Release Date: February 11th, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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… cute. I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting when I first picked this book up, but it was not a let down. When the book first came out, the hype really surrounded it because of the author’s untimely death. Then I saw it at the library and knew I had to see what all the fuss was about. Like I said, I was not disappointed!
Kyra is a very easy character to like. She’s strong and real, nothing like the ordinary YA protagonist that will give up everything for some guy. No, even when Kyra is presented with a love interest, she keeps her goals in mind and follows them through.
But speaking of said love interest, he was certainly easy to love. At first he seemed kind of cliche: the good looks, witty comments, and his convenient appearances in the MC’s storyline but there is more to him that meets the eye.
The animals in this book are too cute! Fred has a wolf dog and Kyra herself has a little piglet with an amazing sense of smell. Animal companions are a unique and interesting addition to a young adult book and I would love to see more of them.
It’s not an epic fantasy with a lot of depth, but it’s certainly a good, fun book worth your time.