Blog Tour: Potions and Non-stop Action, A Review of Poison by Bridget Zinn

After hearing about the passing of Bridget Zinn, I felt even more compelled to review POISON. And it’s so tragic. And yet, I’m so glad so many bloggers and authors and bookish people set out to create a blog tour for Bridget’s debut.

Before you read my review, I want to share a first. To honor Bridget Zinn’s first novel, many of the blog tour hosts such as myself as sharing our own firsts. And today, I want to share my first story. I’m twelve now, but back when I wrote my first novel, at around 8, I stared at my words and went- Oooh I can write so fantastic. And I’d always get mad at my sister when she laughed at it. A few days ago, when I came across some old notebooks, I read through my writing. And I couldn’t help but think: Did I really write that? And  break out laughing. When I look back at my writing when I was younger, I can’t help but feel ashamed that I actually wrote that. I mean right now, my writing isn’t exactly fantastic, but it sure is a major improvement.

And now, read my review of POISON, which is as fantastic as it’s cover. And if you are as compelled as I am, please consider ordering a copy of Bridget Zinn’s debut, there’s a link below for your convenience.

Bridget Zinn
288 pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: March 12th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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?

   Flowing with adventure, non-stop action, and sprinkle of humor, POISON is a book you can’t miss out on.

   Kyra isn’t your typical assassin. But when she figures out that the entire Kingdom of Mohr is on the brink of darkness and despair due to Princess Arianna, aka her former best friend and heir to the throne. But when her poison dart misses, for the first time in her life, Kyra’s on the run. With the King’s Army on the hunt for her, Kyra knows that if she wants to save her Kingdom, she’s going to need a little help. At her second chance of murder Kyra’s accompanied with a person-finding pig, Fred, the charming adventure who seems to be following her, and a wolf.

   I’ll say this now before anything else; Poison is by far the best book I read this year. From the start, Poison drew me in and never let me go. I could barely put the book down, and tried to sneak a few pages in every moment I got. I loved all the characters, I was so disappointed when I finished the book, knowing that this was the end of such a wonderful novel. Its amazing how Bridget Zinn was able to create such a fantastic novel, especially for a debut. And at the same time, so very tragic. It hurts just writing this review.

   You have to read POISON. When you read the book, then you’ll see all the goodness inside.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Jenea Whittington

    March 25, 2013

    Krya was absolutely amazing. I loved this one, the action was great and Fred was wonderful. Awesome review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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    March 25, 2013

    Yay for Poison! I'm glad you liked this book as much as I did. Kyra is one of my favorite heroines in a fantasy novel. :)

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    March 25, 2013

    Yay Asma! I'm so glad you loved this book too, I just thought it was such a fun read. I was incredibly saddened when I read the bio at the back of the book and learned Bridget had passed away in 2011, but I love that this book will be on shelves and making readers smile for years to come!