Poison by Bridget Zinn
Author: Bridget Zinn
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge
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 by Bridget Zinn is a quirky, light story that follows Kyra, who is a Master Potioner, as she attempts to murder the Princess. The Princess turns out to be Kyra’s best friend but we learn that she needs to kill her to save the kingdom. So what is a girl to do? Get a tracking pig named Rosie to find the missing Princess.
Poison by Bridget Zinn is full of likeable characters (such as a very un-Princely Prince) and an ex-boyfriend who is very handsome. An adventure ensues while Kyra searches for the Princess. This adventure includes a handsome stranger, a hermit, and a witch that wants to eat her. There are quite a few twists and turns to the story and a little dab of romance. One thing I really enjoyed about Poison, is that all of the female characters are strong, smart, and willing to stand up for what they believe in. Plus, there is a super cute tracking pig. (If the pig could also hunt for truffles, she would find a place in my house.)
Poison by Bridget Zinn is a light and fun read. It takes place in an imaginative, fairytale-like world where there are witches, potions, and Princes. I enjoyed Poison by Bridget Zinn and would recommend it for anyone who is looking for a fresh fairytale about a strong girl who saves the day.
What You Will Find
- Strong female leads
- Light romance
- Fairytale world
- Cute animals
While I was writing this review, I looked at Bridget Zinn’s page on goodreads. I wanted to quote this section because I found it really moving.
Bridget grew up in Wisconsin. She went to the county fair where she met the love of her life, Barrett Dowell. They got married right before she went in for exploratory surgery which revealed she had colon cancer. They christened that summer the “summer of love” and the two celebrated with several more weddings. Bridget continued to read and write until the day she died. Her last tweet was “Sunshine and a brand new book. Perfect.”
Bridget wanted to make people laugh and hoped readers would enjoy spending time with the characters she created. As a librarian/writer she loved books with strong young women with aspirations. She also felt teens needed more humorous reads. She really wanted to write a book with pockets of warmth and happiness and hoped that her readers’ copies would show the watermarks of many bath time reads.
Bridget Zinn died in May of 2011.
Cover image and summary taken from goodreads.