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Posted March 23, 2013
3 adjectives that describe this book: fun, easy-to-read, whimsic
3 adjectives that describe this book: fun, easy-to-read, whimsical
Poison is a super fun read. It fully deserves that wonderful, eye-catching cover. The main characters are unique, fun, and well-developed. At first I thought Poison was going to be fairly typical - a fantasy novel about a girl who kicks some butt. Basically a simpler version of Kristin Cashore's Graceling, just with less intense and without the raciness. Luckily, I was wrong. Bridget Zinn has created a story that stands on it's own.
While Kyra is indeed a main character who can disable her assailants in moments, she is much different than other popular female protagonists in recent YA fantasy. Kyra is conflicted about her talents, actively seeking to ignore some of her more deadly potential. Yet, she isn't afraid to defend herself and her kingdom from the richly populated world of Poison. Most uniquely, though, Kyra is funny. She finds herself in ridiculous situations (likes crossing a river in lacy underwear with a pig on her head). Also, the rapport between she and Fred, her traveling companion, was chock-full of witty barbs at one another. I have never chuckled so much in a fantasy adventure.
The humor, however, doesn't take away from the intense adventuring, questing, and intrigue of the story. Poison is a fun, quick read, even though the lengthy and too-frequent flashbacks made me impatient. There are goblins, witches, invisibility spells, fun disguises, and witty exchanges among the characters. It will certainly keep you wanting to read more.
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Posted July 14, 2013
I was immediately drawn to this book. I've noticed that lately
I was immediately drawn to this book. I've noticed that lately I've gravitated towards young adult fantasy and this fit the bill perfectly! The beginning was awesome, the middle a little rough, and the end rounded it out nicely.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I really enjoyed Kyra. Her brilliance in potion making is evident very quickly and I loved learning her story. Her situation is interesting considering she's on the run for trying to kill the princess, who happened to be her best friend. We don't start to get the bits and pieces to this story until further in the novel. By that point, I couldn't imagine Kyra hurting anybody. In Krya's quest to finish the job, we learn about the devastating visions that lead to this point. Krya begins to question what might really be happening in her kingdom. And it's definitely not the way she thought it was.
We get some great secondary characters in this novel. Fred was not what I was expecting. He was quirky and seemed to have a knack for getting on Krya's nerves, but at the same time made her see herself and her surroundings much clearer. The little pig steals the story without ever meaning too. To top it off there are some twists that I wasn't expecting (and a couple that were easy to figure out) that brought the story to a new level.
All and all, the book was just fun. It had a little bit of everything in it and was a quick read.
*I would definitely read this author again. Sadly, upon trying to figure out if there was an intended sequel for this book, I learned that the author has passed away. It was her dream to published! Almost 4 years to the day of receiving the diagnosis of colon cancer, her book was published.
Posted March 27, 2013
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I've wanted to read POISON since I first saw the book deal write
I've wanted to read POISON since I first saw the book deal write-up and have had my eye on it ever since. It's been one of my highly-anticipated titles, and I was sad when the publication date pushed from 2012 to 2013. At the time, I hadn't realized that author Bridget Zinn had passed away. I'm actually glad I didn't know until after I read the book because my first thought upon finishing was that I was looking forward to more books in the future. What a promising debut novel! I was shattered when I heard that it wasn't to be. I truly enjoyed reading POISON and hope that this amazing book community embraces it and shares the title through Word of Mouth with friends, co-workers, students...anyone and everyone. This book deserves to be read by fantasy lovers everywhere!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Kyra has studied potions for years, and is especially good at making poisons. Before the book begins, she attempts to assassinate her former best friend--the kingdom's princess. It's the one and only time her poisoned dart misses its mark. Now, Kyra is a fugitive on the run. Only she knows that if the princess isn't killed, the kingdom will be destroyed. But how can Kyra seek out the princess and assassinate her if the army knows what she looks like? Together with the help of a tracking piglet,Rosie, and a fellow traveler, Fred, Kyra will attempt to save her kingdom...even if it means sacrificing herself in the process.
While POISON isn't especially deep, it's fun. It's a little too mature to be middle-grade, but probably falls into the tween category even though it's officially catalogued as a teen title. The novel starts off slowly, but quickly picks up speed, especially as revelations come forward and explain the events leading up to the start of the story. There's adventure, excitement, and romance; everything you could want in a book. And Rosie! I admit that I was a little wary of the pig element but after reading POISON, I have to say: I want a Rosie in my life! She's like a little bloodhound as she tracks the princess' scent with her nose. Rosie stole the show whenever she made an appearance. Zinn did a good job developing her characters and making you feel for them. Everyone has a backstory, even villains, and it was refreshing to see. I really found myself rooting for Kyra, too. I really grew to love her character throughout the book. And Fred! It was refreshing to see a male love interest who doesn't fit any of the tropes found in too many of today's YA novels. He was a sweetheart, and I enjoyed the pace and rhythm of his scenes with Kyra. The writing is fresh and humorous, easy to fall into. Even some of the surprise twists remain just that--a surprise. For readers such as myself who often discover plot secrets too early, it's always exciting to find that element of surprise.
