I chose this book because I read a review of it a few months ago and thought it sounded like a charming story. And the cover is adorable, who doesn't love a cover with a cute pig on it. When I saw that Amanda was willing to trade this in exchanged for a review, I jumped on the chance to read it!
Poison by Bridget Zinn
Publishing: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: March 12th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Synopsis:My Bookish Thoughts:
Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction--which means she's the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom's future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.
But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart... misses.
Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king's army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she's not alone. She's armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can't stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?
Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she's certainly no damsel-in-distress--she's the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon. (Goodreads)
Poison was just as delightful and fun as I thought it was going to be. It was a little confusing to start with, because Kyra, once a Master Potioner, has been on the run for about three months; the author had to backpedal a little bit and explain why Kyra is on the rune and her previous role in the kingdom. After the slow-ish start, the pace picks up and the action begins.
The characters were great. Pretty soon, Kyra meets Fred, and adventurer who I rapidly fell in love with because of his quick wit and easy banter. He balances out Kyra's composed, and sometimes frigid, personality. He seems to always find the best in people and isn't judgemental, which Kyra needed at the time when she met him, she just didn't know it at the time. I also thought it was adorable how Kyra kept mentioning how cute she thought he was and how she needed to stop distracting herself by looking at him. Kyra was such a dynamic character, and never ceased to surprise. She overcame huddles that are very different, yet reminiscent to issues that young girls deal with. Kyra was a strong, independent female character, who was inspiring and endearing.
While this Poison may not have the best world building for a fantasy novel, the characters' charms and the overall cheerfulness fully make up for it. This did not read like a complex high fantasy, especially compared to Throne of Glass or Graceling, it read more like an urban fantasy, despite the technical categorization of it being a high fantasy. I could tell the author put so much love into this book, though, with its quirky characters and moments. This book is the perfect crossover if you like to read middle grade books and YA. With some fun twists and turns, I highly recommend Poison as a quick, light read.
I gave this book 3.5 stars on my Goodreads.
About the Reviewer:
Emma is a math major at college in Seattle, WA. She has previously worked at a bookshop, and decided she wants to work with books in the future for a job. When she is not reading YA, you can find her baking,knitting, or hanging out with friends.
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