Poison

Poison

Book rating: 03 Hardback

By (author) Bridget Zinn

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  • Publisher: Hyperion Books
  • Format: Hardback | 276 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 216mm x 20mm | 445g
  • Publication date: 19 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1423139933
  • ISBN 13: 9781423139935
  • Sales rank: 176,236

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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.Praise for Poison "A frothy confection of a fairy tale featuring poisoners, princesses, perfumers and pigs, none of whom are exactly what they appear (except maybe the pigs) . Good silly fun-a refreshing antidote to a genre overflowing with grit and gloom." -Kirkus Reviews"This is a frothy fantasy confection filled with quick-witted dialogue, cliff-hanger chapter endings, and plenty of plot twists to keep readers guessing. With a strong and independent main character, a dash of romance, and plenty of magic and potions, readers tiring of damsel-in-distress stories are sure to applaud Kyra and her madcap adventures." -"Booklist Online""Filled with unexpected twists, this frothy fantasy adventure offers readers a story with plenty of action, engaging humor, and a dollop of romance...[M]any young teen and tween fantasy fans are likely to snap up this quick read with a feisty heroine." -"School Library Journal""A fine rollicking adventure from start to finish. Zinn has crafted a marvelous tale." -Horn Book"Extraordinary." -Jennifer L. Holm, New York Times best-selling author "Bridget Zinn's POISON is an absolute charmer of a book, full of adventure and romance and fun. I give it five stars-with an extra star for the cutest pig character you will ever meet." -Sarah Prineas, author of The Magic Thief series and the Winterling trilogy

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Bridget Zinn was a writer, librarian, and teen literature enthusiast who lived with her husband and two feisty cats in Portland, Oregon, until her untimely passing in 2011. "Poison" is her debut novel.

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By Debby (Snuggly Oranges) 14 Sep 2013 3

Poison by Bridget Zinn is a truly enjoyable little fantasy story. It has some great characters (and one AMAZING one) and was easily digestible all around. When push came to shove though, this book never really did anything to stand out and wow me. That's not to say that it's bad... but I did wish for more. It had way more potential. But I don't regret reading it, because what was written was definitely good.

So, Poison basically tells the story of one extraordinary pig who gets swept up in an adventure when this girl, Kyra something-or-other, recruits her for a dangerous mission. Along the way she falls in love and gets in all kinds of hijinks due to her cuteness.

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I'm joking. Breathe easy, don't worry, the synopsis didn't lie to you. But for me, Poison's major selling point is, in fact, a pig. Kyra, Master Potioner and assassin on a mission, gets a pet pig, Rosie, on her travels due to its hunting prowess. The pig, a tiny little creature, is the cutest thing ever and had me CONSTANTLY awww-ing at this book. I was freaking obsessed with the thing. It was the reason I was reading. It was totally all too cute. I just. I can't.

I normally don't even care for animals in books - much less pigs. But this pig slowly but surely ruined my life with its cuteness. I can't even explain it at all. But my experience of this book was bound to the pig. Pig gets attacked? I SCREAMED AND TEARED UP. Pig reunited with Kyra? TEARS OF JOY TOO CUTE I CAN'T. This is not logical at all. This pig has seized my heart. That's it. I'M STILL SANE I SWEAR.

*cough* okay, but admittedly.... there is more to this book than just the pig. In terms of characters, I really liked Kyra, Fred, and Ariana. Kyra, the main character, is intelligent and brave, reminiscent of Celaena of Throne of Glass. Fred is hilarious, charming, and all around wonderful, just like a love interest should be. The banter between the two of them started off as TRULY AWESOME but that sadly petered off towards the end. I was really, really rooting for them in the beginning, but when Kyra more or less comes to terms with her feelings for him, it became a bit too sappy (with a side of jealousy). Now, Kyra's relationship with the pig, Rosie, was the absolute best thing in the world.

The story itself was really intriguing at the beginning. It was exciting, it moved quickly, it had this mystery element I was really digging. Mostly, it reminded me of Throne of Glass which I just read and loved. So I was enjoying it. But the end made it fall a bit flat. Each conflict was resolved in the simplest way possible, akin to someone in a series of duels winning each one with a one-hit kill. Before the end I thought this would definitely be between 4 and 5 stars, but at the end, in retrospect, despite my love for Rosie, the book just wasn't that amazing.

Summing Up...

Thank you, Bridget Zinn, for giving me my #LitPet. I absolutely love Rosie, and her cuteness will stay with me. The rest of the book was good as well, despite my reservations about the ending. It makes me sad that you were taken from this world before you got to wow us with more of your writing, because I can tell you were extremely talented and had a lot more to offer us. Still, I'm glad I got the chance to read this book. It really lifted my spirits and made me smile.

Recommended To...

Fans of fast-paced, light fantasy.

By Clean Teen Fiction 16 Jun 2013 4

Poison was such a fun book! Don't you love the cover?! Kyra looks like the totally fierce potioner she is, and look you can even see the little pig Rosie peeking her head out.

Kyra was 16 years old and kind of a loner. Well it's hard to know at first if she was a loner by personality or situation since she was a fugitive for trying to murder the princess, aka her best friend. I loved how the story started out right in the midst of the action not giving the reader a ton of background for the main character. Kyra was a bit of a mystery, but then the author started putting in flashbacks to fill us in on what had happened to get Kyra to where she currently was. I loved the flashbacks; they were perfect.

