Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Review: Poison by Bridget Zinn


Poison by Bridget Zinn

Published March 12th 2013 by Disney Hyperion

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 was a light, enchanting and delightful story that really fits in perfectly with the Disney line.  It has a thoroughly fairytale-esque feel to it with a more modern take on a female protagonist.  While I was instantly invested in the story right from the beginning, Poison was a bit lighter than I would have wanted in some respects.  Nevertheless, I got used to it quickly and overall I really appreciated the fresh take on magic, potions & assassins!

The story begins similarly to how the synopsis lays everything out, with Kyra smack dab in the middle of running for her life while she recalls & replays bits and pieces of how everything went terribly wrong for her.  As she remembers her life before & plans for her future, we begin to piece together what drove Kyra to attempt to kill the princess- her ex-best friend.  With the entire king's army on her tail and Kyra trying to figure out what to do next, she has a chance encounter with an adorably useful pink pig and an equally adorable traveler named Fred.  Not long after, Kyra comes up with a plan for redemption that she must accomplish...at all costs.

I had a lot of fun with this book.  From the first few pages I was sucked in to the Potion-making & the magical lore created by author Bridget Zinn.  I laughed out loud more than once, which was surprising considering how short the book is  and the fact that I'm not one to burst out laughing multiple times for no good reason - once or twice maybe, but this was more than that!  Poison made me wish it had been around when I was a little girl, in love with fairytales & princesses. Why?  Because Kyra is the type of heroine I would have really needed, and loved!  She's no moony damsel-in-distress waiting for her prince.  No, she's a master potioner and assassin with a good head on her shoulders, quick reflexes & quicker thinking in a tight spot.  I liked Kyra right away and even though I wanted to shake her a couple of times for not spotting the obvious, I still had more fun getting to know her than anything else!

Kyra isn't the only character worth your time in this Poison though.  Fred, the charming traveler made Kyra's sticky situation seem lighter, and offered up a few laughs himself.  If he isn't cute enough for you, then Rosie the pink pig certainly will!  I just l♥ved Rosie :D  Ariana, the princess & ex-best friend was an interesting addition and fun to discover in her own right!  The rest of the villains & allies all felt well-rounded, intriguing and even though the intentions of some were more obvious than others, it still was so enjoyable to get to meet all of them.

Asides from the characters though, my favorite part was easily the potions & magical-lore!  Being that Poison is quite a short book, I found myself wishing for more potions, more poisons, more everything!  I could have read pages & pages more about the different kinds of potions, their colors, their uses...  The take on magical lore left me feeling similarly - though initially the familiar archetypes (Witches, Vilains, Gypsies) come off as familiar, we soon find out that nothing is quite as it seems.  I really appreciate when authors can take well-known character-types but build & expand on them - make them their own, something I think Bridget Zinn has done very successfully.

All things considered, I really enjoyed Poison!  I read it in about 2 sittings and for such a short book, I was surprised how quickly it sucked me in, not to mention the fun I had laughing or taking in all the charm it displays!  It's definitely on the youthful end of the YA spectrum, and would probably fit in with MG fantasy reads as well.  If you're looking for a light fantasy read, or you're a fan of fairytales....or even books like how something like the Percy Jackson series reads- you should definitely check out Poison!  Sadly author Bridget Zinn passed away before she could see her book published, but at least it did get published so her story can live on...

My rating : 4 out of 5 stars ★★★★☆

**Again, a BIG thanks to the wonderful Kelsey @ Kelsey's Cluttered Bookshelf
for sending me Poison so I could read it!  You ROCK.**

16 comments:

  1. This sounds really cute and good to know in advance that it's more for the younger crowd too I'll have a bigger chance of enjoying it than being caught off guard. I love a book that can really make you laugh out loud though! They're actually fairly rare for me and always become memorable when it happens. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    1. Well, I mean the MC was around 16 but it had a very Disney Movie feel to it that gave me a younger impression...if that makes any sense?! It felt light and youthful, but definitely funny :)

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  2. Great review, muffin! I too felt that this fit the Disney line and could see it as a movie. I agree it could of used more Potion and magic but overall I enjoyed this light read.

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    1. It would make a brilliant movie, you're right Lisa!! Yeah, I could have read about all the potions for pages and pages more... ♥

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  3. See, now I got all excited and all with the whole plot and the pink pig and fred! But now that you said it is MG.. I am not so sure. However I must admit I have read some GREAT MG titles and I love the plot of this so I WILL read it the first chance I get.

    awesome review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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    1. Really, it just felt like a more youthful variety of YA, MG isn't really the right word...between MG & YA I guess?? I love a lot of MG books too though, so it's by no means a bad thing! I hope you will give it a try Juhina :)

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  4. I think I have similar tastes in books as you because I feel like I would probably feel the same about this one: I would have enjoyed it definitely, but I do tend to like books a bit more when they aren't quite so light in tone. But the Disney-loving little girl in me would totally dig this one! The characters and humour sound fantastic!! And I seriously LOVE it when protags have some sort of animal companion. A pig? Too cute! I had no idea that this one was published post-humously and that makes me sad. At least it sounds like she has brought much joy to readers from the reviews I have read. This was very nicely reviewed, Micheline!!

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    1. I agree, I think our book tastes are quite similar. I could have easily seen this become a series - evolving and maturing as the plot progressed; and we'd could have gotten more potion & magic details , but sadly it will never be :( You're right though it was very cute & honestly a lot of fun! Thanks for the sweet comment Aylee ♥

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  5. I hope my library gets a copy of this soon. Kyra sounds like an awesome MC, as does the world. Great review, Micheline!

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    1. I hope your library will get a copy soon too Lee! Kyra and the world she lives in were both quite wonderful :)

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  6. I really want to read this book. It sounds like it is really awesome!! I love when a book is fun to read also. When a book can make me laugh out loud that's a major win!

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    1. Agreed, any fun story will get even more points if it can make you laugh out loud :D

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  7. Poison sounds awesome! Kyra sounds like a great heroine and I love the sound of the plot. Great review :)

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    1. Thanks so much!! :) I hope you'll have as much fun with it if/when you read it.

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  8. This sounds so awesome. I'm happy to see how much you liked it. :) I hope to read it soon. Great review!

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  9. This is one of those books that I've been wanting to read just because of the cover. :) I've heard both bad and good things about it, but I'm glad that you enjoyed it so much. That encourages me to try it out, too.

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