Monday, March 11, 2013

Review: Poison by Bridget Zinn

Monday, March 11, 2013 with 7 comments
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Title: Poison
Author: Bridget Zinn
Series: n/a
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Source: from publisher via Netgalley
Purchase: 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.

I was tremendously excited to read Poison the second I heard about it, undoubtedly from a fellow blogger's Waiting on Wednesday post, as it seems everyone I know wanted to read this book.  Not only did the cover of Poison draw me in, but the title itself was enough to ensure that I would be reading this book.  However, I was also deeply saddened to learn that Poison was to be published posthumously, as the author succumbed to a long battle with cancer in May of 2011.  It's disheartening to know that she'll never see her book out in the world, never write another book, but let's guarantee that her life and her work meant something by spreading the word.  You can find more details on the author's website.

I don't really know where my fascination with poisons stems from because I detested chemistry in high school, but I can't get enough of characters who dabble in them.  Even better if the characters are using their knowledge of poisons for seemingly nefarious purposes.  I know, I might think I could be a criminal mastermind, what with my love of villains and poisons and murder plots.

Another thing this novel had going for it was the fantasy elements.  Aside from poison and potions, witches and magic play a big role in this novel.  Poison has all of the components that make a great fantasy novel, but it never takes itself too seriously, as most high-fantasy novels are wont to do.  Yes, in answer to your unspoken question, this novel is fantasy-light.  It is much closer to a fairy tale than an epic quest, but it is more enjoyable because it doesn't strive to be something it is not.  In fact, one of my favorite aspects is the humor and banter between the characters.  That, and the too-cute pig.

My only complaint, aside from the fact that I wished the story had been longer as I was not yet ready to part with these characters, is the fact that so many of the twists were obvious to me.  Even if they had not been, the way in which the secrets and mysteries were revealed was a little unsatisfactory, especially in the way the characters handled them.  The shock and awe factor just wasn't there, but it did not detract much from my enjoyment of the story overall.

Fast-paced, fun, and highly entertaining, I think everyone can find something to enjoy in Poison.  With clever, whimsical characters and an engaging plot, this novel has the potential to appeal to fans young and old.  The author's warmth and joy shine through in this story, and it is with a heavy heart that I realize I'll never again get to visit Kyra or Rosie or Fred, let alone any other characters and stories Bridget Zinn would have bestowed upon us.

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  1. Very well-written review :) Poison is also a book I really anticipated! I love me some great banter, so I'm glad you highlighted how much you enjoyed that part of the story! Also, same as you, I have a thing for poison and for villains ^^'
    I had no idea the author died before Poison was published :( Very sad that this is her first and only work that made it into the world!

  2. I hadn't heard about the author either, that's terribly sad! YA books are secretly making criminal masterminds of us all... Great review :)

  3. Such a great review! The author's story breaks my heart, and that she never got to see this book come to life. It does sound like a cute and fun read and I do love whimsical characters. :)

  4. Awesome review. I am so excited to read this one. i love it when fantasy is a big part but its not overbearing. I didn't know about the author. I will need to read her story. Can't wait to read this.

  5. I am really excited to read this book too! I didn't find out until after the book came out that the author had passed away, but I think it is wonderful that they still pushed on for it to become published! This will be one of my next reads! Thanks for your review!

  6. This sounds like a really good read. I've read such great reviews for this book. It's so sad there won't be more. But I still can't wait to read it. Sounds like a very enjoyable read.

  7. Wonderful review. I am sad to learn about the authors Death. I cant Wait to read this, seems Like a book I will love


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