Fred was a ton of fun. The BEST part of the book was when he met Kyra while crossing a river. Let's just say it was a little awkward for Kyra and a little too much fun for Fred. LOL so great. I loved the spark of life Fred brought to the story. Ari was spunky and fun too.

Poison was full of fun, adventure, mystery, and romance. You'll really enjoy it!

I received the book from Disney Hyperion via NetGalley. I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.

By Sarah Elizabeth 09 Mar 2013 4

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Kyra is on the run. After a failed assassination attempt on the princess and future queen of the kingdom, she's been hiding out in the woods, and searching... for the princess, so that she can try to kill her again!

Kyra and Princess Arianna have been best friends since they were 12 years old, and Kyra never thought that a day would come when she would try to kill her, but Kyra has her reasons, even if everyone now thinks her a traitor.

Asking a man who hates her for help, following a small pig with a basket around its neck, and trying to evade the friendly traveller Fred with his wolf-like dog, Kyra must try to find and off the Princess, before her worse nightmares come true.
Where is Princess Arianna though? Why must Kyra kill her? And will she succeed?


I really enjoyed this book, it was fun and fresh and a great read.

Kyra was such a strong character. Totally focused on what she needed to do, and why she needed to do it, even when it was something that she never thought she would do in a million years. Her Poisons knowledge was formidable, and I loved how she also knew just how to circumvent the effects of a poison too, as well as how to use them to her own advantage.

I loved the banter between Kyra and Fred and how easy it was. I liked the friendship/ romance between these pair and found them to be really sweet together, I also have to say that I loved Rosie the pig! I have always wanted a pig as a pet and now I want one even more!

This book at times was a little like a fairy-tale, but I actually liked it more than the average fairy-tale! I loved the storyline, and totally didn't see those little twists at the end coming!
I really enjoyed this book, and I'd say people of all ages would appreciate this one, with just a little spark of magic and mischief, this one is a keeper!
8 out of 10.

By Carla *jen7waters* 26 Feb 2013 3

I literally screamed when I opened the NetGalley email entitled "Sent on behalf of Disney Book Group" and read that my request for Poison by Bridget Zinn had been accepted---screamed--- because I was really, really crossing my fingers to get my greedy eyes on this one, I mean, have you guys read the synopsis? Sounds like so much fun and angst, wrapped up in a fairytale-ish blanket, plus there was the promise of a too-cute sidekick pig---gimme, gimme, gimme! *A*

The whole story is quite straight to the point and deliciously fast paced---what I mean is, there's always something going on with or around Kyra, the main character---almost as if boring moments were not allowed in Poison.

The book starts with Kyra attempting to steal a potion from what used to be her home, which ends up with her having to put to use some of her rather extraordinary skills, like: throwing poisonous needles, fleeing, and smarting people in general. Turns out she's the most wanted person in the kingdom at the moment because, hear this, she tried to kill her best friend, who is no other than the Princess, failed, and is still trying to do it, once she finds out where she's hiding.

Funny how I kept caring and rooting for this heroine who had attempted murder and theft, but I just couldn't help it. Kyra is likable, determined, self-sufficient, and brave beyond her tender sixteen years, and besides, I knew there had to be a very good reason for her actions---a mystery I just had to keep reading to unveil.

After that first scene, Kyra sets off on an adventure to find the Princess, along with Rosie, the heart melting little pig who can track people through scent, and also this charming young man, Fred, who keeps crossing her path. As the story unfolds, Kyra's past and motives are slowly revealed, leaving a trail of surprises until the very end.

Above all, I enjoyed Poison's world building, the concept of the Master Trio Potioners, and I was also quite pleased with the way witches were added to the story---I hate it when they are always the evil party (not the case in this book).

The less positive: I think that the characters and the scenes in general could have used a bit more of development, but then again for me Poison is better suited for middle-grade readers than young-adults, thus making my "less positive" point invalid.

Summing up: a fun, purposeful adventure, a lovely heroine, a I-want-it-for-myself sidekick, and sweet, even if scarce, romance---reading this book was just like watching a Disney animation.

(I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, many thanks, you guys!)

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Gr 6-9 Sixteen-year-old Kyra is on the run. She may be one of the Kingdom of Mohr's most highly skilled potions masters, but she has also just tried and failed to poison Princess Ariana. And Kyra is determined to finish her mission even if it means killing her best friend. There's no room for companions or pets on this desperate quest, so how is it that she's wound up with an adorable pig and an adventurer who's too charming for his own good? In order to save her kingdom from a nefarious plot, Kyra will have to come to terms with all the gifts she possesses (including the strange visions that spur her actions on) and reveal a dangerous plot before it destroys everything she loves. Filled with unexpected twists, this frothy fantasy adventure offers readers a story with plenty of action, engaging humor, and a dollop of romance. While readers looking for complex, multilayered plots may find the characterization and world-building on the thin side, many young teen and tween fantasy fans are likely to snap up this quick read with a feisty heroine. Stephanie Whelan, New York Public Library SLJ"