Friday, December 21, 2012

Poison: a review

By Bridget Zinn
3 / 5 Gnomes
Netgalley Read: Book will be released March 2013

A review in 10 words or less: Poison master, future seer, kingdom saver, Kyra does it all.

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.
~Amazon Description~ 

The Breakdown:

Kyra is a master potioner, which basically means that Kyra makes these totally awesome weapons that can bend a man to her will.  Unbeknownst to just about every one else in the kingdom, Kyra is also a witch, a Seer in particular, and she catches a glimpse of a future where the heir to the throne, and incidentally her best friend, turns super evil and destroys the kingdom.

Kyra can't have that on her conscience, so she decides to kill the princess before anything bad happens.  But, the talented Kyra misses, and is now running for her life.

The Awesome:

Have I mentioned how much I love strong, independent heroines?!  Love them!  Kyra can not only kick butt, she's also stubborn, proud, and not afraid to stand up for what she believes is right.  Kyra's made of all kinds of awesome.

Fred.  Such a common name for an uncommonly wonderful guy.  Fred is funny.  Fred is beautiful.  Fred is thoughtful.  Fred is also stubborn, proud, and not afraid to stand up for what he believes is right.  Fred is the perfect man for Kyra.

Ooo!  There's also a pretty fun twist near the end that I totally didn't see coming.  But I'm also not known for my powers of observation.

The Not So Awesome:

This is Bridget Zinn's first novel, and as first novel's go, it was a lot fun.  But I've read better.  The story was almost too sweet, too neatly packaged.  Everything ended all nice and tidy which was a little disappointing.  I suppose it's left open wee bit for some type of sequel, but I'm okay with where it leaves off.

Poison was fun, full of adventure, and an absolutely adorable romance.  Check it out this March!

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