Published by Disney Hyperion on March 12th 2013
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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.
Poison has all the right ingredients to make it a read to remember.
From the very first pages, I fell in love with this read. A teenage potions master who is on the run due to having tried to kill the kingdom's princess. Along the way, she meets a mysterious young man and a playful pig, who quite easily stole the spotlight and my heart.
Although Kira and the gang are teens, often times Poison felt like it was directed at younger readers. Does that make me love the book any less? No way. But it did take away from feeling like Kira was completely bad-ass. Sure, she has her moments, but overall, I never truly got the feeling like she was someone to be fearful of. And as the mystery unfolded, the doubt about her skills came into question more and more.
The twists. Here is where Poison excels. (Well, that and the pig.) I love books that leave me with the feeling that I probably should have seen the twist coming from a mile away, but I didn't. That tells me that the author is good at what she or he does. Those little clues that throw you off, and leave you gasping when the truth is finally uncovered. Yea, Poison did that to me. And I loved the book that much more because of it.
Poison was surprising in so many ways. From the characters to the twists, this read kept me on the edge of my seat. And left me begging for more.
Will there be more?
As I was prepping this post, I was thinking about how much I thought Poison needs a sequel. Wondering if this could be a trilogy or series. And wondering if / when I would get more. Sadly, I am not sure there will be more.
Upon checking Bridget Zinn's Goodreads page, I discovered that she had passed away in 2011. It is truly sad to learn that an author has passed, especially when you enjoyed their work so much.