by Bridget Zinn
To be published by Disney-Hyperion
on March 12, 2013
Source: ARC sent by the publisher for review. My FTC disclosure is in the right sidebar.
The author's website : her agent's tribute to her : her publication story.
My summary: Kyra is on the run, accused of trying to poison her former best friend Arianna-- who also happens to be a princess who's heir to the kingdom's throne. Now on the run with an adorable piglet tucked under her arm and an adorable guy named Fred tagging along, Kyra must evade the king's guards and finish the job she started.
My take: What a charming book! If you're looking for something that's pure fun to read, look no further. Poison is filled with whimsical humor, a touch of suspense, and a sweet romance. It's completely appropriate for readers of all ages, from tween to adult.
Kyra is a spirited heroine, as she skulks around the countryside, evading her pursuers and picking up new human and animal companions as she goes. She seems completely unrepentant about the fact that she's on the run for attempting to assassinate her best friend, Princess Arianna. It was a lot of fun to try to figure out exactly what was going on and what Kyra was really up to. Was she really a murderer? There were a couple twists and and ending that will put a smile on your face. No nerve-fraying cliffhangers here!
Poison has a lot of elements that will appeal to fans of fairy tales and light fantasy: magical potions, scheming royals, disguises, and even adorable animals. I'd recommend it to fans of books like Ella Enchanted and movies like Shrek.
I'd like to say that I am looking forward to future books by Bridget Zinn, but sadly, she died of cancer in 2011. I'm so sorry she is not here to enjoy the success of her book, but her sense of fun and whimsy shines through on every page.
UPDATE: If you live in the Portland are, there will be a release party for Poison -- check it out here.