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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.

Poison succeeded in being almost everything I could ever want in a book: it had a girl on the run, dangerous and mysterious poisons, political intrigue, and a healthy amount of utter charm. I love books where characters are on the wrong side of the law because it makes everything automatically more dangerous and exciting, but Zinn made this story even better by mixing in an adorable little pig and an infuriatingly mysterious and very attractive traveler. The action was fantastic, but what really completely won me over was just how wonderful and sweet this story was. In all, Poison is a fast, fun read that's perfect for anyone in need of a smile.

Rating: 4.5

Review copy from publisher Disney Hyperion

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