Author: Bridget Zinn
Series: Stands alone but openings for a sequel
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
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.
Poison was a fun read that will likely appeal to a wide audience. It’s appropriate for tweens and has appeal for older readers too. The story started out strong and then lagged in the middle for me. By mid book it was a 3 star read but thankfully it finished with some fun twists at the end leaving me satisfied. So glad I kept reading. I love when an element of the story takes me by surprise and this book did that for me. (In hindsight I guess I should have seen it coming but I love when I don’t see something until it’s there).
There are some really fun elements to this story including an enchanted pig and a stranger named Fred who Kyra just can’t seem to shake. I’ll be passing this on to my daughter as I think she’ll enjoy it.
Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book
Genre/Age Level: Young Adult fantasy appropriate for tweens on up.
Finished December 26, 2012
*While visiting the author’s website I just learned she passed away in 2011. There was a sequel planned but I’m not sure if it will be released or not.