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.
Summary from Goodreads.Poison reminded me why I love the fantasy genre so much. It's a book that's light and fun, but mostly, it's enchanting. Everything about it just feels colorful, and if you want to know what I mean, just look at the cover. It just captures the entire, wonderful mood of the book perfectly.
The cast is especially colorful. You have Kyra, the potion master extraordinaire, with a good heart but questionable intentions. She makes for an amazing narrator because she's guarded; she doesn't give everything away all at once, so the reader is constantly guessing at what happened that made her want to kill the princess. Zinn does a fantastic job of building the suspense and intrigue in this manner. Then there's Fred, the happy-go-lucky vagabond Kyra can't seem to shake. He's charming and lively, with plenty of spark. One of my favorite characters, though, is Rosie the pig. You don't see animals this adorable in fiction every day. (Again, I refer you to the cover. How cute is that piglet?)
Other than the characters, one of the best aspects of the book is the potions themselves. The types of potions are so inventive, and even though it's magic, it's a type of a science and an art. Potioneering adds to the already excellent world-building. The potions contribute to Poison's whimsy, as do the workings of the castle and the various inhabitants of Kyra's kingdom, including witches, goblins, and princesses.
My favorite part of this novel, though- and I touched on this earlier- is the foreshadowing. It's flawless, and it made me yearn to know Kyra's backstory as well as what would come next. There are also plenty of twists and turns, one of which really caught me by surprise. There's nothing better than that, right?
Overall, Poison is a great, fun, old-fashioned fantasy novel. It's enchanting and refreshing, and while it's a light read, it's certainly not fluff. Anyone can read this, from upper elementary school kids to adults, so go pick up a copy!
A Quote from the Book: "It was the most ridiculous thing in the entire world: Kyra, would-be assassin and master potioner, had resorted to hunting down her prey- her best friend the princess- with a piglet."
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