Author- Bridgit Zinn.
Publish date- March 2013.
Synopsis (from goodreads):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?
What I thought:
Poison is, without a doubt, one of the best books that I've read this year- with intrigue, an array of exciting, lovable and fantastical characters, and a plot that is constantly captivating, there is never a dull moment.
I found myself going through a lot of different emotions whilst reading, from amused to fascinated, happy to awed- the writing is consistent and addictive, and it is a story that will stick with me for a long time.
I was immediately intrigued by Kyra, the protagonist who is on the run from her Kingdom for trying to kill her best friend- the princess. She is smart and witty, desperate and lovable, and despite being in hiding she doesn't give up on the job she has to do and doesn't lose sight of what she believes in, even though she is hated and feared by all.
I loved finding out her story and whenever there was a new revelation I was full of amazement at how wonderfully, and seamlessly, it was crafted. Following Kyra's potion-er background, and present, was wonderful; I loved how deft she was at the art and the pride she felt at her skills.
Another thing I really appreciated was Kyra and another character's love/hate relationship- it really gave a natural feeling to the story, though I did (as did she) wonder at how easily she trusted him, after being on edge for so long.
The conclusion to the story was brilliant, I thought, and I know that I will revisit it many more times.
Review: Big explosion MIND BLOWN/Excellent.
I loved this story so much and really appreciated the wonderful, intricate storyline and the ease I had entering the world. I cannot wait to share the book with many others!