They won’t recognize the new me.
But they know the old me well—the me she harmed, and the me he loved.
She thinks she has him. But I’m going to take him back.
He thinks she’s the one. But I’m going to show him he’s wrong.
I thought it was over. But now I have a chance.
Jen and Roxie’s Review
BAM! And that’s how it’s done!!
Cracktastic. Delicious. Evil. Poisonous. Perfection. These are just some of the words we’d use to describe The Evolution of Ivy: Poison by Lauren Campbell. We hit the jackpot when we one clicked this debut book.
From the moment the book began, we were instantly hooked. A roller coaster ride—up, down, upside down, twisting, with our stomachs in knots. The plot was CRAZY with the perfect blend of angst, surprises and WTF moments.
First of all Ivy, she is almost an antiheroine. She is walking a fine line between “hello you need help”, but at the same time we couldn’t stop ourselves from rooting for her. Her obsession is borderline psychotic yet here we are cheering her on as she dives into her plan.
“I’m crazy for subjecting myself to all of this. But true love requires true sacrifice.”
This book is refreshing and complicated. It’s almost impossible to review it in depth without giving away the twisted and multilayered plot.
“I’m crossing an ocean for someone who wouldn’t jump a puddle for me.”
We love when we can get lost in a story. We love when we don’t know where it will take us. We love the unpredictable path an author takes to give us their story.
Look out book world, Lauren Campbell is on the rise and is definitely an author to watch. Her writing was fantastic, her plot was so different and intriguing, and she gave us one hell of a bookgasm!!
About Lauren Campbell
Lauren Campbell lives in Atlanta, GA, with her family, and is author of The Evolution of Ivy: Poison.
She was raised in Columbia, SC, with her three sisters who annoy her greatly.
An avid reader since early childhood, Lauren discovered her love for writing several years into owning a successful newborn photography business. After reaching out to author Colleen Hoover in 2013 for advice, Lauren painstakingly pieced together a heap of garbage loosely based on her personal life that she decided to trash. After one year of being on hiatus, Lauren subsequently came up with the idea for Poison after being inspired by a photo on the internet. She wrote Poison in three weeks. It is not a heap of garbage, has no personal ties, and is filled with characters Lauren cares more for than some of the real people in her life. But don’t tell anyone that.
Lauren’s social life is pretty boring, but she loves reading, coffee & hot tea, and living in her pajamas. She’s a glutton for punishment, and regrettably signs up for things like Room Mom in her children’s classes, leaving her up all night doing things like baking dozens of cookies between swear words. Her favorite food is avocado. If she could, she’d find a way to put it on everything.
Lauren is done writing in third person now. (I know, I’m lame.)