Apr 13, 2013

Review: Poison by Bridget Zinn

Title: Poison
Author: Bridget Zinn
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publishing Date: March 12, 2013
Pages/Format: 288, ARC

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.

Initial Reaction of Book in One Word: Cute!

Poison wasn't a bad book at all--it just wasn't quite my kind of book. It's simple in its aspect--story, romance, writing--but everything put together makes a nice, cute, and fun read. Plus, there's a pet pig!

Kyra is a potions master--meaning she makes potions and uses them and is a badass in the art of potions. When she learns that the kingdom will be destroyed and its because of her best friend--the princess--Kyra tries to assassinate her. When her plans fails, Kyra runs (the punishment's never pretty for trying to kill a royal). While on the run and in hiding, Kyra tries to figure out how to save the kingdom, which is how she comes across the pig (that's like a bloodhound, sniffing things out) and Fred (the cute boy who I really like). And thus, the story begins.

There wasn't really anything I disliked about Poison; it just wasn't at my level. Like I mentioned earlier, it's simple, and it didn't have some of the detail and intricacy I like in books. (If this makes no sense, sorry! It's kind of hard to explain.) There was romance, but it wasn't a deep romance. But the two together were super cute, and Fred was a really, really great. (I'd flip ahead sometimes to see when he showed up because I really liked it when he was there.) The writing was readable and the pace wasn't bad, and I really liked the story. A princess? Check. Potions (so, magic)? Check. Cute boys? Check. All kinds of adventure? Check. It was fun!

I'm really happy to see people that liked Poison more than I did--I wanted to love it, but it just wasn't for me. However, that doesn't mean it isn't for you. You or may not know this, but the author of this book, Bridget Zinn, passed away a couple years ago. To learn more about her and how to spread the word about Poison, just go here. And in the mean time, I hope you'll read Poison and check it out for yourself. It really is a cute, fun, and quick read, featuring a strong female point of view, a great love interest, a super cute pig, and an adventurous story line.

Did I like it? Yes.
Did I love it? Not really.
Would I reread it? Probably not.
Would I purchase it? Maybe. (I'd like to support the author.)
Would I recommend it? It depends, but I wouldn't shove it in people's faces.

1 comment:

  1. I know exactly what you're getting at! I had fun reading this book but it lacked some kind of heft that would have given it more staying power in my mind and heart.


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