Book Review: Poison by Bridget Zinn

Poison by Bridget ZinnI’ve mentioned before that I don’t like books that are silly (picture books excluded), and I came very close to not reading Poison because I thought it might be – the cover looks fairly typical fantasy, except for that question: “can she save the kingdom with a piglet?”

Really? A piglet? Oh, look, there’s a piglet peeking out of the plants at her feet.

For anyone else who might hesitate to read the book because of that piglet question, let me reassure you: the book is fun, not silly, and yes, the piglet in question makes sense with the plot.

I was delighted with this story – it was so light and, yes, fun. The main character is appealing, and the dash of romance is just enough – not so much that it overpowers the story. There is plenty of action, but the pacing never feels frantic.

If you’re looking for a complex, layered story, this isn’t it. A lot of the supporting characterizations are thin, and there isn’t the depth that a lot of fantasy series have. For an introduction to fantasy for a younger teen or even a tween reader, this is a (here I go again) fun pick.

There are some plotting problems, and you need to be able to suspend disbelief at some of the more improbable events, but I still was absolutely charmed by the story.

The saddest part for me was finishing the book, and then reading the author’s biography on the back cover. Zinn died shortly before the book was published, so she never saw her debut book in print. As a fan of this book, I’m also so sad that the planned sequel will never be written. I’d have loved to read more about Kyra.

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Publisher’s Description:
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.

Book Details

Title: PoisonPoison by Bridget Zinn
Author: Bridget Zinn
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars

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  1. How sad! Yet also, how precious! What a wonderful group of friends and others rallying to support and further her dream! Thanks for sharing the link and bringing this book to my attention.

  2. It’s always sad when an author slips away prior to a debut book coming out. This sounds like a fun read so it is tragic the sequel won’t be written. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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