, leaving a tingling sensation on the inside of my nose and mouth.
scaffold
What I thought were the tangled limbs of trees outside the garden was actually a canopy of twisted nettles, ivy, and roses—with petals as black as ink, thorns longer than my fingers—interlaced with a scaffolding of curved metal arches.
coherent
We’ll question him when he’s more coherent.
undulate
The entire walk back to the house, tangles of poisonous plants undulated along the ground, a shallow wave of green and black leaves and gleaming thorns.
stately
We drove past a stately house with a sign that read Beekman Arms Inn.
ruse
“Oh,” I said, picking up on the ruse. “Good idea.”
drab
The drab monochrome decor made the space feel cramped.
uncanny
“I’m sorry. You look so much like her. It’s uncanny.”
ecstatic
Mo’s mouth curved into an ecstatic grin.
emblazon
At the very top, a key crossed by two torches was emblazoned in intricate detail.
tome
The entire tome was dedicated to the making of herbal remedies for ailments ranging from PMS to arthritis.
tincture
There were salves for bruises and rashes, tinctures for upset stomachs and headaches.
curator
She was a curator at the Brooklyn Museum for a few years.
striking
She was the most striking person I’d ever seen. Her skin was the deep umber color of autumn leaves, and her silver-gray hair was slicked back, gathered behind her neck in a mass of tight coils.
stoic
She made a noise like a cough, but when I looked, she stood stoic, thoughtful.
flourish
“But imagine telling someone they’re beautiful, magnetic, stunning. Every single day. Imagine how they’d flourish.”
meander
Mom and Mo talked excitedly as they meandered upstairs and into their room for the night.
subsequent
I waited for the metal on metal grinding as the flue opened and braced myself for the subsequent shower of dead birds and leaves.
tarnish
It was bigger than the ones in the turret and set in a heavy, silver frame that was tarnished with age.
billowing
A woman dressed in billowing black robes stood directly behind Medea.
lustrous
She had a jet-black mass of thick, lustrous hair framing her head.
gilded
Set among the valleys and peaks of her natural hair was a crown of golden gilded rays.
profound
The other portraits had made me nervous, like Medea was watching my every move, but this painting stirred in me a profound sense of unease.
piercing
Their slightly parted lips and piercing stares gave me the unshakable feeling that they were waiting for me to do something.
wispy
A half hour later, our blackened waffles were in the trash and the windows were open so the wispy clouds of gray smoke could escape.
profusely
He coughed over and over again and his eyes watered profusely.
permeate
A frenzied sort of energy permeated the air as tangles of vines and Devil’s Pet began to unfurl from the tops of the walls.
sporadic
Rust-colored water shot out in sporadic bursts until it started to flow even and clear.
acacia
I watered the acacia tree until the ground at its roots was soaked.
infusion
The plants in the Poison Garden grew with their infusions of rainwater and dew, but they took their time.

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