Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Poison by Bridget Zinn

PoisonPoison by Bridget Zinn
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Pre order: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
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:
Poison is a great thrilling fantasy novel with a little romance thrown in which is just what I needed.

Kyra, a master potioner, is on the run for trying to kill her best friend who just so happens to be a princess.  Not knowing how she could have missed Kyra knows that she has to finish what she started even though it means killing someone she dearly loves.  Kyra has to save the kingdom at whatever cost.  While she is on the run she meets an interesting boy who she can't shake.  Everywhere she goes, Fred is right there one step behind her.  What follows is hilarious at times, romantic at others, and action packed throughout.  This in one fantasy book you won't want to miss.

I really enjoyed this book.  It was fun and not as intense as some of the books I have been reading lately which is a good thing.  I needed a break and Poison was just what I needed.  I loved the whole potion aspect of the book.  I find that type of thing very interesting and it was so awesome to see how Kyra made potions and I loved that she was awesome at it. The only problem I had with the story was towards the end it got to feel a little more middle grade than the beginning.  I liked that in the beginning we had murder, mystery and a bar arse heroine, but towards the end it all started to feel a little childish and I felt like the age really dropped.  I wish it had stayed consistent and kept with the older feel, but honestly if that is my only complaint then I think I can overlook it.  The story kept me glued to the pages.  I couldn't wait to see why Kyra had to kill Ari and if she would succeed.  

If you are looking for a fun fantasy novel then this is for you.  I was very sad to hear that the author, Bridgit Zinn, passed away.  I didn't find this out until I had already started reading and I the world has truly lost a talented writer. I would have loved to have seen more from this potion world, but I know that will never happen and that really breaks my heart.  Ms.Zinn you are amazing and I am so thankful we at least have this one work of art from you.

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39 comments:

  1. The book sounds great. Kyra has to kill her best friend?? That seems like the worst task there is.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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    1. She does and it is insane lol! Good luck!

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  2. Harry Potter is my favorite. I love magic! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Great pick! I am right there with you lol =) You are welcome good luck!

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  3. This book was a lot of fun :) I hope I didn't taint the story too much with the author's death :(
    The banter was the best part and it was interesting to see how the potions were made but I do agree that the last few chapters went downhill.
    Great review, Crystal!

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    1. You didn't taint it at all, if anything knowing that made me appreciate every word all the more =) I loved their banter! Yeah it just went from YA to MG in my opinion once a certain person was found. I think it was just that particular character. Good to know I am not alone in my thinking lol =)
      Thanks!

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  4. This book has been on my TBR list :( I hope I can read it! I'm interested with the MC. She seems strong and she looks like she can handle anything. Is this giveaway international?? :D

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    1. She is definitely one of the strongest heroines I have read =) Yes! Our giveaways are always international unless noted otherwise now =) Good luck!

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    2. Oh great! My favorite fantasy is Percy Jackson series (that includes Heroes of Olympus) :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. The Graceling trilogy by Kristen Cashore.

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  6. Born Wicked. :) Love that book.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  7. I read a lot of fantasy books, so that is hard. I recently LOVED The girl of fire and thorn.

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  8. My favorite fantasy novel is The Night Circus.

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  9. I can't wait to read this! It sounds amazing!! I'm glad you liked it :D
    One of my favorite fantasy books is Angelfall!

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  10. Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I'd have to say Harry Potter is my favorite too :)

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  11. Breautiful Creatures is my favorite (so far) thanks for the giveaway!!

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  12. I can't wait to finally read this book. I was so sad when I found out about the author. It sounds like a great fantasy novel!

    Thanks for the giveaway (:

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  13. I really liked Splintered by A.G. Howard. I love the cover of this book and the blurb sounds amazing!
    Thanks for sharing your review, I can't wait to read it. I am really sad to hear about the author though.

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  14. My favourite is the Percy Jackson series :) Love them!

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  15. Awsome review the book looks and sound great! my favorite fantasy novel is Incarnate love the world that Jodi Meadows created in Incarnate!

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  16. Really excited for this book!!!! I've been looking forward to it for months! Glad it received a good review from you guys :)

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  17. My favorite is The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

    Great review! Look forward to reading this book, I will add it to my to read list on goodreads.

    I too am sad to hear about the author.

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  18. I have so many it's hard to choose but Harry Potter is somewhere at the top of the list.

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  19. Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt! I've read it recently and loved it.
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  20. I really loved The Crown of Embers last year, and The Diviners :)

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  21. Nothing can replace Harry Potter for me!

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  22. The Mortal Instruments series.

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  23. I have recently started getting in to High Fantasy and I loved Siege and Storm and Throne of Glass!

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  24. Harry Potter is my favorite. I definitely want to read this one though! It sounds great and the cover is gorgeous! Thanks for doing the giveaway.:)

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  25. Harry Potter set the bar for fantasy novels!

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  26. Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin, LOTR trilogy, HP series and Eragon trilogy.
    Thanks! :)

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  27. The Inheritance Cycle.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. My favorite Fantasy novel is the Magic Bites series by Ilona Andrews. A series about a woman who kicks A$$ and takes names. Plus there's some heart throbbing romance intertwined.

    P.S. I shared your giveaway on my blog - http://readinhouston.blogspot.com/

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  29. The A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin.

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  30. The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I just love those books <3
    Penny Pe

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  31. Absolutely in love with Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Thanks for a giveaway! :)

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