Review: Poison – Bridget Zinn

Release Date: March 12th
Published By: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 288
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Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Poison was nothing short of an action packed adventure from top to bottom – I really enjoyed this! It has a real fairy tale style charm about it that reeled you in and kept your attention piqued the whole time.

Kyra is a poison specialist and also happens to be the princess’ best friend. Although she did just try to kill the princess in order to save the kingdom… and now the princess is on the run and Krya is after her.

A plot filled with twists and turns – some I saw coming and some that caught me blind sighted – I really appreciated how well structured the plot was as well as the pacing. Everything happened for a reason and all fell into place at the end.

I was really saddened to learn that the author Bridget Zinn passed away in 2011. I found this out after I finished Poison, and by that time I already loved the book (and wanted to know if there would be another book… where I sadly learnt what had happened). She was such a brilliant author!

I really loved the persistence and loyalty of Fred. No matter how smarmy Kyra is and tries to escape him, he comes back for more and I love how this was played out.

I always enjoy a really good villain, and this book had it all. Heroes, villains, a cute little pig called Rosie, princesses, princes, queens and kings not to mention witches, potioners, gypsies, trolls and more! I went in with no knowledge of what the book was about and I just let it unfold around me… it was wonderful.

Highly recommend this read!

What do you think?

  • I felt the same way after I read the book. It’s so, so good and I’m so, so sad that there won’t be a second … I loved Fred, too. Great review!

  • Hi! I just found your blog! :) That’s so sad to hear about th e author, I didn’t know that. I agree, the book was definitely written like a fairy tale and all the action made it enjoyable. Great review!

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