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.
Descriptions taken from Goodreads.
This is most definitely a win read. At first, I was preparing not to like the pig concept. I felt like it would be like the polar bear in the first Timmy Failure book, but it wasn’t. I loved the pig and how much it brought to the story by itself, instead of just being there for sake of humor or cuteness-appeal. It provided plenty of both, by the way.
I also really enjoyed Kyra and Fred. Kyra was quick-thinking and resourceful while not overestimating herself, while Fred was kind and genuine. They were both extremely refreshing after so many recent cliches about bad boys and girls who can’t defend themselves.
The pacing and plot moved quickly constantly, and that was something I found I really enjoyed in POISON. The plot is centered around Kyra, and that was really something I needed to see from this novel. It constantly moves towards Kyra, for Kyra, and don’t worry–there are a lot of flashbacks (mostly short and sweet), dialogue and twists to the plot to make sure you understand the back story, are amused and always surprised.
I liked the sweet, whimsical tone to POISON and while I had some issues with it, I really enjoyed this story and it reminded me somewhat of THE FALSE PRINCESS, which I loved as well. I recently heard about the death of the author, Bridget Zinn, which happened a few years ago when she lost her fight against cancer. I was really sad to hear about that, considering how far she could have come as a writer. I had hoped to see more of her stories and maybe a novella or two on the back stories to some of the characters, or where they would go from POISON. Definitely recommend this read. 4 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 288