Review: Poison by Bridget Zinn

January 29, 2014 Review 50 ★★★½

Review: Poison by Bridget Zinn
Poison by Bridget Zinn
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Publisher: Disney
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 288
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.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.4

50 Responses to “Review: Poison by Bridget Zinn”

  1. Jamie

    I read this book last April and I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t AMAZING. I felt there could have been a bit more redrafting and some little things could’ve been written better. But while I was googling the author, wondering if she’d written anything else, I found out that she’d died of cancer before her book was published.
    Isn’t that just so sad and awful?! :(

  2. Tanja

    I have heard of this book or better said of the story that was about the author’s death. It was cheap on TBD for some time and I even planed to get myself a copy but I never did. Anyhow I’m so glad you enjoyed it and I regret not getting a copy. Great review :)
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  3. Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind

    This book was so great! I agree that it didn’t have much depth but it was still very fun. I loved Fred <3 ~ Very easy to like. I liked that Kyra was a strong character too. I liked the integration of a love interest but her determination to save the kingdom was awesome. More animal companions in YA books would be awesome. It doesn't have to be cheesy fir readers to like them.
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    • Alise

      I’m glad you liked it too! EXACTLY-the romance was a perfect little addition but it was fantastic that she still kept her eye on her original goal.

    • Alise

      Awww :( Well, I hope you get to read it someday somehow :) Fluff can sometimes win me over, I think I have to be in the mood for it.

  4. Kirsty-Marie

    Cute is the appropriate word for it. I liked it, but I didn’t love it, it just lacked the depth I was expecting. It did read very Disneyesque, which was fun though, but I won’t lie, the animals did save it for me. I think I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more if I was in the mood for a light read, but hey, it was an adventure nonetheless. :)
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    • Alise

      I know exactly what you mean, this is one you have to adjust your expectations for due to the synopsis and the actual content being way different.

  5. Summer/Sunny

    I’ve seen mixed reviews on this one, but it’s great that this is cute. I expected it to be a bit…fantastical? But now I know that I should expect more of a cotton candy type of book, which is fine for me. And animals! There needs to be more animals in YA.
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  6. Pam@YA Escape from Reality

    I’ve had this one for awhile but I haven’t read it yet. It does sound cute and after reading so many dark and depressing books lately I’ll definitely have to pick this one up soon. When I clicked to the article about the author, Poison was described as a middle-grade book, which I hadn’t realized. Glad you enjoyed it!
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    • Alise

      Definitely sounds like the perfect book then! It really does help in between all the dark books. It’s definitely YA, but has a MG feel to it.

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