Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Poison [Book Review]

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Disney Hyperion
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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.

My Thoughts:
I wish I hadn't waited so long to write up a review of this book because it really deserves a fresh, straight-from-finishing-the-book review. I LOVED this book. The writing is incredible - and the characters and world had me hooked instantly.

Kyra is a potioner, one whose potions are used for weapons, not beauty or any other silly use. She attempts to assassinate her best friend and heir to the throne, but fails. Not only is she now on the run, she is also trying to find her former best friend to finish what should have been a clean kill.

Honestly, the characters and magic really really make this story such an amazing one. Kyra is a kickass protagonist. I cannot emphasize that enough. Fred, a boy that she meets on the run, is hilarious, sweet, and lovable. I liked him instantly. Sweet little Rosie is a pig that Kyra gets from a criminal she had potioned during an interrogation - and while in real life I'm not big on pigs - Rosie was an essential part of the story and probably my most favorite character.

Overall, I wish I could gush more in depth, but it's been a few weeks since I finished and all the things I wanted to say are no longer in my brain :(

Previous Review:
Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire [here]

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