If you're look for a light-hearted, fun-filled, action-packed adventure, grab your favorite bloodhound piglet (Okay, I suppose a cat/dog/ferret/etc. will do...), curl up with your favorite blanket, and embrace the magic of POISON.
Posted March 24, 2013
If there are two things that create and awesome storyline it¿s f
If there are two things that create and awesome storyline it’s fantasy and a badass heroine. Luckily for all of us, the novel Poison by author Bridget Zinn is set in a fantasy kingdom and has Kyra a witty, intelligent and deadly main character who can give any guy a run for his money. Right from the start I was in love with Poison and found myself getting lost in the plot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Poison follows the life of main character Kyra the potions master and an almost-assassin who tried to kill the princess of her kingdom. The same princess who was also Kyra’s best friend. After throwing a poison dart at the princess Kyra misses her target for the first time ever and is on the run from soldiers and her ex-fiancée. Kyra won’t make the same mistake again. Kyra must kill princess Ariana before Ariana gets married and poisons the land and ruins the lives of everybody in the kingdom. Going to the King of Criminals for help, Kyra sets off on her journey with a magical pig named Rosie and meets a handsome young man named Fred (after he saves her life and her pig). However as Kyra grows closer and closer to her shot at killing the princess again, she comes across a discovery that changes everything she ever believed about her mission and learns that something twisted is living in the castle under the guise of Ariana.
The novel has a really strong start, I’ve never read any stories where the main character just tried to kill her best friend. Mostly in YA best friends don’t kill best friends, so it was nice for the change of relationships. At first I was a bit confused though because of the fact that it made no sense for her to randomly just kill the princess. It took a few chapters, but finally the novel explained that Kyra has to kill Ariana because if she doesn’t Ariana will destroy the kingdom and cause everything living to go straight to oblivion. Right from the opening chapter I did get the feeling of danger being at every corner and how Kyra is constantly on high alert for somebody who might recognize her, I loved all that suspense and it just kept on building and building.
Kyra also has three companions who help her out during her adventure. These three companions are: Rosie the pig, Fred and Ariana herself. I won’t say anything else about Ariana because spoilers, but I will talk about Rosie and Fred. First of all, I found Rosie absolutely adorable. I mean come on (“Awww!”), a little pig? How cute. Sure I thought it was a little silly that a badass main character would have a pig helping her track the princess but I loved the irony and the pet-like way that Kyra would treat Rosie. As for Fred, I was absolutely falling in love with him. He made my heart melt and he had me going through heartbreak with Kyra. The romance in this novel is the type that left me feeling all gushy and slowly falling with Kyra. The writing definitely toyed with my emotions and had me screaming at Fred to just fall in love with Kyra already and save her from thinking that he didn’t feel anything for her.
I liked all of the plot twists in Poison, even if some of them just came out of nowhere and left my head spinning. I liked never really knowing anything about the novel and all the surprises that came with reading. I just think that it’s such a shame that the author passed away so soon when Poison has some plot holes that I wish I could find more information about, there is so much room for a potential sequel. Nonetheless as a stand-alone novel I really enjoyed Poison. I’d recommend Poison to fans of the Gypsy King, Throne of Glass and readers who love the fantasy genre and want to get lost in a whole other world.
Posted March 12, 2013
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
16-year-old Kyra is on the run. After a failed assassination attempt on the princess and future queen of the kingdom, she’s been hiding out in the woods, and searching… for the princess, so that she can try to kill her again!
Kyra and Princess Arianna have been best friends since they were 12 years old, and Kyra never thought that a day would come when she would try to kill her, but Kyra has her reasons, even if everyone now thinks her a traitor.
Asking a man who hates her for help, following a small pig with a basket around its neck, and trying to evade the friendly traveller Fred with his wolf-like dog, Kyra must try to find and off the Princess, before her worse nightmares come true.
Where is Princess Arianna though? Why must Kyra kill her? And will she succeed?
I really enjoyed this book, it was fun and fresh and a great read.
Kyra was such a strong character. Totally focused on what she needed to do, and why she needed to do it, even when it was something that she never thought she would do in a million years. Her Poisons knowledge was formidable, and I loved how she also knew just how to circumvent the effects of a poison too, as well as how to use them to her own advantage.
I loved the banter between Kyra and Fred and how easy it was. I liked the friendship/ romance between these pair and found them to be really sweet together, I also have to say that I loved Rosie the pig! I have always wanted a pig as a pet and now I want one even more!
This book at times was a little like a fairy-tale, but I actually liked it more than the average fairy-tale! I loved the storyline, and totally didn’t see those little twists at the end coming!
I really enjoyed this book, and I’d say people of all ages would appreciate this one, with just a little spark of magic and mischief, this one is a keeper!
8 out of 10.
Posted May 28, 2013
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