Friday, June 28, 2013

Poison by Bridget Zinn [Review]

Poison3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Poison by Bridget Zinn
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release: March 12, 2013
Hardcover: 288 Pages
Publisher:Disney Hyperion
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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

Shannon's Thoughts:
Poison is a short (288 pages) adventure book that errs on the fluffier side.  It is billed as YA but it actually reads more like middle grade and I think would be better to judge it as such. It is just a different expectation in Middle Grade fantasy vs Young Adult fantasy.  If I judge it as a YA fantasy, I would definitely have expected more from it.  But if I read it as Middle Grade fantasy, then I think it accomplishes what it sets out to do, which is namely be a fun, easy reading adventure book. 

The books starts with Kyra on the run after her failed assassination attempt.  We learn in flashbacks the events leading up to Kyra trying to kill her best friend.   Because it is so short, you get a lot of action, but not a lot of character development. Still, I had fun following Kyra on her adventures.  Some parts were surprising, some weren't.  The ending wraps everything up very nicely with a Happily Ever After.  Fans of grittier fantasy novels will probably be disappointed, but I think younger readers would enjoy this book.  It is pretty clean overall and moves along at a quick pace.

1 comment :

  1. Told in a way that leaves the story evolving and changing right up until the end, you'll never know exactly who (or what) everyone in the story is. Everyone's keeping secrets except the pig. It's possible the pig is keeping secrets too, come to think of it. My daughter loved it as well, so it's a book that will be passed around again and again.

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