Sunday, March 10, 2013

Review: Poison

Poison by Bridget Zinn

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Published: March 12th 2013
Pages: 288
Source: Giveaway win
Genre: Fantasy, Romance

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.

Oh Poison. This book would make the perfect movie, it just would. I love Poison for so many reasons I don't know if I can fit them all down in a single review. Poison was filled with all the things loveable and beautiful, I could not put it down.

I'm not going to reveal anything about the plot to you, just to torture yo a little bit, but the plot. IT. WAS. SO. WELL. DONE.

I love Fantasy settings, and this one was filled with everything you might find in a magical land. There was everything and anything that you can think up- from witches to little creatures that you might not want to run into. The entire kingdom this book takes place in is described so well! I loved the setting so much, it was just wonderful!

I really liked every single character in this book. The main character, Kyra, was everything I want in a main character. She was fun, smart, brave, and just a likeable character. I don't think there was one thing I would have changed about her.

Other characters in the story inluded:
Fred- Though I'm not really a big fan of the name, I'm a fan of the character. Fred is extremely funny and made the story so much fun. He was also quite charming!
Ariana- Ariana doesn't really show up until the end of the story, but I love how she easily just jumped in and how easily she fit in.
Ned & Hal- Though there isn't much of them, I wish there had been a little more about Ned and Hal because they were two of Kyra's oldest friends and they could have had a bigger part in the story.
Rosie- YES! Like you see on the cover, there is a pig in this book!

Just as you might guess from the title and the cover,  poison was a big part of this book. Poison is a Kyra's specialty. I loved all the different types of poison that was used and the different ways that it was used in the story. This aspect of the story seemed extremely unique, I just loved it!

There was a hint of romance, and it was just adorable. I really liked that this book was not centered on the romance, and was more plot driven, but at the same time the romance seemed very realistic and well done!

On a sadder note, I was very,  very sad to read the author description and find out that that author passed away a while ago. I will read anything she wrote.


  1. I have seen too many amazing reviews to pass this book up! POISON sounds like a fantastic middle grade fantasy with all the right elements. Just the right amount of romance, likable side characters, and a beautiful fantasy setting? COUNT ME IN. I hope to pick this one up soon, since you enjoyed it so much! Fantabulous review, Erika. :)

  2. Yay! I'm so glad to keep hearing good things about this one. I'm dying to read it and am the last person on a blog tour list for it, but it hasn't gotten here yet, which is driving me crazy because I want it now!! ::)

  3. It is really sad to know that the author died a while back. :( I think that most of the reason I want to read it has to do with that. Kyra sounds really fantastic, and I'm totally loving that the secondary characters were good too! (: And the piggy on the front cover is just too cute! Lovely review, Erika! (:

    Megan@The Book Babe