Poison by Bridget Zinn
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.
Quite a bit about this book bothered me. With the main character, Kyra, I didn’t like not knowing her reasons for what she was doing. Why did she try to kill the princess, her former best friend? She refused to let the reader in to know what was going on with her. That makes it difficult to care about her journey or relate to her in any real way. And it’s a bit frustrating. I also found Kyra somewhat annoying. Sometimes the things she said or thought made me roll my eyes. I’m didn’t have any luck connecting with her character.
The world building wasn’t very good in this story. I was very unsure about a lot of things in this world.
Overall, I just really didn’t dig this book. It wasn’t able to captivate me, I couldn’t connect with the characters or the romance, and I found the story to be dull.
Best Aspect: Writing
Worst Aspect: Romance/Characters